Reflexology is the ancient practice of stimulating the pressure points in the feet, hands, and ears to create balance in the body's overall energy. Although a session will generally only include the feet, you may request work on the hands and ears as well. The feet are a road map for the body and the Reflexologist will massage the whole foot using firm pressure. During this time you may will receive information about the different areas of the body and where the energy seems stagnant. A Reflexologist is an educator and does not diagnose or prescribe. Many ailments have been known to be helped by Reflexology sessions including headaches, allergies, kidney and gall stone symptoms, common cold, bowel irregularities such as constipation or irritable bowel syndrome, and many more. Reflexology is suitable for anyone, including infants and children.
Your first Reflexology session should be one hour with repeated sessions of 30 - 40 minutes or another 60 minutes, as you feel necessary. Reflexology helps balance your internal energy leaving you normally feeling energized and relaxed. It’s great for stress management and general relaxation as well as healing. Sometimes when energy is severely out of balance, some detoxification symptoms can occur but this should be minor and not last for more than 48 hours.
During a Reflexology Session
Reflexology sessions are available for 40 or 60 minutes. You begin your session by answering a few questions about your medical and emotional history as well as what medication or herbs you are now taking as these may affect the way in which the session is performed.
Please let me know if you are diabetic or have osteoporosis, arthritis or other ailments so I can adjust the session accordingly. (Sessions are not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy.)
The session takes place while you are laying on a massage-like table, fully dressed. You will be asked to remove shoes and socks. First, I will relax the feet through flexing and massage-like motions using healthy oils. The session continues using methods somewhat similar to acupressure, usually starting at the tips of the toes and down to the heels on top and bottom of the feet and to the knees. A person may feel minor sensations or nothing at all. The session is usually quite relaxing and some clients might even fall asleep.
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