Relaxation Reflexology

Where Health and Relaxation Combine

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my reflexology session take place?
What should I wear?
What can the reflexologist tell me?
Will I be covered during the session?
What is the science behind reflexology?
What will the reflexology feel like?
Why does reflexology involve specialized techniques like thumb-walking?
Misconceptions of reflexology?
How will I feel after the reflexology session?
What sets Relaxation Reflexology apart from other establishments that offer reflexology?
Are there any medical conditions or contraindications that would make reflexology inadvisable?

Where will my reflexology session take place?
Your reflexology session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will recline in a zero gravity chair (weight limit: 300lb) designed for your comfort. Aromatherapy may also be used in your session. 

What should I wear?
Dress comfortable. The reflexologist will only need access to the hand and foot areas.

What can the reflexologist tell me?
The reflexologist may find deposits in the feet or hands that can correlate to a stressor congestion in that area of the body. The reflexologist will be able to tell you the reflex area the deposit is in to help you understand where potential stressors are in the body.

Will I be covered during the session?
For your comfort, you may or may not use a blanket during your session. 

What is the science behind reflexology?
There are approximately 7,000-7,200 nerve endings in each foot. Stimulating these nerve endings stimulates the neural pathways in the body. The body's natural response is to respond to this stimulus, which results in a "reboot" like effect for the body in an attempt to restore homeostasis and balance. This contributes to the many potential benefits of reflexology.

What will the reflexology feel like?
Reflexology is a relaxing experience. Reflexology can feel different on a person to person basis. Some people can feel tingling sensations in their fingertips while others fall asleep. Reflexology involves techniques like thumb-walking that stimulate these nerve endings, so many will experience an on-and-off type pressure. Depending on appointment length and type, the reflexology may start with a general foot massage to warm the feet or hands and increase blood flow. Those who choose a hot stone session will experience the warmth of the hot stones.

Why does reflexology involve specialized techniques like thumb-walking?
The feet contain approximately 7,000 to 7,200 nerve endings in each foot; therefore, these nerve endings are very small and close together, so a specialized pressure and technique is required to stimulate as many of these nerve endings as possible. It is not enough to just massage the foot or press on areas of the foot to stimulate these nerve endings. 

Misconceptions of reflexology?
Reflexology is not foot or hand massage. It is far from it when done properly. Reflexology involves neural stimulation; massage involves reducing localized muscle tension. Just because an establishment claims to offer reflexology does not mean they are offering it correctly. Some places claim to offer reflexology, but only use massage techniques on the hands or feet. This is why choosing a certified reflexologist is important to reap the benefits of reflexology. It is not efficient to just massage the feet or hands to stimulate the nerve endings; it also isn't efficient to just press and hold a spot on the hand or foot to stimulate nerve endings and reflexes.  

How will I feel after the reflexology session?
Most people feel very relaxed or even sleepy. Some people experience detox symptoms within the next 3 days after a session such as headaches, altered sleep pattern, etc. However, these detox symptoms are short lived. Results vary from person to person. One person may see improvement after a couple of session where someone else may take more to see results. Results are not always guaranteed. 

What sets Relaxation Reflexology apart from other establishments that offer reflexology?
All reflexology sessions at Relaxation Reflexology are performed by a registered certified reflexologist with 312 training hours with a reflexology only training course. Many establishments that claim to offer reflexology often do not have someone who is a certified and registered reflexologist; this means these practitioners' offering the reflexology are usually not trained reflexologists and have very minimal to no training in reflexology. This is why it is important to go to a certified and registered reflexologist fo reap the benefits of reflexology. 

Are there any medical conditions or contraindications that would make reflexology inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the reflexologist asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the reflexologist of any health problems or medications you are taking. Some contraindications are: if you're sick with any contagious illness, have any contagious foot/hand or skin ailments, have STD's, etc. Although pregnancy is normal, pregnancy can also be considered a contraindication. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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