On a persons first visit to a Reflexologist, the therapist will ask questions to determine their present and past health and lifestyle, and the nature of their health complaints or issues.
The Reflexologist will use this information to determine which Reflexology points on the hands, feet, and/or ears to target, and then, using their hands, apply pressure to these specific locations on the patient in order to bring about the desired beneficial changes.
If your feet are to be worked by the Reflexologist, then they will wash and sanitize your feet before beginning the therapy. During the treatment, patients are only required to relax and expose their hands and feet to the Reflexologist they do not need to, and should not, undress any further.
After the feet have been cleaned, the Reflexologist will often apply oil or powder and they may also apply one or more aids to relaxation (such as soft music, incense burning, soft lighting, getting the patient to lie down and relax and breath deeply, and so on), and then begin the Reflexology treatment itself.
Each Reflexologist will have their own method of working, so some details of the treatment may vary. However, all good practitioners will create an atmosphere that will relax their patients and make them feel safe and relaxed.
Reflexologists use pressure, stretch, and movement to work the patient’s feet and/or hands methodically. The whole of each foot (or hand) should be worked in most circumstances.
The Reflexologist should work within your comfort zone. Too much pressure can be uncomfortable and it may also actually be harmful and lead to injury. As a result, you should communicate with your Reflexologist to indicate your personal preference for pressure and ensure that the Reflexologist keeps pressure they apply within the desired levels.
The sensitive hands of a trained Reflexologist can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet and hands of a patient, and, by stimulating and working these points, the Reflexologist can release blockages, reinstate the free flow of energy around the body, and restore balance and function to the required organs or systems of the body.
Even though all of each foot (and maybe both the hands as well) will be worked by the Reflexologist, specific locations will be targeted depending on the health issues or complaints of the patient. Detailed color-coded Reflexology Charts are available to purchase separately, or in books, and on the Internet), and these specify while locations of the body are linked by corresponding locations on the feet, hands, or ears.
A typical Reflexology treatment session usually lasts about one hour. A course of several or more treatments may be recommended depending on the afflictions or conditions being treated. The application and the effect of the Reflexology therapy may vary from person to person.
After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very definite way. Many people note feelings of relaxation and a sense of well-being, while others report feeling lethargic, headaches, nauseous, sinus congestion, or even emotional and tearful.
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