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KayMcDonnell(Listowel Therapy Centre)

Reflexology for the Pregnant Lady.

Pregnancy and giving birth are very interesting experiences in a woman’s life.The first few months of the pregnancy alone entails morning sickness and disorientation. As she waits out the nine months prior to giving birth, she will have experienced various sorts of pain and discomfort – nausea, back pain, neck pain, varicose veins, swelling of the legs and feet, fatigue and constant sleepiness. The circulation of the blood is hampered and the body’s movements are limited. Prenatal massage allows a woman to experience the pampering and comfort that is so much deserved and following the birth, post natal massage can help restore balance, relieve pain, reduce stress of coping with this new challenge and help achieve restful sleep.


Reflexology during pregnancy can help relieve morning sickness, fatigue, breast tenderness, heartburn, headaches, mood swings, anxiety, leg cramps and more.

AFTER THE BIRTH (From week 40 only):

Reflexology's priming technique is strongly stimulating, working only when the body is ready. Previous reflexology treatments are advisable. Helps the mother prepare for birth.

By having regular treatments throughout the pregnancy it can help to relieve the following:
  • Backache / Rib Pain / Groin Pain
  • Symphysis Pubis Pain
  • Cramp
  • Constipation / Diarrhoea / IBS
  • Exhaustion / Fatigue
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Oedema
  • Insomnia

A qualified therapist can offer very safe treatment to pregnant women in any stage of pregnancy. Endocrine balance and Lymphatic technique are just some of the techniques used to ease pregnancy symptoms such as headaches, oedema or morning sickness. I would recommend this treatment to all pregnant women as it helps to maintain balance and harmony during rapidly changing conditions of pregnancy.

Contraindications to the treatment:
  • DVT is a blood clot that forms inside a vein (usually in the calf). It may block the blood flow and if a fragment detaches and traveles to another part of the body it may cause an embolus e.g. pulmonary embolus.
  • Signs and symptons of DVT: Pain, swelling, heat, redness
  • As reflexology increases the vitality of the vascular system, there is a possibility that the thrombosis may move with dire consequences.
Postnatal Care:

The agony and ecstasy of birthing can leave a woman feeling jubilant, exhausted, sore and sick, full of disbelief and wonder and many other conflicting and confusing emotions and feelings. 

After birthing many emotional changes happen and it can take around three months for many women to feel their ‘normal’ self again. 

The balancing, harmonising and restoring qualities of reflexology is extremely beneficial at this time. Even if a woman has had a straightforward, uneventful birthing, her entire system will appreciate being balanced back to a non-pregnant state and if the labour has been a traumatic experience the qualities of reflexology will help enormously. 

Post-natal depression:

Pregnancy is an extraordinary process, both joyful and stressful. Your body undergoes huge changes to meet the needs of your growing baby. Massage has been used for centuries as a way of easing the strain of pregnancy and helping women connect with their babies. It can be used safely at all stages of pregnancy. 

Women come for all kinds of reasons; to ease aches and pains, to get some precious 'me time', to explore their feelings about pregnancy and their changing body, to prepare for birth and to nourish themselves after their baby has arrived.

Kay is a Reflexologist and Massage Therapist in Listowel, Co. Kerry. For more information, call in to our shop or please contact Kay on 068-23574 or at kay@kaymcdonnell.com

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