Reflexology is the science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all glands, organs, and parts of the body. Reflexology is not massage, but a unique method of using thumbs and fingers on these reflex areas. These techniques stimulate relaxation responses throughout the body. This modality encourages good health by promoting relaxation, easing pain, preventing disease and improving quality of life.
1) What happens during a reflexology session?
a) You will fill out a short questionnaire identifying any history of foot problems, surgeries, current treatments, or current medical conditions. You will be asked what goals you intend to reach through reflexology.
b) The reflexologist will note your posture, gait (how you walk), and will administer a physical examination of your feet.
c) You will remain fully clothed, only removing your shoes and socks, and will rest on a massage table with comfortable pillows under your head and feet. In this position with relaxing music in the background, clients often fall asleep during treatment.
2) How long is a reflexology session?
a) A session usually lasts one hour. The reflexologist normally spends five minutes on each hand and the remainder on the feet.
3) Does reflexology tickle?
a) No, the reflexologist will adjust the pressure to your comfort level. Most people who protest that "No one touches my feet!" are amazed at how great reflexology feels.
4) How will I feel after a treatment?
a) You will feel relaxed. The reflexologist will put your shoes and socks back on before you get off the table to allow you to wake up slowly and to prevent dizziness. You should drink 2-3 glasses of water before, and especially after, treatment to avoid feeling sluggish.
5) Will the reflexologist explain what was discovered during the treatment?
a) Yes. The reflexologist is trained to note observations throughout the treatment. They can confirm any exisiting problems (such as plantar fasciitis) and teach self-treatment using rollers, golf balls, and foot or hand-related exercises. Also, the reflexologist will note any abnormalities regarding certain reflex areas of your feet. Often, a reflexologist will find congestion in certain organ systems that relate to exisiting medical conditions (hypertension, thyroid disease, sinus congestion, headaches, etc.).
6) Why did you become a reflexologist?
a) In 2005, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, an increasingly common condition in the US, especially among females. While under the care of an endocrinologist and unable to tolerate 3 different medications because of side-effects, I discovered that my thyroid reflexes in my feet were full of bumps (or "crystals"). I worked on my feet intermittently over two months until all the crystals were gone. (I was not a reflexologist at this time). My thyroid function, TSH, returned to normal, my endocrinologist discharged me, and my TSH has remained normal since. The success with my thyroid levels convinced me of reflexology's abilities and I decided to become a reflexologist.
**Please Note: It is my goal to become Nationally Certified in Reflexology in 2013. Please help me meet my requirement of 80 documented reflexology treatments and receive $5.00 off the usual fee.
Call Mary C Vatilla @ 330-289-2377