- What does a treatment involve?
- How long does a session last?
- How many treatments will I need?
- What does a treatment feel like? Does it hurt?
- My feet are very ticklish. Will I be able to tolerate reflexology?
- How will I feel after the treatment?
- Are there any possible side effects to the treatment?
- Where do the treatments take place?
- How much does it cost and how do I book an appointment?
- What is the history of reflexology?
What does a treatment involve?
On the first visit, I will have a preliminary talk with you to determine your present and past health and lifestyle.
You will then need to remove your shoes and socks so that I can examine and cleanse your feet while you recline in the reflexology chair.
The treatment consists of 3 phases:
- a relaxing foot massage involving movements to loosen the ankles and increase blood flow to the area
- reflexology techniques aiming to stimulate, soothe and relax all the reflexes of the feet paying special attention to the areas where congestion or discomfort is found
- a ‘put you back together’ massage using massage oil
How long does a session last?
A session will usually last an hour. However, the first treatment will be 30 minutes longer to allow for a consultation period so that I can get to know you, your medical background and requirements.
How many treatments will I need?
It is not realistic to expect that problems that have been present and developing over many years can be solved with one treatment. Everyone is individual and some people respond to reflexology more quickly than others. Most people notice a difference after 4-6 sessions.
More details are available on my reflexology blog: How many reflexology treatments will I need?
What does a treatment feel like? Does it hurt?
Most clients enter into a deep state of relaxation. Areas of congestion may be uncomfortable but shouldn’t be painful. I constantly check that you are comfortable and adapt the pressure I apply to suit you.
My feet are very ticklish. Will I be able to tolerate reflexology?
I have encountered many people who say they have ticklish feet but have yet to find someone who finds reflexology ticklish!
How will I feel after the treatment?
Clients report a great feeling of wellbeing after the treatment. Some feel very relaxed and others feel energised and invigorated.
Are there any possible side effects to the treatment?
Reflexology may help the body to remove waste products and toxins. Many clients experience a reaction such as increased bowel movements, increased urination or perspiration, a runny nose etc. I believe this to be a sign that the treatment is working well and is known as a ‘healing reaction’.
Where do the treatments take place?
I have a comfortable treatment room in my home which is close to Melksham and within easy reach of Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon, Corsham, Chippenham and Bath. I am willing to travel to you but will charge extra to cover my travelling expenses.
How much does it cost and how do I book an appointment?
Please see my booking information and prices page for details.
What is the history of reflexology?
A wall painting found in an Egyptian tomb suggests that reflexology was being used in Egypt as long ago as 2350BC.
More recently, in 1913, Dr. William Fitzgerald discovered that applying pressure to certain parts of the body could produce an anaesthetic effect on another part of the body. He developed this theory further by dividing the body into 10 equal longitudinal zones, concluding that pressure applied on one part of a zone could affect all parts within that zone.
In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham continued to develop this idea. She noticed that alternating pressure produced a stimulating effect rather than an anaesthetic effect. She also noticed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrored congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. She further refined the technique and gave it the name ‘reflexology’.