As with many other natural therapies, the benefits of reflexology centre on promoting wholeness, balance and relaxation. There can be no guaranteed results with these forms of treatment but experiences of many have found it to be extremely beneficial.

Assisting conception

In the initial days when couples first decide to try and conceive, they will sometimes find that it doesn’t happen as quickly or easily as they might have expected. Reflexology has been shown to help this process very successfully and naturally and eases the anxieties and pressures that we place on ourselves when attempting to achieve something we desperately want. Women trying to conceive report that using reflexology at this stage helps them to prepare themselves, both emotionally and physically for conception and many claim reflexology as a key to their success in getting pregnant naturally. Potential dads can benefit hugely from enjoying reflexology as part of this process too.

Easing ailments during pregnancy

During pregnancy, reflexology has been shown to be a great help at easing the nasty niggles that mums-to-be suffer. It’s believed to help balance the hormonal and emotional rollercoaster that pregnancy creates and can ease anxiety symptoms. Alongside the emotional benefits, it can also help with many of the physical effects of pregnancy, such as morning sickness, digestive problems, heartburn, anaemia and general aches and pains.

Encouraging natural labour

Reflexology is also commonly used to help bring on a natural labour in babies reluctant to enter the world. It should only work when baby is ready and not before. In mums-to-be looking to avoid medical interventions, this could be worth a try once the hospital bag is packed and ready to go.

Post-natal benefits

After the joy of the new arrival, the hormones will be all over the place again. Reflexology can also be used in the time after the birth to help with the natural healing processes of the body and mind as they recover from the stresses and strains of bringing a wonderful new life into the world. It will also promote hormonal balance and can therefore help to fight off depression. In the rare instances where your new baby agrees – reflexology can help to aid sleep as well. It has also been shown to help breastfeeding mums with improving milk production and helping the menstrual cycle return to normal in the months after birth.

Benefits for babies

New arrivals can also benefit from reflexology. Short, gentle sessions can help to soothe and settle upset tots. Softly stroking the feet helps to relax them and gentle pressure while breastfeeding can help the baby to digest effectively, reducing hiccups and tummy niggles.