Prenatal Massage & Reflexology is Massage and Reflexology specific to the care of your unborn baby, as well as Dad during this important time of change and, at times, physical discomfort for the Mother-To-Be. It can be used to help conceive, as well as throughout the pregnancy for both men and for women. Massage and Reflexology for babies and children is also effective in easing common illnesses and keeping them healthy and happy. They are some of the safest, most supportive therapies for pregnant women through all stages of pregnancy. They energizes the mother-to-be giving her a healthier pregnancy with a greater chance of a shorter, easier labor, delivery, and recovery after the birth.
Expectant mothers find Massage and Reflexology sessions the perfect opportunity to unwind and focus on herself and her baby. Women undergo enormous physical changes with changing hormones during pregnancy. For some, pregnancy is a long period of discomfort and fatigue – but it doesn’t have to be. Research has shown that a few sessions of Massage or Reflexology while pregnant can reduce time spent in labor, with fewer interventions and complications. The mother and baby experience faster recovery and are more relaxed. From the early stages of morning sickness to delivery, pregnancy can be physically demanding.
Massage and Reflexology are helpful with relief of the following complaints during pregnancy:
Stress and anxiety Lack of sleep and fatigue Digestive problems such as constipation Swollen/puffy ankles and legs Morning sickness Nausea and headaches Tired, stiff, achy muscles Pain and discomfort Loss of bladder control Backache Maintains balance/harmony of the body
Labor and Birth
Massage and Reflexology play an important role during birth. Many women who are overdue and prefer to naturally encourage labor schedule a specific kind of Massage or Reflexology session. During that session, the Massage Therapist or Reflexologist massage or reflex certain points which can start uterine contractions. ‘A 1988 study conducted by the Association of Reflexologists in London showed that continued Reflexology treatments while pregnant were important in treating:
Heartburn Hypertension Irritable uterus Edema Immunological stress Accelerated placenta release in 70% of women receiving treatments.’
Parenthood: How Will It Help My Newborn Baby?
For newborn babies, toddlers, and children, with their tiny feet and short attention spans, receiving Massage and Reflexology is very therapeutic for them. It relaxes them, they enjoy the attention, and their bodies aren't as polluted with toxins through a lifetime of neglect, so they respond to sessions rather quickly. Massage and Reflexology can help normalize these problems your baby may have:
Once the baby arrives, parents’ lives may be thrown into unusual routines.
Massage and Reflexology aid in helping to:
Calm and relax
Aid in sleep
Increase energy levels
Re-balance the body
Stabilize body weight
Prevent post-natal depression
Speed up recovery from caesarean
Improve back pain after epidural
Relieve tired exhausted muscles
Will It Help Older Children?
Massage and Reflexology have been used for centuries and is a method that adults are using to help affect or relieve a number of different ailments by allowing circulation and blocked energy and toxins to be removed. The source of any disease is tension and stress. Massage and Reflexology relax the tension, break up adhesions, increase circulation, and normalize the body, helping the body to naturally heal itself. Either can be utilized on children the same way we administer a massage or reflex session to adults but with less pressure, stimulating the body's natural healing process. Given regularly, Massage and Reflex sessions generally boost the immune system and helps the body to prevent illness. Massage and Reflexology help the body to fight common childhood illnesses such as colds, fevers, and stomach aches using a number of relaxation techniques and well as by normalizing the body, and increasing circulation to rid the body of toxins.
Reflexology Studies on ADD and ADHD
In Israel Shmuel Zaidel’s Institute of Human Ecology has been working with children with ADHD using trained Reflexologists. Zaidel stated that the children are more relaxed and calm and that having their feet worked on is actually viewed by the children as a learning experience. He uses what he calls “two-dimensional” geometric forms in which the Reflexologists trace patterns on the child’s feet. The child then traces the pattern on their belly or in the air. The techniques the Institute uses draws the child into stimulating his mind while participating in the Reflex session.
A Yolanda Austin worked with 10 children from 1rst grade through 7th grade diagnosed with ADHD. Over a 5 week period each child received a total of 10 Reflexology sessions. Austin concluded a 20% improvement in school work, a 40% improvement in sleeping patterns, and a 60% improvement in self confidence.
What Are the Benefits Of Massage and Reflexology in Children?
Children can benefit from both massage and reflexology. Childhood ailments like chest infections, constipation, the croup, asthma, eczema, tonsillitis, earache, and even temper tantrums can be alleviated with the support of regular sessions. Massage/Reflexology are simple methods helpful in relaxing the muscles, breaking up adhesions, and unblocking energy paths in your child's body that may be constricted or congested. Massage and Reflexology allow their growing bodies to assist in healing itself by stimulating circulation. Asthma is more prevalent today especially in major cites with all the extreme air pollution. Reflexology can reduce the affects of severe asthma, as well as the frequency of such attacks. A Reflexologist should know that the heart, lungs, diaphragm, and thoracic spine are some of the major places to reflex for this condition, as well as a few others. This relaxes the shoulders, the rib cage, as well as lung function improvement. Most children respond very positively to massage and reflexology sessions and it has been proven to be as effective, in most cases, as modern prescriptions. Discuss with your Massage Therapist or Reflexologist what kind of care plan you would like your child to be under. Asthma is life threatening and these methods are not meant to take the place of a regular health care provider that may be necessary, especially if the attack is severe.
HELPING YOUR CHILD:Help your child by encouraging exercise daily, especially swimming as it is very good for the respiratory system. Teach your child breathing exercises to help their lungs. Ask your Reflexologist to show you some key reflexes for your child so you can do some at home care. Also, regular relaxing visits to a Massage Therapist can help some of those tight and tense muscles to release and help them to breathe better. Vacuum and dust often to eliminate some of the dust that irritates asthma.