Experience a happier, healthier pregnancy—with Reflexology

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By: Laura Norman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
One of my favorite things about being a Reflexologist is when I help mothers-to-be enjoy happier, healthier pregnancies. Reflexology offers many benefits to help expectant mothers, their partners, other children in the family and their new babies have a joyful experience with conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum care.
That’s why I am so thrilled and excited to be providing my reflexology services at a wonderful birthing Center, the Orchid Nest at the Palms Birth House, and at Acupuncture Associates, where they specialize in supporting fertility and pregnancy, both in Delray Beach.
What is Reflexology? Reflexology is the art of applying pressure to “reflex points” on the hands, face, ears and (most commonly) feet to bring balance to all your organs, glands, and every part of your body. There are nearly 15,000 nerves in the feet alone, one reason why reflexology is so soothing, relaxing and pleasurable—and also therapeutic.
Is Reflexology Safe During Pregnancy? According to the experts—yes! During my over forty years of professional practice I have helped hundreds of women through their pregnancies and births. And, because stimulating certain reflex points can sometimes bring on uterine contractions, I recommend that you find a therapist who is specifically trained in treating pregnant women.
What are the Benefits of Reflexology in Pregnancy?
Conception: Starting an amazing new life on its way is easy for some couples–and a challenge for others. Stress is often a factor, and reflexology is a natural way to achieve deep relaxation. Reflexology sessions can also stimulate the reproductive organs and enhance healthy glandular function.
You and your partner can easily learn to give one another a simple, pleasurable reflexology routine that releases tensions while promoting warmth, trust and intimacy–the perfect environment for creating new life. In the deeply relaxed state that results from such a session, you are open to suggestions you give yourself. That’s a great time for visualization, such as imagining yourself holding your beautiful newborn in your arms. My book, Feet First, gives a simple, easily followed reflexology routine to assist in conception.
Pregnancy: Once your baby is on the way, reflexology offers a multitude of benefits. It can soothe aches and pains in your back and joints, which are working overtime to support your new “passenger.” Reflexology can help relieve the discomforts that often accompany pregnancy, such as morning sickness, heartburn, fluid retention, constipation, breast tenderness, hypertension, insomnia, bladder problems, mild cramping, and even hemorrhoids. Reflexology can also ease emotional stresses, such as depression and anxiety, and reinvigorate a wilting energy level.
How Does Reflexology Help During Labor–and After? A 2011 study demonstrated that reflexology eases the birth process. Women in the study who received reflexology during labor experienced less pain and shorter labors than those who received only emotional support.
Another study in 2010 showed that reflexology sessions improved sleep for mothers after their babies were born. A little reflexology “footwork” can also help re-balance your body after giving birth, stimulate milk production and release unneeded baby-weight.
Each pregnancy is unique, and reflexology is a natural choice to assist you, your baby and your family to enjoy a happy, healthy, joyful pregnancy.
Laura Norman, M.S., LMT, world-renowned Holistic Reflexologist and author of the best-selling book, Feet First: A Guide to Foot Reflexology. Visit www.lauranormanreflexology.com • Call 561-272-1220