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A reflexology session - the details (or the essentials)
What happens DURING a reflexology session?
  1. Whilst you enjoy a warm foot bath I start by taking a brief history of your health, asking you to describe the reason(s) that bring you to the reflexology session.  
  2. Based on your answers I work out a treatment plan which could include foot and / or hand reflexology and / or ear reflexology (outer ears only) if it's a longer session.
  3. ​Hop on the massage table, enjoy knowing you have clean towels at each session (of course!). If you wish you may use a blanket and eye-pillow for extra comfort and warmth. I briefly examine your feet or hands or ears for anything of note (differences in colour, texture, calluses, bunions, injuries...all these observations give me clues as to what is happening inside your body.)
  4. I apply a natural organic custom created nutrient-rich cream to both feet or hands and I start with a few relaxation moves to loosen up the toes / fingers, spinal reflex zone, diaphragm reflex zone. Ear reflexology sessions require no cream. 
  5. Treatment narrows in on your health needs (as per treatment plan). I will also adjust the pressure of my touch with my fingertips always working within your comfort zone. My technique may involve using special wooden sticks (if performing Chinese Reflexology), and I may use my knuckles depending on the reflex zone worked or how hard your skin may be, especially around the heels of the feet.  The treatment should not feel ticklish, however areas which need extra attention may give you a little passing discomfort. These areas may feel "empty", "crunchy" or "hard" to me - these may be strange words to describe what I am feeling but they give me valuable feedback. This information will then dictate the pressure, depth and speed at which I work the reflex zones.  
  6. You might have fallen asleep by this time and this will not adversely affect the outcome of the session - on the contrary! Before finishing the treatment with a few final relaxation moves, any areas of your feet or hands that appeared to need extra attention are revisited. We close the session with some slow deep breaths. I usually like to give clients a little homework, usually points on your hands. Knowing how to work your own reflex zones until your next session is empowering and ensures that the effects of your treatment may last a little longer. Who knew homework could be so healthy?!
What happens AFTER a reflexology session?
  1. After slowly getting up from the massage table you may notice you need to use the bathroom as both your urinary and digestive system reflex zones would have been worked. A drink of water (preferably warm) at your earliest convenience may help speed up any elimination processes taking place.
  2. Above all your body likes nothing more than being able to function to the best of its abilities. Reflexology helps enable the body to reach a point of balance or homeostasis. For example if you were feeling edgy, tense, anxious and strung out before a reflexology session, you might leave feeling quite relaxed and perhaps detached about your cause of stress. On the other hand if you were feeling tired and lethargic at the start, a reflexology session could help you feel more energetic, enthusiastic about your day, and refreshed with a renewed zest for life. Ultimately we are all different and we will each experience reflexology with different outcomes. Your body knows best.
  3. Occasionally your original complaint may get a little worse before it improves - reflexologists call this a healing crisis. You might be aware of needing to clear your nose more often, you might have a slight headache - these feelings should pass very quickly. Sometimes after a few sessions you might feel like you are visiting old complaints - this is quite normal. It is sometimes called "retracing" or a "healing crisis". Your body is slowly clearing out the old to make way for the new - like a snake shedding its old skin.
  4. Your feedback is very important to me and as such I would like to text or email you the day after the session and ask how you have experienced your reflexology session. Your feedback enables me to adjust any further sessions to meet your health needs and allows me to grow as a reflexologist. 
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