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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is reflexology?
    Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary health therapy that can be effective in promoting deep relaxation and wellbeing; reducing stress in people’s lives can be key in optimising good health and building resilience. It is a touch therapy that is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body and reflexologists work these points and areas. It provides a period of time for relaxation where the client has one-to-one attention and supportive touch in an empathetic listening environment. Reflexology can be used safely alongside standard healthcare to promote better health for their clients.
  • What can reflexology help with?
    Reflexologists believe that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too; however, this happens on an individual basis. With ever-increasing levels of stress in everyday life, reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate its ill-effects. NB: We do not claim to cure or diagnose any medical condition.
  • How does it work?
    The theory of reflexology is that all the systems and organs of the whole body are mirrored or reflected in smaller peripheral areas, for example the feet, hands, ears and face. The reflexologist simply works those reflected areas with their sensitive fingers, aiming to bring those areas back to balance and therefore aiding the body to work as well as it can. Reflexology very much works on an individual basis: the reflexologist provides professional facilitation of your body’s own potential for well-being. While there are few available scientific studies specifically into how reflexology works, there are scientific studies that support the potential positive effects that can be achieved by touch.
  • Why do you need my medical history?
    Reflexology is a holistic therapy and treats the person as a whole. Understanding your health history will help your reflexologist to focus on areas of the body where you may need some additional support. Furthermore, there are some medical conditions which may require small amendments to the treatment (contraindications) you are about to receive.
  • What happens in a treatment?
    After taking your health history during a brief consultation, you will be asked to remove your socks and shoes and relax back on the couch. You can choose if you would like to be sat in a more upright position or reclined back. If you wish, your legs and feet will then be covered with a warm fluffy towel or blanket. The reflexologist will conduct a brief foot reading (looking at the physical aspects of the feet for any indications of imbalances) before cleansing. The treatment will begin with a relaxing massage of the feet before the therapist begins working on the reflex points. They will apply firm, but gentle pressure on all of the body's reflexes on your feet (or hands), seeking to neutralise any imbalances. All reactions during the treatment are welcome - whether you feel the need to chat to a friendly ear throughout or simply fall asleep! You will be gently brought back around at the end of the treatment. Sleeping does not make the treatment any less effective.
  • I hate my feet being touched. Is it ticklish?
    Reflexology uses firm but gentle pressure on the feet, and clients with the most ticklish of feet are often surprised at how comfortable they feel in a treatment. The amount of pressure used is entirely up to the client, so if you would prefer a firmer hand to avoid any tickling sensation this is certainly possible.
  • What should I expect after a treatment?
    Feedback of the reflexologist's findings will be given at the end of the treatment, giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. We often recommend that clients drink plenty of water for the remainder of the day as reflexology can encourage the body's circulation to increase. Therefore, an higher water intake will help to prevent dehydration. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually transitory and reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process.
  • How often should I have reflexology?
    The answer to this varies according to each individual client and the outcome of your first treatment. Generally, if you are seeking support or assistance with a specific condition we may recommend more frequent treatments in the first instance (but this will not exceed more than 1 a week). However, if you would like reflexology for general wellbeing and relaxation we leave the frequency down to you - whenever you feel you need a reset!
  • Can I purchase gift vouchers?
    Absolutely. I can take payment for gift vouchers any time of the week via credit/debit card or bank transfer, and will post the voucher out to you or the recipient (if preferred) free of charge. Please contact me to arrange your purchase.
  • Do you offer any concessions?
    Yes, Soleful Serenity is a member of the Blue Light Card scheme and Defence Discount Service scheme, offering 20% of all treatments* upon presentation of a valid card. *Excluding the purchase of gift vouchers.

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