In a study done earlier in 2012, reflexology and massage were found to reduce labour pain and help manage that pain throughout childbirth. The research done on 326 women found that reflexology and massage administered to women in labour resulted in less pain compared to those who received regular treatments during labour.
Many practicing reflexologists will include customized sessions for their pregnant clients to address specific areas of the body, providing targeted treatments. Some have even found reflexology as a complimentary therapy to help the induction of labour itself.
Reflexology works to help improve the flow of blood throughout the body and has been used by many to help with pain management in general. Many women turn to reflexology for comfort during pregnancy as well. The research is ongoing and expanding, but the initial findings are encouraging for the therapy.