Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect at my first appointment?
Your first reflexology treatment will last approximately 1 ½ hours. This includes a free consultation along with the treatment. This information taken in the consultation will be confidential and involves a confidential medical and lifestyle history. This is very informal and lets us get to know each other, which will help me to build a tailor made treatment for you. You will be asked to sign a consultation form confirming your personal details and permission for me to treat you. Before your treatment starts I will ask you to remove your shoes, socks or tights. After the treatment you will be offered a glass of water and a light refreshment if you need it. I will discuss with you any imbalances that I have found during the treatment and also any reactions that you may experience.
How many treatments will I need?
There is no 'one size fits all' approach to reflexology. The number of treatments will vary according to the client's health and why they are having the treatment in the first place. Results for reflexology have a cumulative effect - that is, treatments are more effective from having regular treatments.
As your practitioner, I will look at your medical history and current condition and recommend a number of treatments. To get a general idea, if you have a long-term condition a weekly treatment for around 6-8 weeks may be recommended. If you would like reflexology for relaxation, a monthly session may be sufficient. Positive benefits of reflexology are felt even after one session. This will depend on your specific health needs and your desired outcome. Ideally weekly for a few weeks, then reduce to a monthly programme. Reflexology has been shown to have a positive and beneficial effect on people, but after two or three treatments if you feel not benefit then it is advised that you do not continue and perhaps try another form of complementary therapy.
What reactions will I expect?
Reflexology should not hurt, but there may be tender spots indicating that the corresponding area of the body is out of balance.
Some people may be worried about their ticklish feet. Rest assured this should not be a problem. The firm pressure we use and slower movements normally eradicate the ticklish effect.
The majority of people report a feeling of relaxation during and after treatment and most will experience a restful sleep the night following a treatment. Many reactions will be subtle after the first treatment. You can consider reactions as a positive sign of your body becoming balanced.
Reactions you may expect in the first 24-48 hours include:
Feeling more relaxed
Feeling cold or hot
Increased urination or bowel movements
Feeling thirsty /Emotional / tearful
Temporary worsening of presenting / underlying condition
What conditions can reflexology treat?
Anxiety / Depression
Menopausal / peri-menopausal symptoms
Muscular problems / neck and shoulder pain
Irritable bowel syndrome
and much more...
How do I prepare before treatment?
Not much is needed. It is advisable not to eat a heavy meal two hours before a treatment as you may feel sick or uncomfortable. Reflexology promotes detoxification so it is advisable to drink lots of water the day you are having a treatment to help your body in this process.
You do not have to bring anything to the treatment, just yourself and your feet! The treatment will take place with you reclining in a Lafuma chair (provided by me). You will remove your shoes and socks and your feet will be refreshed. A blanket will be provided, should you feel cold.
What happens to my personal information?
“Please be aware that if you send me any sensitive medical/health information, I will only hold and use this if we proceed to treatment, at which time I will require explicit consent from you to hold this data. If we do not proceed to treatment I will erase this information.”
What can expect from a reflexology treament?
People respond very differently to reflexology although most feel very relaxed, sleep well and feel a sense of wellbeing with an increase in energy levels the next day. Occasionally clients have reported a headache after their first session. It is best to plan a quiet evening, if possible, to allow the effects to settle in to your system.
Once you are relaxed in the reclining chair and your feet have been prepared, ill begin with gentle relaxing massage. The treatment will then continue through a sequence treating all systems and organs with pressure massage. The pressure applied is not painful but neither is it too light that it tickles!
The right foot will be treated first followed by the left, the treatment is completed by a sequence of deep breathing and energy balancing exercises.
Are there any side effects from a treament?
Most people feel very relaxed and calm after a treatment and you may feel either tired or energised. Clients often report that they sleep very well the night following a treatment and wake up feeling energised and calm. It is also common to need to urinate more frequently after a treatment.
It is advisable to drink lots of water after a treatment and to avoid alcohol for 24 hours if you can to help with the detoxification process.
On rare occasions a client may experience a “healing crisis”, this is when the symptom or symptoms that are being treated by the reflexology temporarily worsen as the body starts to rebalance and heal. This is usually a turning point and the condition being treated usually begins to improve after the crisis. This is very uncommon but if it is experienced please let me know as soon as possible so advice and assistance can be given.
When is it unsuitable to treat?
I will take a detailed medical history at your first appointment, but If you have any specific medical problems, please inform me before you arrive for your first session.
The Association of Reflexologists recommends that we do not work with the following:
A history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Anything that increases the circulation may move a blood clot, e.g. a hot bath, running for a bus and as reflexology is believed to improve the circulation, it too may shift a clot. It is best not to take the risk.
A history of pregnancy loss. This is one of those situations where the Association of Reflexologists has recommended we don’t work in the event that a pregnancy spontaneously miscarries. Many of my clients come regularly for reflexology to balance their bodies in preparation for a healthy pregnancy.
Contagious or notifiable diseases e.g. measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough or glandular fever
Can children and babies be treated?
Children respond well to reflexology and many love it. I give children a shorter version of 45 minutes. Children under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult. Please call me to discuss further if required 0208 683 3377.