What is the difference between reflexology and massage?

Massage deals with touch all over the body with major emphasis on muscular, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Reflexology not only helps the muscular, circular and lymphatic systems, it also has a profound effect on the inside of the body, such as the head, neck, chest, abdomen and so forth. In reflexology only shoes and socks are removed, the client otherwise staying fully clothed.

Does reflexology hurt?

Reflexology does not have to hurt to work. Focused pressure will be applied to your feet, using a variety of techniques with the thumb,  fingers and knuckle. No tools will be used. The amount of pressure will be adjusted according to each individual client’s pain tolerance. When tension or congestion is found by the reflexologist, you may experience a kind of pain that ‘hurts good’. With gentle finger pressure on these areas, relief is often felt very quickly.

How many treatments will I need?

It depends on your stress level and how your body responds to reflexology. If there is an acute health issue, it may take 3-10 sessions.  

How often should I have a reflexology session?

It is best if the sessions are spaced 72 hours apart. The ultimate goal is to gradually decrease the number of sessions to one per month for general well-being and preventative health maintenance.

How fast can I expect results?

It varies from person to person and depends on how long a condition exists and how your body responds to reflexology. A general rule is: The longer a condition exists in the body, the more sessions it takes to clear it. For a chronic backache for example, you most likely need more sessions than for a one week old shoulder pain.

After the treatment

Reflexology is a very detoxifying treatment. For that reason, it is possible that you will feel thirsty / dry after a session, have random soreness / tender spots in your body for the first 24-48 hours, and that you may feel sleepy for part of the day. For that reason, it is best not to book any strenuous activities immediately after the session, to keep your body in that healing mode as long as possible.

To enhance the results, an effort should be made to increase your water consumption, at least for the first few days after the treatment.

 

Are there any side effects from reflexology?

Reflexology is a safe non-invasive form of touch and there are no known side effects. It  relaxes the body, which allows it to function more effectively. However, if you have a serious ailment, such as diabetes, liver disease or a heart condition it is advisable to inform your doctor that you receive reflexology sessions. As any other body work, reflexology is detoxifying and most clients report that they feel more refreshed and rejuvenated with drinking enough water after a session.