Your first reflexology treatment:
If you have never experienced reflexology therapy previously, here’s a guide to what you can expect during your first treatment.
Reflexology is a pressure based therapy, performed mainly on the feet. During treatment, the therapist applies specific types of pressure, using their thumbs and fingers, to parts of the feet known as ‘reflexes’ which correspond to organs and systems of the body. Reflexology brings balance to body systems by relieving tension, restoring calm and has many benefits.
Your first reflexology treatment will include:
- Consultation – a list of preset questions about your current and past health and your lifestyle. Certain medical conditions may require your doctors permission for treatment so check with your therapist prior to booking if you have a medical/mental health condition that is more sensitive. Reflexology is a very adaptable therapy and a specialist therapist will know how to adapt to your specific needs
- Your therapist will ask you to sign your consent for reflexology treatment and will outline a suitable treatment plan e.g. outlining your ideal goals and tips to be shared for self-care if applicable.
- Visual Foot Examination – your feet tell a story about your health, if there are areas that are discoloured or dry or with varying temperatures and even the structure of the feet, all present an impression of your state of wellbeing. These observations are recorded in more detail during your first treatment.
- Preparation of the feet for reflexology using gentle massage
- Application of pressure to reflex points on the feet. Your therapist will check with you as to how you experience the pressure being applied. It may be varied throughout the treatment. In my practice, my goal is to help you relax, tender reflexes are treated in a manner that allow you to continue to enjoy the treatment and let go of tension.
- Your therapist may use a foot chart to record observations with regards to reflexes that appear imbalanced. These notes are purely to help the therapist to make comparison over a period of treatments as a case study, enabling your therapist to learn from their practice.
- Your therapist may perform reflexology on your hands if your feet have injury/cuts/infection
- Reflexology needs to be performed on bare feet so ensure you can easily remove your shoes and socks
- For health and safety reasons it is best to have toe nails free of nail varnish, your therapist needs to ensure there is no risk of fungal infection, also examination of toenails forms a part of the foot examination
- If you are uncertain about any part of the treatment process you should discuss it with your therapist.
- One hour is usually allowed for all parts of your first treatment and each part is vital for your treatment plan. Even 30 minutes of reflexology can create calming results.
- Many clients relax more deeply during their second treatment having become familiar with the therapy and therapist. In follow-up treatments there is more time for the treatment of reflexes after an initial discussion about your wellbeing and self-care routine between treatments.
- Depending on the individual a course of treatments maybe advised for maximum benefits to be achieved. Most people experience benefits of calm and relaxation immediately after treatment. In order to experience balance during times of stress or in seeking to relieve more specific symptoms a course of treatment, consisting of 3 to 6 weekly treatments, is recommended.
Professional, registered therapists are bound to a code of practice (regulations) set out by the health department and their professional reflexology institute. The consultation form used by registered therapists is part of this code of practice. I am a member of Irish Reflexologists’ Institute Ltd. (I.R.I.L.).
As part of my registration with I.R.I.L., my clients can claim back some or all of the cost of their treatments from their health insurer, once they have the appropriate level of cover.
Find out more about reflexology – What is Reflexology?
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