For anyone that may not know, or that may be trying reflexology for the first time-if you have bought a “deal”, and just to clarify what a FOOT REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENT actually entails, here’s what you should know to help distinguish between a Reflexology Treatment as opposed to a foot massage.
The therapy is provided by a trained and Certified
Reflexology Practitioner/Therapist. There are several schools of
reflexology. A RAC trained and certified practitioner receives the
highest standard of training and registered practitioners are assigned a
membership number if belonging to a governing body/association such as
The Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC). An RCRT – Registered
Canadian Reflexology Therapist must ensure they are continually
upgrading their skills and knowledge.
The RCRT Professional Development & Continuing Education Policy
& Guidelines were established by the Reflexology Association of
Canada. Its mandate is to maintain professional standards for the
profession, to maintain the respect and safety of the public and health
professionals alike & to meet future regulatory requirements for
both government and insurance bodies. Among other stipulations, RCRT
practitioners maintain 30 continuing education units (CEU’s) per 3 year
Upon an initial visit, a qualified practitioner will conduct a
complete, thorough and confidential health assessment with their
client. Although safe for everyone, a few contra-indications are
checked for before beginning a treatment. A visual inspection of the
feet will enable the practitioner to see if swelling is present around
the ankles (edema), checking for plantar warts (highly contagious and
should not be worked on or touched), and lacerations on the feet. To err
to caution, best to avoid working on the reproductive system and
reflexes of a client that is pregnant and in their first trimester. This
is revealed when completing a confidential health record.
Using a precise set of techniques, and using mainly the thumbs and
fingers, the practitioner will apply deep pressure (10-20 lbs. PSI) over
the reflexes or nerve endings of the feet between 45 to 60 minutes.
Not to worry…for those of you who are ticklish, this will not make you
giggle. Meant to be relaxing, if there are areas of tenderness or even
pain, they are indicators of deficiencies and by working over the areas,
help to restore balance to the body.
So, although having a foot massage is very nice, Reflexology is not a foot massage!!!