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Frequently Asked Questions

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Some frequently asked questions are listed below. If you are still unsure of anything or have further questions regarding reflexology please contact me and I am more than happy to have a chat about them.
  • Will reflexology help me?
  • What happens at a reflexology treatment?
  • How long does a treatment take?
  • How many treatment sessions will I require?
  • What does reflexology feel like?
  • How will I feel after the treatment?
  • Are there any side effects to the treatment?
  • Will it tickle or feel uncomfortable?
  • Is reflexology safe? Are there contraindications?
Will Reflexology help me?

Reflexology is a very enjoyable, calming and relaxing therapy which can help with a range of health problems and concerns. Around 75% of health issues can be attributed to stress and anxiety resulting in our immune systems being compromised and our bodies operating in an unhealthy fashion. Reflexology helps to induce deep relaxation helping your worries to dissipate and your body to come back into its own healthy balance and harmony. The different ways that reflexology may help you are listed on the Who May Benefit From Reflexology page.

Please also visit the following link set up by the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) which lists a series of videos showing how reflexology has provided support for clients:
What happens at a Reflexology treatment?

Please see the page A Reflexology Session for details regarding what to expect at a reflexology treatment.

How long does a treatment take?

A treatment will usually take one hour. The initial treatment will be 15-30 minutes longer so that we can discuss your general lifestyle, a brief medical history and any presenting conditions which you would like some help with. This will allow us to arrange a suitable treatment plan for your individual needs.

How many treatment sessions will I require?

The number of treatments required will vary from person to person and will depend on your age, the self-healing process, your individual health issues and your feeling of relaxation.. However, it is usual to notice a difference after having 4-6 weekly treatments. Once you have started to feel better and your body reaches a state of balance, a "maintainance dose" is a very beneficial way of maintaining your harmony and wellbeing. This could be fortnightly, monthly or whenever you feel the need.
I can arrange 3 month and 6 month packages at a reduced cost for those clients who would like more long term health support.

What does Reflexology feel like?

A reflexology treatment usually helps you to unwind and feel relaxed. It is possible that areas of congestion may feel tender when I work them. If this happens please let me know and I can lessen the pressure. By using reduced pressure, I can rework these areas to help remove any blockages. 

Will it tickle?
I have very ticklish feet and wondered whether I would be able to have reflexology myself!! However, I have not found this to be the case.

How will I feel after the treatment?
After your treatment you should feel calmer and more relaxed. Lots of clients are usually asleep by the end of the treatment and need a few minutes to come back to reality! You will always be given time to feel awake before you leave. Clients often say they feel like "they are walking on air" or " their feet feel lovely and weightless". As reflexology is great at inducing relaxation, people often comment on how well they slept following their treatment. It is also possible to feel very energised and to take on the day to the full!

Are there any side effects to the treatment?
It is possible that you body may experience a "healing reaction" following a reflexology treatment while it is reastablishing its own balance and harmony. This is perfectly normal and is only transient disappearing within 24 to 48 hours after your treatment. It is in fact a good sign that reflexology is helping the body to heal itself. Possible side effects include more frequent visits to the toilet, tiredness, runny nose or cough (especially if you had sinus, nose or chest congestion), altered sleep patterns or a slight headache. If you experience any of these symptoms it is advisable to rest as much as possible and drink plenty of water. 

Is Reflexology safe? Are there any contraindications?
Reflexology is a safe and non-invasive treatment suitable for the majority of people including babies and children right up to the elderly. However there are certain conditions which may mean that reflexology is either unsuitable or may require medical permission. For example you should not be treated if you have a fever or contagious illness, in the first trimester of pregnancy, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), recent surgery, recent accidents or any major illness. There are also conditions or disorders of the foot which may make treatments too painful or difficult. 

Local contraindications such as a verruca can be covered with a plaster if it is small and not uncomfortable. Athlete's foot, however, can spread easily and due to the risk of cross infection onto hands as well as feet, reflexology can not be performed on an infected foot. Hand reflexology can be performed instead or you can postpone treatment until the athlete's foot has cleared up. 

Possible contraindications will be discussed at the consultation appointment but if you prefer you can call me for advice prior to making a booking.