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How Reflexology can help you through every stage of pregnancy
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How Reflexology can help you through every stage of pregnancy
March 23, 2018
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How Reflexology can help you through every stage of pregnancy
March 23, 2018
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Keah Lan is a London-based pilates and yoga teacher who has been studying the sacred healing arts and Reflexology for over 20 years. Her unique, interdisciplinary approach blends healing through reflexology with the wisdom of Chinese medicine and qi gong, handed down from a family of healers.

From ironing out small niggles to shortening labour and assisting with labour pain, Keah is a firm advocate of the soothing, calming and rejuvenating abilities of Reflexology for expecting mothers. So we caught up with her to find out more about the healing power of Reflexology before, during and after pregnancy…

*Fifi’s Journal readers can receive an exclusive 30% OFF a 1 hour reflexology home visit session with Keal Lan.  To redeem, simply quote FEETUP when you book your treatment on http://www.keahlan.com.  Offer valid until April 23, 2018. *

Hey Keah Lan, why Reflexology?

Reflexology is like a MOT for your body. The feet are so neglected and yet the whole body is balanced on them. If you do yoga you know that the tree pose is about balancing, not just physically but also mentally. When your feet are out of balance your whole body is out of sync. How can you balance with a wobbly foundation?

Can you tell us about the benefits of using Reflexology for infertility?

The theory of reflexology is that organs, nerves, glands and parts of the body are connected to reflex areas or points on the feet and hands. By stimulating these areas you can create a direct response in the related body area. For example, by working on the pituitary and ovary reflex points you can help activate the body’s own healing processes to help stimulate ovulation.

Reflexology encourages the body’s own healing processes, facilitating vital energy; helping to improve your immune system, creating a stronger body and calmer mind.

Reflexology can boost fertility in woman and men by working these points:

  • Pituitary – this is the master gland and produces many of the hormones regulating the menstrual cycle.
  • Hypothalamus – as it regulates the Pituitary hormone production.
  • Thyroid – as an over / under active thyroid function can impact fertility.
  • Solar plexus – particularly if the client is stressed.
  • Reproductive organs – ovary / testicles stimulates the gland to produce sex cells and hormones.
  • Fallopian tubes / Vas Deferens: stimulate the points to release any blockage that may exist.
  • Uterus / Prostate gland – to increase the blood circulation and promote normal functioning.

How about Reflexology during pregnancy, why would you chose to have it?

  • Tranquil relaxation and reduce stress.
  • Relief from muscle cramps, spasms and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, legs.
  • Increase in blood lymph and circulation, which can reduce swelling.
  • Reduce stress on weight-bearing joints.
  • Improve outcome of labour and ease labour pain.
  • Provides support for the mother with physical and emotional strains of mothering.

How about Reflexology to induce labour?

The days leading to childbirth can be quite stressful, often the doctor gives mom a date for the arrival of her little one and if she is over that date, mom can get quite stressed. The most valuable thing in reflexology for labour is calming the mother so she feels relaxed. The treatment will help to improve and stimulate several conditions that occur during the process and as a consequence, help the mother to better administrate her energies towards this task of labour.

We’ve heard lots of people are using Reflexology during labour, would you recommend this?

How we prepare for labour and deal with labour pain can have a profound effect on the mother and her child. Reflexology can be used to help mothers and baby remain in a state of calm.

Did you use Reflexology for your own pregnancy benefits?

Yes, I had Reflexology and acupuncture, as I could not sleep well towards the end of my trimester and my feet were swollen.  The only way for me to completely relax is to have my feet massaged. There is something very grounding about it.  

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