A first-time client, once settled in the zero-gravity chair or on the massage table, tends to do one of two things: either talk and ask lots of questions, or become very quiet.
I observe the foot temperature and check for freckles, moles, corns, bunions, warts, fungus – things I either want to discuss with them, or to keep an eye on over time.
“Do you have allergies? Specific health concerns? Have you ever sprained your ankle or broken any bones?” By now their left foot and lower leg is nestled in a warm blanket. I begin to perform some relaxing techniques on their right foot. I adapt the pressure and technique depending on their various health conditions.
Confidentiality is paramount. Most people share openly with me. I always feel honoured and touched.
I am clear – “My intention, almost a mantra, which I hold during your reflexology session, is: “How can I support you? I want the pressure to be enough you know I am working on your feet, but not so much that you are in pain and I need to peel you off the ceiling!”
I begin their session.
It is my experience people will notice many tender reflexes when they commence reflexology treatments, or, there may be little reaction whatsoever. In the first instance, over a period of sessions, things often settle down; the client’s body starts to become more in tune with itself. In the second, tender reflexes may appear.
For me, this is one of the main reasons I enjoy being a reflexologist. Our individuality. The unique way in which our bodies speak to us. If we choose to listen, we can assist this – our vessel – to become balanced and vibrant.
“All cure starts from within out, from the head down, and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared.” – Hering’s Law of Cure
I do not diagnose disease, provide specific medical advice, or promote the sale of any product. My intention is to inform and educate.
The client’s health is my priority, and as such, I support them to consult a licensed physician when appropriate.