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Frequently asked questions about Reflexology 

Is Reflexology safe?

Yes. Practitioners trained in the Original Ingham Method of Reflexology have the knowledge and skills to work with people of all ages, from newborn babies to the elderly, including the provision of professional reflexology during pregnancy, chemotherapy and palliative care.

Is Reflexology painful?

Reflexology can be extremely relaxing, however if there is a part of the body that is unbalanced, the corresponding reflex point may feel sore or tender whilst the practitioner works to rebalance the area. If at any time you find the treatment painful, please tell your Practitioner, as it is important that they work within your comfort-zone.

Is Reflexology ticklish?

No. The way in which a professional Reflexologist holds and works the feet is with a firm pressure which is not at all ticklish.

Will a Reflexologist remove hard skin and cut my nails too?

No. A unless the Practitioner also holds a professional Chiropody qualification, they will not be permitted to carry out any such work.

Do Reflexologists have to be registered in order to practice?

No. Currently in the UK, there is no regulation of Reflexologists. This means that the standard of work varies considerably. We recommend that you choose a practitioner who holds the letters IIR, MAR. This means that they have graduated from the International Institute of Reflexology and are a Member of the Association of Reflexologists. If they are a member of the Association of Reflexologists, they will have met a strict entry criteria and will be insured and hold a First Aid Certificate. They will also be committed to regular post-graduate training to keep their skills up to date.

What is a healing crisis and is this normal ?

Contra-actions (something that happens during or after treatment) normally happens up to 48 hours after treatment. Often known as a healing crisis. which is completely normal. It shows the treatment is working, such contra-actions are sweating of the palms or soles of the feet ,coughing, laughing or crying, sighing deeply, Twitching or tingling of the limbs, sudden cramp. Electric-shock type feeling in the associated zones ,warmth in the zone being treated, freedom from pain in the joints. 

Dizziness is a normal contra-action to reflexology, simply rest or having a good nights sleep will ease this. 

headaches are very common, drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and a light meal. The reflexology session will help ease toxins in the body, important to stay well hydrated to help eliminate these from the body.

Can foot reflexology reduce anxiety?

Many studies revealed that foot reflexology could reduce pain and psychological distress like depression and anxiety. This body work relieves symptoms of depression as it stimulates particular pressure points/nerve endings in the hands and feet. 

What is reflexology stress?

Reflexology to Help Stress and Anxiety. In reflexology, the easily located adrenal reflex is situated just below the ball of each foot and is also on the palm side of the hand on the thenar muscle which is the fleshy area just below the thumb. Both points may feel slightly bruised to the touch, but a person may experience a lessening of tension,...

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