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Below are some common questions that are asked when considering having a Complementary Therapy treatment.
What do you mean when you say ‘Healing Response’?
A healing response is a term applied to a wide range of side effects that occur either during or after a Complementary Therapy treatment. These effects tend to occur up to 48hrs after a treatment and are the body’s response to the treatment.
Physical symptoms include but are not limited to: dizziness, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, increased urinary output/bowel movements, headaches, raised temperature. Mental symptoms include but are not limited to: euphoria, uncharacteristically high bursts of energy, anxiety/panic, irritability, feelings of sadness (sometimes accompanied with crying).
The body’s reaction to Complementary Therapy is as individual as the person themselves and it would be very unwise to predict whether someone will have a healing response during or after treatments. Complementary Therapies treat the body and mind as one being and a healing response is believed to be a reaction to toxin elimination. These toxins can be physical or emotional which is why a healing response is so unique to each individual.
A fully qualified therapist will always offer advice regarding the possibility of a healing response and is on hand to answer any concerns or questions you may have. Your therapist is your first point of contact if you require further information or reassurance. When our body or mind acts in a way that we aren’t used to it can be unsettling and maybe even frightening if we don’t know what is happening or why it is happening. As the body and mind become acquainted with the Complementary Therapy treatment the likelihood of a healing response occurring usually starts to diminish; your body and mind are starting to work together.
I’ve heard that Reflexology hurts – is this true?
There are various perceptions of what Reflexology is and what it does. First and foremost, it is not a massage. A treatment will include a brief massage of the feet and lower legs but this is a very minor part of the overall session.
Reflexology is performed with the aim of inducing relaxation and giving the client a pleasant experience, but it is true that discomfort may be felt. The treatment is performed by applying pressure to the feet in a sequence of movements – this is where some people report feelings of discomfort or pain. Imbalances within the body can appear as tenderness in the feet; for example, problems with the gut may then show up in the feet where the reflex points for the intestines are. Your therapist will advise on the possibility of experiencing pain if you are new to receiving Reflexology and will make adaptations to your treatment if necessary.
As much as discomfort/pain is an accepted part of a Reflexology treatment it should always be kept to a minimum and a fully qualified therapist will look out for signs of discomfort whilst working with you. Your comfort and well-being is the top priority and your therapist will work with you to ensure you get the most out of your treatment.