Improving your sense of health and wellbeing
Reflexology is a holistic therapy, to treat the whole person instead of individual ailments or symptoms. It is one of the most effective forms of preventative healthcare.
It was first used in Ancient Egypt and introduced to the UK about 60 years ago. It continues to grow in popularity as more and more people enjoy how it restores and maintains their body’s balance and eases their health issues.
Holistic and complementary
As a complementary therapy, reflexology is increasingly recognised by GPs and others in the medical profession as a useful complement to other healthcare practices, including more conventional medical treatments. Interestingly, a lot of private health organisations now fund reflexology as part of their service, too.
There is also a view that multiple sessions have a cumulative effect.
These days, the doctor’s surgery is inundated with people suffering from stress-related illnesses. This clogs up the surgery and puts increasing pressure on the NHS.
Reflexology can help ease the pressure on the delivery of vital services by providing an holistic approach to health management and helping people to relax and sleep. It’s a win win situation.
Reflexology for pregnancy
Reflexology is also looked on favourably by gynaecologists and obstetricians.
There is a view that pregnancy reflexology helps and supports a woman as her body changes through pregnancy. Dr Gowri Motha is a great advocate in her book, ‘The Gentle Birth Method’, which aims to prepare mothers and fathers for a gentle birth.
I am qualified to practice pregnancy reflexology.
I believe in using pregnancy reflexology to help consolidate your pregnancy by encouraging the production of necessary hormones and calming your body, aiding it to return to a state of equilibrium. I also believe that using pregnancy reflexology with expectant mothers can help them relax and increase circulation to areas of the body that most need it, such as the pelvis, hips and lower back.
Research into pregnancy and reflexology
A number of studies highlight the potential effects of reflexology in relation to the duration of labour and the intensity of pain experienced. In particular, the Gentofte study was supported by findings in a study carried out by Dr Gowri Motha at the Jeyrani Birth Centre on the effects of reflexology on pregnant women.
Thirty-seven pregnant women completed a course of 10 reflexology treatments. The results were impressive. The average length of first stage labour was five hours, as opposed to the textbook average of 16–24 hours. Second stage labour was 16 minutes, compared to an average of one to two hours. Of the group that received reflexology, only 5.4% required an emergency caesarean section. The average is 13% in Newham (London), where the study was conducted. (Motha & McGrath, 1992)