What to Expect
A typical treatment is 30 to 90 minutes long and begins with a health history form and consultation about your health and lifestyle. The reflexologist will use the information to customize the therapy.
You may then be asked to remove your shoes and socks and sit or lay down on a massage table. The reflexologist will assess the feet and stimulate various points to identify areas of tenderness or tension. The reflexologist therapist may work one or several localized areas: the ears, face, feet, hands, etc.
Brisk movements and massage may be used to warm the hands and feet. Finger or thumb pressure is then applied to the foot using reflexology techniques. Lotion or oil may be used, and the reflexologist may also use aromatherapy oil or instruments like balls, brushes, and dowels.
Be sure to give the reflexologist a complete and accurate health history. It’s always a good idea to consult your primary care provider before trying anything new, including reflexology. Be aware that if you have foot ulcers, recent injury, foot or ankle wounds, gout, or a cardiovascular condition, reflexology may not be appropriate or safe. Reflexology may also not be right for people with diabetes, osteoarthritis (affecting the ankle or foot), circulatory problems, active infections, gallstones, kidney stones, or certain types of cancer. Pregnant women should avoid reflexology.