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When choosing a therapist, you want to be sure you’re choosing one that you can fully trust to answer all of your questions and concerns. I provide easy-to-understand guides on some of the most common questions and concerns I receive. Below, you’ll will find a list of some frequently asked questions from my clients. Connect with me today for more information.
What do I need to wear to a reflexology treatment?
You should preferably wear loose clothing, as this will make you feel more comfortable. You will remain fully clothed throughout the treatment apart from the removal of your shoes and socks.
What will my first session be like?
The first treatment starts with an initial confidential consultation, including medical history, any current conditions, diet and lifestyle so we can devise an effective treatment plan. Every treatment is bespoke to suit the needs of the individual - every client is unique.
After the consultation, you will either recline in the therapy couch (foot reflexology) or be seated in a comfortable chair (hand reflexology) and I will cover you with a blanket so that you are completely comfortable. The treatment will then begin.
How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
After a reflexology treatment you will feel very relaxed and sleepy. Reflexology sends most people into a state of deep relaxation and many people fall asleep during a treatment (this is perfectly normal). Your body heals itself when it is in this state and as I work on the different reflexes, energy channels are released enabling improved circulation and releasing tension from the body.
What should I do after a reflexology treatment?
It is advised that for the next 24 hours you drink as much water as possible as this helps wash out toxins from the body which will have been released during the treatment. It is also advisable to avoid alcohol and substantial meals for that day in order to gain maximum benefits from your session.
Who can have reflexology?
It is beneficial to all ages from babies to the elderly. There are some health conditions which are contraindicated, (restricted from treatment) which include:
Deep vein thrombosis, unstable heart conditions and large varicose veins below the knee. Please contact me to discuss any medical conditions you may have prior to booking a treatment.
How many treatments should I have?
This can vary with each client, but to make a significant change to your condition it is recommended that a course of treatments - preferably 4 to 6 - may be beneficial for you. If there is an improvement after this time, you may wish to extend this to fortnightly or monthly sessions to help maintain good health.
Can I still enjoy reflexology if I have sensitive feet?
If your feet are sensitive, you can take a few steps to make yourself more comfortable during the session. First, let the practitioner know about your concerns. Some people find it helpful to leave their socks on to dull the sensations in the feet. You can also breathe in each time you feel uncomfortable, then slowly release the breath, relaxing your body. Additionally, ask the therapist to use firm pressure and talk to you throughout the appointment, letting you know exactly what they’re doing to remove the element of surprise, which can contribute to discomfort and ticklishness. Another option is to try hand reflexology or facial reflexology which are also very soothing and relaxing.
Where can I find out more about reflexology?
Further information specific to reflexology can be obtained from the Association of Reflexologists (AoR), who provides professional advice, support and guidance to reflexologists and members of the public. The AoR was established in 1984 and is an independent and non-profit making organisation. The following video clips are provided by the AoR which gives useful insight into the Art of Reflexology:
Is complementary therapy/reflexology covered under my private health insurance/healthcare cash plan?
I am a full member of the AOR and the following personal healthcare cash plans may provide cover for reflexology treatments with an AOR, (Association of Reflexology) registered practitioner. You will need to contact them directly to request further information:
Is hand reflexology just as relaxing as foot reflexology?
Hand reflexology is a deeply soothing and relaxing therapy. It is especially useful for clients for whom foot reflexology is not suitable. It also provides additional support for clients to practice as self-treatment at home. Visit this short video clip provided by the AoR for the role of hand reflexology in promoting good sleep pattern.