How is Reflexology performed
What is Reflexology?
Dating back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this holistic therapy utilzes pressure points or reflex points located on the feet and hands that coorespond to areas and organs of the body.
In early 1900's it was introduced in the United States. SOHMAR teaches a combination of Touchpoint Reflexology by Yvette Eastman and Michael McAleese's own practical and evidenced based knowledge of over 25 years performing and teaching reflexology. It is where his career started and one of his greatest passions.
What happens during a reflexology session?
A full medical history will be requested on your first treatment, and you will be asked to sign a consent form for treatment. This information will be kept confidential. Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive. You will be asked to remove your socks and shoes and lay face up on a massage table or sit in a reclining chair. Soft music may be played in the background and the experience should be very relaxing. The reflexologist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet or hands. Most reflexology sessions last for 30-45 minutes.
How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
It is useful to give feedback to the reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This will help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, sometimes people feel a bit off, but this is usually transitory and reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process.
Frequently asked questions
My feet are ticklish, how can I get a reflexology session?
Reflexology is not made up of light strokes or quick movements usually associated with being tickled. There is a reflex point that the reflexologist will hold to help alleviate any ticklishness you may have.
My feet are smelly, I would be embarrased to have them worked on.
Beleive it or not, most people have some kind of foot odor. Foot odor is caused by sweat mixed with bacteria from your skin, sweat by itself is odorless, but when it comes into contact with bacteria it begins to smell bad. Shoes and socks are the perfect environment for sweat and bacteria to mingle, and that is where most foot ordor starts. Before your session, wash your feet with soap and water. If you are coming from work, the reflexologist will have wipes and sanitizer, so sit back and relax. Life is good.
How many sessions will I need, to see an improvement in my health or problem?
Each case is different as is each illnesss. I have seen improvement in as little as one or two sessions, or it may take as many as 2 times a month for a few months before the body starts to respond.
What are the most common ailments you have used reflexology for?
Sinus problems, constipation, migranes, back and neck problems, cognitive issues, female issues, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, cancer, sports injuries, pregnancy.