FAQ's about Reflexology
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all the glands, organs, and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflexes, finding and working on the areas of congestion or tension to help the body operate at its peak efficiency. Noted benefits include (but are not limited to)
1. relieving stress and tension;
2. improving blood supply and promoting the unblocking of nerve impulses; and
3. helping nature achieve homeostasis.
Reflexology is safe, non-invasive, profoundly relaxing therapy for restoring and balancing the body.
How and why does Reflexology work?
Newcomers to Reflexology are sometimes baffled by how precise pressure on specific areas of the feet can affect the whole health of the body. The reason this works is because reflexes link each part of the body to a special area on the feet and hands. The nervous system serves as the connection. With proper manipulation of the reflex points, a reflex action is produced through the nerve endings. "These cord-like structures, comprised of a collection of nerve fibers, convey impulses between a part of the central nervous system and other regions of the body. They are the wiring system of the house you call your body. As with any complex wiring system, a short circuit can mean trouble... As tension is eased, pressure on the nerves and vessels is relaxed, thus improving the flow of blood and its oxygen-rich nutrients to all parts of the body." ( Better Health With Foot Reflexolgy - The Ingham Method by Dwight C. Byers)
Are there any side effects from this form of therapy?
There are no known negative side effects. Since Reflexology helps the body to normalize, a natural health response is sometimes experienced if the body has toxins to release for your wellbeing. For example, in rare cases this could manifest in the release of nasal mucous or minor loosening of the bowels. Frequent drinking of pure water for several hours after a Reflexology session greatly minimizes the body's need for a health response and helps to sustain the benefits received. If a client is presenting with a very toxic condition before the Reflexology session, it is recommended that they receive lighter touch in frequent shorter sessions to gently ease the body into a more vital, balanced state.
How long is a session and how often should one receive Reflexology?
Typically, the first session is one hour and includes an interview in order to collect important information pertinent to the state of your health. Subsequent sessions usually take approximately 45 minutes or more, depending on an individual's need. If the client is interested in an acceleration of their body's healing process or is in an environment of much stress at work or home, frequent shorter sessions may be recommended. One to three times a week may be most beneficial for a period of time, then once a month for preventive maintenance. The client may also be shown relaxation exercises for home.
Can a Reflexologist determine what is wrong with me by examining and treating my feet?
A qualified Registered Certified Reflexologist will never diagnose or name a disease, prescribe or adjust a client's medication, or treat for a specific condition. Our method of therapy is a complement to your doctor's care, but is not meant to replace it. Reflexology will not interfere with your doctor's treatment or make any condition worse. The foundation of this work has been built upon the opinion of practicing physicians who have had the opportunity of observing the remarkable results obtained from this particular method. Doctors agree that 75% of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. The Ingham Method of Reflexology is used primarily for relaxing tension.
What can I expect during a session? Is Reflexology painful?
You will be asked to remove only your footwear. In Foot Reflex Therapy, just the Reflexologist's hands are used to apply reflex therapy to the client's feet. This provides a safe and sensitive method that is effective without the use of gadgets. Feedback from the client is an important part of each session and pressure is adjusted according to individual tolerance. When areas of tension or congestion are found, a client may experience a kind of pain that "hurts good". With proper manipulation of the thumb and fingers on these areas, relief is often felt very quickly. Specific work on reflex points is interspersed with relaxation techniques to provide a pleasant overall effect. The most common comment from clients is that they feel a lightness in their feet after a Reflexology session like they are "walking on air."