Reflexology: Can it Help You Cope with Labor?

“I had no drugs, because it happened so quickly. I didn’t have a lot of pain,” she said. “When I called my mother and told her my daughter had been born, she didn’t believe me. My mother had six kids, with 15 hours labor with each.”

Arlene Mure is a certified reflexologist who practices in upstate New York, near Buffalo. She said her experience administering treatments during labor has dramatically reduced her client’s pain, their need for drugs and the length of their labor.

“The first woman I ever worked on I treated throughout the duration of her pregnancy, about once a week,” said Mure, who is 65 and has been practicing for five years. “I was with her from 10am to 7pm at night and she seemed to be in mild labor. Around 5:30pm she received an epidural and her labor intensified. She gave birth to a very relaxed, 9 pound, 23 inch long son at 9pm.”

Two years later, the same woman asked Mure for more reflexology treatments.

“I worked on her consistently for three hours during her second labor,” Mure recalled. “That second baby was 9 pounds 2 ounces, 22 inches, and was born through eight minutes of hard labor. No epidural. No drugs. That baby, when I went to see her at home, responded to my voice like you would not believe. The mother was in labor for a total of three hours.”

Mure says during labor, she performs a series of relaxation techniques, massaging internal organs via the feet. The ovaries, she said, are located on the outside of the foot just below the ankle bone. The uterus is on the inside of the foot just below the ankle bone. “You have your fallopian tubes there too. Reflexology is great for women premenstrual problems too,” she said.

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