Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
Any comfortable, loose fitting clothes. The important thing is that you feel comfortable and able to relax, and that clothing can easily be removed from your feet and trouser legs rolled up to just above the ankle. If you choose to wear a dress or skirt I will place a towel over your legs so that you feel comfortable resting on the couch.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
No, just your good intentions to do something that will benefit you and leave you feeling relaxed.
What about medical conditions, should I bring my medication?
You don't need to bring medication with you (unless you might need it), but it will be helpful at the initial consultation if you know the names of any conditions you have been medically diagnosed with and the name of any medication you may be taking. For subsequent treatments it will be helpful if you can tell me of any changes to diagnosis or medication, so if you start of stop taking anything.
So do I need permission from my GP or consultant to have Reflexology?
In the most part, no you don't. If you have a medical condition and are happy to go ahead with the treatment without obtaining medical consent I will ask you to sign a disclaimer to that effect. For a few conditions medical consent would be required, but this will be verbal - you don't need to get it in writing. These would be serious medical conditions where the client is under the care of a consultant and receiving medication, in particular chemotherapy.
Are there any conditions that would prevent me from having Reflexology?
I am unable to treat anyone in the first trimester of pregnancy or with a known, or suspected deep vein thrombosis.
I might have an infection on my foot, can I still have Reflexology?
It's probably better to see your GP first and have it properly diagnosed. If you have a fungal infection in your toenail I will cover the affected toe and not treat it. I can still perform a reflexology treatment on the rest of your foot. If you have a verruca I will ask you to put a small plaster over it. If you have athletes foot I would prefer not to treat you until it has cleared to avoid transferring it from one foot to another or to myself or other clients.
Do you use any creams or lotions?
The feet are wiped with antibacterial wipes at the start of each treatment. I use a very gentle wax which helps with the grip and movement and creates a warmer, more comfortable feeling on the feet during the treatment. I do not currently use any wax or other product that contains essential oils.
Are there any side effects?
Clients may experience a slight headache after a treatment or need to pass water more than usual. These are quite normal side effects. It is advised to drink plenty of water after a treatment to help remove toxins, this will help reduce headaches.