11 things you need to know about Reflexology

Everyone can learn how to do reflexology and read a reflexology chart,

It is a universal therapeutic touch therapy, similar to massage and the best relaxation technique!

Below are 11 Reflexology Guidelines every new reflexologist needs to know.

#1 do all of both feet

When doing reflexology always do the whole treatment - all of both feet, or both hands, or both ears and if doing the face- the whole face 

Try to avoid doing bits and pieces for specific organs or symptoms as you won’t get the full benefits.

Even when doing reflexology with a specific relief in mind it is so important to do the entire area then, go back over the "Reflexology Helper Areas".

Helper Areas are included later in the book to help you target specific areas for mild pain relief.

#2 perfect pressure required please

People that are ill have lower pain tolerances and can be very sensitive to touch.
All the time when you are learning how to do reflexology, on everyone you do reflexology to always ask frequently if the pressure you are using is ok.
And if a person has been in bed or stationary (like sitting in a plane) for more than 24 to 48 hours don't do reflexology at all.

#3 creams & oils

Creams and Oils are only used in reflexology for massage relaxation techniques.

Oils are great for doing relaxation exercises on hands at the end of a treatment as a massage, or at the end of a foot reflexology session.

They make it too slippery to use reflexology techniques properly during a session.

#4 talc talc talc

Use talcum/ baby powder when doing reflexology on the feet and hands.

Sprinkle all over the feet and hands at the start of the session, and re apply as needed.

It will

  • absorb body oil to stop your hands getting slippery
  • make it easier to move your fingers and thumbs over the body

It is hard to comfortably thumb walk (reflexology technique) for a complete foot reflexology session without talcum powder or something similar.

We recommend a talcum powder with a nice fragrance because it will uplift your mood through the session.

#5 start with the feet

When learning how to do reflexology it’s best to start on the feet! 

It provides the quickest results, is the most understood reflexology area and has the most written about it throughout the world.

Ear and face reflexology are great to give to someone that is stressed, that can't sleep or is generally in need of a bit of love.

Face and ear reflexology are a brilliant gift idea to give someone on a special day!

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#6 forty five minutes

Reflexology sessions last about forty five minutes, depending on the size of the hands or feet.

It is recommended for ill people, the elderly and very young, that reflexology sessions go for no longer than thirty minutes.

#7 farts burps & giggles

Some people have a physical response to reflexology, during and/ or after a session!

Physical responses can happen anytime during the treatment and include;

  •  Burps
  • Coughs
  • Unintentional farts
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stomach noises

Some different responses can occur for up to twenty four hours after a reflexology treatment, these include;

  • Crying
  • Abnormal increase or decrease in energy
  • Feeling extremely tired
  • Flu-like symptoms 
  • Exhaustion

These responses are even more only likely if the person does not drink enough water or if it’s their first reflexology session 

These reactions are short term and should be accommodated by drinking large amounts of water.

The body reacts like this because it is now working harder to create balance within its systems and to get rid of waste.

Plenty of water, rest as required, and the person will be back to normal within twenty four hours at most.

While learning how to do reflexology keep an eye out for reactions to reflexology sessions (in yourself and the people you give it to) so you can monitor how they get less and less with every session

#8 diabetic focus

Diabetics need to check their blood sugar before and after a session.

Blood sugar levels can severely and unexpectently rise or drop during and for twenty four hours after reflexology.

It is usually best for diabetics to see a professional reflexologist.

For more info on who should be wary when receiving reflexology click here

#9 always be comfortable

When giving or receiving reflexology make sure both people are sitting or lying down comfortably.

The person receiving reflexology should be relaxed and sitting on a comfortable seat or lying on a soft bed.

The person doing reflexology should be comfortable also, because it will come across in the treatment if they are not.

For good practice, never do reflexology bending over, or at an awkward angle and make sure there is no pressure on your knees.

#10 relaxation techniques

You can use the relaxation or massage techniques anytime during reflexology.

You might use some to break up the treatment, to change between areas you are working on and to keep excited while learning how to do reflexology.

You will learn about relaxation techniques later on! 

#11 which technique where?

There are different techniques for doing reflexology on different parts of the body.

  • Thumb walking is for the feet, because reflexes on the foot are close to the surface and thumb walking can stimulate all of them
  • Reflexes in the hands are deeper so firm pressure applied with the index finger in a circular motion is much more effective

You will learn all the techniques in each different section.

Now you understand the basic guidelines for reflexology click here to learn who should avoid reflexology before learning the tricks and techniques 

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Reflexology does 3 amazing things!

  1.  It is relaxing
  2.  Promotes harmony & balance in your body & its systems
  3.  Slightly increases blood circulation 

Be sure to visit Reflexology Caution for full list of who can/ can't have reflexology

Reflexology cannot cure anything and information on this website is followed at your own risk, for more read the Disclaimer here

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