Our practitioner, Rayann Larsen, has recently added the pressure point therapy to her healing toolbox. If you are unfamiliar with reflexology, Rayann has answered some questions below.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a type of pressure point therapy, stimulating reflex areas in the feet, hands and even ears. The feet have been mapped in relation to the body and the reflex points correspond to specific organs, glands and systems. The goal of reflexology is to return to or maintain a state of balance within the body. The principal is similar to acupuncture (but without needles) and is a beneficial complement (not substitute) for medical treatment or overall stress/anxiety reduction.
What can I expect?
The first session begins with a brief, confidential questionnaire and a discussion to address any individual questions, concerns, and treatment objectives. The treatment involves the gentle application of pressure to the appropriate reflex points.
Most clients experience the pressure as relaxing and calming. Some clients fall asleep during treatment, while others remain awake.
Treatment typically involves weekly one-hour sessions for three to five weeks, followed by periodic maintenance sessions.
Will it hurt?
It shouldn’t! However, there may be some areas of tenderness on the foot that are experienced during a session. Every precaution will be taken to tend to the sensitivity with care. Stress reduction, relaxation and improved circulation are benefits that result from the use of even gentle to moderate pressure. It is not necessary to push deeply and cause pain to get profound results.
Does a reflexologist have the ability to diagnose a specific illness through the feet?
There can be many causes for an imbalance in the feet, but a reflexologist should never diagnose a specific condition, unless they are a licensed, medical doctor. If a non-medical reflexologist suspects a certain problem, he/she should always refer the client to a physician or appropriate health care professional.
What conditions may be improved from reflexology?
Reflexology has been studied and reported to assist the body with Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Cramps, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s Disease, Headaches, Heal Pain, Immune System Support, Insomnia, Stress, and so much more!
How much is a session and what is the length?
A typical treatment lasts about 60 minutes and focuses only on the feet. We do not offer hand or face reflexology at this time. The price for a session is $75 or 3 for $150!
How is reflexology different from a foot massage that costs less?
There is a great article from Karen Ball, N.B.C.R., L.M.T. that does a great job of explaining this! It all comes down to training, certification and licensing!