How it Works

How does reflexology work?
Reflexology is a nervous system mechanism.  The feet contain millions of nerve endings, and every organ, function and part of the body has its reflex point in the foot.  The feet (or hands) act as self-tuners for the rest of the body:  movements of the feet stimulate the whole system.  By working these reflex points, reflexology stimulates, through nerve pathways, the organ function or body part that is tense, congested or damaged from an accident, injury or illness.  Reflexology breaks down any tension, helps the system to eliminate toxins where necessary, reduces pain quite dramatically and encourages the body to heal itself.  Reflexology is also an aid in relaxation and a great way to reduce emotional stresses and strains.

What is "Integrated Reflexology?"
Integrated Reflexology is my own unique blend of therapies that I believe best treat pain and stress while also bringing about a wonderful sense of balance to the nervous system.  Along with reflexology I have a background in therapeutic massage, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and cranio-sacral therapy.  Thus, the modalities that I may incorporate in any given session may be, but are not limited to, massage, reflexology, cranio-sacral,  five element, structural analysis, MLD, range of motion work and acupressure.  To empower you I can/will send you home with suggestions to assist you in reaching your goals more quickly.

What can I expect?
Because I use an integrated approach to reflexology no two sessions are the same.  Nor do the sessions resemble a "typical" reflexology session.  The session usually begins with a quick postural/gait analysis and a "foot reading" to determine stress patterns elsewhere in the body.  These applications, along with the client’s concerns, help me to develop the treatment plan for that session.  I will begin by warming up the feet and/or hands then proceed to stimulate the reflex points deemed most appropriate for the session, and then end each session with a foot massage.  I strive to listen and to develop a custonized wellness program to meet both your short term and long term goals.  During all sessions the client remains clothed and is in either a fully reclined or semi-reclined position.

How often should I receive integrated reflexology?
Integrated Reflexology can be done practically anytime and anywhere. The trick is consistency. Integrated Reflexology has a cumulative effect on the body.  Ideally, when initially treating your condition, the more frequent the sessions, the more quickly you will see results.  Upon improvement, you can opt for maintenance treatments.  If your budget doesn't allow for frequent treatment, no worry, reflexology is always effective and you will see results, but, perhaps not as quickly. 

Who can receive Integrated Reflexology?
It is suitable for all ages and can be carried out on babies, children, adults, pregnant women and the elderly. Most clients report that a reflexology session is very relaxing and pleasant to receive!

Reflexology as a Compliment to Traditional Medicine
As a compliment to allopathic medicine, reflexology is thought to improve the effectiveness of prescribed medication. In addition, because it is known to relax tension, relieve stress and reduce pain, some dentists and chiropractors are starting to incorporate reflexology into their practice.  Reflexology is not a substitute for medical treatment but can be used as a compliment to any type of of medical approach or therapy.