Does It Work?
is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands.
It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different
parts of the body which corresponds to and are relative to all parts, glands
and organs of the entire body.
Are The Benefits?
When the reflexes are stimulated,
the body's natural electrical energy works along the nervous system to
clear any blockages in the corresponding zones. A reflexology session seems to break
up deposits (felt as a sandy or gritty area under the skin) which may interfere
with this natural flow of the body's energy.
reflexes removes stress, activating a parasympathetic response in the body
to enable the disharmonies to be released by a physiological change in
the body. With stress removed and circulation improved, the body is allowed
to return to a state of homeostasis.
Homeostasis is the "automatic"
process that the body incorporates to bring it back to the "normal"
state. For example, if the blood pressure is abnormal, the kidneys will
secrete the enzyme renin which is involved with blood pressure, and the hormone, erythropoietin
that increases the rate of red blood cell production.
Reflexology demonstrates four (4) main
Relaxation with the removal of stress.
Assists the body to normalize metabolism
Complements all other healing modalities.
and Reasons for Referral:
Diagnose medical conditions
unless qualified to do so.
Prescribe medications unless
qualified to do so.
Treat for specific conditions
except in emergencies.
Work in opposition to the medical
or other fields.
Encourage the client to cease
taking their prescribed medication.
Reflexologists do not diagnose
medical conditions unless qualified to do so. The only diagnosis made is
a "tender reflex." A reflexologist will refer to other qualified health
care practitioners when services required are outside the reflexologist's
scope of practice.
do not prescribe medications unless qualified to do so. The therapeutic
intervention is limited to "working the reflexes."
Types of people seeking reflexology sessions are of all ages, but approximately 70% are females. These people
are usually health conscious and wish to explore health alternatives. The vast
majority of clients usually realize the benefits of reducing stress from
a reflexology session which in turn minimizes physical symptoms.
are made in conjunction with other existing forms of therapy to supplement
ongoing medical treatments. Reflexology has been known to help clients
deal with physiological symptoms such as the side effects of cancer chemotherapy.
Reflexology may be
performed on everyone, from the newborn to the elderly. It can be used for
a general "tune-up" or for an unhealthy body. It can be used throughout
pregnancy, or pre surgically and post surgically. In all cases, common
sense should be used in selecting this therapy.
When a client asks when the next visit
will be, the reflexologist explains to the client that the benefits of the
session will go on working for five or more days. Beyond this, the reflexologist
cannot guess the client’s requirements. The frequency of the client’s next
visit(s) will be determined by the client based on their requirements and
expectations. The client may decide to return in a week, a month or six months.
The reflexologist has no way to measure how much stress the client has gathered
or the state of their health since the last visit. Reflexologists who say ‘I
want to see you three times a week for six months’ without just cause are
considering their own pockets instead of the true requirements of the client.
A complete session on both
feet is always performed. Depending upon the reflexologist's level of experience
and the client's requirements, sessions will last between 45 to 60 minutes.
Reflexes are worked according
to the body’s requirements. Stress removal is the first priority;
followed by enhanced circulation with attention paid to reflexes
relative to the body requirements. Pressure exerted by the reflexologist
usually ranges from 0 to 10 or 20 pounds. Common sense dictates when
less pressure is required.
A firm pressure is used when
working the reflexes of the feet. We work within the pain threshold of
the client. As an indicator, use a scale from 1 to 5, with 1
being sensitive and 5 being painful. Encourage the person to let
you know when they experience any discomfort, and adjust your pressure
accordingly. Reflexology is not meant to inflict pain. You can
test this on yourself by applying pressure on your arm until it becomes
Communication with the client is
essential. Ask whether the pressure is too light or too great. It is important
to remember that when tender reflexes are located, they must be worked with a
degree of pressure to effect the desired result. Massaging or pampering the foot
may feel good but does nothing to stimulate the reflexes and to assist the body’s
natural response to normalize the metabolisms. Well-worked reflexes prove to the
client the necessity of pressure by the process that homeostasis has brought to
the body. The reflexologist always works within the pain tolerance
threshold of the individual.
reflexologist works within the pain tolerance threshold of
Surgery - both pre-surgery and
General or specific stress (more
than 80% of North American disease is related to stress). Stress can affect
Drugs - prescription or non-prescription.
They may numb reflexes.
Foot conditions: corns, calluses,
Piriformis Muscle Syndrome (short
The optimum location is
a quiet, relaxing environment with the client comfortably seated. A recliner
chair is most suitable as the reflexologist and the client can see eye-to-eye.
In reality, reflexology can be administered anywhere - sitting up or lying
down. Receiving the therapy when necessary is more important than waiting
for optimum session conditions.
The client practices cleanliness.
The client sits comfortably in a reclining
chair for the session for eye-to-eye contact with the reflexologist.
The client gives the reflexologist a completed
and signed Reflexology Health Record (with consent given) and accepts
responsibility for the session.
The client tells the reflexologist the pain
The client may enjoy the session and
perhaps fall asleep.
The client is encouraged to rest upon
returning home while the body is in the parasympathetic response.
It is suggested that the client drink a
glass of water to help cleanse toxins released from a session.
The reflexologist practices
The reflexologist keeps finger
The reflexologist keeps long
hair under control and is aware of any jewellery that may retard session.
The reflexologist provides a professional
and comfortable environment.
The reflexologist provides warmth,
tissues and wet-cloths for the client's requirements if necessary.
Relaxing music may be played.
A Reflexology Health Record is
taken and the client signs a consent on the form accepting responsibility for
It is the responsibility of the
reflexologist to keep all client records and sessions confidential.
Records are to be dated and recorded in ink only.
The reflexologist removes the
client's socks only.
The client's bare feet are worked
on (hands where necessary) or over socks in emergencies.
A thorough foot examination
is done by the reflexologist.
Conversation is encouraged and
the reflexologist is a good listener (Reflexologists are not psychologists).
The reflexologist works within
a time frame by which the client does not feel rushed and has time for
Optional - Olive oil may be
used at the end of the session by the reflexologist. Do not use
any creams or oils (other than olive oil). They may contain perfumes that may
cause an allergic reaction.
The reflexologist documents
the results of the reflexology session.
can result if proper techniques are not practiced:
The finger nails of a reflexologist's
hands usually grow faster than normal due to the stimulation of the fingers
during a session.
Contagious disease can be collected
beneath the reflexologist's finger nails if not washed properly after each
Long finger nails can inflict
scratches or cuts on the client's feet.
Cuts or open sores on the reflexologist's
hands could expose the reflexologist to any pathological conditions that
may be present on the client's feet.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can result
if the reflexologist strains the hands, fingers and wrists. Take frequent
breaks and exercise as often as necessary.
Improper posture will result
in discomfort or pain in the shoulders, neck and arms.
Lack of back support can result
in low back and/or hip pains.
Cleanliness of the work environment
and supplies are very important to prevent contamination of both reflexologist