Reflexology and foot massage
After a consultation, I will explain how reflexology works and what to expect in the session. I will explain that reflexology does not treat specific illnesses and is not a substitute for medical treatment but works towards creating balance.
While I am working on your feet, you will sit or recline comfortably and relax. It may be that the treatment needs to be done on your hands or your ears too or as an alternative, whichever is appropriate. You can rest, or talk, or even sleep during the treatment; it will still work.
Regardless of your health condition, I will focus on the entire pattern of the reflexology therapy, working throughout the foot.
By working all of the points, internal organs and glands, as well as muscle groups, bones, nerve ganglions (solar plexus, brachial plexus) and nerves (sciatic), are addressed.
Reflexology for specific conditions
For a specific condition, such as migraines, I will carefully investigate and work on the area corresponding to the presenting problem as well as all areas, with gentle pressure, allowing the nerve pathways and congestion to release and promote a relaxing response for the entire body.
Experiences with reflexology treatments vary from person to person but a general feeling of relaxation, sometimes a sense of lightness or feelings of warmth, a sense of energy moving from the reflex pressure to the specific body area or organ is often felt.
A reflexologist does not diagnose, but they should refer a client to the GP or relevant medical team if they feel it necessary.
The number of sessions needed varies and is generally determined by the client's health and reasons for wanting to work with reflexology. Usually, results from reflexology are subtle and cumulative. For this reason, you are more likely to see greater benefits from regular sessions (an example being, once a week for six weeks) than if you had one session once every six months.
When dealing with a specific illness or condition, it may be necessary to have more frequent sessions. A general recommendation might be, to begin with, a session every week for 6-8 weeks, followed by a top-up treatment every four weeks.