Will reflexology hurt?
Reflexology should not hurt. Where there are tender spots, the foot may have been bruised earlier, or it may indicate that the correspondence area of the body is out of balance. For those who have ticklish feet, a firmer pressure can be used in combination with slower movements.
Can the cost of my reflexology treatment be covered by my health insurance?
Some insurers will cover the cost of your treatment and a receipt can be issued for you to claim back the fees. Each policy has different terms so you will need to check with them directly.
Is it safe to have reflexology during pregnancy?
Reflexology is widely practiced on pregnant women. Miscarriages are more common during the first three months of pregnancy and although there is no evidence that reflexology can be a problem, you may wish to commence treatment after the first trimester.
Can reflexology help with cancer?
A study in 2000 on the effects of foot reflexology on anxiety and pain in patients with breast and lung cancer reported a significant decrease in anxiety, but the effects on pain reduction were less clear.
What happens during my first reflexology treatment?
A detailed medical history will be taken and your treatment will be explained in more detail. Some lifestyle advice may be offered.
How might I feel after a reflexology treatment?
People respond very differently to reflexology, but common responses include feelings of being relaxed, sleepy, energised, emotional or thirsty. Some clients report an increase in energy levels. It is best not to do anything too strenuous after a treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on your specific health needs, desired outcome and finances. Ideally treatments should be weekly for a few weeks, then reduced in frequency.
Are there any conditions which are not suitable for treatment using reflexology?
The Association of Reflexologists (AOR) recommends that we do not work with patients with the following conditions:
- A history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is because any procedure that increases the circulation may move a blood clot if it is present
- A history of unstable pregnancies
- Severe cellulitis
- Contagious diseases
Reflexology for the terminally ill?
Hodgson’s 2000 study compared the effects of a course of three real or placebo reflexology treatments on the quality of life of 11 patients with cancer. The patients’ perception, in both groups, was that it was relaxing, calming and comforting and all the patients in the reflexology group reported an improvement. Reflecting the small sample size, most effects were not statistically significant however.
Reflexology for children and babies?
Children and babies respond well to reflexology and many of them love it. Sessions are shorter and lighter than with adults. The treatments can be used to help with minor ailments or sleep problems. You are required to accompany your child into the treatment area while he/she receives reflexology.
What about reflexology at work?
According to the Industrial Society “Stress in the workplace is undermining performance and productivity in 9 out of 10 companies.” Increased relaxation and reduced stress levels are among the best documented responses to reflexology.