When you enter my treatment room at MassageWorks, you are greeted with the warm scent of healing oils, restorative music, and calm natural lighting. I will ask what your goals are for the session or what issues you would like addressed. If it's your first session, I'll ask you to fill out one information page with just a few questions. You only need to remove your shoes and socks, and perhaps any large items of jewelry. You will lie face up on a massage table with a slight incline for your upper body and a bolster for your knees. A cozy blanket is optional.
About 10 minutes of gentle holds on the earlobes immediately relaxes the neck, shoulders, hips, and feet, and I may coach you in relaxing breathing and body awareness. There is no need to engage conversation - this is time to relax and pay attention to your own body and soul - however, I may ask you for feedback about what you are feeling in your body, and you are welcome to ask any questions.
Foot reflexology is usually started with a thorough working of the spine reflexes to prepare the central nervous system, and therapeutic essential oils will be applied to specific areas on the feet that correspond to the situations you said you'd like to address. Reflex work is continued in specified patterns on the feet so that all of the body is affected. No two sessions are the same. I customize the areas worked, the way they are worked, and the oils used to your needs on that day.
Most people experience deep relaxation during the therapy session. You may feel warmth or an electrical impulse running in your legs or in areas of the body that correspond to the reflexes being worked. Stressed reflexes in the feet may respond with a feeling of tenderness or occasionally, a very brief sharp sensation when pressed as nerve endings "wake up". If anything is uncomfortable, you should let me know. While brief discomfort may at times be necessary to break up tension, pain that makes you cringe or hold your breath is not healing, so please say something!
The session is usually ended with about ten minutes of hand reflexology with a moisturizing cream. If you prefer longer times (or no time) spent on earlobes or hands, let me know, preferably before we start. If you wish, I will end the session with a prayer or blessing and then step aside to allow you a few minutes to "recover" before getting off the table. Most people feel very relaxed at the end of their session and if possible should plan to take it easy for the next several hours, although mild exercise along with extra water may decrease any effects of detoxing.