Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is Reflexology?
Reflexology is often misunderstood as merely being a foot massage. But it's much more than that—it's the science or method of stimulating reflexes of your foot, hand or ear that correspond to each gland, organ and part of your body. Stimulating these reflexes relaxes and balances all functions of your body and central nervous system. In ancient times, walking barefoot over rocks and hard ground naturally stimulated these reflexes every day.
Does it hurt?
Many people find reflexology sessions, for the most part, very relaxing. It's not uncommon for clients to fall asleep. But just like having a massage, areas where you have congestion or tension can sometimes be quite sensitive. But don't worry, this is a good thing! It means we've found the exact part of the foot that corresponds to the organ, gland or body part where you have an issue. As I clear the blockage, the sensation will ease. If you're at all uncomfortable (I can usually tell by your facial expressions), I'll reduce the pressure of my treatment.
Are there any side effects from this form of therapy?
There are no known negative side effects since Reflexology helps the body to normalise and release toxins. Because of this, a natural health response can be the release of nasal mucous or minor loosening of the bowels/urinating more frequently. Simply drinking plenty of pure water for several hours after a Reflexology session greatly minimises your body's need for a health response and helps to sustain the benefits of your treatment.
How can I tell a good Reflexologist from a bad one?
As with any complementary therapy, it's a good idea to insist on seeing the practitioner's qualifications and their certificates to prove it. Any Reflexologist worth their salt will be a member of the Association of Reflexologists. There are several different qualifications but the most respected is ITEC which takes a full year of study to gain and involves an in-depth and thorough knowledge of the anatomy. Beware of inferior qualifications that can be awarded after just one weekend, you'll just be getting a foot massage!
These days, a quick Google search is usually enough to investigate a practitioner's good-standing. Angry patients will leave reviews all over the internet!
Does reflexology really work?
Absolutely! When you come in I'll provide you with studies that show why reflexology is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best 'proof' on how well reflexology works is what my patients say about it.
Newcomers to Reflexology are understandably baffled by how precise pressure on specific areas of your feet can affect the whole health of your body. The reason this works is because reflexes link each part of your body to a special area on your feet and hands. The nervous system serves as the connection. With proper manipulation of the reflex points, a reflex action is produced through your nerve endings. "These cord-like structures, comprised of a collection of nerve fibers, convey impulses between a part of the central nervous system and other regions of your body. They are the wiring system of the house you call your body. As with any complex wiring system, a short circuit can mean trouble... As tension is eased, pressure on the nerves and vessels is relaxed, thus improving the flow of blood and its oxygen-rich nutrients to all parts of the body.
Many people put up with long term conditions that are not resolved through conventional medical routes. Reflexology encourages the body's own healing processes, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Reflexology treats 'the whole person' and not just any current symptoms you may be experiencing. Many people report an enhanced sense of overall well-being as well as an improvement in their condition. After having completed a course of reflexology treatments for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.
What conditions can Reflexology help with?
-Anxiety and stress disorders
-Problems associated with the reproductive system (menstrual problems, such as PMS, painful, scanty, heavy or irregular periods, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause can all be treated)
-Problems with conception, male and female infertility, and loss of libido
-Joint pain and joint mobility
-Breathing disorders (all respiratory problems, including asthma, chest infections, cough infections, coughs and colds, ear, nose and throat problems can be ease with reflexology)
-Sleep problems and insomnia
-Problems with digestion and elimination(constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies and flatulence)
-Blood sugar disorders
-Skin disorders (acne, eczema, psoriasis and rashes)
-Degenerative disorders(i.e. symptoms of MS and Parkinson’s disease)
-Irregular blood pressure
-Toxin build up
-Hospices often employ reflexology practitioners as they are an essential treatment for terminal illnesses such as cancer.
Are there any emotional benefits?
-Reduces emotional turmoil
-Releases the memory of past hurts
-Calms anger, frustration and impatience Induces courage and strength helping to cope with difficult situations and problems
-Increases positive emotions such as happiness, joy, enthusiasm for life
-Assists in resolving emotional conflicts
-Relieves stress, induces a deep sense of relaxation Reflexology is not a therapy to diagnose disease. It is not a medical treatment. It does not cure, as only the body can do that, but it does facilitate healing and balance within the body. With continued commitment to reflexology treatments you can achieve both your emotional and physical goals.
Are there any mental benefits?
-Restores mental welbeing
-Improves focus and concentration
-Enhances and stimulates creativity and productivity
-Calms an overactive mind
-Reduces or eliminates the need for drugs, tobacco and alcohol
Does Reflexology cure diseases or ailments?
Reflexology is not intended to cure diseases or ailments. Reflexologists are not medical practitioners and are not allowed to diagnose ailments or treat disease. Reflexology can be a valuable way of indicating areas where higher stress or tension is present in the body and can assist to relieve that stress or tension which can promote or encourage the natural healing process.
Who can benefit from Reflexology sessions?
Everyone can benefit from Reflexology treatments. You don't have to have an illness to have Reflexology. Even if you just want to alleviate stress you will benefit from a treatment. All ages can benefit from Reflexology, including infants and children. I have clients as young as three months old to people in their 90’s.
What does Reflexology do?
Reflexology can relieve tension and promote relaxation. Medical studies show that over 75% of all health problems can be linked to tension and stress. Our modern lifestyles not only cause a great deal of this stress, but also do nothing to relieve it. In ancient times, we had stress of a different nature, and due to the ancient lifestyle, were able to naturally treat tension and stress without even realising it.
How does it work?
There are many theories about how Reflexology works, but the most commonly held belief is that Reflexology acts to relax those reflexes that in turn are connected to various parts of the body, improving lymphatic drainage and circulation as well as relaxing muscles and stimulating nerve connections. Reflexology is primarily a relaxation technique, and while research clearly indicates that Reflexology benefits patients health in both chronic and other ailments, it is not a substitute for medical treatment, and should be considered as complementary to any type of medical treatment. Extensive research on reflexology has validated the effectiveness of Reflexology.
Is Reflexology new?
Although recently becoming much more popular and accepted in Western society, Reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years by Egyptians, Native American cultures and Mayan and Incan civilizations. It is widely accepted in many European countries as an accepted therapy. Modern Reflexology has its origins in the late 1930's, thanks to Eunice Ingham.
Is Reflexology the same as Massage, Acupuncture, Acupressure or Shiatsu?
Reflexology is not the same as massage, which involves tissue and muscle therapy to promote relaxation. Acupuncture, Acupressure and Shiatsu are similar to reflexology in some ways because they also use reflexes or meridians of the body as they relate to the gland, organs and parts of the body. However Reflexology focuses on relaxation of those reflexes through manipulation to reduce stress and tension. The other therapies are based on the belief that 'Chi' or energy flows through the meridians and that the therapy improves the flow of 'Chi' by reducing or eliminating blockages.
What are the benefits of Reflexology?
Reflexology primarily eases stress and tension, which in turn can improve blood circulation, lymph drainage, assist in the elimination of toxins, and strengthening of the immune system. It enables the body's natural healing processes to promote wellness.
Can Reflexology make a condition worse?
No. Reflexology is a non-invasive natural therapy that relaxes the body and is essentially harmless. On rare occasions, release of toxins as a result of the body's natural healing process may result in symptoms such as perspiration, nausea or headaches, however these symptoms are not directly related to Reflexology, and are temporary and not serious.
How long is a session and how often should I get Reflexology?
Typically, your first session lasts just over an hour and includes an in-depth, private consultation about your health and wellbeing. Follow-up sessions usually last 45-60 minutes depending on your symptoms. If your symptoms are acute, one to three times a week may be most beneficial for a period of time, then once a month for preventive maintenance. You'll also be shown some self-help techniques that can be used at home.
How much does a treatment cost?
*Initial consultation and treatment: Approximately 90 minutes: 40 Euros
During your first treatment, a full complementary medical history will be taken to ensure that treatments can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
*Follow up reflexology treatment: Approximately 60 minutes: 35 Euros
A fully tailored reflexology treatment.
*Power treatment: Approximately 30 minutes: 20 Euros
A power treatment will leave you feeling invigorated and energized when time is short.
N.B. Prices may change due to location of the client.