Sue Watts Reflexology MFHT MAR
Complementary Healthcare Therapist
When Should I Avoid Reflexology
During the first 3 months of pregnancy / high risk pregnancy or if there are any Infections of the feet.
Its completely up to the client on how many sessions to have and how often and everyone responds differently. To get the best from Reflexology, its best to have regular sessions, particularly where the problems are more chronic. I would usually recommend to start with weekly sessions. You don't have to be unwell to have Reflexology, many people have treatments just for relaxation and prevention.
Some of my clients are able to claim money back from their health insurance, but do check that they cover Reflexology. If you need a full typed up receipt, then please let me know beforehand, so I can hand this over on the day of treatment.
At the start of the session, I will go through a medical form with the client and then the client will be asked to remove shoes, socks and to lay back on a la fuma recliner chair (this is very relaxing and it elevates the feet slightly above heart level). If the client prefers to sit in their own chair, then this is fine to. The feet will be cleansed and then relaxed with a short massage using an aqueous cream and then a sequence of thumb movements will be made to all areas on the feet. More attention will be made to the areas that may help with a specific problem and also where any other reflexes are found on the feet . Notes will be taken during the session by marking on a blank foot chart of where reflexes are found and will be kept on record for any future sessions. When a reflex is found, it usually feels gritty, lumpy, tender, sore or spongy.
Most of my clients usually feel deeply relaxed afterwards (both in the body and mind) and generally over time they are more relaxed, have more energy, less pain and generally feel more well balanced.
It is advised to drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and spicy foods for 24 hours.