Choosing A Reflexologist – First Steps
So, you’ve decided to give reflexology a try and now it’s time to see a reflexologist.
Okay, so now what?
How do you find a reflexologist?
Not just any reflexologist, but a great one.
Well, first of all… Congratulations!
The decision to receive reflexology is an investment that can, and oftentimes will, reap long-lasting and rewarding results – no matter what your age. Body, mind and soul all benefit from a reflexology treatment from a qualified, professional reflexologist, who is in alignment with your individualized criteria.
One of the best ways to secure the services of a reflexologist and learn about the types of reflexology they provide and the benefits of reflexology experienced, is to receive a referral from a friend or family member. This can save a lot of time and is an excellent resource. However, this doesn’t necessarily guarantee a good fit for you. At the very least it can bring you one step closer to making a choice. I will strongly recommend you do your own research and due diligence in regards to this.
The first thing you should decide is:
Are you more comfortable with a male or female reflexologist?
This decision is a very personal one and should be made according to your own individual preferences. Your overall comfort with the reflexologist from whom you ultimately decide to receive reflexology is quite important and you would do well to use discernment when making your choice.
Pursuing The Perfect Reflexologist
Once you’ve refined your search and are now deciding between two or three reflexologists, the next thing to do is become familiar with the different types of reflexology and treatment options they provide and which you should consider for yourself. There will be some research required in order to be sure you understand the different methods and receive the most beneficial reflexology treatment for your particular needs – and budget. I’ve provided a short list of things to look for and ask a prospective reflexologist about:
- Do they provide a reflexology style that utilizes tools? Some reflexologists use short, rounded wooden dowels (and other tools), with which they apply direct pressure to areas and points on the feet.
- What type of finger and thumb pressure techniques do they use? This is the usual and customary delivery for reflexology. It is the more traditional and widespread technique and involves the practitioner’s hands coming in direct contact with the feet.
- How much pressure does the reflexologist use when administering reflexology? Asian-based reflexology can be quite painful due to the extreme level and depth of pressure applied. But, if this is what you want, then go for it!
On the other end of the spectrum, some reflexologists use extremely light pressure. They believe it is more about intention and energy than the physical nature of the treatment. So, if you have more sensitive feet or want to explore the more esoteric aspects of reflexology, such as reflexology and reiki, then this is for you.
- Do they provide more than just foot reflexology? Hand reflexology and outer ear reflexology are other types of reflexology that are very powerful adjuncts to a foot reflexology treatment and can significantly increase the benefit received from a treatment. Viewing a reflexology foot chart and a reflexology hand chart can provide additional understanding of reflexology.
- Do they provide energy work – as referenced above - such as reiki or craniosacral therapy? These modalities are not technically part of a reflexology treatment, however they are related and can improve the overall efficacy of a reflexology treatment under certain conditions.
- How many treatments do they perform in a day? It is a good idea to be the second or third client of the day. This is the sweet spot for most reflexologists and the time when they provide reflexology at their highest level of performance and energy. This is not a hard and fast rule, however I have found in my research this plays out more often than not and should at least be considered when scheduling a reflexology treatment.
- Will the treatment be provided in a private setting or will there be other sessions in progress in the same room or environment? In some reflexology practices, there is a shared space for reflexology treatments. This is known as Network Reflexology. However, most of the time a treatment will be conducted in a private room. Be sure to discuss this with the reflexologist you are considering.
Also, it is perfectly reasonable to request to view the setting prior to receiving a treatment to determine the cleanliness and “comfort” of the space. The primary consideration when it comes to the proper setting for reflexology is cleanliness. The space should also be uncluttered. Clutter equals stress. Be sure the practice space is pleasing to all the senses – including your sixth sense. If something doesn’t “feel right,” look elsewhere.
Reflexologist Criteria - Final Thoughts
Using the previous as a foundation for your selection criteria, you will feel more confident and comfortable with your choice, once you make it. There is also a greater chance you will experience a more enjoyable and health-promoting treatment. And, when you find a reflexologist with whom you partner well, it leads to higher level benefits from your reflexology treatments.
When you look forward to seeing your reflexologist and they look forward to seeing you, the positive synergy created is profound and is inevitably infused into the treatment. Receiving reflexology under these conditions is unparalleled and wonderful. This has been confirmed by my clients, time and time again.
For the record, the “usual and customary” reflexology session length is one hour. This being said, a half-hour is less expensive and will provide a very revealing – and oftentimes satisfying – sampling of a reflexologist’s style. While you are seeking a reflexologist, this is a good, low cost option. Once you begin to receive reflexology on a regular or semi-regular basis, consider scheduling a longer session. Some reflexologists will provide two and three-hour sessions. A longer session will typically include foot, hand, outer ear reflexology and, depending on the reflexologist, some type of energy work, such as reiki.
By following these relatively simple guidelines and making an informed choice, you are virtually guaranteeing you will receive the best possible reflexology experience from a reflexologist who is best matched to you.