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The simple answer is no. Most people who are new to reflexology ask this question and are surprised to find that it doesn’t tickle.
Is reflexology painful? back to top
Some areas of the feet are naturally more sensitive than others. You may find that some reflex points feel slightly sore or tender when pressed or scratchy. This is an indication that the corresponding part of the body is tense and congested and therefore out of balance. Where this is the case, Jenny will take time to work this reflex until it becomes normalised. The reflexology routine includes lots of very pleasant, relaxing techniques that far outweigh any discomfort!
During a treatment, feedback from the client is an important part of each session and pressure is adjusted according to individual tolerance.
How is Reflexology Different from a Pedicure? back to top
Pedicures are more about the beauty of the feet and focus on removing layers of skin cells, trimming the cuticles and nails and applying polish to the nails. It incorporates lower leg and foot massage strokes intended for relaxation.
What can I expect during a treatment? back to top
You will be asked to remove only your shoes and socks and will sit in a very comfortable reclining chair. Jenny will then apply cream to your feet to start the treatment which follow a sequence working all reflex points. The most common comment from clients is that they feel a ‘lightness’ in their feet after a treatment. As it is a deeply relaxing treatment, people may find they fall asleep during the treatment.
How long is a session and how often should I receive Reflexology? back to top
Typically, the first session is up to one and half hours and includes taking information about your present state of health and lifestyle. You will be asked questions about any medication that you are taking so it can be useful to bring this information along with you. You will be asked to sign a consent form for treatment. This information will be kept confidential.
Subsequent sessions last for 1 hour. As reflexology is a very individual treatment, Jenny may recommend a course of treatments. The ideal frequency of treatment will depend on the individual client's needs.
Can a reflexologist determine what is wrong with me? back to top
The answer is no. Reflexologists do not undergo any medical training and therefore cannot diagnose any medical conditions. If you are taking regular medication or have an ongoing medical condition, Jenny will ask you to speak to your GP to see that they are happy for you to have reflexology.
Is reflexology safe if I am pregnant? back to top
Yes, however it is recommended that you should avoid treatments during the first 12 weeks, when your body is adjusting to hormonal changes.
Is reflexology safe for the terminally ill? back to top
Yes. Reflexology might help the person to feel relaxed and reduce tension, which in turn may result in a feeling of general wellbeing.
Is reflexology safe for children and the elderly? back to top
Yes. Even newborn babies can receive reflexology. With babies and young children, the treatment is likely to be shorter and the pressure lighter. Jenny assesses each client individually to establish the right degree of treatment.
How do I know which reflexologist to choose? back to top
You should seek a reflexologist who is a member of a reputable organisation such as the Association of Reflexologists (www.aor.org.uk) (AoR). AoR was established in 1984. Today, it is the formost aspirational, independent professional body for Reflexology in the UK.
Members of the AoR demonstrate the highest levels of training and have earnt the right to use the title MAR (Member of Association of Reflexologists). Members are committed to continually developing their skills and knowledge.