THESE ARE THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS: HOWEVER IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS THEN PLEASE ASK!
If this is your first reflexology session then we need to allow time for the consultation. This is completely free of charge and usually lasts around 15minutes:
Q - WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
A - Loose, casual and comfortable clothing is recommended. You will be reclined in my reflexology chair and want to be able to relax without tight clothing or belts digging in.
Q - DO I REMAIN FULLY CLOTHED?
A - Yes! Other than removing socks and shoes and rolling trousers up to the knee, your clothes remain untouched. I will also place a blanket over you so both warmth and modesty will be retained.
Q - WILL IT HURT?
A - It shouldn’t hurt but you may feel some discomfort if I find an area that is out of balance or congested. The discomfort will only last a short time as I work through the congestion and if necessary I can move on and return to rework the area later in the treatment.
Q. HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
A – Everyone is different and the number of treatments depends on a whole host of factors; the condition that you would like help with, your age and general state of health. As a general rule your therapist will advise a session of 6 -8 weekly treatments, when the initial course comes to an end you will be able to discuss with your therapist whether you wish to continue in the same fashion, or gradually lessen the frequency of your treatments to once every 2 weeks and then once a month etc. If you are having reflexology purely for relaxation purposes, then treatments do not need to be as frequent, but can be booked whenever you feel that they are necessary.
Q. WHEN WILL I NOTICE THE BENEFITS?
A – This varies; some people don’t notice any improvements until treatment 4 or 5. Other people notice the benefits almost immediately. Most people find they are more relaxed after treatments and sleep very well for one or two nights after the treatment. As you become more relaxed your body has a chance to rest and repair. Also, by following the after care advice and doing the best you can for yourself, the benefits should be greater.
Q - I'M PREGNANT.. CAN I HAVE REFLEXOLOGY?
A - Congratulations! Yes, you can have reflexology but we will need to go through a few detailed questions beforehand to ascertain your general health as well as where you are with your pregnancy and how things have been so far. There are one or two situations that may mean reflexology is not appropriate but in general ‘Mums to be’ find the treatment calming and relaxing.
Q - I HAVE TICKLISH FEET - CAN I STILL HAVE REFLEXOLOGY?
A - Yes, we have a number of options as to how to proceed. Firstly I should point out that reflexology is not a gentle massage, it involves various degrees of pressure and probing certain reflex points – most clients I have treated who have worried about ticklish feet have been able to settle into the treatment without any problems. However, if we find an area on the feet is just ‘too tickly to treat’ we can switch to using hand reflexology in order for you to receive a full treatment.
Q. CAN I HAVE A TREATMENT IF I HAVE A VERRUCA...
A – Yes, we can cover the verruca with a plaster to avoid cross infection and I will work that reflex point on the hand instead. At the same time, you should see a chiropodist for treatment to clear up the infection.
Q - HOW WILL I FEEL AFTERWARDS?
A - Unfortunately there is no single answer as everyone can react differently. However, most clients feel relaxed and calm and I often hear that they have slept well after a session. You may feel a bit ‘heady’ later on as though you are getting a cold but this will only last a short time and is a good indication that the treatment has had a positive effect and toxins are moving out of the body. I will give you some after-care advice to help maximise the treatment and suggestions as to how you might continue to work on any areas that have come to light.
Q - CAN YOU DIAGNOSE WHATS WRONG WITH ME?
A - No. As a reflexologist I am not able to diagnose or cure medical conditions. Your feet may indicate areas that are congested or out of balance within your body and we will be able to discuss what we find but if you have questions regarding a medical condition you should see your G.P.
One thing to watch out for when you are looking for a therapist is that they are a member of the AOR (association of reflexologists) They will have MAR next to their name and also the AOR approved membership on their website. This will guarantee that your therapist is governed by a strict body, who ensures they have approved qualifications, valid insurance and are constantly learning and improving their skills.