Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology is gentle pressure applied to reflex areas on the feet, hands or face to bring about a state of deep relaxation, increase circulation and stimulate the body's own healing processes. The theory is that the feet contain nerve endings which are connected to the organs, nerves and glands of the body. Reflexologists believe that parts of the feet mirror areas in the body. The reflexologist works on these reflex areas using a compression technique and gentle massage with the thumbs and fingers and hands to stimulate a response or reaction in an organ or system of the body.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY?
Some of the benefits you may gain from Reflexology treatments are:
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM REFLEXOLOGY?
Any one can benefit from Reflexology. All ages can benefit including children and the elderly. A parent or guardian will be required to accompany children under 16 to appointments. You do not need to have health issues to benefit from a treatment. Reflexology has the benefit of boosting your immune system keeping the body balanced and reducing the symptoms of illnesses.
ARE THERE SOME CONDITIONS WHICH ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENTS?
We do not treat clients with the following:
There are some conditions where we may ask you to check with your GP before having a treatment such as Cancer, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Acute undiagnosed pain. If you would like a pre-consultation form e-mailed to you and returned to me before treatment I can advice you beforehand whether to seek medical consent.
Indian Head Massage and Natural Face Uplift Massage
Contraindications are the same for all therapies with the exception of:
Indian Head Massage:
Localised infections to skin or scalp. Nits, Recent Scar Tissue, Lumps, swellings or inflammation. Cuts and open wounds.
Natural Face Uplift Massage:
As above and
Recent surgery on neck or face within 6 months
Procedures such as Botox in the previous three weeks.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU BRING ON A HOME VISIT?
For Reflexology I can provide a reclining chair. I can adapt an armchair with footstool with cushions or you can use a bed. I can also bring a portable chair. I will bring oils, powders, wetwipes, cushions, a small blanket and towels. I can bring a DVD of relaxing music or you can play something you prefer.
For Indian Head Massage I will bring towels, cushions and oils. A chair with a low back is all I need for the client to sit in while receiving a treatment
For Natural Face Uplift Massage I can bring a portable massage table, towels and oils.
WILL REFLEXOLOGY HURT?
Reflexology should not hurt. There many be some sensitivity in areas indicating the corresponding part of the body which is out of balance
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER THE TREATMENT?
After one or two treatments, most people feel an improved sense of well-being and experience a feeling of deep relaxation. Some people will feel the cold more whilst others will feel hot. Others feel more emotional.
Occasionally people have symptoms such as a mild headache, feeling tired or needing to go to the toilet more often following a treatment. It is also possible that some symptoms may get slightly worse. These reactions usually pass within 24 to 48 hours and are part of the healing process.
WHAT AFTERCARE ADVICE DO YOU GIVE?
We normally suggest you drink plenty of water, eat plenty of vegetables and fruit. Avoid alcohol and strenuous activity for 24 hours.
I attended a course called Power Reflexology and was impressed how energised I felt after the shorter treatments. Using techniques of tapping and sawing movements on reflex points particularly the spine reflex which runs down the side of the inside of the foot is very invigorating. Balancing the Chakras is another powerful treatment taking you to a deeper level and helps you to release emotional issues to move forward in your life. The technique is to link key reflexes particularly on those that govern the hormones in the body.
I have attended a course in Spinal Reflexology. Spinal Reflexology is a valuable reflexology tool using knuckling, sawing and sweeps along the spinal reflex and related organ reflex. This technique gains access to the spinal root nerve and can identify health issues more precisely as each point from the cervical (neck) and vertebrae along the spine is worked by the reflexologist.