After an initial consultation, the session could last for up to one hour, depending on the client's needs. It is important to build a rapport with the mother to be and get them to be comfortable and relaxed with the practitioner. The treatment itself is very relaxing and the client will be able to ask any questions with regard to their treatment. The aim is to get the client as relaxed as possible in order to assist the body to gain the optimum efficiency for both mother and baby.
The aims of maternity reflexology is to:
+ enhance maternal wellbeing during pregnancy through relaxation, by restoring and maintaining physical, psychological and emotional homeosatic balance
+ to provide the expectant mother with opportunities for time to herself for rest and relaxation and allow her to express her concerns
+ to complement normal midwifery by detecting from a manual and visual examination of the feet any health issues
+ to relieve symptoms and discomforts of pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period by promoting the mother's self healing capacity and facilitating her coping mechanisms
+ to support the mother during labour and birth by aiding relaxation and reducing fear, pain and tension to contribute towards normal progress
+ to assist in reducing the severity of any complications which do arise.