At the start of your first session, a professional practitioner will conduct a thorough health, diet and lifestyle consultation. This will involve finding out about any medication that you take, recent operations and illnesses and your reasons for trying reflexology.
Reflexology performed with the client fully clothed.The only clothing to be removed is socks or tights and your shoes. It is best to wear loose comfortable clothing so that you feel relaxed.
Having built up a picture of your current state of health, the practitioner will explain how reflexology works and will then examine your feet and/or hands.
The practitioner may play gentle relaxing music during your treatment or may burn oils or candles to add to the tranquil atmosphere.
The treatment will begin with some gentle relaxation techniques followed by applying pressure to each of the reflex points. You may wish to close your eyes and relax or you might prefer to chat during your session, this is entirely up to you.
Your Reflexologist may apply a small amount of cream or powder to help them to work their fingers and thumbs across the reflex points on your feet. They usually work on one foot at a time. The Reflexologist will work both hands and/or feet during the course of a full treatment and may revisit certain areas repeatedly to help balance particular reflexes. The pressure should be firm but not painful.
Your practitioner will make notes following your session so that improvements can be noted at future appointments. All information recorded will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act and will remain totally confidential.
A typical treatment will last 45 -60 minutes and it is generally recommended that you have 4-6 weekly treatments initially, although reflexology is safe to have more frequently if required.
Treatments provided for children or anyone seriously ill may be shorter and more frequent. With all appointments, the practitioner will customise the treatment plan to meet the client’s needs
After care and advice for reflexology
In order to aid the healing process and to get the maximum benefit from your treatment
you are advised to:
Drink plenty of water as this helps the body flush away excess toxins and waste
released by the reflexology
Avoid eating a heavy meal for up to 2 hours after massage as blood will be diverted
to digestion rather than carrying oxygen and nutrients to other parts of the body
and getting rid of waste. Light snack is fine.
Avoid coffee, tea and cola for 24 hours.
Avoid alcohol and smoking for up to 24 hours.
Rest and relax after treatment