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REFLEXOLOGY

Michelle Haché is a certified reflexologist with the Ontario College of Reflexology. She is passionate about her job because she recognizes her small acts have a huge impact on the individuals and therefore the families and communities she works with. Reflexology allows her to give more continuity of care to the families she works with, and have a greater impact and hands on approach to enhancing their health and wellbeing. Reflexology is not offered as a part of Birth Beginnings services but is a separate business of Michelle's called Hands to Heel.

IS REFLEXOLOGY SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?

Reflexology is a holistic therapy that is beneficial for all ages.

Reflexology is a powerful tool, providing numerous benefits throughout pregnancy. The link between a mother's health and the health of her unborn child is becoming increasingly well known. Reflexology can help the mother achieve her best potential health and consequently assist in the health of her baby.

Reflexology can be traced back to the nerve endings in your feet called reflex zones. A sore reflex zone is connected with a part of your body not functioning at its best therefore creating an imbalance. By treating the sore reflex zone we can influence the organs to improve their functions, and therefore restore balance to your constantly growing and adapting body.

A reflexology treatment during pregnancy is a safe, non-invasive, incredibly relaxing, rejuvenating experience at a time when your body is going through amazing changes.

"Research studies have shown that women who receive regular reflexology during pregnancy have better pregnancies and shorter labours with less intervention."

Motha, Dr G. 1994 The Magic of Reflexology in Pregnancy Reflexions - The Journal of the Associations of Reflexologists

REFLEXOLOGY DURING PREGNANCY

Reflexology can provide relief from many pregnancy discomforts such as:

  • Backache
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Symphysis pubis dysfunction
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Swelling and fluid retention
  • Lack of energy
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Insomnia
  • and so many more...
Check out the "Glowing Pregnancy" package.

The relief moms experience from their reflexology sessions have them mildly addicted and coming back for more. For that reason I want to give mamas greater flexibility. When you purchase 10 sessions you will get the 11th free. What a beautiful reward for your hardworking body.

CAN REFLEXOLOGY BE USED TO INDUCE LABOUR?

Reflexology can assist in a natural birth by helping prepare the body for labour and birth, inducing labour and turning a breech baby.

WHAT IS BIRTH REFLEXOLOGY?

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Touch is a powerful tool that contributes to a quicker, more comfortable birth. Reflexology is described as ‘nature’s tranquillizer’, as it promotes production of endorphins and oxytocin, the ‘love hormone’ that play a primary role in the birth process. 

Receiving reflexology during your birthing time helps both partners, and the baby. Done in a room with the lights dimmed, and relaxing music playing both parents notice their nervous system calms, they feel relaxed, it is easier to tap into their strength, tune into their bodies, their baby and each other. Moms report contraction pain is decreased, and they find a renewed sense of energy. Labour tends to progress faster after a session, and babies cope better with contractions.

A “birth day” reflexology session is most often done in early labour once contractions begin. This is a customized reflexology session based on the Moms laboring needs. Points will be taught to her partner, doula, midwife or nurse to help enhance the session throughout her birthing time. 

In office rates $75 per hour

Client in home rates (includes travel) $85 - 90 per hour

In hospital rates (includes travel, parking) $100 - 110 per hour

Email michelle@handstoheel.com or call the office 905-464-8076 for details.

POSTNATAL RECOVERY

Reflexology is a restoring and balancing therapy that is also wonderfully pampering. A reflexology session is an excellent reason and excuse to relax while enhancing the health of you and your baby.

Reflexology is highly recommended for new moms for:

  • Relief from swelling and edema
  • Balancing hormones
  • Reducing tension and anxiety
  • Sleep support
  • Better breastfeeding (assisting in milk production and supply)
  • Pain relief
  • Cesarean birth recovery
  • Help processing medications given during the birth
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Postpartum Mood Disorders

And as a touch therapy, giving support and warmth to somebody that really deserves it on top of the numerous benefits reflexology regularly provides.


Check out the "Recovery bliss" session. Online booking is available for your convenience and babies are welcome to join you during your session.

When a reflexology session is done within the first two weeks after birth it helps mamas rebalance their hormones, improves circulation, and recovery, increases energy and improves sleep. Reflexology is wonderful for babies as well. The restorative "recovery bliss" session can be strictly for mom, or done with mom and baby.

THANKS FOR HAVING MY BABY

Ever heard of a push present? Sure jewelry is nice but it doesn't do a thing for that tight and tired upper body, the swelling, or hormones. That woman just brought your beautiful baby into this world and her body deserves some nurturing.


The "Thanks for having my baby" package includes three of our most popular sessions for new mamas, The Recovery Bliss (done with or without your little bundle of joy), an Indian Head massage, and a 1 hour reflexology session of her choosing. All sessions are booked on seperate days so spread out the love and appreciation.


The gift certificates come in a pre-wrapped gift bag, or as electronic gift certificates. It just keeps getting easier. And in case all of that doesn't make you the best partner ever, when you purchase this package you save $40. Smart, thoughtful and thrifty.


Contact the office to purchase this package.

CESAREAN RECOVERY

At Hands to Heel we know a mom who gives birth by cesarean is a superhero. Your scar is a testament to your love for your baby and a reminder of life’s mysteries.


We have many assumptions put on us, that are both implied and applied of how a postpartum mama should be recovering and caring for her family. Yet your healing is compounded by itching, numbness, open wounds, constipation, mobility restrictions, and possible delayed milk flow.


Michelle has been providing cesarean families with support since 2001. She understands the special challenges you face. To help ease and speed your recovery, so you can focus on that beautiful little bundle you brought into this world Hands to Heel offers the "Cesarean Recovery package".


This includes one in hospital reflexology session to assist in mobility, decrease swelling, gas pains, and constipation, and two in home sessions to help boost milk supply, decrease pain, and speed recovery. Helpful tips are provided during your session on healing and optimizing your home for a smoother recovery.


Price will vary based on travel cost. Contact the office for more details.

REFLEXOLOGY FOR BABIES

Babies are especially responsive to reflexology. Babies' feet have underdeveloped arches, and their skin and bones are usually fairly soft making reflexology an effective and fast modality for babies. Results are often experienced immediately.

Reflexology is valuable help for:

  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Reflux
  • Gas
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty to relax
  • Allergies

Reflexology with children can begin at birth and is a valuable tool for parents to dissipate their children's stresses in a nurturing way. Your first session is $35 and will last 30 - 45 minutes in which Michelle will show you how you can use your "Hands to Heel" and comfort your baby. Each subsequent visit is 5 minutes and there is no charge.

Book online at handstoheel.setmore.com