Frequently Asked Questions
Reflexology FAQCan you describe what you do in a reflexology session?
I begin each reflexology session with a footbath to soothe & clean your feet. You may choose an essential oil to be added to the water.
I integrate massage of the feet & calves with reflexology techniques, alternating between varying degrees of pressure where I find congestion & clearing massage strokes.
The practice is slow, focused & attentive. I am continually attentive to your reactions via minute muscular & energetic shifts while adjusting my touch accordingly to allow you to stay in a deeply relaxed supportive posture.
A reflexologist has studied the interrelationships of body systems & knows how to access these systems via the location of reflexes on the feet in more than one way.
Reflexologists have learned specific documentation methods designed to further the professionalism of Reflexology. The American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) is the accrediting body that recognizes professional practitioners of Reflexology whose work is recognized as having a complimentary health benefit.
I invite you to hold an intention for your session because this helps focus & direct your body & mind as well as mine. Together we work for your benefit.
The approved protocol in reflexology is to work both feet entirely. Reflexology is about promoting balance a.k.a. ‘homeostasis’ in your body. When working with serious illnesses reflexology is very helpful because it addresses your body in a holistic way; helping your nervous system first which then impacts every other body system.
Stress relief from reflexology often helps lower client’s blood sugar levels. With diabetes II clients I monitor their responses carefully while giving extra focus to reflexes relating to the entire disease process, namely, the disorder of carbohydrate metabolism & inadequate insulin production.
Bunions are the result of many steps. The work of Reflexology & Passive Foot Mobilization can relieve chronic patterns of tension at your joint level that have developed over years. Your muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, patterns of movement & your brain are all involved.
If there is movement in your bunion joint, this work may decrease pain & affect a straightening. Patience & repetition are necessary for change. Your feet, calves & brain need time to become familiar to new sensations & establish new patterns of movement. This process feels very comfortable & extremely relieving.
Please note any movement of the bones is done passively as the technique indicates: it is Passive Foot Mobilization. Nothing is ever forced!
If you have fixation (no movement) in your bunion joint Reflexology and PFM will not straighten your joint but often does reduce significant levels of fatigue, pain & dulled sensations associated with bunions.
Morton’s neuromas like bunions have developed over considerable time. Most likely from shoes & movement patterns where squeezing occurred at your metatarsal phalange joints (at the ball of your feet). Viewed as a stress condition in the foot this problem can also be greatly relieved with Reflexology & PFM. Please refer to the question on bunions for a description of how these tissues can be helped to normalize.
Calluses signal a repetitive assault upon an area of your body, just like corns. Your skin, nerves & bones have responded by forming a protective ‘buffer’ so to speak.
As you receive Reflexology & PFM your awareness will likely increase. Developing awareness about how & when your foot wear or movements are creating undesirable rubbing or squeezing can help you make new choices. The use of pumice stones can physically remove some calluses but only awareness & change of habit will keep them away.
Massage FAQWhy is it important to have regular sessions?
Just as it is helpful to develop habits of nourishment, exercise, play & work it is simply a smart health practice to schedule regular sessions to connect with your body in supportive & nurturing ways.
Regular stress relief is beneficial physiologically for your heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tone, hormonal balance & comforting to your mood & emotions.
Weekly sessions help dramatically when your level of stress is very high. Once a month or every other week is common. There is no such thing as too much massage!
If at anytime during a massage you feel uncomfortable please speak up. This is your session I want you to be comfortable. I am happy to use less or more pressure or stop a technique if you don’t like it.
No you don’t but many people do prefer it. Please know that your privacy & comfort is always of paramount concern during your session. Massage is about therapeutic support, stress relief & never about sexual massage.
Yes, chair massage (both seated & reclined) is always done fully clothed. Positional Release, Reflexology & Passive Foot Mobilization all offer the option of being fully clothed or draped in a full body session.
I use unscented oils, lotions & laundry detergent due to many people’s sensitivities to smells. I offer a choice of an essential oil to be added to your foot bath before reflexology or added to the lotion.
Your stomach gurgles because your body’s ‘rest and digest’ mode of repair, a.k.a. your para-sympathetic nervous system, has been activated.
These are healthy sounds of a relaxed body when your digestion is working at its best.
Experience what the nurturing touch of reflexology and massage can do for you.