Reflexology and Holistic Therapy

Reflexology frequently asked questions

Here is a list of some typical questions I am frequently asked. Hopefully anything you might want to know is covered here, but if it isn’t, feel free to contact me and we can run through any of your queries.

Q – Is reflexology ticklish?

A – No, the pressure used is firm but pleasant and the movements are firm and decisive. Even ticklish people have been surprised that it has not tickled.

Q – Does reflexology hurt?

A -The treatment will not hurt, but certain areas on your feet could feel tender. The reflexologist will adjust the pressure if necessary. No two pairs of feet are the same and a good reflexologist will always check if the pressure is ok.

Q – I have a verruca – can I still come for reflexology?

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 – I have a bunion – can I still have treatment?

Many people have corns, calluses, bunions on their feet, but these do not prevent you from having a treatment. In many cases, these can be vital signs shedding light on your health. If a part of your foot is inaccessible for any reason, the hand is treated instead.

Q – How will I feel after reflexology?

A -Most clients feel extremely relaxed and at the same time energised after their treatment, and experience a deep refreshing sleep that night. You may also feel thirsty immediately after and it is always recommend that you drink a lot of water post treatment to help flush out toxins. The following day you may notice what is known as a “primary reaction”, these are completely normal and temporary responses; it is your body’s way of telling you the self-healing process has begun. These responses may include an increase in perspiration, more frequent urination, strong smelling urine, or a headache. These are signs that the toxins are working their way out of your body. Any side-effects should be short-lived, but it is important that you let me know about them at the next session so that I can further adapt the treatment plan if necessary.

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 – What sort of questions do you ask in the initial consultation?

A – The consultation form covers your personal details, your medical history, any medicine you might be taking, your GP’s contact details, your family medical history, your lifestyle (eg: nutrition, job, hobbies), any experience you have had of complementary therapies.

Q – Are my personal details kept confidential?

A – Yes, fully confidential unless I need to discuss them with your GP in which case I will ask for your express permission first.