Frequently Asked Questions
A brief health history is taken to learn where you carry your tension. You lie down on a cushioned reflexology table, only yours shoes and socks taken off, while the reflexologist is using a specific pressure technique on your feet, hands and outer ears.
It is difficult to describe how it actually feels. Reflexology does not tickle. Some clients tell me after they get of the table, that it feels like walking on clouds. Everyone says it is most relaxing and they feel sometimes more refreshed after a one hour session of Reflexology than after one night sleep.
Reflexology does not have to hurt to work. The reflexologist will apply pressure to the feet, hands and outer ears with only using the thumb, index and middle finger. No tools will be used. The amount of pressure will be adjusted according to each individual client’s pain tolerance. When the reflexologist finds a tension or a congestion, you may experience a kind of pain that ‘hurts good’. With gentle finger pressure on these areas, relief is often felt very quickly.
It depends on your stress level and how your body responds to reflexology. If there is an acute health issue, three sessions with each two days in between are recommended to see how your body responds to reflexology. After that, one to two sessions per week may be most beneficial for a period of time, then once a month for preventative health maintenance. The reflexologist will also show you self-help techniques that can be used in between sessions.
It varies from person to person and depends on how long a condition exists and how your body responds to reflexology. A general rule is: The longer a condition exists in the body, the more sessions it takes to clear it. For a chronic backache for example, you most likely need more sessions than for a one week old shoulder pain.
Massage deals with touch all over the body with major emphasis on muscular, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Reflexology not only helps the muscular, circular and lymphatic systems, it also has a profound effect on the inside of the body, such as the head, neck, chest, abdomen and so forth. In reflexology only shoes and socks are removed, the client otherwise staying fully clothed.
Reflexology is a safe non-invasive form of touch and there are no known side effects. It simply relaxes the body, which allows it to function more effectively. However, if you have a serious ailment, such as diabetes, liver disease or a heart condition it is advisable to inform your doctor that you receive reflexology sessions. As any other body work, reflexology is detoxifying and most clients report that they feel more refreshed and rejuvenated with drinking enough water after a session.