One of the many questions I’m asked before someone starts working with me is how often should I have a reflexology treatment.
The benefits of a reflexology treatment vary from person to person so before answering this question I always consider these 5 things about a potential client:
1. their circumstances
2. their initial reason for choosing reflexology
3. what they want to achieve
4. time scales
5. their budget.
When a potential client contacts me, after an initial call to see if we are a good fit and to understand their underlined problems or concerns, I will take all these five areas into account before suggesting a course of treatment for them. I will then explain what’s included in their course of treatments:
- the treatments and lifestyle changes I will suggest
- the frequency of their treatments to help them achieve their desired outcome
- what they can expect from me and
- what I will expect from them.
At their first treatment, we will go through in more detail their already completed online consultation form, confirm what they want to achieve, and discuss a wellness plan which shows how this course of treatments will help them. The hands-on treatment will then begin as they relax on the couch. Every session will finish with aftercare advice designed to help maintain their health between sessions with me. Each treatment session is adapted and designed to work on the presenting problem or issue.
Why regular sessions are important
The saying “prevention is better than cure” is critical when related to your health. From time to time we all experience stress in our lives which affects us in ways that we would previously have not attributed to feeling stressed. These include aching limbs, headaches, disturbed sleep, skin issues such as eczema or psoriasis, IBS conditions etc. There is also a growing awareness of how long-term stress affects our body’s ability to fight illnesses and diseases.
Reflexology is known for its ability to access all our body systems and by doing so it can help to restore mental, emotional and physical balance. When our body systems are balanced, the frequency of becoming ill reduces. Regular treatments often assist in the prevention and help to manage health conditions. In some cases, regular treatments have resulted in the detection of minor illnesses, thereby reducing the frequency of feeling unwell.
This non-intrusive treatment is also great at helping you to manage emotions such as anxiety, stress or feeling overwhelmed. Reflexology is ideal if you are looking for something to help you mentally and physically relax, refocus and de-stress for long-term health and wellness.
Frequency of treatments
From my treatment room I offer a choice of treatment packages and you can find details here. Below is a general guideline of how often you should have a treatment, taking into account your reasons for choosing reflexology, any health conditions and the outcome you desire.
Weekly or fortnightly
If through ill health, a chronic condition, a physical ailment, a life-changing event or an increased workload, you need some help managing your physical and mental health, then I would recommend a course of treatments weekly or fortnightly. When we feel you have reached a place where you are feeling balanced, relaxed, focused and uplifted on a more regular basis, I would suggest moving to monthly treatments to help maintain the progress you have made.
If taking time out on a regular basis to de-stress & recharge is your primary goal, then I would recommend monthly treatments as part of your monthly self-care regimen. If you are managing a long-term health condition, monthly reflexology treatments are also beneficial as a preventative measure.
If you’re looking for a way to relax mentally or physically, a reflexology treatment as a treat to yourself or as a gift to a friend is lovely and you will feel relaxed after it. If, however, you’ve been experiencing and/or dealing with stress either mentally, physically or emotionally for a long period of time, one session is most likely not going to be enough to produce lasting effects.
Here’s what Emma had to say after her course of treatments….
“Following a difficult 2 years, I was feeling frazzled, stressed and anxious and I knew I needed to make some changes. Previously, having one-off treatments elsewhere, I had experienced a quick fix and then felt stressed again.
My course of treatments with Sharon helped me to feel better for longer. My overthinking has reduced and I’m more mindful about addressing my needs. I’m now more relaxed and less frazzled, stressed and anxious, and I’m dealing with stressful situations better.”Emma, Tamworth
Health benefits associated with reflexology
Here are some of the well-known health and well-being benefits associated with reflexology treatments:
- giving your immune system a boost
- promoting feelings of overall well-being
- helping to release endorphins to lift your mood
- reducing physical aches and pain
- assisting with mental clarity and reducing mental stress
- assisting your body and mind to relax and unwind
- assisting your body with detoxification.
Regular treatments help to support your overall health and well-being long-term, helping you to feel better for longer and are a powerful addition to your self-care regime.
Your next step
Most people who contact me for a reflexology treatment know that one treatment isn’t going to be enough to help them through a difficult period. However, you don’t have to book a package of treatments straight away. You always have the option of starting with one treatment and seeing how you feel. After your initial treatment, we can discuss how you feel and plan any further treatments.
How many treatments do you need and how often is just one of the questions often asked during a Discovery Call. During these calls we talk about the issue you would like help with and I make suggestions of things you can try straight away to help you.
If you would like to know more about having reflexology treatments with me, please get in touch for a no-obligation Discovery Call.
Sharon lives with her partner, Geoff, in Warwickshire and they have two adult children. She worked for over 25 years in an office environment, gaining qualifications to degree level in finance, business and management. While there Sharon witnessed and experienced many stressful situations and suffered illnesses that were stress-related.
Sharon was advised to make some changes to her lifestyle which included trying complementary therapies. After experiencing the benefits of complementary treatments, Sharon decided to retrain and share her knowledge and experiences to help others recognise and manage their own physical and emotional stress and anxiety levels.
Sharon has been working as a complementary therapist for over 15 years, and she loves helping people manage and reduce their stress levels, to feel uplifted, focused, positive and empowered about their lives.