What to Expect During a Reflexology Session

Reflexology for Relaxation and Stress Management

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A reflexologist is an educator and does not diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology has been around since the days of the Ancient Egyptians and has been used for thousands of years. In the 1930s this almost forgotten art was reintroduced in England. Now with a resurgence of holistic practices reflexology is once again being taught to many people. If you have ever experienced reflexology you will realize it is not a passive modality. The cooperation of the individual experiencing the session is paramount. As I mentioned earlier, the reflexologist is an educator who will demonstrate to individuals receiving reflexology treatments how to help themselves.

Understanding Reflexology

Reflexology is concerned with how one part of the human body relates to another part. Reflexologist study programs generally take between six to twelve months to complete and can include up to three-hundred hours of clinical study as well as hundreds of hours of therapy work. Reflexologists identify pressure points on the hands and feet of patients and by applying manual stimulation are able to relieve pain felt in other parts of the body that are connected to these points.

What to Expect During a Reflexology Session

A reflexology session usually can last for 45-60 minutes. The reflexologist will ask questions about the persons medical and emotional history, what illnesses or diseases have been previously diagnosed, medication or herbs now taking as these may affect the way in which the session is performed. Reflexology is not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy. Diabetics, people with osteoporosis or other ailments need to be handled differently.

The session takes place while the client is laying on a massage-like table. The reflexologist will relax the feet through flexing and similar motions. The session continues using methods somewhat similar to acupressure, usually starting at the tips of the toes and down to the heels on top and bottom of the feet and to the knees. A person may feel minor sensations or nothing at all. The session is usually quite relaxing and I've had several people fall asleep. I've found through experience that reflexology is marvelous for stress management and general relaxation.

About This Contributor: Nicole Ingra is a holistic practitioner and educator. You can read her personal story Miracle of Reflexology, a daughter's testimonial of the miraculous healing of her father through the treatment of reflexology.