What happens during a Reflexology treatment?
Once you are comfortable on the treatment couch and happy for your session to begin I start by cleansing your feet or hands, depending upon the Reflexology treatment you have chosen, this gives me the opportunity to access your feet/hands.
After cleansing we then move onto a gentle warm up using specific massage techniques. This enables you to begin to relax and get use to my touch. During this warm up I apply either a massage cream or oil depending on your skin type, this is used to prevent friction on the skin.
Once the area has been warmed up, the Reflexology treatments begins in full. During the routine I work all the reflex points on your feet/hands, using specific techniques to apply precise pressure. This allows me discover any imbalances and work on these areas.
Your Reflexology session ends with a gentle warm down, again using specific massage techniques to ensure you are totally relaxed and calm.
After the warm down I will allow time for you to wake up and bring yourself back to the present moment and orient yourself. Often people become so relaxed they drift off to sleep or just go into a deep relaxation.
Feedback is encouraged, so you can tell me how you felt during the session, or if you noticed any tender or sore areas whilst I worked on your feet/hands. You can use this time to ask me any questions. I will also discuss my findings with you and give you aftercare advice as appropriate.
N.B. Each appointment consists of approximately 50 minutes of hands on treatment.
What does Reflexology feel like?
Everyone’s experience of Reflexology varies. Some people feel deep relaxation, some experience a sense of lightness and calm.
As I work on the different reflexes you might experience warmth or tingling in the specific body area, organ, muscle or gland.
Therefore, you may experience a range of reactions, both physical and emotional. Some clients experience a sense of feeling cold, or have an overwhelming desire to sleep. You may find yourself coughing or crying, or feeling thirsty.
These sensations are perfectly normal and it’s important to remember that you are in a safe, secure and confidential space and are free to experience all, some or none of the above. My aim is to build a trusting relationship with you and one that you feel totally comfortable with.
What should I wear to my Reflexology session?
You will remain clothed throughout your treatment, except for your socks and shoes.
I recommend that you wear loose fitting clothes so you can totally relax and feel comfortable during your session. I also work on the lower leg so please wear trousers that allow you to roll them up to your knees.
My treatment room is heated, but please feel free to bring a blanket with you, you may find this extra cosy and comforting.
How will I feel after my Reflexology session?
Everyone’s reaction following Reflexology varies, some reactions are subtle and may not be recognised by you as a result of the session. Reactions though are usually a positive sign that the treatment was successful and that the body is trying to balance itself.
Most people report feeling good after a session, benefiting from a sense of wellbeing, relief from stress, anxiety and tension. Their mood is often improved and they experience mental clarify and calmness.
Other reactions to Reflexology may include: better sleep, tiredness, frequent bowel movements to help eliminate toxins, increased energy, increased mucous and a sense of emotional release which might involve you crying.
These reactions are not experienced by all and if you do experience any they are completely normal and taken as a positive sign.
If you experience any symptoms they usually only last 24 to 48 hours.
What should I do following a Reflexology session?
Following a Reflexology treatment, it is a good idea to drink plenty of water, this is to help flush out toxins that might have built up during the session.
Also avoid drinking alcohol and try not to eat a heavy meal and rest as necessary. Enjoy the relaxed state you are in, after all relaxation is important for good health, relaxation will also allow your body to begin the balancing/healing process.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or questions following your treatment.
How often should I have Reflexology?
The number of Reflexology sessions varies and is often determined by your health and the reason you are seeking treatment. It can also be dependent on how long you have suffered with the condition or aliment you are seeking treatment for.
If you are focusing on a specific health issue, I would recommend receiving treatment weekly for 2 months, then once a month as a maintenance programme.
If you are wanting Reflexology to promote general health and relaxation, then monthly sessions are suitable.
How often you seek Reflexology is entirely up to you, whether it be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. It is important however to remember that in general; results from Reflexology are accumulative, thus you are more likely to see greater benefits from regular sessions.
My feet are ticklish, can I still enjoy Reflexology?
The techniques used during a Reflexology treatment are very precise and firm. The movements do not hurt or tickle. You can also choose if you would like the pressure to be increased or decreased.
This is your Reflexology session and it’s important that it is adapted to suit your needs and requirements. My aim to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed in order to fully enjoy your treatment.