Is Reflexology Safe for Pregnancy and Postpartum?
Yes! Reflexology is safe while pregnant and after birthing your baby! Acupressure points help relieve tension and ailments in both pregnancy and postpartum.
What is the Reflexology Session & Kit?
- Ayurvedic Organic Replenish Me Scrub to calm and relax your tired feet (and whole body) from carrying the weight of your growing baby or from the soreness of carrying your precious newborn, infant or toddler
- Ayurvedic Organic Renew Me Oil to soothe and moisturize Mommy’s feet, and to help inspire a routine your child can also do as they grow and follow in your footsteps when learning self-care from you (great for the face and whole body, too)
- 1 pair Body Atlas Socks for Pregnancy & Postpartum inspiring Polarity Therapy and Reflexology modalities
- 1 pair Body Atlas Socks for Baby and instruction on points for comforting baby
- An easy-to-read foot map, the Body Atlas, knitted onto the sock’s soles detailing each acupressure point as well as a description of which body systems and/or discomforts may be affected by manipulation of those points
- Online subscription to the Body Atlas and digital exercises
- Plus, instant online access to our Reflexology Session for Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum which includes video instruction for stimulating acupressure points, proven to aid common pregnancy, labor, and postpartum discomforts.
What is Reflexology?
It is the study of acupressure points, which are nerve endings that are found all throughout our body. The concept of reflexology is simple – every nerve ending that ends in the foot can affect the corresponding body system when stimulated. When we properly stimulate these pressure points, we are sending an impulse up the nerve to the correlated organ, body tissue, muscle, and any system of the body. This session allows clients to provide self-care and empower their partners to help with relief.
Reflexology & Acupressure Benefits for Pregnancy and Postpartum
- lose water weight
- reduce swelling and puffiness
- improve your emotions, balance temperament and relaxation
- decrease postpartum depression
- relieve blockages in your lower back and spine
- decrease uterine discomfort and tightening
- aid pressure of bladder, genitals, urinary system
- stimulate lymphatic system & immunity
- decrease breast and mammary gland tension
- help increase a slow milk supply
- initiate earlier lactation
- increase your circulation and wake up body cells
- help your sciatica
- clear sinuses and ease your breathing
- care for your breasts and mammary glands
- remedy both your constipation and diarrhea
- care for your intestines, rectum, colon, esophagus, and stomach
- relieve acid reflux, stomach upset, morning sickness
- reduce hemorrhoids associated with labor
- gas aid and digestion balancing
- comfort your baby when fussy, gassy, or teething
- learn chest and shoulder and hip openers
- decrease tension in legs and sciatic nerve area
- care for your feet and posture
- relax, open, & energize uterus and vagina in labor
- aid fallopian tubes; minimize laboring discomfort
- rebalance cycle immediately after birth
Reflexology Benefits for Babies
- Decreases pressure & discomfort in ears, throat, sinuses, & nasal passages
- Balances breathing and calm fussiness and emotions
- Decreases stomach discomfort, gas, spit up, and balance bowel movements
- Encourage relaxation, balance bowel movements, ease teething discomfort
- Aids muscle tension and tightness
Why points on the feet?
Reflexology is most effective on the feet as they have the highest concentration of nerve endings, and the least amount of musculature, so you don’t have much to work through and can easily send a message up to any bodily system through the feet. On the bottom of each foot, there are over 200,000 nerve endings which literally create a map of the body. Stimulating these points can help release tension or blockages that may be in the body system.
How do the socks help?
These socks were created by qualified Holistic Health Practitioners to empower women and their partners to provide relief for common discomforts in the privacy of their own home with nothing but a foot rub. The primary source of information for these socks is found in ancient reflexology practices. There are thousands of nerve endings in each foot that correspond to nerves in other parts of the body. Stimulating the nerve endings in your foot can restore balance to the corresponding body system.
Research studies on Reflexology
Postpartum Depression: A total of 70 women in a postpartum care center were recruited and were assigned to the experimental group (35) or control group (35). Foot reflexology massage was provided to the experimental group once a day for three days.. The level of depression in the experimental group was significantly lower than the control group (t=-3.00, p=.004). [Effects of Foot-Reflexology Massage on Fatigue, Stress and Postpartum Depression in Postpartum Women] http://bit.ly/reflexologypostpartum [accessed Jun 27, 2017].
Breastfeeding: “Research showed that new mothers who received reflexology work initiated lactation in 43.47 hours (+12.39 hours) and in comparison to the control group average of 66.97 hours (+28.16 hours). At 72 hours satisfactory lactation was documented in 98% of the foot reflexology group and 67% of the control group. Reflexology work helped avoid use of drugs in lactation that may be harmful to the baby.” Siu-lan, Li and Cai-xia, Shu, “Galactagogue Effect of Foot Reflexology in 217 Parturient Women,” 1996 Beijing International Reflexology Conference (Report), China Preventive Medical Association and Chinese Society of Reflexology, Beijing, 1996, p. 14
Swelling: Another trial, involving 55 women, compared reflexology with rest. Reflexology significantly reduced the symptoms associated with oedema (reduction in symptoms: RR 9.09, 95% CI 1.41 to 58.54) Bamigboye AA, Smyth R. Interventions for varicose veins and leg oedema in pregnancy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2007;(1) CD001066
Sinusitis: A total of 150 adult subjects with chronic sinusitis symptoms were recruited from the community and assigned to 1 of 3 treatment groups: nasal irrigation with bulb syringe, nasal irrigation with nasal irrigation pot, or control treatment with reflexology massage. Daily nasal irrigation using either a bulb syringe, nasal irrigation pot, and daily reflexology massage were equally efficacious and resulted in improvement in the symptoms of chronic sinusitis in over 70% of subjects. Heatley, D. G., K. E. McConnell, T. L. Kille, and G. E. Leverson. “Nasal irrigation for the alleviation of sinonasal symptoms.” Otolaryngology–head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. U.S. National Library of Medicine, July 2001. Web. 27 June 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11458213
Constipation: Postpartum women recovering from Cesarean section showed a significant difference in time to first defecation when receiving reflexology for three days as compared to the control group. “Foot after cesarean section on the recovery of gastrointestinal function; the Influence of Foot Soaking and Massage on the Recovery of Digestive System after Cesarean,” Contemporary nurses (Academic Edition) Today Nurse 2004, Section 1
Urination: Research showed that postpartum women recovering from Cesarean section showed a significantly shorter first voiding time when receiving foot reflexology or machine (electric foot roller) foot reflexology as compared to the control group. Zhongcuifang, Huang Lihong, HE Miao East, Zhou, Wen-Cheng Peng Pai, Hsiao-Hui Lee, Bao Jinlian. Fortunately, Wen-Jie Li, “Foot Massage on postpartum urinary system rehabilitation research,” Maternal and Child. Health Care of China, 2003, No. 09
Sciatica: 36 patients, with sciatica were given 45-50 minutes each of foot reflexology and 10-30 sessions of hand acupuncture. Twenty-eight patients had sciatica as their primary disease and 8 patients had it as their secondary disease. Those with sciatica as their primary group had a better results at a rate of 80.55%. with the total result being 91.66%. Foot reflexology with hand acupuncture was found to be effective for the relief of sciatica. Cao, R. and Zhan, T., “Clinical Experience in Treatment of 36 Cases of Sciatica with Foot Massage Plus Hand Acupuncture.” 1993 China Reflexology Symposium Report, Beijing : China Reflexology Association, pages 53-55.
Lower Back Pain: The results showed a significantly higher reduction in pain intensity scores in the reflexology group after the intervention as compared with the non-specific massage group. Eghbali, Maryam et al. “The Effects of Reflexology on Chronic Low Back Pain Intensity in Nurses Employed in Hospitals Affiliated with Isfahan University of Medical Sciences.” Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research 17.3 (2012): 239–243. Print.
Infant Pain: This study was a randomized controlled trial designed to evaluate the effect of foot reflexology applied on infants on acute pain that may arise after vaccine injection. A statistically significant difference was observed between the mean FLACC pain scores of infants in the reflexology and control groups (p = .000). The infants in the reflexology group also had lower heart rates, higher oxygen saturation, and shorter crying periods than the infants in the control group (p <.001). Koç, T., and D. Gözen. “The Effect of Foot Reflexology on Acute Pain in Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Worldviews on evidence-based nursing. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2015. Web. 27 June 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26220257
Colic: According to the results it can say that foot reflexology decreased colic score mean, pain sense, daily crying time and crying violence, on the other hand; increased daily sleep times of babies in study group. While daily crying times decreased day by day since the third day of reflexology seance; daily sleep times increased day by day too since fourth day of reflexology seance in study group. The findings show that in proportion of 60% babies in study group not observed colicky cry during a month after the practice. Dlagic, A. “The effect of foot reflexology applied to infantile colic infants on colic symptoms” 13th European Pediatrics & Pediatric Neurology Conference. Aug 31-Sept 02 2017. http://bit.ly/reflexologybabycolic