Frequently asked questions
There are no silly questions – How does reflexology feel? Does it hurt? Do I need to undress? Does it work? are all valid questions that you may want answers to before making a reflexology appointment. You will find answers to many of these questions below, if not, please contact me directly.
Covid 19 and reflexology:
I follow AoR's secure hygiene guidelines. I will always wear a face covering for every client for the foreseeable future.
I ask you to wash your hands on arrival. I ensure good ventilation and the thorough cleaning of the room before each client. I will complete a Covid risk assessment before the session with you by asking you a few questions.
What happens in a first session?
At the beginning of your first-visit consultation we will go through a health questionnaire so that I can understand your past medical history, current problems and determine why you came for reflexology and how I can help you. Based on this information I’m able to create a personalised treatment plan for you. All information taken is private and confidential.
When treating children, a parent must be present in the room throughout the session.
What information do I need to provide?
I will ask about your past medical history, any presenting conditions and about your basic lifestyle habits in order to tailor your individual treatment plan.
Does clinical reflexology cure or diagnose?
Reflexology can’t cure any condition and reflexologists can’t diagnose because we are not medically trained. Our aim is to restore and support a balanced, healthy body. If you have questions about your condition, you are encouraged to seek advice from your GP. If I am unable to support you, I can always refer you to another health care professional.
Is reflexology painful?
Reflexology should not be painful. Although you might experience tender or sensitive places on your feet when firm but gentle pressure is applied to unbalanced areas. If it feels uncomfortable, it is easy to apply less pressure. However, the reflexologist aims to concentrate on imbalanced areas on the feet in order to disperse and move stagnation and thereby improve balance.
Is there any condition I can’t have clinical reflexology for?
There are some conditions that you should seek guidance from your doctor prior to receiving reflexology:
an untreated medical condition
severe acute pain
taking prescribed medication for serious illness
contagious disease, i.e. flu.
under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs
If, for any of the reasons below the feet cannot be treated, I can use hand reflexology.
severe cellulitis, psoriasis or eczema on lower legs/feet
infectious skin diseases
recent fractures, sprains, strains or minor/major surgery
bruising, inflammation or sunburn
How often should I have a treatment?
Everyone has individual needs and responses to treatment so we can always review and discuss your needs after each session, but general advice is to start with one treatment per week for up to 4–6 weeks, and reduce visits once you are happy the way you feel. If you do feel well and balanced. A maintenance treatment can be given once or twice a month for example. It's up to you!
Do I keep my clothes on?
Yes! Just wear comfortable clothes. You will only take your shoes and socks off so that I am able to access your feet and ankles.
Can I tolerate reflexology if I have ticklish feet?
Many people claim to have ticklish feet, but actually, when receiving reflexology, they don’t feel a ticklish sensation. If you do experience ticklish feet, I can always do the treatment on your hands, which, in some cases, is more beneficial than your feet.
How I will feel during and after the reflexology treatment?
Usually people feel deeply relaxed and a bit sleepy after treatment and many fall asleep during it. You might have a need to go to the toilet more often for the rest of the day or you might feel more emotional, or more hungry or thirsty than usual. Make sure you drink plenty of water on the day of your treatment, that will support and help your body to balance itself. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Reflexology sometimes causes a healing reaction after the treatment. This means that when we stimulate a natural healing response in the body by using reflexology, the body or mind can respond after treatment. This can be experienced, for example, as tiredness, slight nausea or headache. These are natural reactions and will go usually within 1–2 days.
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