What is reflexology good for?
Many people go to see a reflexologist as they might go for a massage: to help with their general health and to make them feel relaxed and calm. But because it is such a comprehensive treatment, reflexology can help you in many other ways, with anything from a trapped nerve to depression.
Reflexology may help a range of conditions and symptoms such as:
- back pain, muscle strain and trapped nerves
- stress and relaxation
- anxiety and depression
- sleep and insomnia
- poor circulation
- digestive complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome etc
- migraine and headaches
- hormonal issues and symptoms of the menopause
- general well-being
What should I wear to have a treatment?
It doesn’t really matter what you wear when you go for reflexology, as I will focus on your feet. Shoes and socks are removed in order to work the feet. Out of courtesy and kindness of course, it is a good idea to make sure that your feet are clean and fragrant!
You should always let your therapist know:
- of any medical conditions you have and treatment or medication you are receiving
- if you are, or think you might be pregnant
- if you have recently had an operation or surgery
- if you have had any injuries that might affect your treatment – such as a recently healed broken ankle
- Any infection or injury to the feet or lower legs and feet.
What to expect from Reflexology
On the first visit, I will chat with you about your general health and lifestyle what you would like to achieve and some medical details.
Reflexology is not a foot massage. I may massage your feet a little to relax you before they start, but the technique itself is about applying medium to firm pressure to specific points on the foot, which should be very relaxing to receive.
A treatment session usually lasts for about an hour. You will probably get a lot out of a single session but you may want to have several more.
You are likely to feel very relaxed after a session, you may feel like having a snooze or a long bath, and luxuriating in the feeling a bit longer. On the other hand, depending upon your treatment, you may feel really energised.
Your reaction is not always predictable, but the likelihood is that you’ll feel much better when you come out than you did when you went in. As with other treatments, it’s a good idea to arrange a session when there aren’t too many demands on you afterwards.