WHAT HAPPENS AT MY FIRST TREATMENT?
Your treatment will be explained in more detail and a medical history taken. Reflexology is given with cream or powder and may be received either lying down or sitting up; the Fingertip Facelift is received lying down.
HOW will I FEEL AFTER A TREATMENT?
People respond very differently to reflexology although most feel very relaxed, sleep well and feel centred the next day with an increase in energy levels. People often report feeling more ‘in their own shoes’. With an increased sense of wellbeing. Occasionally clients have reported a headache or back ache after their first session. If at all possible, It is best to plan a quiet evening. Reflexology puts you in touch with what your body needs, what it is trying to tell you, so, as best you can, try and listen to this and act accordingly.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
This depends on your specific health needs and also what you hope to achieve from Reflexology.. Ideally weekly for a few weeks, then we can discuss reducing the frequency of treatments .
DOES REFLEXOLOGY HURT OR TICKLE?
It needn’t hurt, but there may be tender spots indicating that the corresponding area of the body is out of balance. I can sense any tenderness with my fingers, and will find a balance which works for you, so that you can be relaxed – and therefore your body can accept the treatment more readily – and at the same time ensuring that the treatment received is at the optimum level for you. It’s a very individual thing..
I myself have very ticklish feet, so I do know how that feels! However, reflexology done confidently, by sensitive fingers, with firm pressure, is normally not ticklish.
IS IT SAFE TO HAVE REFLEXOLOGY IN PREGNANCY?
Whilst there are risks throughout pregnancy, in the first three months there is a higher risk of miscarriage. However, there is no evidence to show that reflexology can bring on a miscarriage. Indeed, some reflexologists say it is effective for those women who have a history of miscarriage.
Reflexologists work with caution with some medical conditions e.g. multiple pregnancies. Information should be given before you arrive for your first appointment. Providing mother and baby are ready and well, reflexology can be used to facilitate labour. Sessions should start at least 6 weeks prior to term and be received weekly until due date; only then can a priming for labour treatment be given.
DOES REFLEXOLOGY SPREAD CANCER?
There is no proof that reflexology spreads cancer. Chinese clinical trials have shown reflexology to ‘have good effect’ throughout treatment for cancer: side effects of chemotherapy reduced, immunity strengthened, wound healing promoted and physical strength recovered more quickly pre and post surgery and during chemotherapy. Many clients have said that they feel the side-effects of their chemotherapy treatments were reduced by having reflexology.
WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF MY TREATMENTS?
Some insurers will cover the cost of your treatment; as each one has different terms you will need to check with them directly. A receipt can be issued for you so you can claim back the fee.
ARE ANY CONDITIONS NOT SUITABLE FOR TREATMENT?
The Association of Reflexologists recommends that we do not work with the following:
- A history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Anything that increases the circulation may move a blood clot, e.g. A hot bath, running for a bus and as reflexology helps the circulation, it too may shift a clot. It is best not to take the risk.
- A history of unstable pregnancies. This is one of those situations where the Association of Reflexologists has recommended we don’t work in the event that a pregnancy spontaneously miscarries. Many of my clients come regularly for reflexology to balance their bodies in preparation for a healthy pregnancy. See the section above on reflexology in pregnancy.
- Severe cellulitis (infection of the skin and the tissues beneath it)
- Contagious or notifiable diseases e.g. measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough or glandular fever
- DO YOU DO REFLEXOLOGY FOR THE TERMINALLY ILL?
- Many terminally ill patients say they find the treatments physically and emotionally relaxing. It is a time when they can talk things through with someone who is neither a member of their family, nor wearing a white coat. Bernadette has worked extensively with patients who are in the last stages of their lives.
- CAN CHILDREN AND BABIES RECEIVE REFLEXOLOGY?
- Children respond well to reflexology and many of them love it. Sessions are shorter but no less effective and can help with minor ailments or sleep problems. It is easy to do and very powerful when done regularly; you will leave with a chart to follow so you can do reflexology on your own child. Bernadette has helped many children with conditions such as constipation; asthma; hay fever; sleeplessness. If you suspect anything serious, you should take him/her to the doctor.
- The Association of Reflexologists recommends a signed consent form for working with children under the age of 18. Those with parental responsibility can sign this, either mother or father if they are married. Unmarried fathers will need to obtain written consent from the mother or the court.
- You need to accompany your child into the treatment area while he/she receives reflexology.
- Bernadette holds an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) certificate.
CAN REFLEXOLOGY REDUCE WRINKLES AND CELLULITE?
Wrinkles are part of the ageing process. Without doubt eating a healthy balanced diet, keeping hydrated and taking exercise will help slow the signs. As reflexology works by improving the circulation and stimulates the body to detoxify, it can ‘iron out the wrinkles in your mind’ and de-stress the body, putting a spring in your step…which is very youthful!
DO YOU TREAT PEOPLE AT THEIR WORKPLACE?
Research done in Denmark, showed that having employers who provide, or subsidise, reflexology treatments in their workplace have fewer illnesses amongst their employees and that they take considerably fewer days off. Employees felt valued and supported, and this improved their contributions to their work.
If you want to find out how reflexology can help your company, or to arrange a trial day for your employees,
REFLEXOLOGY AT YOUR MEDICAL PRACTICE
Reflexology today is used as a complement to many forms of standard medical treatment. If you are interested in incorporating reflexology within your practice or would like further information on reflexology, how it could benefit your patients or theories on how it works, make contact
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