Vertical reflexology is reflexology while you’re in a weight-bearing position; for example, standing up for VRT on your feet, or pressing your hands onto a hard surface for VRT on your hands.
In my opinion it’s not as relaxing as conventional reflexology because of needing to be vertical to receive it, however it’s great to use in situations such as:
- you’re out and about and there’s no reclining chair to use
- for some reason it’s uncomfortable for you recline. For example, you might be heavily pregnant and unable to lie back as it makes you feel light-headed or perhaps you’re suffering with sciatica and find it more comfortable to be upright
- you’re short on time. A full vertical reflexology treatment can take only 20 minutes because the reflexologist is only working on the tops and the sides of the feet
- you are suffering from a chronic condition and would like VRT incorporated into your conventional reflexology treatment for an extra boost
I’ve been asked many questions about vertical reflexology. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:
If a vertical reflexology treatment is shorter than conventional reflexology and you’re not working the soles of the feet then surely a vertical reflexology treatment is not as good as a full reflexology treatment?
It’s true that the reflexologist isn’t working the soles of the feet, however the therapist is using the weight of the body to help work the reflex points and the reflexes on the soles of the feet can be accessed on the tops and sides of the feet instead.
Is vertical reflexology as effective as conventional reflexology?
Many therapists believe vertical reflexology to be more effective. The thinking behind this is that when you are putting weight on your feet or hands the nerves are more sensitive than they would be in a relaxed, non-weight bearing situation; therefore the response from stimulating the reflexes may be carried more quickly by the already sensitised nervous system. There is a more detailed description of this on Lynne Booth’s (the founder of VRT) website.
Could I have vertical reflexology as well as conventional reflexology?
Yes. You could have 5 minutes of VRT before or after a slightly shortened conventional reflexology treatment. Which way round you do this is up to you and your reflexologist. You may prefer to have VRT at the start so you can then lie back and enjoy the rest of your treatment or you may prefer to have it at the end as your reflexologist may choose to put extra VRT emphasis on imbalanced reflexes they have found during the conventional treatment that perhaps neither of you were aware of at the start.