We offer Reflexology at the Aster Baby Scan Clinic. Reflexology is a complementary or holistic therapy that encourages relaxation and self-healing. It is a form foot massage where specific points or reflex points on your feet are massaged. These reflex points correspond with parts of the body. Reflexologists use a foot map that reflects the whole body. Energy and endorphins are released when gently pressure is applied and this has general health and wellness benefits.
Reflexology has been used in Chinese therapy for hundreds of years. It aims to restore the balance and harmony within the body and enhances wellness.
Our Holistic Therapist, Maureen Briggs, specialises in Reflexology and will provide this for you at our clinic. To find out more about Maureen, please see our team page.
What is reflexology good for?
• Maintaining a healthy balance
• Restoring wellbeing
• Reducing stress and anxiety
• Fertility Benefits
During the pre-conception time, it is important to maintain a healthy balance. Reflexology has been shown to help women that are trying to become pregnant by helping relax.
Trying to become pregnant can be a stressful time and full of anxiety. Keeping relaxed helps to re-focus the mind. Being mindful helps to keep the body in balance and you are more likely to become pregnant when the body is relaxed. There is good evidence that stress has a negative effect on the reproductive hormones and making them irregular so being relaxed is a benefit.
Conditions that are associated with fertility problems such as Endometriosis and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) may benefit from reflexology.
Reflexology is a safe and enjoyable treatment to use during pregnancy. It has the following benefits:
• Low back and pelvic pain
• Pelvic girdle pain (symphysis pubis pain)
• Reduced Tiredness and fatigue
• Feeling emotional
• Stress and anxiety
• Swelling in feet and ankles and hands
• Anxiety in labour
• Pain relief requirements in labour
• Bringing on labour naturally
• Reducing labour duration
• Less pain relief requirements in labour
• Improved postnatal recovery from birth
• Improved postnatal hormone balance
Reflexology is not suitable if you have a history of:
• A complicated pregnancy
• Increased amniotic fluid or polyhydramnios
• Reduced amniotic fluid or oligohydramnios
• Threatened or premature labour
• At risk of a Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
• Placenta previa (grade 3 or 4)
We do not recommend reflexology if you are in the first trimester.
There is very small evidence that reflexology may affect the risk of miscarriage so we recommend avoiding in the first trimester.
When you attend we will check your medical history with you. We ask you to bring your maternity notes if possible. We always recommend that your check with your GP, consultant or midwife before starting reflexology treatments.
£50 for 70 minutes for the first session (including consultation)
£45 for 50 minutes for follow up
For more information or to book a session, please call our clinic or email us.