What conditions prevent me from having Reflexology?

You should not start a Reflexology treatment, immediately after an operation (within a month), if you have Deep vein Thrombosis, an unstable pregnancy, Thrombophlebitis (inflammation of the vein), Stroke (within 2 weeks), acute infection or extreme temperature.


What conditions prevent me from having Reiki?

None. Reiki is using your body’s natural energy to heal.


How does Reflexology Work?

Your body’s internal organs and skeletal system is mapped out on the bottom of your feet and the Reflexologist has been trained to know the corresponding Reflex points. By working these Reflex points the energy starts to flow more naturally around the body as it should and the healing process begins.


How many treatments will I need?

It depends upon your reasons for wanting the Reflexology treatment. If you are in good health and just wanting to maintain this, then monthly sessions could be enough.


However if your condition is acute, you have a chronic illness or you want to keep your pregnancy niggle free, then the frequency and quantity of the sessions will vary. Each person’s needs are different and the treatment will be tailored to the individual.


Is Reflexology New?

Although recently becoming much more popular, Reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years by Egyptians, Native Americans, and Mayan and Incan civilisations. It is widely accepted in many European countries as a therapy. Modern Reflexology found its origins in the late 1930’s when Eunice Ingham used zone therapy to great effect on her patients.


Is Reflexology the same as Massage, Acupuncture, Acupressure or Shiatsu?

Reflexology is not the same as a massage, which involves tissue and muscle therapy to promote relaxation.


Acupuncture, Acupressure and Shiatsu are similar in some respects, in that the use of reflexes or meridians through the body as they relate to the gland, organs or part of the body. Reflexology focuses on relaxation of the reflexes through manipulation to reduce stress.


When should I visit a Reflexologist?

You do not have to have a problem to benefit from a treatment, you can visit a reflexologist for the pleasure of having a relaxing treatment or just time to yourself. However, you could also benefit from a treatment when you are ill, stressed or just feeling ‘under the weather’ and run down.


What could I expect after a treatment?

After a Reflexology treatment, it is common for your feet to feel warm and relaxed. You may feel sleepy or energised. Your body may feel hot or even shivery as your blood pressure changes when you are relaxed or revitalised.


Occasionally, you may experience reactions when the body begins its self-healing process and elimination of toxins. These reactions may include:


# Frequent visits to the toilet to enable the body to get rid of waste

# Runny nose and/or cough as the body rids itself of toxins

# Slight rash as the skin rebalances and rids itself of toxins

# Perspiration - another way that the body can excrete waste

# Conditions which have been suppressed may flare up temporarily before they heal

# Deep sleep and vivid dreams or more rarely difficulty sleeping.

These reactions are only temporary and should clear within 24 hours. They are positive signs that your body has responded to Reflexology and is balancing itself.


If reactions do not subside after 24 hours please contact me and we may be able to organise a short treatment to help relieve the reactions.


After a treatment do take time to relax and benefit from the session, do try to avoid alcohol for 24 hours as the Reflexology could speed up the effect that this stimulant has on the body.


It is also recommended that you try to reduce your caffeine intake (including colas) and eat light, healthy meals. Try to avoid fatty foods and sugars as these take longer to digest.


Are there any age restrictions on who can have a treatment?

Reflexology is a safe treatment for people of all ages - there are no upper or lower age limits! Children under the age of 16 will require parental consent before a treatment can be given and the parent will need to attend the session with the child.


The reflexologist will adjust the pressure which is applied according to the age of the client.


I have ticklish feet - does Reflexology tickle?

Reflexology should not tickle! The pressure is very gentle and is applied with the thumbs and fingers. Clients with very ticklish feet are surprised at how they are able to enjoy a treatment. It is a surprise to most people with ticklish feet.


Can I have a reflexology treatment if I have a verruca or athlete's foot?

Yes. The reflexologist will cover the infected area with some micro pore tape, which allows your skin to breathe and is hypoallergenic.


There is also some athletes foot cream which can be applied to the infected area, especially formulated with Reflexology  in mind. All of this is to prevent cross infection.  If you do have either of these conditions please inform the reflexologist prior to the treatment.


I have horrible feet – do you mind this?

In a word, No. Feet like all other body parts come in all shapes and sizes, they are as individual as the person. A Reflexologist would not be doing this job if the shape of your feet was a concern.  I always cleanse feet prior to the session either using surgical spirit or gentle baby wipes, so you need not worry about anything!

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