My personal opinion is that it is perfectly safe to have reflexology treatments during pregnancy, even in the first 12 weeks. I believe that a viable foetus is extremely difficult to dislodge. There is no evidence to suggest that reflexology may damage a foetus in the first trimester or indeed at any stage of pregnancy.
When I first qualified as a reflexologist I didn’t feel sufficiently experienced to treat pregnant women and was concerned that I may get blamed or even sued in the event of a miscarriage. Some reflexologists believe that women should not receive reflexology during the first trimester and I wasn’t sure what to believe.
Rather than avoid pregnant women I learnt as much as possible about maternity reflexology. I completed a Maternity Reflexology Course with Susanne Enzer, a reflexologist and midwife of many years. It was important for me to be trained by someone with both medical experience and reflexology knowledge. I received a Statement of Attendance for attending the course and chose to complete additional assessments, assignments and case studies to gain a Certificate of Competency in Maternity Reflexology.
The course was extremely detailed and covered:
- the bones and organs of the female pelvis
- the endocrine system
- preconceptual care
- cautions / precautions and contraindications
- the physiology of pregnancy
- location of reflex zones of the pelvis and pelvic organs on the feet
- how to adapt reflexology for pregnancy
- reflex zones and acupressure points to avoid during pregnancy
- the reflexology endocrine balance technique
- the reflexology lymphatic technique
- a reflexology routine to prime / induce labour
- special reflexology techniques to use in childbirth