How Many Sessions Are Recommended?
The number of sessions varies and is determined by the client's health and reasons for seeking reflexology. But in general, results from reflexology are often subtle and are cumulative. Therefore, you are more likely to see greater benefits from regular sessions (for example, once a week for six weeks) than if you had a session once every six months.
If you are dealing with a specific illness or condition, you may need to have more frequent sessions. A general recommendation might be to begin with a session every week for 4-6 weeks, followed by a "tune-up" every four weeks.
Is Reflexology Safe for Everyone?
Reflexology is a safe, non-invasive modality for most persons. There are those who believe that as long as the reflexologist is working within the client's pain tolerance, then there really aren't any conditions for which reflexology would not be appropriate (within reason - obviously, a broken bone should not be manipulated). Others, however, are cautionary and believe that the following conditions are contraindications for reflexology. It is important that if you have any of these conditions, that you share them so that we can decide how to proceed.
*Severe athlete's foot, severe warts, or infections
(Sometimes the area can be avoided or covered,
or hand or ear reflexology can be administered instead)
*Thrombosis (blood clots)
*Broken bones, fractures or recent surgeries (within 6
weeks except with a doctor's permission)
*After organ transplant (until doctor's release)
*Women in first trimester of pregnancy
Does Reflexology Tickle?
The techniques used in reflexology do not tickle. My clients who find pedicures to be ticklish are not tickled by reflexology.
Does Reflexology Hurt?
The only tools I use are my hands. Overall, reflexology is a very relaxing experience. Sometimes there are areas where a client will feel discomfort, typically related to a blockage in the body. I always work within my client's range of "hurts so good".