Frequently asked questions
What happens during a treatment?
With your first treatment we will go through a questionnaire to establish your lifestyle and medical history, which enables us to tailor the treatment to your specific needs.
For the actual treatment you are required to remove your socks and shoes, and we recline you in a beautifully comfortable La Fuma reflexology chair, which enables you to relax whilst we work with your feet. We cover you with a blanket and ensure your optimum comfort at all times.
The treatment itself is deeply relaxing and we tailor the treatment to your specific needs, and work on both the underside and the top of your feet.
Finally, we provide you with a glass of water to drink and we have opportunity to discuss how you found the treatment, any particular things which presented in the treatment for both the therapist and client, and comprehensive after care advice to maximise the efficacy of the treatment.
At the end of the treatment we also discuss any further treatment plan requirements and may recommend best courses of action for any referrals to GP’s or other health professionals if required.
As this is a complementary therapy, we are always keen to ensure we work alongside medical practitioners and health professionals.
Reflexology is not a substitute for any form of conventional medical intervention.
I’m funny about my feet being touched, will it tickle/hurt?
I get this question all the time from first time clients who do not generally like their feet being touched, and I haven’t yet had one of them not return for further treatments!
We use a measured level of pressure on the feet, which does not tickle, and is not painful. Sometimes where a reflex is imbalanced, it can feel a little tender (like a knot in your muscle does when someone massages it) but we always work to a comfortable pressure for the client, so the treatment remains relaxing and yet effective.
What will I feel afterwards?
Most clients generally feel deeply relaxed, which in turn can make them feel quite tired if it is at the end of a busy day. Generally the tiredness is short lived and is often followed by an increased boost in energy (especially after a good night’s sleep).
Many of my clients report an increase in their energy levels during a course of treatments.
Will I need more than one treatment?
This depends on what you would like to achieve out of your reflexology treatment.
If you are wanting some deep relaxation and some ‘you’ time, and generally do not feel like you have issues you would like help with, then one treatment will suit you perfectly. Many of my clients tend to come once a month for some deep relaxation and time out, to help them feel more relaxed and looked after.
If you have aches and pains, a chronic condition, or are feeling the effects of stress and anxiety, including things like depression, IBS or hormonal issues, then I would recommend a course of treatments to help you get on top of the issue. Then once we have helped your body return to its optimum state, you may wish to have more occasional treatments as a form of maintenance, say once every month or so.
When I am discussing a course of treatments I tell my clients to think of their body (and condition) like layers of an onion, and with each treatment we can get to the next layer down, to help re-balance the body and provide effective relief from the symptoms the person is experiencing.
After each treatment you are provided with aftercare advice, to help maximise the effects and length of benefit from your treatment.
Why do I need more than one treatment if I have a chronic condition/pain?
I ask people to consider two factors when we are discussing a treatment plan for specific conditions:
1.How long has it taken your body to develop this problem?
2.Would you expect a pill to last forever, if you took it once?
The body is a sensitive set of systems controlled by nerve responses and hormones. When we are asking the body to re-adjust these systems, it takes time to respond and rebalance itself.
The body also has a memory (for pain and muscles), and after a few treatments the body begins to ‘remember’ it’s new state of wellbeing and health, which helps the body to develop new muscle and pain memories and therefore continues the good effects for longer.
Is the treatment safe?
The beautiful thing about reflexology is that it is safe for all ages (from newborn to older people) and yet is a very powerful complementary therapy.
We are specially trained to work with people with specific needs, and as we are asking the body to heal itself (the body will always try to do this – think of a cut!) Reflexology will only promote what the body is capable of doing for itself given the right conditions (which reflexology helps to promote).
Why do you charge more than other reflexologists?
I am trained to an advanced level in reflexology (level 5 advanced reflexology) and am able to target my treatments according to your specific needs. The level of training I have completed and my subsequent case studies completed, have seen me deliver many effective outcomes for my clients, often meaning less treatments are needed and providing treatments which are very effective.
Comparing reflexology you would think is like Apples and Apples, but in fact with such varying standards around out there, is it more like comparing Apples and Oranges.
Always check that a reflexologist is qualified to a minimum of level 3 and that the therapist is a member of a professional body.
You can check the Professional Reflexology website for more information. http://www.professionalreflexology.org/