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Reflexology Aftercare Advice


Reflexology treatments are a very powerful way to detoxify the body, boosting the immune system and stimulating the body's own healing process. To get the maximum benefit from your Reflexology treatment it is ideal to follow the recommended aftercare advice.

It is recommended that you should take care of yourself in the following ways:

For the next 24 hours please avoid:
Caffeine
Smoking
Alcohol
Recreational Drugs
Strenuous activity
Driving for long distances
Heavy meals
No heat treatments (sauna, steam room, etc)

If possible try to relax for the rest of the day and try to drink plenty of water.

Please be aware that you may experience a "Healing Crisis Reaction" after a treatment as the body starts to go through it's own healing process. This is very normal and is a positive sign that the body has responded to the treatment and that it is starting to rebalance itself.

Typical Reactions include:

More frequent toilet visits
Increased release of mucus in the nose and mouth
Headache
Irritability
Heightened emotions (low and high)
Increased thirst
Sleepy or deeply relaxed
Slight rash as the skin rebalances itself

These reactions are all temporary and should clear within 24-48 hours. However, if your symptoms persist do not hesitate to contact me or if you really feel unwell consult your GP



Aftercare Advice/FAQs #01

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions about Reflexology

WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?

Reflexology is a gentle therapy that aims to restore balance to the body. It is a scientific art based on the idea that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet which correspond to all parts of the body. It is a touch therapy applied using the thumbs and fingers to apply pressure to specific points on the feet. Each point corresponds with an internal organ, gland or other structure. The pressure allows the release of blocked energy and built up toxins. This in turn improves circulation, encourages lymphatic drainage, releases toxins, stimulates nerve endings and relaxes muscles. Reflexology is an excellent complement to traditional medical care.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY?

Reflexology is gaining more visibility and acceptance in medical settings. The benefit are holistic - body, mind and spirit all benefit.
Here are a some of the benefits you may gain from having regular Reflexology treatments:
Improved Circulation
Be more Relaxed
Normalised gland function (hormones - less moody)
Detox
Pain relief and pain management
Revitalises energy
Promotes restful sleep
Strengthens immune system.
Plantar Fasciitis (extreme pain in back of heel extending into calf)

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM REFLEXOLOGY?

Every one can benefit from Reflexology. All ages can benefit including children and babies as they respond well and love the treatment. It can be used to soothe minor ailments or sleep problems. Please remember a parent or guardian is required to accompany minors to all appointments. You do not need to have health issues to enjoy this treatment. Prevention is better than cure and keeping the body balanced through Reflexology is a great way of achieving this.

ARE THERE SOME CONDITIONS NOT SUITABLE FOR REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENTS?

The Association of Reflexologists recommend we do not treat clients with the following:
1. History of Deep Vein Thrombosis - DVT as the increase in circulation might move a blood clot.
2. History of unstable pregnancies.
3. Severe cellulitis - inflammation of the cellular tissue.
4. Contagious Diseases

DO I NEED TO OWN A RECLINING CHAIR TO HAVE A HOME VISIT?

No. A Reflexologist is very resourceful and adaptable. If they do not bring their own chair they will make good use of your sofa, bed and cushions or other items to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed to receive the treatment.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?

Each client is given a full consultation. A detailed medical history will be taken and a treatment plan will be customised to address your health needs. You will already be seated in our relaxing chair which aims to put you at ease immediately. It is not necessary to undressed for this treatment. Your feet will be pampered, scented candles and music to suit the atmosphere of leaving the outside world behind will be provided to help give that floating feeling.

IS REFLEXOLOGY SAFE?

Practised by a qualified and experienced Therapist Reflexology is considered to be safe. However, there are times when Reflexology would not be suitable e.g. someone is prone to breaking foot or lower leg bones.

WILL REFLEXOLOGY HURT?

Reflexology should not hurt. Where there are tender spots, the foot may have been bruised earlier or it may indicate that the corresponding area of the body is out of balance.

WHAT IF I HAVE REALLY TICKLISH FEET?

Don't worry. A firmer pressure and slower movements are applied and is adjusted as necessary as some people are ticklish on different areas of the foot.

CAN I HAVE REFLEXOLOGY DURING FERTILITY TREATMENT?

Yes. During the initial consultation we will discuss when to have Reflexology during your fertility treatment to help you achieve your goal.

CAN THE COST BE COVERED BY MY HEALTH INSURANCE?

Some insurers will cover the cost of Reflexology treatments and a receipt will be issued for you to claim back fees. Each policy has different terms, so you will need to check with them directly.

WHY DO I NEED TO KEEP HAVING REGULAR REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENTS?

Just like exercise and a good diet we need to practice them regularly to maintain results. By maintaining your energy levels and good balance in the body you will catch less colds and flus, you will find it easier to remove toxins, sleep better and be less stressed and anxious.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REFLEXOLOGY AND MASSAGE?

Many people confuse Reflexology and Massage. Each have their own strengths, application and techniques. For example, massage is performed on the soft tissue of the body,and Reflexology is performed on the feet, hands ears or face and only the shoes and socks need to be removed.



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