Reflexology Questions and Answers

Reflexology Questions and Answers

Hi Everyone,

My name is Lori and I am the Reflexologist at Mattapoisett Wellness Center.

Reflexology is not as familiar to people as some of our other healing modalities and I get asked a lot of questions about it. I can honestly tell you that the best way to learn more about reflexology is to experience it- if you haven’t already!   It is a wonderful way to lead the body back to its natural state of balance!

In the meantime I thought it might be helpful to compile some of my most frequently asked questions and answers:

WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?

Reflexology is a method of stimulating reflex areas in the feet and/or hands that correspond to each and every gland, organ and part of the body. Correct stimulation of reflex areas relieves stress and tension, deeply relaxing the whole body from head to toe. This therapeutic relaxation serves to normalize the body’s functioning, facilitating the healing process which enhances your total health.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A REFLEXOLOGY SESSION?  

The Reflexology session, itself, takes one hour. The client is fully clothed and sits in a reclining chair. The Reflexologist warms up the area of the foot or hand with gentle stretches followed by a systematic, gentle application of pressure using thumb and finger techniques, ending with a foot massage. The result is an overall sense of well-being and deep relaxation.

DOES REFLEXOLOGY DIAGNOSE?

No.  Reflexology identifies where stress and tension is located in the body. This can be a valuable assistance to the diagnosis process, but it is not sufficient by itself.  If a reflexology recipient has identified other symptoms that coincide with the stress and tension identified by the reflexology session, then they should consult a licensed health care provider such as a naturopathic doctor or a medical doctor for a diagnosis. Reflexologists are not licensed health care providers and are legally not allowed to diagnose.

 

WHAT CAN REFLEXOLOGY DO FOR ME?

Reflexology is used primarily to relieve stress and tension and produce deep therapeutic relaxation.  Medical doctors agree that over three fourths of our health problems can be linked to nervous and physical tension. By reducing stress and tension, reflexology improves blood and lymph circulation, strengthens the functioning of the immune system, improves assimilation of nutrition and elimination of toxins, and calms the nervous system. In these ways, reflexology facilitates the body’s natural healing processes and thereby enhances the body’s health and vitality.

 

IF I DON’T BELIEVE IN REFLEXOLOGY, WILL IT STILL WORK FOR ME?

YES!  Reflexology relieves stress and tension and deeply relaxes people independent of their beliefs about it. Many very skeptical people have become strong advocates for reflexology after experiencing it. It is also possible that your belief in its effectiveness will enhance its benefits. Try it with an open mind and find out for yourself how you respond. Each person has a unique response.

 

IF I HAVE A SERIOUS AILMENT, SUCH AS HERAT TROUBLE, DIABETES OR CANCER, CAN REFLEXOLOGY MAKE MY CONDITION WORSE?

DEFINITELY NOT! Reflexology practiced with common sense is completely safe. It simply relaxes the body, which allows it to function more effectively. Results can really be amazing!

If a licensed health care provider such as a medical or naturopathic doctor is managing your condition, it is important that you discuss the consequences of any therapy (including reflexology) with this person before you commence treatment. This is particularly appropriate if your condition involves an organ transplant, an implanted devise (pacemaker) or is acute.

This is just a sample of questions I’m consistently asked. Healing is as individual as the person seeking it. I am always happy to talk with anyone who is curious about reflexology or anything to do with physical, emotional and/ or spiritual health.

If you have further questions or curiosities please feel free to contact me at:

 

Lori Howes-Gentle Soles Reflexology

lorisurrendered@verizon.net

508-685-2195