If you have some questions on a reflexology treatment please peruse the following
What does a treatment involve
On your first visit I carry out a consultation in order to gain all the necessary information so I can treat you holistically and meet your exact needs. We then agree a treatment plan. I begin by cleansing your feet, carry out an opening massage to prepare the feet for treatment. I then work all the zones of the feet and reflexes by using special pressure techniques, focussing particularly on the main areas agreed in the treatment plan. I work intuitively and adapt the treatment appropriately to maintain your comfort at all times. After treatment I finish with a relaxing aromatherapy closing massage, using a carefully selected blend of essential oils to complement the treatment and your needs. A plain base oil can be used if preferred. I will then advise on any appropriate after care advice.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on the individual and your reasons for coming. It is not realistic to expect that a problem that has been present for many years can be alleviated after one treatment. It is advisable to begin with a short course of 4-6 treatments in close succession (every 1-2 weeks) once your acute symptoms have passed, a ‘top up’ treatment every 4-6 weeks is recommended.
I am well, so how can it help me?
Reflexology is believed to be a preventative form of therapy, helping you to retain emotional and physical wellbeing. It is believed that approximately 70% of all illnesses are linked to stress. Therefore, the removal of stress can be beneficial to good health.
Does it hurt?
The treatment should not be painful, however, certain points on your feet may feel tender. This is usually transient and lasts only a few seconds. The pressure used is adjusted to maintain the clients comfort at all times. Once the imbalance has been corrected or congestion cleared, then the healing energy is then able to flow freely.
Is it safe?
Reflexology is non-invasive and drug free. It is a suitable treatment for a wide range of people from the very young to the elderly. There are certain contra-indications which must be taken into account prior to receiving reflexology. Please contact me to discuss any initial concerns you may have. A thorough consultation is always carried out before your first treatment.
My feet are ticklish. Will I be able to tolerate a treatment?
Reflexology is not a ticklish treatment. A firm comfortable pressure is used. I have yet to find someone who finds the treatment ticklish.
How will I feel after a treatment?
Clients usually feel a deep sense of relaxation and wellbeing after a treatment. Some people report a feeling of calm and stillness whilst others feel immediately invigorated and energised.
Are there any possible side effects?
Sometimes a client may experience a ‘healing reaction’ after their first treatment. Symptoms are usually mild and may last for up to 24 hours after the treatment. Healing reactions can be in the form of emotional or physical symptoms. These will be discussed with you after your initial treatment as part of aftercare advice I provide. I believe any healing reactions are a sign of the body processing the treatment and rebalancing the body.
What problems might it help?
Reflexology can only claim to treat stress and promote relaxation, however, many people find that they are in a better position to cope with their illness or problems after receiving reflexology. Regular treatments have been known to benefit people suffering with the following issues:
- Stress, anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem
- Hormonal/fertility imbalances
- Joint & muscular pain/stiffness
- Sleep problems
- Digestive issues