Your first Reflexology Treatment
Be completely at ease during your first reflexology treatment by knowing what to expect. I always set aside time for my client’s questions about reflexology when they tell me it’s their first time to receive the therapy.
The three main parts of this pressure-based therapy are as follows:
health consultation, foot examination and treatment of reflexes on the feet.
What happens during consultation?
- During consultation you will be asked about your current and past health and lifestyle. If you have an existing health condition you may be advised to seek your doctors approval before starting treatment.
- A specialist therapist usually can adapt to your specific needs and health situation.
- The consultation helps to establish your well-being goals and outline your treatment plan.
Following your consultation you will be invited to remove your shoes and socks and lie on a comfortable plinth or a reclining chair.
What happens during foot examination?
- The condition and structure of your feet and toenails can tell a story about your health and state of wellbeing. Your therapist records these observations in more detail during your first treatment.
- Foot charts are used to record observations made during the foot examination and subseqent treatments and can be used to monitor your progress and response to reflexology therapy.
- For health and safety reasons it is best to have toe nails free of nail varnish to ensure there is no risk of fungal infection.
What happens during the application of reflexology on the feet?
- Your feet are gently massaged before applying pressure to the reflexes.
- The pressure can be firm or gentle and it may be varied throughout the treatment.
- Reflexes are parts of your feet that correspond to organs and systems of your body. Reflexology brings balance to mind and body by relieving tension, restoring calm along with many additional benefits.
I always check with my clients as to how they experience pressure. My goal is to help you relax. If I encounter tender reflexes on your feet, I treat them in a manner that allows you to continue to enjoy the treatment and let go of tension
Reflexology brings balance to mind and body by relieving tension, restoring calm along with many additional benefits.
Other good things to know about your reflexology treatment:
- Your therapist may perform reflexology on your hands if it’s not suitable on the feet e.g. if you have a cut or a bruise on your foot.
- One hour is usually allowed for all parts of your first and subsequent treatments and each part is vital for your overall treatment plan.
- Many clients relax more deeply during their second treatment having been put at ease in their first session.
- In times of stress or in seeking to relieve more specific symptoms a course of treatments may be required to restore balance. Generally, people get best results from having 4 to 6 weekly treatments.
- If you are uncertain about any part of the treatment process you should discuss it with your therapist.
In addition my reflexology clients can benefit from the following:
- I often guide my clients in a short meditation to help them to get more deeply relaxed so as to benefit more fully from their treatment.
- Clients benefit from my 20+ years experience of self-care practice, my specialist knowledge base and wellbeing coaching skills.
- I have helped clients to manage stress, restoring and maintaining wellbeing during, pregnancy, fertility planning, changing career, in coping with illness or caring for a special needs family member and through times of loss.
- I am the author of Seven C’s to Calm – Reclaiming your Anxiety-free Self and Authentic Path Inspiration coach. I am here to empower my clients on their journey towards wellbeing and authenticity.
- I am a member of Irish Reflexologists’ Institute Ltd. This means I am bound by a code of practice and maintain my continuous professional development. It also means my therapy is recognised by health insurers so my clients can recover some or all costs of treatment depending on their health insurance plan.
- I have undertaken W.H.O. training for prevention of infectious disease such as COVID-19 and have adapted my therapy practice to ensure safety and peace of mind for my clients and myself.
Dublin, Carlow and counties surrounding Carlow (Ireland)