Many people may feel somewhat apprehensive at the prospect of their first Reflexology treatment, so it is the Reflexologist’s responsibility to ensure that the client is made to feel welcome and comfortable. Relaxation is after all of prime importance in the healing process.
Some people may be embarrassed about the state of their feet, however feet are a Reflexologist’s domain and they are used to seeing them in all shapes, sizes and conditions. Remember that the feet represent the body and encompass a wealth of information about one’s health.
During the first treatment, the Reflexologist will begin by taking a thorough medical history. All problems must be noted, not only those troubling the client at the time. In order to ascertain a complete health picture, a good Reflexologist may ask numerous questions concerning for example the functioning of the client’s body systems, their energy and stress levels, mental alertness, diet, exercise patterns and hereditary tendencies. They may also observe the client’s skin, hair and nail conditions. To fully understand the client’s complaints and assess their progress, it is advisable to record a detailed case history after each treatment. A typical case history sheet should include the client’s personal details, complaints, previous treatments tried, medical history, observations and treatment reactions, both good and bad.
The client must be seated comfortably with their head and neck well supported. The Reflexologist will start by disinfecting the feet before commencing with a full treatment sequence working through all the reflexes. The primary tool used is the human hand as the Reflexologist applies pressure to the reflex areas using specific thumb and finger techniques. The treatment must always be gentle, but firmly within the client’s comfort range. Sore reflex points may indicate areas of congestion and the Reflexologist may vary the amount of pressure applied.
The sensations range from the feeling of something sharp is being pressed into the foot, to a dull ache, discomfort, tightness or just firm pressure. Sensitivity varies from person to person and also from treatment to treatment. As the treatment progresses, the tenderness should diminish as balance is restored in the problem areas. One body part is completed totally before moving on and both feet are treated alternatively in a smooth and even way. No matter what the sensations are like, Reflexology is always effective and should leave the client feeling light, tingly and very pampered.
People differ and so do reactions to a Reflexology treatment. On a whole, reactions immediately after a treatment are pleasant, leaving the clients relaxed, energised and rejuvenated. Reflexology activates the body’s own healing power and some form of a “bad” reaction is inevitable as the body rids itself of toxins. This is referred to as a “healing crisis” and is a cleansing process. The response of toxins being released can manifest itself as increased darker and stronger-smelling urination, flatulence and more frequent bowel movements, aggravated skin conditions, increased mucous secretions, disrupted sleep patterns, dizziness, nausea, tiredness and headaches.
The clients may also become emotional and could have an overwhelming desire to weep. Well-established disorders will obviously take longer to eradicate than those present for a short time. Even if one session appears to have corrected the problem, a course of treatments is recommended for all conditions to totally balance the body and prevent a recurrence of any disorder.
Reflexologists do not practice medicine. That is the realm of orthodox licensed physicians. Reflexologists never diagnose diseases, prescribe or adjust medication. They do not treat specific diseases, although by bringing the body back to a state of balance, Reflexology helps to eliminate problems caused by disease. Tender reflexes indicate which parts of the body are congested. It is important to be aware that this “diagnosis” merely indicates which parts of the body are congested, not specific named disorders.