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Marthie Beumer Therapeutic Reflexologist

Reflexology

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is based on the principle that every part of your body is reflected on specific areas or reflexes of the feet, hands and ears. A Therapeutic Reflexologist will use various finger, thumb and hand techniques and systematically apply pressure on these reflexes. This promotes the body’s natural healing processes and assists to maintain the body in a state of balance. Maternity reflexology focuses on the conditions of infertility, in-vitro fertility support, pregnancy, childbirth and even supports the rest of the family in these stages of life.

Is Reflexology safe for Mother and Baby?

It is a gentle, relaxing, non-invasive and health promoting treatment. It is generally considered safe during pregnancy. ‘A miscarriage is a reaction of the body, NOT to the reflexology. Under no circumstances has reflexology ever been shown to have caused the body to do something it didn’t want to do.’ Taken from ‘A complete guide to Foot Reflexology’ by Kevin & Barbara Kunz.

Therapeutic Reflexology is not contra-indicated for any condition although caution is to be taken under the following circumstances: deep vein thrombosis and pre-eclampsia.

Benefits during Labour and Birth

Reflexology can ease the childbirth process. It can shorten the length of labour and promote an easier delivery.  It can help stimulate the body to produce the hormones needed for birth. It can promote dilation, relieve the pain of labour and shorten the duration of each of the stages of labour and birth.

‘There is some anecdotal evidence to suggest that reflexology can help to bring on labour providing both mother and baby are ready. It is always recommended that those clients who wish to use reflexology for this purpose, begin their reflexology sessions at least 6 weeks prior to their predicted term date i.e. by 34 weeks pregnant.’ Recommendation from the Association of Reflexologists in England and Wales.

Baby Reflexology

Babies can also benefit from reflexology to help with:

calming • sleeping disturbances • colic • teething • earache • boosting the immune system • pain relief (immunization) • constipation/diarrhoea • coughs and colds

Benefits during Pregnancy

Reflexology during maternity can prevent or substantially aid recovery from the ailments pregnancy can bring.  Common ailments that occur and relate to pregnancy include:

Nausea / morning sickness • Water retention in feet and legs • Headaches  • Fatigue, disturbed sleep • Loss of bladder control •  Leg cramps • Backache • Sorry breasts • Worry and depression • Heartburn  •  Hemorrhoids and piles • Pain and discomfort •  Varicose veins •  Constipation and diarrhoea •  Bladder and vaginal infections • Poor circulation

No doubt the baby in the womb will also feel the healthy effects of reflexology.  Foetal development and growth are supported by regular reflexology treatments.

After the birth

Reflexology helps the body recover physically, emotionally and hormonally, restoring the body to its natural balance. The physical benefits of post natal reflexology include:

  • help the mother to more efficiently expel the placenta;
  • a uterus which returns more quickly to its non pregnant size;
  • energy levels can be increased;
  • supports the body as the menstrual cycle returns to normal;
  • and it can aid lactation.

Emotionally it helps to relax and calm and, post natal depression may be less likely to occur.  This is helpful to a mother adjusting to coping with a new baby.

Case studies have shown that babies born from mothers who received regular reflexology treatments are healthy, and start breastfeeding quicker.

Infertility

Reflexology helps to reduce stress and promote hormonal balance in order that the body can obtain optimum health. Reflexology during a course of In-Vitro Fertility treatment can be supportive in helping to relieve the stress.  By creating the best environment possible in body mind and spirit conception is more likely to occur.  Both women and men are encouraged to receive reflexology treatments, for regulation of menstrual and stimulation of sperm, respectively.

What can you expect from a reflexology treatment?

The first consultation would include a general assessment of medical history and lifestyle. A treatment plan and objective will be discussed.

Reflexology is offered to you sitting in a fairly upright position to ensure good circulation to your baby.  It is advisable not to lie on your back during the treatment from 5th month of pregnancy, or earlier if it causes discomfort.

Reflexology will provide a treatment between 45 – 60 minutes that will make you feel very relaxed.  If you want to sleep or even sleep, this will be respected.    Some reflex areas will be sensitive during pregnancy.

As the treatments progress, you should notice an improvement in your health.

Reflexology does not tickle. Reflexology does not claim to treat specific complaints or illness, although it certainly can aid the body in its own healing process. No diagnosis will be made.

Treatments

When to commence treatments – 12 – 16 weeks pregnant. It may be appropriate to commence treatment earlier depending on individual situations.
Frequency of treatment – varies depending on the pregnancy, however, a total of 5 to 10+ treatments would be recommended to gain the most benefit.

In conclusion, Reflexology will certainly promote a sense of well-being during pregnancy.

Marthie Beumer Therapeutic Reflexologist

Reflexology

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is based on the principle that every part of your body is reflected on specific areas or reflexes of the feet, hands and ears. A Therapeutic Reflexologist will use various finger, thumb and hand techniques and systematically apply pressure on these reflexes. This promotes the body’s natural healing processes and assists to maintain the body in a state of balance. Maternity reflexology focuses on the conditions of infertility, in-vitro fertility support, pregnancy, childbirth and even supports the rest of the family in these stages of life.

Is Reflexology safe for Mother and Baby?

It is a gentle, relaxing, non-invasive and health promoting treatment. It is generally considered safe during pregnancy. ‘A miscarriage is a reaction of the body, NOT to the reflexology. Under no circumstances has reflexology ever been shown to have caused the body to do something it didn’t want to do.’ Taken from ‘A complete guide to Foot Reflexology’ by Kevin & Barbara Kunz.

Therapeutic Reflexology is not contra-indicated for any condition although caution is to be taken under the following circumstances: deep vein thrombosis and pre-eclampsia.

Benefits during Pregnancy

Reflexology during maternity can prevent or substantially aid recovery from the ailments pregnancy can bring.  Common ailments that occur and relate to pregnancy include:

Nausea / morning sickness • Water retention in feet and legs • Headaches  • Fatigue, disturbed sleep • Loss of bladder control •  Leg cramps • Backache • Sorry breasts • Worry and depression • Heartburn  •  Hemorrhoids and piles • Pain and discomfort •  Varicose veins •  Constipation and diarrhoea •  Bladder and vaginal infections • Poor circulation

No doubt the baby in the womb will also feel the healthy effects of reflexology.  Foetal development and growth are supported by regular reflexology treatments.

Benefits during Labour and Birth

Reflexology can ease the childbirth process. It can shorten the length of labour and promote an easier delivery.  It can help stimulate the body to produce the hormones needed for birth. It can promote dilation, relieve the pain of labour and shorten the duration of each of the stages of labour and birth.

‘There is some anecdotal evidence to suggest that reflexology can help to bring on labour providing both mother and baby are ready. It is always recommended that those clients who wish to use reflexology for this purpose, begin their reflexology sessions at least 6 weeks prior to their predicted term date i.e. by 34 weeks pregnant.’ Recommendation from the Association of Reflexologists in England and Wales.

After the birth

Reflexology helps the body recover physically, emotionally and hormonally, restoring the body to its natural balance. The physical benefits of post natal reflexology include:

  • help the mother to more efficiently expel the placenta;
  • a uterus which returns more quickly to its non pregnant size;
  • energy levels can be increased;
  • supports the body as the menstrual cycle returns to normal;
  • and it can aid lactation.

Emotionally it helps to relax and calm and, post natal depression may be less likely to occur.  This is helpful to a mother adjusting to coping with a new baby.

Case studies have shown that babies born from mothers who received regular reflexology treatments are healthy, and start breastfeeding quicker.

Baby Reflexology

Babies can also benefit from reflexology to help with:

calming • sleeping disturbances • colic • teething • earache • boosting the immune system • pain relief (immunization) • constipation/diarrhoea • coughs and colds

Infertility

Reflexology helps to reduce stress and promote hormonal balance in order that the body can obtain optimum health. Reflexology during a course of In-Vitro Fertility treatment can be supportive in helping to relieve the stress.  By creating the best environment possible in body mind and spirit conception is more likely to occur.  Both women and men are encouraged to receive reflexology treatments, for regulation of menstrual and stimulation of sperm, respectively.

What can you expect from a reflexology treatment?

The first consultation would include a general assessment of medical history and lifestyle. A treatment plan and objective will be discussed.

Reflexology is offered to you sitting in a fairly upright position to ensure good circulation to your baby.  It is advisable not to lie on your back during the treatment from 5th month of pregnancy, or earlier if it causes discomfort.

Reflexology will provide a treatment between 45 – 60 minutes that will make you feel very relaxed.  If you want to sleep or even sleep, this will be respected.    Some reflex areas will be sensitive during pregnancy.

As the treatments progress, you should notice an improvement in your health.

Reflexology does not tickle. Reflexology does not claim to treat specific complaints or illness, although it certainly can aid the body in its own healing process. No diagnosis will be made.

Treatments

When to commence treatments – 12 – 16 weeks pregnant. It may be appropriate to commence treatment earlier depending on individual situations.
Frequency of treatment – varies depending on the pregnancy, however, a total of 5 to 10+ treatments would be recommended to gain the most benefit.

In conclusion, Reflexology will certainly promote a sense of well-being during pregnancy.

Marthie Beumer Workshops

Post Birth Reflection

Sharing your birth story in a compassionate and safe space with other mothers, recognise your empowerment and growth. This is a small group of mothers who have experienced childbirth in any setting.

Marthie Beumer Workshops

Post Birth Reflection

Sharing your birth story in a compassionate and safe space with other mothers, recognise your empowerment and growth. This is a small group of mothers who have experienced childbirth in any setting.

Marthie Beumer Professional Birth Doula
Benefits of Labour Support

The Cochrane review – Continuous support for women during childbirth, 2011:

  • 28% less likely to have a ceasarian section
  • 31% less likely to use induction
  • 12 % increase in the likelihood of a vaginal birth
  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
  • 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively.
Birth Doula Services

Before labor

I will meet with you and your partner during pregnancy to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears and concerns, to discuss your birth plan and to plan how we might best work together.  I also want to know your own best ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner foresee working together.  I will also inform you of times when I am unavailable for labour support. To cover those times, I will arrange for a back-up doula whom you may also meet.  We may also decide on other meetings and will certainly want to remain in touch by telephone and/or email.

When you are in labour

I prefer that you call me when you think you are in labour, even if you do not need me.  I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone.  We will decide if I should come right then or wait for further change.  I usually need approximately 1 hour to get to you from the time you ask me to come.  We will also decide where to meet – at your home, the hospital or birth centre.  Except for extraordinary circumstances, I will remain with you throughout labour and birth.

After birth

I usually remain with you for one or two hours after birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together.  I can also help with initial breastfeeding, if necessary.  I am available to answer questions about the birth of your baby and would like to get together with you within a few weeks to see how you and your baby are doing, to review the birth and to get feedback from you about my role.

What Birth doulas do NOT do

As a doula, I do not:

  • Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, foetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and others. I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support
  • Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision.  I will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth plan.
  • Speak to the staff on your behalf. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff.
Early days of Parenthood

Home visits are offered to provide the emotional, physical or informational support including basic breastfeeding support you may need.  The early days of parenthood is such a big adjustment, and the aim is to support and empower you to nurture yourselves as young parents, but also settle and enjoy your maternity leave as much as possible.

Birth Doula

Even though I am not currently practicing as a Birth Doula, this section is for information only.

The role of a Birth Doula

I am a knowledgeable resource for mothers and fathers-to-be who needs to birth.  In a professional, respectful way, I am honouring your specific needs and preferences, with confidentiality, helping you to make informed choices as to the birth care model you believe will serve you.

I help prepare you as a mother and father-to-be for the birthing experience, so that you can feel confident, calm and relaxed as much as possible for this new and unknown life defining experience in your life.  This can be done in one-on-one sessions, or a workshop to educate you on bodily functioning in the labour and birth process and to help you practise labouring positions, movements, breathing, visualisations, relaxation, and know how you can support each other.

I facilitate ways to build trust on all levels, trust in your own body’s ability to birth, to trust the care model and caregivers you have chosen, and that the circumstances or the uniqueness surrounding your birth experience can be supportive.

I contribute to and encourage a safe, protected and comfortable birthing space, as much as possible, for you as a mother and father-to-be to embrace the birthing experience as your own, unique experience where you were cared for emotionally and physically, with as much dignity as possible.

Marthie Beumer Professional Birth Doula

Birth Doula

Even though I am not currently practicing as a Birth Doula, this section is for information only.

The role of a Birth Doula

I am a knowledgeable resource for mothers and fathers-to-be who needs to birth.  In a professional, respectful way, I am honouring your specific needs and preferences, with confidentiality, helping you to make informed choices as to the birth care model you believe will serve you.

I help prepare you as a mother and father-to-be for the birthing experience, so that you can feel confident, calm and relaxed as much as possible for this new and unknown life defining experience in your life.  This can be done in one-on-one sessions, or a workshop to educate you on bodily functioning in the labour and birth process and to help you practise labouring positions, movements, breathing, visualisations, relaxation, and know how you can support each other.

I facilitate ways to build trust on all levels, trust in your own body’s ability to birth, to trust the care model and caregivers you have chosen, and that the circumstances or the uniqueness surrounding your birth experience can be supportive.

I contribute to and encourage a safe, protected and comfortable birthing space, as much as possible, for you as a mother and father-to-be to embrace the birthing experience as your own, unique experience where you were cared for emotionally and physically, with as much dignity as possible.

Benefits of Labour Support

The Cochrane review – Continuous support for women during childbirth, 2011:

  • 28% less likely to have a ceasarian section
  • 31% less likely to use induction
  • 12 % increase in the likelihood of a vaginal birth
  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
  • 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively.
Birth Doula Services

Before labor

I will meet with you and your partner during pregnancy to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears and concerns, to discuss your birth plan and to plan how we might best work together.  I also want to know your own best ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner foresee working together.  I will also inform you of times when I am unavailable for labour support. To cover those times, I will arrange for a back-up doula whom you may also meet.  We may also decide on other meetings and will certainly want to remain in touch by telephone and/or email.

When you are in labour

I prefer that you call me when you think you are in labour, even if you do not need me.  I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone.  We will decide if I should come right then or wait for further change.  I usually need approximately 1 hour to get to you from the time you ask me to come.  We will also decide where to meet – at your home, the hospital or birth centre.  Except for extraordinary circumstances, I will remain with you throughout labour and birth.

After birth

I usually remain with you for one or two hours after birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together.  I can also help with initial breastfeeding, if necessary.  I am available to answer questions about the birth of your baby and would like to get together with you within a few weeks to see how you and your baby are doing, to review the birth and to get feedback from you about my role.

What Birth doulas do NOT do

As a doula, I do not:

  • Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, foetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and others. I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support
  • Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision.  I will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth plan.
  • Speak to the staff on your behalf. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff.
Early days of Parenthood

Home visits are offered to provide the emotional, physical or informational support including basic breastfeeding support you may need.  The early days of parenthood is such a big adjustment, and the aim is to support and empower you to nurture yourselves as young parents, but also settle and enjoy your maternity leave as much as possible.

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