Common questions and concerns
Are there any adverse reactions? – If you have a build up of toxins (from poor diet, lack of hydration, sleep etc) then you might experience some tenderness during a session. This is a normal reaction if you suffer poor health in general. It simply means that the reflexology is working to achieve a balance in your body, which ultimately provides a better environment for both conception and sustaining the fetus.
Can sessions be painful? – A session should be relaxing and enjoyable. However, if you have any underlying health issues, these may show up as tender areas on the feet.
Do I need to get permission from my Obstetrician/Midwife? – You may feel happier informing your obstetrician/midwife that you are receiving reflexology, although it is not necessary if you have a natural, uncomplicated pregnancy.
Can Reflexology cause a miscarriage? – Maternity Reflexology can not, will not and does not cause a viable fetus to be miscarried nor delivered early. Many midwifes believe that during the first trimester, the most common cause of miscarriage is chromosomal abnormalities. Miscarriage is a very traumatic time and reflexology can help following this sad time as it provides healing comfort to the client as well as helping to bring the hormonal system back into balance.
Is pregnancy massage safe? – Massage with a trained therapist is safe all through pregnancy.
How often should I come for massage? -Clients come for massage as often as their resources allow, regular sessions have an accumulative effect and reduce symptoms and improve well-being more quickly. That might mean weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
How do pregnant women lie on your massage couch? – Most women are comfortable lying on their side on my massage couch. I support the bump and legs with cushioned so you’re totally comfy. If this is not appropriate I have several other options to help you get as comfy as possible.
Is there any time I shouldn’t get a massage? – In most cases I adapt my work to be appropriate to your circumstances, however you shouldn’t come for massage if you are feverish, infectious or experiencing unexplained bleeding. Abdominal massage is not appropriate for 3 days before or during a period with a coil or after recent surgery.