Reflexology: Can it Help You Cope with Labor?

Lee-Ann Blair is the owner of 30 Newbury Street, a chic wellness salon and spa located in the trendy downtown section of Boston. Three years ago, at the age of 37, she gave birth to a nine pound, two ounce baby girl after 45 minutes of hard labor.

While it may seem remarkable, Lee-Ann says she believes every woman can reduce the length of labor and the pain associated with childbirth. How? By employing a reflexologist to work with you in the labor room.

“I tell everyone, but no one listens,” said Blair. “Why go through ten or 15 hours of labor when you don’t have to? I was zero centimeters when I went in. My reflexologist worked on me for 20 minutes and I went to five centimeters. Another 20 minutes more work on my feet and I delivered. It was a 45 minute labor.”

Blair checked into the hospital at 2pm on September 1, two weeks overdue. By 8pm her obstetrician made the decision to break her water. At that time, she says she was zero centimeters dilation.

“I called my reflexologist then and he arrived and started working on my feet,” she said. “The doctor came in half an hour later and said I had dilated from zero to five centimeters. When she came back in, twenty minutes later, she said I had to push, the baby’s head was crowning. I’ve heard so many horror stories about 30 hour labors and within three pushes my daughter was out. It is unheard of, and my being two weeks late. I have to say reflexology opened the passageway naturally. I only remember having to push for 15 minutes.”

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