I was recently speaking to a doula client I had worked with about essential oils and mentioned there would be a holistic health fair this weekend at Bartlett’s Farm where she could learn more about them. She was very excited but said she wasn’t aware the fair was coming up. It got me thinking, how could I help get the word out? I know so many providers on the island and just started asking folks who may want to share a little information on what they offer. Wendi Murrell jumped right to it. Here she shares a little about the benefits of reflexology during pregnancy.
“I recently had the pleasure of doing a reflexology session on a very expectant mother and friend. Those last few uncomfortable weeks are long and drawn out with desperation to sleep well and relax. Reflexology is not a foot massage, I do not use any oils or lotions simply because the skin gives off its own oil called sebum as I work the feet. It also helps with a firm and steady thumb and finger walk that flows over the zones and reflexes of the foot and for any imbalance detection.
Each reflex and zone represents an organ, gland or system of the body. So my direct pressure will send healing energy through the blood stream, lymph and cells and clearing blockages as it travels while sending you into deep dreamy relaxed sleep.
So you may know that it’s a no-no to touch a pregnant woman during her first tri-mester. Always consult with your doctor before you do an alternative treatment. I will not touch a pregnant woman’s foot until she is close to, on or beyond her due date along with the approval of her doctor.
First my friend was put into a comfortable chair called an infinity chair, rather like a fancy folding sun lounger. Gentle spa music, an eye bag for light blocking so that this awesome good ju-ju session can commence. The treatment starts with foot warm ups to relax the muscles and open up the chi channels. I started a regular reflexology session about 25 minutes each foot with added extra attention to the uterus to ripen the cervix, sending signals to start contractions. I worked the spine and hips reflex to bring calm while precious cargo makes its way. My mama came out of her deep sleep relaxed and floating on air. Within a day her beautiful daughter came into the world and both mama and baby glowing and in harmony.
It really is a joy to see the before and after affects of reflexology and that the client leaves relaxed and de-stressed and most importantly …. Smiling!”
As a doula and student midwife, I help women learn about their options for care on island. I help connect families with providers on the island. Wendi is one of the talented holistic health care providers on island. Check out her website to find out more about her and her services. I hope you will make the time to join us at the holistic health fair this weekend and meet Wendi as well as other providers and support your local farmers!
More info on the fair can be found here…Bartlett’s Farm calendar of events.