Frequently Asked Questions
Discomfort of any sort is the body’s call for attention. With the inflated prices of health care today, many people are turning to alternative or complementary therapies for relief from a variety of health complaints such as pain, stress, depression and anxiety. More importantly however, many more people are turning to therapies such as reflexology to help prevent illness and to support a healthy and balanced life.
Isn’t reflexology just a foot massage?
In short, no. Reflexology and massage are both “hands on” therapies that benefit issues such as circulation, pain and stress relief. They differ in that massage mainly focuses on the macro portions of the human body such as the skin, muscles and other connective tissue. Reflexology focuses on the micro; the organs and systems of the body by using combination of applied pressure to specific points on the feet, hands and ears.
I have heard that reflexology is painful. Is it?
There are people who practice reflexology by applying extreme pressure, thus causing pain. I prefer to use the European method of light touch. This is not to imply that I do not apply pressure. Pressure is applied to the reflex points of the feet, hands or ears according to necessity. The purpose of reflexology is health and balance. Naturally, when a body is met with painful force, its response is to recoil. However when a body is met with a somewhat gentle, but firm touch, it will respond with a more welcome and relaxed manor.
What is the “European method” of reflexology?
Reflexology is similar to acupressure in that pressure is applied to specific points on the feet, hands or ears. Some Asian forms use extreme, often painful pressure in a reflexology treatment. The European method calls for gentle but firm pressure which allows the body to relax.
Do I need more than one reflexology session?
Like most complementary therapies, reflexology is not a band aide or a quick fix. The number of sessions as well as the frequency depends on one’s health needs. Remember, in most cases it took years to create the illness or unbalance within the body.
How often should I get reflexology?
Generally I recommend six to eight weekly sessions followed by a few by-weekly, then monthly until the desired results are met. Starting with six to eight weekly sessions, allows the benefits of each session to build on the previous one, thus creating a stronger foundation for healing.
Can anyone benefit from reflexology?
Yes! Everyone can benefit from reflexology.
What does ITEC certified mean?
ITEC, International Therapy Examination Council is a European organization that set professional training and testing standards for reflexology and other health related modalities. In order to become ITEC certified in reflexology, one must first complete a sanctioned course of study in reflexology and pass all its exams and practicum. Once that is accomplished, ITEC certification requires another set of exams, both written and practical.
Please note: ITEC is not the only training or testing board. There are other reflexology schools in America. The important point to consider when searching for a reflexologist is training. Always ask for credentials.
How long is a reflexology session?
You can schedule a 60 minute or a 90 minute session.