Friday, October 19, 2007

FAQ Series: What about Reflexology for babies and children?

Babies and children are a special population and should receive lighter and shorter reflexology sessions. For this reason it is ideal if a parent, or nanny, can learn a few, simple techniques and practice at home between sessions in the office.

The younger the baby the easier it will be to start this new habit of working on his/her feet. At each birth I've attended the baby receives a tiny amount of reflexology before I leave. Once the baby has grown into a toddler it is a little harder to chase after him/her but makes a great addition to the winding-down-for-bedtime routine!

I have worked with many parents to show them simple techniques to help comfort their child suffering from allergies, the common cold, constipation and diarrhea, teething, ADD/ADHD, and other common childhood maladies.

Sessions are never a replacement for medical care, but they complement the care and treatment prescribed by the child's pediatrician.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Fishy Reflexology

A new trend at spas in Japan, China and Singapore is the use of "doctor fish" for foot therapies. The Turkish Garra rufa fish species are being incorporated into sessions where you, the client, submerge your feet in a pool and the fish nibble away at dead skin. After 15 to 20 minutes with your spa fish you receive a short foot reflexology session!

Can't say I'll be bringing fish into the clinic anytime soon but this was an interesting read.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

FAQ Series: How often should I come for reflexology?

The frequency behind visits is dependent on the client's goals for the sessions. Someone who encounters daily physical, mental and emotional stress may benefit greatly from more frequent sessions, perhaps even weekly for a few weeks before tapering down to bi-weekly and then to monthly visits. While another may find the monthly addition of reflexology in his/her life very beneficial to get back in touch with him/herself and maintain that good health. Still another may come twice weekly with the goal of getting back into balance.

Reflexology should be a venue for finding balance and homeostasis within the body. It is not a cure all or end all of aches and pains but a tool to help the body reinforce its natural ability to heal and repair. It is recommended to try a series of appointments, three or four, and then to reevaluate how the body is responding to the sessions. If both the client and practitioner are seeing the body respond and the repetition of sessions are growing the response then sessions may be continued with the goal to reevaluate after another period of sessions. At no time should the client feel obligated to continue sessions if he/she is not seeing benefits of doing so.

If you have any questions about the frequency of your sessions don't hesitate to call or email! I encourage you to familiarize yourself with my maintenance plans and package discounts, setup to help make regular appointments easier on the pocketbook.

World Reflexology Week

Last week was the International Council of Reflexologists' World Reflexology Week. Reflexology organizations around the world planned a public awareness program during the month to promote this wonderful modality.

Right here in MA the Massachusetts Association of Reflexology's members got together for their annual member meeting. Donations were collected for the Life is Good Kids Foundation to support Project Joy. About twenty reflexologists were in attendance to network, educate and enjoy the company of fellow practitioners. A demonstration in hot stone reflexology was a big hit amongst attendees as everyone had a chance to practice on each other!