How long will it take for Reflexology to work?
In our modern society, our bodies are inundated with toxins, resulting in a variety of congestions in the related systems. Reflexology stimulates the body to detox and heal itself, however, the more congested one is, the longer it may take for progress to be made. In most cases it may take a minimum of three treatments for the body to “wake up” to the treatments and for healing to occur. The Reflexologist will generally set up a treatment plan based on the severity of the condition and how each person is responding to the treatments. Most chronic conditions would require treatments to be given, once or twice a week. Once improvement is seen, the sessions could become less regular or biweekly. When a condition has been stabilized a maintenance schedule is still required to sustain optimum health. It is however important to note that every patient is responsible for their own health and the effectiveness of the treatments also depends on patients commitment to following the suggested lifestyle changes.
“Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.” ~Astrid Alauda
What to expect during a Reflexology treatment?
During your first Reflexology session, the Reflexologist will take a full case history, asking you relevant questions related to your medical history, lifestyle and exercise routine. He/she will also conduct a full assessment of the feet and hands. Once all these relevant details have been noted, the therapist will begin with a full treatment. During this stage of your session, you may feel sensitivity or pain in certain areas, you may wish to alert your Reflexologist to this, especially if the pain is too severe. The sensations may vary from a feeling of sharp pain, to a dull ache, discomfort, tightness or just firm pressure. These sensations mentioned may be due to congestions in the reflex. Sensitivity will vary from person to person, this also varies from treatment to treatment, depending on the factors of stress, mood and time of day. The therapist with close the sessions with a gentle soothing massage, leaving you feeling light, relaxed and very pampered, allowing for the body to complete the natural process and heal itself.
What can I expect to experience after the treatment?
Every person is different and the body can respond in various ways, however, most patients feel lighter and more energized following the treatment. If reactions are felt, the different responses are due to the elimination process, as the body is riding itself of toxic build up. Some common reactions include, increased urination, flatulence and more frequent bowel movements, aggravated skin conditions, runny nose and coughing due to increased mucous secretion, dizziness or nausea, headaches or migraines, depression and a desire to weep due to an emotional release. All these symptoms are reactions that are not unusual and are not a cause for concern. These reactions should decrease with each session, as you continue with your treatment protocol and your health improves.
Why is a reflex painful?
Sensations vary on the different parts of the feet, depending on the level that the related body part is functioning at. Pain may be felt in certain reflexes and this is a sign of congestion in that related organ or body system. Congested areas are sensitive and the more sensitivity felt, the more congested they are. The reflex may also be very painful due to Crystal deposits on the nerve endings, caused by excess acidity. As the patient continues with the treatment plan, the pain or sensitivity should decrease, showing an improvement in that area and indicating that the body is returning to a state of balance.
Who can benefit from a Reflexology treatment?
There are no boundaries set for those who can receive reflexology treatments, Reflexology does not discriminate. People of any age or sex – the elderly, women, men, teenagers, children and babies can receive treatments. Reflexology can do no harm but please note there are certain conditions such as Lymphatic Cancer, Leukemia, Thrombosis, Osteoporosis, Pregnancy, Diabetes, Epilepsy and HIV / AIDS, where precautions should be taken.
Is a Reflexologist able to diagnose an illness, cure an illness or prescribe medication?
Reflexologists don’t diagnose and do not practice medicine. If you have a serious condition or an emergency seek medical attention first. Reflexology is instead, a holistic therapy and with every session, a full treatment is completed, stimulating the whole body and all systems involved. During each treatment, circulation is improved, increasing the blood and oxygen flow throughout the body, allowing for all organs and systems to function optimally. It is outside of a Reflexologists scope of Practice to prescribe or adjust any medication.