Reflexology - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is reflexology?
    • Reflexology is a holistic therapy which works on the reflex points of the feet and hands that relate to all the organs/systems of the body.

      By using precise finger techniques a reflexologist can help in inducing relaxation, thus enabling the body to internally balance or homeostasis as we know it.

  • What will happen when I go for a reflexology treatment?
    • An initial consultation questionnaire is completed in confidence. The form will include questions on your own health issues/history, your lifestyle and diet. Your reflexologist will then discuss this with you before starting your treatment. You are asked to remove your shoes and socks and then to sit or lie on a treatment chair or couch. Your feet will be sanitised and assessed.

      Treatment will start with a few minutes of relaxing techniques on the feet. Following this, precise movements using gentle but firm pressure will be applied over the entire foot, working on all the points corresponding to the organs/systems of the body.

  • What are the benefits of reflexology?
    • Some of the benefits of reflexology are;

      – Improves circulation
      – Induces relaxation
      – Reduces stress and anxiety
      – Improves energy
      – Regulates hormones
      – Balances acidity levels
      – Strengthens the immune system

      Reflexology rebalances the body’s various systems so that they can all work in harmony, thereby helping the body to heal itself and alleviate discomfort.

      The benefits of reflexology are enhanced by regular treatments – as the effects are cumulative.

  • What is the appropriate age for a reflexology treatment?
    • Reflexology is suitable for all ages.

  • I feel very tired after my treatment is this normal?
    • Yes, most people feel calm, relaxed and even a little sleepy.  Occasionally you may feel nauseous, anxious or tearful, but this is only temporary and is considered to be part of the healing process.

      To gain the maximum benefit from your treatment try to rest and increase your water intake.  This will boost the body’s natural healing abilities and will also help flush out the toxins.

  • Are there any medical conditions that would make receiving massage/reflexology inadvisable?
    • Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. Allow your therapist to make the determination if any medications or health issues are relevant. Do not assume that you will know what is necessary to share. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage/reflexology prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

  • How do I pay for my treatment?
    • At present, I am unable to accept payment by card so payments will need to be made by cash or cheque please.

  • Can I claim against my health insurance?
    • As a member of the Irish Reflexologists Institute (IRI) I am approved by VHI, Vivas Health, Laya Healthcare and Glo Health.  Potential Clients will be able to get a refund on their health insurance depending on their policy.

Massage - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will happen when I go for a treatment?
    • An initial consultation questionnaire is completed in confidence. This takes your past and present health history and lifestyle into consideration. The consultation enables the therapist to tailor a treatment to your specific needs.

  • Will I be covered during the session?
    • You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

  • What part of my body will be massaged?
    • A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Out of the above list, each session will be personalized based on your needs and comfort.

  • I don’t feel comfortable removing my clothes. What are the options?
    • You can undress as far as you feel comfortable. If you are receiving a treatment to the upper back or legs then if you prefer it’s just fine for you to keep the other areas of your body clothed. There is lots that can be done through clothes, or drapes working without oils. Equally, some people feel totally relaxed just wearing underwear. If this is your preference then you will be properly covered during the session with a sheet or towel to protect your modesty at all times. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. It’s your treatment so it’s totally up to you.

  • Are there any reasons why I would not be able to have a treatment?
    • It is not advisable to have a treatment if you have a fever; if you have eaten a heavy meal within an hour before the start of your treatment or if you have consumed alcohol in the 24 hours before the treatment.

  • Are there any medical conditions that would make receiving massage/reflexology inadvisable?
    • Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. Allow your therapist to make the determination if any medications or health issues are relevant. Do not assume that you will know what is necessary to share. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage/reflexology prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

  • What are the benefits of massage?
    • Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage promotes better sleep, it can also improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

  • Can I talk during a treatment?
    • Yes, you can talk during a treatment if you wish, it is your personal choice. It is however advisable to relax in the peace and quiet away from the demands and stresses of everyday life. After all, it is rare that we have an opportunity to lie down, close our eyes and simply ‘be’.

      However if you have any questions either at the beginning, during or at the end of the treatment you are encouraged to ask.

      If you feel any discomfort during the treatment, for example if the pressure being applied is either too much or not enough, then please let the therapist know.

  • What happens at the end of a treatment?
    • At the end of the treatment you may be given advice about what you can do to maintain or improve your body’s equilibrium e.g. increase your water intake

  • Why should I avoid alcohol or caffeine after a massage?
    • Drinks like alcohol and coffee dehydrate the body so should be avoided. You also might feel slightly lightheaded after your treatment so adding alcohol into the equation won’t help! Instead drink lots of water to help flush out toxins and waste materials. Herbal teas are also beneficial, as is rest and relaxation and light meals that your body will find easy to digest.

  • How will I feel after my treatment? Will I be ok to drive?
    • Holistic massage can have a deeply relaxing effect on the body. Sometimes clients can feel a bit drowsy after the treatment so it’s best to sit and have a glass of water as you bring yourself back into the space. It’s also likely that you’ll feel dehydrated so it’s really important to take lots of water on board. Sometimes, it might be that unexpected feelings or emotions arise during or after a Holistic massage so be sure to take time to ease yourself back into real life after the session.

  • Are there any side effects with Indian Head Massage?
    • There are no side effects.

  • How Does Hot Stone Massage Work?
    • The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are so smooth – they have been smoothed over time by the river’s current.

      The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes.

      The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired.

      The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.

      We place stones on points that are thought to be energy centers of the body to help rebalance the body and mind.

  • Benefits of Hot Stone Massage?
    • – Promotes deep muscle and tissue relaxation

      – Alleviates stress

      – Releases toxins

      – Relieves pain

      – Improves circulation

      – Calms the psyche

  • Health Conditions Treated with Hot Stone Massage?
    • – Muscular aches and pains

      – Back Pain

      – Arthritis

      – Fibromylagia

      – Stress, Anxiety

      – Circulatory problems

      – Insomnia

      – Depression

  • How do I pay for my treatment?
    • At present, I am unable to accept payment by card so payments will need to be made by cash or cheque please.

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