~ Recent studies have shown that reflexology during pregnancy:
~ Significantly reduced the pain during labour.
~ Reduced the length of the first stage of labour.
~ Improved the quality of sleep in post-natal women.
~ Shorter second stage of labour and reduced pain for women who were treated for lower back pain or pelvic girdle pain when they received six weekly reflexology treatments.
~ A 30 minute treatment was shown to lower anxiety scores of women in labour.
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