Frequently Asked Questions
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a science with the principal understanding that there are reflex points on the feet, hands and ears that relate to all organs, glands and parts of the body. By the application of pressure to these reflexes using gentle thumb/finger movements the body’s’ function may be influenced.
Sometimes foot creams/powders/tools may be used depending on reflexology style received.
Reflexology has been found to be effective in:
- relieving pain
- reducing stress and tension
- generally restoring the body to a better state of harmony, health and homeostasis
How does Reflexology work?
Modern science is making great strides discovering the connection between universal matter and energy waves that may relate to the functioning of the body.
Recent studies have shown an altering in monitored brain patterns when reflexology is applied to various reflexes on the foot. This technique is known as FMRI (Functional MRI scan)
Google: `Reflexology Research`for a myriad of examples
Some primary functions of Reflexology are to:
- Relieve stress and tension
- Improve nerve and blood supply function
- Balance the whole system (homeostasis)
- Revitalise energy
- Activate body to cleanse toxins impurities.
Who can receive Reflexology?
Reflexology is normally totally safe for most people, including those with certain health problems as pressure and duration is tailored to meet individual client needs.
Considerations are needed for babies children, elderly and the very sick. In these instances treatment is of lighter pressure and shorter duration.
Your Reflexologist will know.
How often can I receive Reflexology?
Sessions may vary depending on the outcomes required. General maintenance or preventative health care could be once every 1-6 weeks depending on each individual.
Reflexology sessions can be carried out on a daily basis for an acute condition and once a week for a chronic or long term condition or as wellness levels improve.
How long does a session take?
A full session means working all areas of both feet.
This can vary from 30-60 minutes depending on the style of Reflexology practised and wellness level of client.
Why are some peoples feet sensitive?
The feet are generally more sensitive to work on than hands and ears. Many other factors can also influence sensitivity such as:
- swellings etc
What happens during a treatment?
After footwear is removed you will be made comfortable in a reclining position either in a chair or on a massage table.
During treatment you may experience:
- A feeling of deep relaxation and the desire to sleep
- Sensations of the body expanding and spreading out as it relaxes
- Twitching or tingling
- Warmth in the area of the body being worked on
What happens after a treatment?
Generally you will feel relaxed and possibly a little tired. Rest or quiet time may be needed for 10 minutes to even a couple of hours to allow the body to rest and restore.
Possible outcomes over 1-3 days may also include:
- Varying sleep patterns from deep to restless sleep
- More frequent and noticeable dreams
- emotional changes with a greater awareness of feelings
- Urination may increase and/or vary in colour, odour
- Increase in bowel movement/volume
- Cold like symptoms as nasal passages clear
- Coughing and secretions from lung area
- A desire to drink more water to flush toxins and impurities from the body