Frequently asked questions
What does a Reflexology treatment involve?
On the first visit, I will have a preliminary talk with you to determine your present and past health and lifestyle.
You will then need to remove your shoes and socks so that I can examine and cleanse your feet while you make yourself comfortable.
The treatment consists of 3 phases:
- a foot massage involving movements to loosen the ankles and increase blood flow to the area
- reflexology techniques applied using thumb or fingers which aim to stimulate, soothe and relax all the reflexes of the feet paying special attention to the areas where congestion or discomfort is found
- finish off with a relaxing massage
How long does a session last?
A session will usually last 45 minutes. However, the first treatment will be 15 minutes longer to allow for a consultation period so that I can get to know you, your medical background and requirements.
How many treatments will I need?
Everyone is individual and some people respond to reflexology more quickly than others. Most people notice a difference after 4-6 sessions.
What does a treatment feel like? Does it hurt?
Most clients enter into a deep state of relaxation. Areas of congestion may be uncomfortable but shouldn’t be painful. I constantly check that you are comfortable and adapt the pressure I apply to suit you.
My feet are very ticklish, will I be able to tolerate reflexology?
The treatment is applied with firm pressure and so will not cause any sensation like tickling.
How will I feel after the treatment?
Clients report a great feeling of wellbeing after the treatment. Some feel very relaxed and others feel energised and invigorated.
Are there any possible side effects to the treatment?
Reflexology may help the body to remove waste products and toxins. Many clients experience a reaction such as increased bowel movements, increased urination or perspiration, a runny nose etc. I believe this to be a sign that the treatment is working well and is known as a ‘healing reaction’.
Is reflexology right for me?
While reflexology is an extremely safe healing practice, it is important to note that treatment should be avoided in the following cases:
Pregnancy – during the first 3 months
Blood clotting issues – clients who report current thrombosis or embolism
People suffering from fractures or open wounds on the feet can have the treatment administered on the hands.
I’m currently receiving reiki, massage or other hands on complementary therapy, is it ok to have reflexology as well?
It is recommended to allow at least 48 hours between touch therapy sessions to avoid an overload on your system.