What about people who are embarrassed or self-conscious about their feet?
It is important to feel a sense of trust when receiving a Reflexology session. If you don’t feel comfortable with having your feet touched, then I wouldn’t suggest getting a session. Being embarrassed or self-conscious about our feet is a normal feeling, especially since our feet are almost always covered up. I have noticed throughout my experience that self consciousness tends to decrease as trust and rapport builds between the client and the practitioner. You should always feel comfortable talking to your practitioner about any concerns or feelings that you are experiencing.
What if I have ticklish or sensitive feet?
Reflexology pressure techniques are used with a firm touch, reducing the chance of tickling sensations. Many people who have ticklish or sensitive feet on their first session report a lessening of this sensation over several sessions.
Will it hurt?
Some reflexes can be quite tender if there is a significant imbalance within the body. However, the pressure applied should never be painful, and if it is uncomfortable you should let your practitioner know so that he/she can decrease the pressure in their touch.
Can my Reflexologist tell when there is an imbalance present in my body?
A Reflexologist cannot diagnose any problems present within the body. They can however, describe what they see/feel within your reflex points. Examples of possible body imbalances may be discoloration in the skin, hot/cold spots, hard skin, bunions, inflammation, or crystallization under the skin.
Can you give me a couple of examples of how has Reflexology helped your clients?
A client came to me one day in the hopes of relieving the inflammation that he was experiencing due to Gout. The ball of his foot was very red and puffy. I could barely touch the inflamed part of his foot because of the pain, and flexibility of the foot itself was extremely limited. After the session, he reported feeling much better. When he came back for a second session a week later, I noticed that the swelling and redness was completely gone, and the foot had mobility. I was able to touch with pressure on the part of the foot that was previously in pain. He told me that the pain in his foot had decreased significantly, and that it no longer hurt to walk.
One of my clients has glaucoma, which causes chronic eye pain and pressure. When the pressure in his eyes is high, he starts to see “halos” around lights. During high pressure periods, he normally stops all activity and lays down to rest. He requested a session one day during a “halo” episode as a means of lowering his pressure as quick as possible. During the session he reported feeling a relieving sensation behind his eyes. When the treatment was over, he stated feeling less eye pain, less pressure, and less overall body tension.