Mobile Maternity Reflexology in Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and surrounding areas.

Author // John Cook
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Maternity Reflexology
with Sophie Campbell-Sinclair – The Wise Hippo Herts

Mobile Maternity Reflexology in Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and surrounding areas.

Are you suffering from any common pregnancy complaints? Insomnia, nausea, swollen hands and feet, pain, anxiety, tiredness? You may be surprised to know that your feet may hold the answer to an increased sense of wellbeing in pregnancy and beyond. Reflexology is an ancient science which works with the principle that there are energy zones in the hands & feet relating to every organ and part of the body.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology’s origins date back over 4000 years and was originally practised by the ancient Egyptians and Chinese. It was first recognised in the Western world in 1913 when an American, Dr William Fitzgerald, noticed that by applying pressure on specific parts of the body, principally the feet he could bring about normal physiological functioning in areas of the same ‘zone’ in the body. This idea of zone therapy was born.

Along with many other medical professionals such as Joe Riley maps of these foot reflexes and the zones were researched and recorded. These maps and pathways were further developed in the 1930s by Eunice Ingham, who defined reflexology as it is practised today.

By applying pressure to specific points on the feet (called reflexes) and when necessary the hands, a professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle imbalances, release blockages and restore the flow of energy within the body. As you will see in the diagram below just as our nerve pathways finish in our hands and feet so do our ten energy zones.
My reflexology sessions are designed to create deep relaxation and in return stimulate the bodies own natural healing and balance. Like all complementary therapies Reflexology is a holistic practise so therapists recognise that we are not just physical, our emotional and mental wellbeing are all delicately balanced together. Many of my clients find that the sessions are great stress relief which helps them to feel more positive and address the factors that could be affecting their overall health such as lifestyle and diet.

Is it safe in pregnancy?

Obviously when you are pregnant you want to make sure that everything you do is safe for both you and your baby. Reflexology is generally considered safe throughout pregnancy, provided there are no complications and your reflexologist knows that you’re pregnant. It is important to notify the therapist of any contraindications including conditions you lived with before you became pregnant. If you are unsure whats considered as a contraindication its always best to refer to your Midwife or Gp before booking a treatment.

There is a misconception that reflexology can increase the risk of a miscarriage during the early stages of pregnancy although the Association of Reflexologists says: “There is no evidence to even suggest that this may be the case. However, as miscarriages are more common in the first term of pregnancy, some reflexologists are not prepared to take the risk.” I recommend clients start after their 12 week scan especially if they have not had treatments before.

Dr Gowri Motha one of the world’s leading obstetricians and founder of Gentle birth says “Reflexology is one of the most powerful tools in the gentle birth programme. Its instrumental in helping 45.5 % of her mother’s give birth at the optimum gestation of 40 weeks. Anecdotal evidence also suggests reflexology can also help keep blood pressure normal, relieve pelvic girdle pain (SPD) and generally help common ailments. Personally I believe you cannot underestimate the benefit of |Reflexology’s deep relaxation as you prepare for the birth of your baby.”
I combine my treatments with hypnobirthing MP3’S to ensure that we are working positively on a subconscious level too. It is often said where the mind goes the body will follow so I like to play positive affirmations for birth in the background to ensure when I leave my mummies are feeling physically and mentally prepared for birth. In the 2 hr session I will also cover other useful hypnobirthing techniques for labour such as breathing, positions, visualisations and environment


The postnatal period is still a very physically demanding time with lots of hormonal change , healing and balancing going on. It’s crucial that mums receive the right support to help them be successful with breast feeding and make adjustments for their role as a new mum. Some mums can experience baby blues so making time for some well needed RnR can be really helpful in warding off postnatal depression and exhaustion.

Oxcytocin is one of the hormones required for successful breastfeeding and when we are stressed and anxious we make a hormone that inhibits its production, Adrenaline. This hormone inhibits the production of oxcytocin and therefore the milk ejection reflex or “let down” so just by relaxing we can help establish good breast feeding.

What to expect

Most therapists work from clinics but I know when you are heavily pregnant or a new mum the last thing you want to do is rush about. I offer mobile sessions in the comfort of your home so you are able to completely relax, feed your baby or fall straight to sleep when I go if you so wish.

The sessions start with a foot ritual wash with hot flannels and essential oils if requested , the reflexology session lasts for 1hr and costs £59 for home visits or £80 for a 2 hr home visit that combines the principles of Hypnobirthing.

I am happy to travel within a 15 mile radius Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Stansted & Harlow.

For more information or to make an appointment please contact me at or ring 07977 932188

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