What happens at a Reflexology treatment?

A Reflexologists aims to provide a relaxing environment for the client. Before the treatment starts, the client’s medical history and lifestyle will be discussed. Shoes and socks are then removed and the client sits comfortably on a massage bed. After an inspection of the feet, the Reflexologist will stimulate each foot individually. The bottom, top and sides of the feet are stimulated, using a special technique. Cream is applied to the feet at the end of the reflexology session and a gentle massage is given. The entire process takes about 45 minutes.

During the treatment sensations may be felt at different reflex points, it may feel like something sharp is being pressed into the foot (such as the therapists nail) or a dull discomfort may be felt. Occasionally an emotional discharge will occur in the form of crying. This is part of the healing process. Generally a feeling of relaxation will be experienced during a reflexology treatment.

Why are personal details required?

Personal details give therapist a general picture of the client’s health. They serve as a guideline for treatments and inform the therapist of any contra indications. Pre medical history and lifestyle could be causing ill health being experienced.

Does Reflexology hurt?

Some pain may be felt when there is imbalance, tension or congestion in the corresponding organ or when there are crystal deposits on the nerve endings. With gentle finger pressure on that area, relief is often felt very quickly.

How many treatments are needed?

The amount of treatments varies from person to person. Response to treatment depends on the seriousness of the condition, how long the client has had the condition and frequency of treatments.

A response is generally expected after three treatments and a treatment programme is discussed with the client. Once results have been achieved clients are encouraged to remain on a maintenance programme, having treatments once every three to six weeks.

The purpose of a complementary health practitioner is to prevent illness and ensure the continuous health and wellness of the client.

Can Reflexology do any harm?

No, it is harmless. Reflexology facilitates the body to release toxins; therefore some reaction may be experienced. For example, the client may have one or more of the following reactions, increased urination, urine may be darker and stronger smelling, skin conditions may be aggravated, perspiration may increase, there may be an increase in secretion of mucous membranes (nose, mouth, bronchioles, increase vaginal discharge), sleep patterns may be disrupted or the client may feel dizzy or nauseous or a temporary outbreak of an illness that has been suppressed may occur.

This is known as a “healing crisis” which usually only lasts for about 24 hours and occurs only once, thereafter the body has rid itself of toxins and the healing process can begin.