No Reflexologist can claim to cure, diagnose or give any prognosis of a disease.
Reflexologists work mainly upon the feet, but may also use the reflexes upon the hands. Although these reflexes are located in the feet (or hand) region, the reflexes themselves are directly connected to and reflect all areas of the body. In this way, as the reflexologist works upon the specific reflex points, they are simultaneously working upon the whole body; addressing both the physical and non-physical as the reflex points identify energy movement within the body as it manifests through the reflex points of the feet.
Supporting Physical Recovery and rebalance:
In many cases Reflexology will indicate which areas of the body there is a physical issue occurring, although remember that a Reflexologist will not name any energy blockage as a disease, or diagnose a condition from this identification process of energy interference within your body. Reflexology is considered to be an alternative health option to anyone suffering or recovering from an actual physical disease or symptomatic pain. It should never replace the advice or treatment of your doctor.
Another benefit of Reflexology is that it can equally indicate areas in the body where there is a disruption in the flow of energy BEFORE any physical symptoms are present or noticeable to the client.
Supporting Prevention and Overall Well-Being
During a Reflexology session, some particular types of reflexes can be indicated that indicate a non-physical disruption in the energy flow of a particular area of the body; if these energy disruptions are noticed and released during a reflexology session before they become obvious, or ‘symptomatic’ in the physical body, this is a wonderful way to halt the disrupted energy before it becomes more acute, and becomes physically manifested. Reflexology is therefore a therapy which may be used as an ongoing preventative and holistic support to health and well-being, keeping an already health person in best form. It is the energetic equivalent to ‘going to the gym’, and can be integrated as part of a healthy regime to support the body. The energetic equivalent to Healthy diet and nutrition, healthy exercise and positive thinking and stress reduction.
All of these efforts may be combined to keep us healthy and well, reducing the possibility of a future where the client is coming because they are already suffering from a disease or health condition needing support.
How will Reflexology help me?
After treatment, you may experience some ‘healing crisis’ symptoms (described below), but after this, and with ongoing treatments, you will begin to notice improvements in your overall health and well-being.
Some positive effects of Reflexology may include:
- Overall improvement in well-being
- Increased energy levels
- Improved moods
- Improved sleep
- Reduced Physical symptoms
- Reduced symptoms of Stress
- Clearer thinking
- Greater mobility
- Pain reduction
This list is non-exhaustive, and you may notice one or many of the above improvements.
Your treatment is individual to you, and the results of your treatment will be individual.
What happens in a Reflexology Session?
In your first session, you will need to complete a client assessment form, this will include a complete disclosure of your medical history. Because of this, the first session will generally last up to an hour and a half.
After the first session your treatment plan will be be assessed and any ongoing sessions should then be no more than an hour.
You may chose to sit or lye down for your session, and you will need to have your shoes and socks removed. Unless contraindicated, I will usually place your feet in a foot bath for pre-cleansing and relaxation at the beginning of a session, during which time we will have a verbal assessment of your current situation and ongoing progress.
Next we will proceed through a reflexology session. We can use cream or talcum powder to assist the free movement across the skin of the feet, so please advise if you have any allergies or preferences in this respect, before the reflexology session begins.
During the Reflexology session, the client will be involved in identifying any ‘reflexes’ that are felt, and sharing that information back to the reflexologist. In this sense, the treatment is a joint effort from both the client and the practitioner, as the ‘feedback’ of anything felt during the session is an important part of how the reflexologist will direct the work during the session. To clarify, for best effect, it is the client who identifies and experiences the ‘reflex’ points on the feet, and indicates how these feel to the reflexologist. Together, both parties work to ‘clear’ that blockage, with the reflexologist using acupressure techniques upon the feet (or hands) and the client giving a feedback to the reflexologist of the reflex points.
Some people do fall asleep during their reflexology session, and this is absolutely fine. If a person reaches a such a state of relaxation, the reflexologist will continue the therapy and the effects of the session will not be diminished.
After a Reflexology session, it is helpful if you can rest and allow the body to process the work that has been done. This may mean that the whole body is working to eliminate the toxins that have been dislodged from the body at a cellular level, and can result in an overall sense of ‘tiredness’.
There may also be an experience of a ‘healing crisis’, which can sometimes make you feel unwell. This is normal, and is a good sign that your body is releasing a lot of toxins from the body. The symptoms of a ‘healing crisis’ are listed below, but if you are concerned, please contact your reflexologist or go directly to your doctor.
It is advisable to drink plenty of water after a reflexology session, to help the body flush out the toxins. Also note and keep a diary of any changes, physical and emotional symptoms or anything else that you notice between your sessions. Sometimes there are passing experiences of emotions and thoughts that are released through the treatments, and between sessions. Recognising these, and keeping a journal is helpful for the reflexologist to be able to respond and tailor sessions to your needs, but is also a good resource for you to see your own healing journey as you continue with your sessions. Look for the improvements and notice your own shifts and how you are feeling as your sessions progress.
Reflexology is an Holistic health care option. Although the reflexology work is through reflex points in the feet (or the hands), these points correspond to different areas of the body, bringing a healing flow of ‘chi’ or energy into all parts of the body in order to bring balance to those places that have been ‘blocked’ of that energy.
Physically, this rebalancing of the energy flow affects the body on a cellular level, allowing the essential life flow energy to reach previously imbalanced tissues and organs, releasing toxins and assisting the bodies excretory systems as they release and expel toxins.
This ‘release’ of toxins from the system can cause a temporary ‘healing crisis’, symptoms can be experienced as:
- Smelly eliminatory substances (urine or faeces)
- Different colouring of eliminatory substances
- Lose stools
- Bad breath
- Sweating heavily, or producing more odour
These are all normal experiences as the body is releasing toxins from the cells after a session. The more toxic the system, the more intense the ‘healing crisis’ may feel. The positive aspect of this experience is that you are letting go of what your body does not need or want. Drinking plenty of water is essential after a session to assist the detoxification process.