If you have never experienced reflexology before, you may be a little nervous prior to attending your first appointment. A professional Reflexologist will soon put you at your ease and will give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

You will never be asked to undress for reflexology. The only clothing to be removed is socks or tights and your shoes. It is best to wear loose comfortable clothing so that you feel relaxed.

At the start of your first session, a professional practitioner will conduct a thorough health, diet and lifestyle consultation. This will involve finding out about any medication that you take, recent operations and illnesses and your reasons for trying reflexology. Do ensure that you tell the Reflexologist everything, no matter how minor a symptom may seem.

Having built up a picture of your current state of health, the practitioner will explain how reflexology works and will then examine your feet and/or hands. You will be asked to put your feet up on a special foot stool or you may be reclined in a chair or asked to lie on a couch.

The practitioner may play gentle relaxing music during your treatment or may burn oils or candles to add to the tranquil atmosphere.

The treatment will begin with some gentle relaxation techniques followed by applying pressure to each of the reflex points. You may wish to close your eyes and relax or you might prefer to chat during your session, this is entirely up to you. The pressure should be firm but not painful. Your practitioner will make notes following your session so that improvements can be noted at future appointments. All information recorded will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act and will remain totally confidential.

After your treatment, you will be advised to drink plenty of fresh water (ideally at least 8 glasses in 24 hours), to help flush toxins from your body. It is also recommended that you avoid alcohol and eat only light meals.

A typical treatment will last 45-50 minutes and it is generally recommended that you have 4-6 weekly treatments initially, although reflexology is safe to have more frequently if required.

Treatments provided for children or anyone seriously ill may be shorter and more frequent. With all appointments, the practitioner will customise the treatment plan to meet the client’s needs.

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Article written by Tara Sam Jones Reflexology MAR our local reflexologist.