Sue Watts Reflexology 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 on the feet. Also if you are showing signs of Covid 19, been near anyone in the last 14 days with symptoms or if you have been contacted by Track and Trace. Risk Assessment in more detail will be done with client over phone to make sure treatment can go ahead.
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.
The client will be asked to remove shoes, socks and to lay back on a la fuma recliner chair (this chair is very relaxing and it elevates the feet slightly above heart level). 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. I work the whole feet, so I'm covering the whole body, then more attention will be made to the areas that may help with specific problems 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 or sore to the client. During Covid 19 I no longer take my chair into the client's home, treatment will be done whilst client is sitting in their own chair.
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.