Frequently Asked Questions
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology dates back to the ancient Egyptians, but the practice of reflexology really gained momentum when Dr. William H. Fitzgerald developed Zone Therapy; the idea that different areas of the body are aligned with specific zones. Eunice Ingham, who worked along side Dr. Fitzgerald and is considered to be "The Mother of Reflexology", identified that the feet are an exact depiction of the entire body. The right foot contains reflexes for the right side of the body, and the left foot contains reflexes for the left side of the body.
Your foot has around 7000 nerve endings in it. These endings connect back to the central nervous system. When we apply pressure to the feet in small, inchworm-like movements, the reflexes on the feet become stimulated and allow for more circulation to take place in the body. This allows for greater blood flow to reach those organs and glands, while promoting relaxation and overall well being.
"Circulation is life and stagnation is death"- Eunice D. Ingham
What are the benefits of Reflexology?
Some benefits one may receive from Reflexology can include, but are not limited to: improved overall well being, increased relaxation, improved nerve function, boosted energy levels, increased circulation, elimination of toxins, reduction in headaches, speed healing and nervous system stimulation.
Does it hurt?
A reflexology session should always be a relaxing experience. If at any time you feel soreness or tenderness, communicate that with your practitioner. Your practitioner will adjust the pressure to better suit your needs.
How is Reflexology different from massage?
Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving the application of pressure, in small movements, to reflexes on the feet, hands, and ears with either a thumb or a finger. For example, applying pressure to the shoulder reflex on the right foot may relieve tension in the right shoulder. This is done without the use of lotion, oils or tools to assist the process, and your clothes are left on, with the exception of your socks.
Massage therapy is the consistent movement of pressure applied by the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, and sometimes feet to soft tissue throughout the body. For example, by applying a consistent movement of pressure to the right shoulder, this will alleviate tension along the right shoulder. This is done with the use of lotion, oil and small tools. For most sessions, clothes are removed and you are covered in a blanket. Every massage therapist has different techniques. Elijah can always adapt his technique to best suit YOUR needs.
How should I prepare for a Reflexology session?
There is no exact way to prepare for a reflexology session. However, here are a few tips that have helped my clients:
It is always a good idea to hydrate with water as it allows for better circulation.
It is recommended to take a look at your feet to make sure you have no open wounds, sores or long toenails that may be affected during your session. If your feet are unsafe for me to work on, I can refuse service at any time. Please call if you have any questions, and see our Terms and Conditions section for additional information.
Avoid using any lotions or oils before a session.
Wear loose, comfortable pants that can rise above the calf muscle.
What happens during a Reflexology session?
Upon entering, we will kindly ask you to remove your shoes, jacket and socks. If this is your first consultation, we will invite you to a complimentary herbal foot soak while we go over a health intake to discuss your health history. All of it is confidential and it should last around 15 minutes. Afterwards, I will guide you to our comfortable reflexology chair. I will lean you back, and being your foot reflexology session. I will only need your feet and your calves, so please be sure to wear loose clothing. The session will be 1 hour long. I ask that we keep speaking to a minimum, as well as that you leave your cell phone outside the room or on silent mode, to enhance and preserve the overall session experience.
What is the aftercare for a Reflexology session?
Since everybody is different, we believe everyone who receives a reflexology session receives exactly what he or she needs at that moment. With that said, some people will have no reactions at all, while others may have a long list of reactions. This is normal, and just your body's way of showing positive signs of a healing session. Do note that some symptoms may get worse before they get better.
Normal Reactions include:
relief from pain
frequent bowel movements, diarrhea (elimination of toxins)
and many others. Please learn about all the other benefits of Reflexology at Doctors Health Press.
Should I schedule a follow up session?
Your body will receive exactly what it should receive from a reflexology session. At times, the more often we implement new self care methods into our lives and the more often we practice them, the better we feel, similar to going to the gym regularly and eating healthy foods.
Please call 907-521-3670 to discuss your needs.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!