What happens during a reflexology session?
The first visit to a reflexologist will generally take about
15 minutes longer than subsequent treatments. The reflexologist will probably ask you
about your medical history and about your diet, exercise and general health. The
reflexologist will take detailed notes about your lifestyle before looking at your feet, they will
then make notes on the color, look and feel of your feet.
Sometimes the reflexologist will give you a warm relaxing foot
bath or they may do a biomechanical foot assessment. But this will depend on the
They will then 'work' the entire area of both feet, some
reflexologists also work the hands and some also work the ears. It will generally take
about 45 minutes to work the feet, this obviously depends on the size of the feet - the
bigger they are the longer it will take. The young or elderly will generally be given
shorter treatments but more often so the body systems are not overstimulated. Sometimes on
a first visit the session will be shorter as the reflexologist doesn't want to
overstimulate the body and each session after will usually be 45-60 minutes.
During the session you may feel different sensations in your
feet, it may feel like a sharp pain or your feet may feel very sensitive.
Sensitivity varies from person to person and from treatment to treatment. But generally
the session will be calming and comforting, it will not tickle since it is a firm pressure
to the feet. In the western style of reflexology the treatment should not be painful or
cause discomfort. The practitioner will adjust the pressure to suit the client.
The cost of the session will be approximately $45.00 to $60.00
(Australian Dollars) but this depends on many factors - where the clinic is located,
whether the clinic is in the city or country, the reflexologists overheads, etc.
Locating A Reflexologist
Reactions to treatments
Sometimes you may have a reaction to the treatment,
the reactions are usually pleasant - calm, relaxed or energised and rejuvenated. Most
reactions are cleansing reactions.
Some of these reactions are:
- increased urination as the kidneys are stimulated
- more frequent bowel movements
- improved circulation
- disrupted sleep patterns