FAQs about Reflexology

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Pam will greet you and show you into the sessions room where you will remove your shoes and socks. You will be asked to fill out a brief history and get acquainted with Pam as you discuss any current heath issues and the stressors in your life. While you snuggle under a warm blanket, you will recline in a comfortable zero-gravity chair, and Pam will begin to work on your feet, or hands if you prefer. There will be soothing music playing and unless you continue to chat with Pam, you can expect to soon be relaxed enough to fall asleep. Pam often remarks that if she doesn’t keep her clients awake by talking with them and they don’t fall asleep, it hasn’t been a successful session!

 

Does reflexology hurt?

From time to time Pam may come across a point of congestion which can be sensitive. Usually the first encounter with such a point will release the block and it will gone when Pam goes back to search for it. If the pressure is consistently too strong, you should let her know, since reflexology is only meant to “hurt good,” if it hurts at all.

 

What is the difference between reflexology and massage?

Reflexology works only the feet or hands, and the client stays fully clothed. The entire body is worked by means of reflex areas on the hands or feet. The practitioner focuses on locating points of congestion and working them out with finger and thumb pressure. The entire foot and ankle area or hand area is worked and the blockages and congestion are released. This results in profound relaxation and stress release. A foot massage is intended to relax the muscles of the feet and focuses only on the structures of the feet.

 

How long are sessions?

Sessions are generally 45 to 60 minutes with the first session being slightly longer for the “get acquainted” time. Sessions for children and seniors are about 30 minutes, and sessions with babies are usually only 15 minutes or so.

 

How often do I need to have a session?

This depends on your current health issues and level of stress. A general rule is: The longer a condition exists in the body, the more sessions it takes to clear it. An acute issue can be addressed in only a few sessions over a short time, while a chronic problem will take more sessions over a longer period of time. For health maintenance, one or two sessions a month is recommended. Pam will also show you some self-help techniques to use at home in between sessions.

 

Are there any side effects from reflexology?

Reflexology is a safe, non-invasive touch therapy. It offers support to the body so that natural restoration of balance and good health can occur. There are no known adverse effects of reflexology. However, as with any bodywork therapy, the body will release toxins, and so it is important to drink plenty of water after your session and for at least the next day or so to flush the toxins from your system.

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Do you work on children and teens?

Most definitely yes. Babies and young children particularly relish the nuturing effects of touch, and gentle reflexology can provide additional benefits as well. Reflexology has been shown to help children with ADD focus more effectively and sleep more soundly. Teens benefit from reflexology’s positive impact on the hormone system as they cope with acne, allergies, headaches and related issues.

 

Is there any licensure for reflexologists?

Although there are many fine schools of reflexology in the US which graduate students prepared to take the national board certification, there is no licensure requirement at the present time. You should ask your practitioner about her education, experience and professional affiliations. Pam is a graduate of the International Institute of Reflexology which was founded by the nephew of Eunice Ingham. She is a member of the Reflexology Association of America and the International Council of Reflexologists.

 

Do you bill insurance?

No. Pam does not bill insurance, but if your plan includes a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you can submit a prescription from your physician and a receipt from Pam and request reimbursement through your FSA.