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Reflexology is not just foot massage, but uses precise pressure points on the feet that link to other areas of the body. Reflexology can help with pregnancy and postnatal discomforts and ease pain and aid progress in labour. Regular pregnancy reflexology has been shown to reduce stress hormones and facilitate an easier birth.

Expectancy teaches a clinical style of reflexology, reflex zone therapy (RZT), devised by the German midwife, Hanne Marquardt, and used by many midwives in northern Europe. RZT can be used to treat backache, pelvic girdle pain, sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome and other pregnancy discomforts; it can stimulate contractions, treat retained placenta and retention of urine and help with lactation issues.

Who teaches our reflexology courses?

Denise Tiran, an international authority on midwifery complementary therapies, teaches our courses. She has treated 6000 women with RZT, has undertaken reflexology research on using it to predict stages of the menstrual cycle and has written three textbooks and many papers on the subject, including Reflexology in Pregnancy and Childbirth (2010) and Complementary Therapies in Maternity Care, an evidence-based approach (2018).

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Here’s what our past students say:

Our unit has been working with Expectancy since 2006. Our midwives use aromatherapy in labour, we offer moxibustion in our Breech Clinic, and we’re now introducing reflex zone therapy and acupressure for women with post-dates pregnancy. I would highly recommend Expectancy for its complementary therapy courses for midwives. Sarah Coxon, Consultant Midwife, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough

Our Reflexology in Midwifery courses

Our Introduction to Reflexology in Midwifery 4-day course prepares you to give relaxation treatments and provides an introduction to its clinical use in pregnancy, birth and postnatally.

The Advanced Reflex Zone Therapy 2-day add-on course explores specific techniques to treat problems such as backache, nausea, post-dates pregnancy, labour pain, retained placenta, etc

In-house reflexology courses: The courses can be delivered in-house in your own maternity unit or university, in the UK and overseas.

All our courses are accredited by RCM and FEDANT and enable midwives working in private practice via our Licensed Consultancy scheme to obtain indemnity insurance cover.

Introduction to Reflexology in Midwifery

Introduction to  Reflexology 4 day courses: 

Academic year 2019-2020: 15/16 February and 14/15 March  OR 18/19 April and 16/17 May £744

Academic year 2020-2021: 20 / 21 February and 13 / 14 March 2021 OR 17 /18 April and 22 /23 May 2021 £768 

Advanced courses also available

NEW FOR 2020! Certificate in Midwifery Reflex Zone Therapy (reflexology) commences 19th and 20th September 2020. Ten-day programme enables you to specialise in clinical reflex zone therapy. Selection process commences 6th January 2020. £1950. Combine with our Licensed Consultancy for private practice £3750

Further Information

All our study days are held at weekends in Shoreditch, north London

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