Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Covid 19 questions
I am open at Covid Alert Levels 1 and 2; I am closed during Alert levels 3 and 4.
Please do not attend an appointment if you have Covid symptoms such as a cough or fever.
You do not have to be vaccinated against Covid 19 to attend my clinic and I will not be asking you if you have been vaccinated; everyone is welcome.
What happens during a treatment?
Before a first treatment can be carried out you will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire so that I can understand your medical history, any current issues, and what has led you to seek treatment. It is also important that I know about your general lifestyle, as this can have a dramatic impact on your health. All details are taken in complete confidence.
You will then be asked to make yourself comfortable on a reclining chair, with your feet raised for foot reflexology. You may wish to close your eyes, and many clients fall asleep.
Reflexology treatment is carried out using gentle pressure from the thumbs and fingers on the reflex points of the feet, hands, or face. Balm or cream may be used and this will be discussed with you first to make sure you are happy with the medium I use.
Afterwards, you will be given time to relax, ask questions and have a glass of water. The entire session takes about 1 hour, although initial consultations take about 1 hour 15 minutes. The treatment itself takes 40-50 minutes and, although all the reflex points will be worked, I will pay particular attention to any points of concern.
Can I have reflexology?
Almost certainly! Reflexology is suitable for people of all ages, male and female, from babies to the very elderly. If you have an illness and are concerned about how you might react, please contact me to discuss it. If you have an infection, such as 'flu, you should wait until you are on the road to recovery before having a treatment.
How does reflexology work?
There are several theories about reflexology. No one is absolutely sure how it works, but recent studies have shown that areas of the brain respond when reflexes on the feet are pressed. This suggests a connection via the nervous system. (Link to Neuroscience article.)
I would love to try it, but I hate having my feet touched
That's OK. Why not speak to me about facial reflexology?
Will it tickle?
Reflexology does not tickle. It uses a gentle pressure on the reflexes. If you really do not like having your feet touched and would prefer hand or facial reflexology, please tell me on booking an appointment.
Does it hurt?
Reflexology should not hurt. I use a gentle pressure and this is just as effective as a deeper pressure. Some points might be more sensitive than others. This is normal and I will always go more lightly if an area is sensitive. Please tell me during a treatment if a point is too sore.
Do I have to undress?
No. You will need to bare your feet for foot reflexology, and you will be asked to roll up any trouser legs a little, but you will remain otherwise fully dressed.
I cannot lie back. Can I still have a treatment?
Yes. Treatments are adapted to suit you. If you cannot lie back or recline, or are uncomfortable doing so, you can be treated sitting up. Your comfort is extremely important and you will receive the same level of treatment as if you were reclining.
How will I feel afterwards?
Everyone reacts slightly differently to a reflexology treatment. Many people feel very relaxed and have a good night's sleep. Some people feel energised, and some people may feel tired. You may feel more or less aware of any previous symptoms. These are all signs that the treatment is working and that the body is trying to heal itself.