Is it painful?There may be places on your feet that are more sensitive than others signaling an imbalance. Anything up to the "hurts so good" is fine. Reflexology is based on deep relaxation so anticipating pain is counterproductive. It feels amazing - the best "foot rub" you will ever have. And of course, give feedback on the pressure that works for you.
What if I find it ticklish?Most ticklish people are set off by a light touch. Reflexology uses a slow, steady and deep pressure. My ticklish patients are not bothered by reflexology at all.
Do I need to have a pedicure before my session?No, a pedicure is not necessary. Reflexologists believe calluses form to protect a sensitive reflex area, so we like to see where calluses form. We also note the color, temperature and location of deep lines or cracks on the foot. The color, texture or shape of toenails can also indicate health or wear patterns from your shoes.
How is reflexology different from a foot massage?The main difference is that massage views the foot just as a foot, but reflexology sees the foot as a vehicle to connect to all the organs, joints and muscles in the body via the reflexology foot map. In general massage will flow movements with a flat hand, whereas reflexology uses a specific technique of applying pressure with the thumb (called thumb-walking), fingers or a wooden stick. This focused pulsing thumb technique is said to sooth the nervous system and ease pain.
Can reflexology make a condition worse?No. Reflexology can only help bring the body into balance.
How often do I need to have a session?Regular sessions are recommended to maintain health. It's a good idea to have them no further apart than once a week when you are coming for a specific issue. That way the effects can cumulatively keep your body in state of homeostasis. After that it is up to your individual preference.
How fast can I expect results?That depends on the results you are looking for. Reflexology will make a positive difference after just one session. What exactly that feels like is different for every person.
Is reflexology covered by insurance plans?Insurance coverage for reflexology is only just beginning in the United States, so most likely your insurance will not cover the cost of the session.
Can I have reflexology when I am pregnant?Absolutely! Reflexology is an excellent therapy before, during and after pregnancy.
What about right after surgery?Reflexology is very beneficial before and after surgery. Before surgery to get the body relaxed and receptive, after to again relax the body so it can get on with the healing process instead of being in shock.
What specific things can reflexology help?Since reflexology encourages the body to seek homeostasis, many, many conditions can be helped. Some of the more common ailments that respond well to reflexology are:
Pain Reduction or Elimination
Restored Healthy Internal Balance
Increased Sense of Well-being