Overall, Reflexology Is a Safe Technique
Reflexology can never hurt anyone. A practitioner of reflexology always takes a medical history, enabling the receiver to receive the best, most productive, and safest treatment available. Before a person receives reflexology, the practitioner spends a good amount of time discussing the health and well-being of that person. They ask many questions about overall health, about medical care, and about the tension and stress in the life of the person to be treated.
If you were seeing a professional reflexologist, you would be asked to provide your name, mailing address, phone, and date of birth. The reflexologist would also ask you certain key questions about your life, such as:
What causes stress in your life?
When did you last see your doctor? What for?
Do you have any current health issues?
Are you on any medication? If yes, for what?
Do you visit a chiropractor? How often?
Do you receive any other adjunct therapies?
Have you had any past injuries, accidents, surgeries, or ailments?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you exercise? How often?
Are you pregnant?
What areas of your body hold tension?
Do you have any discomfort in your feet? If so, describe.
Have you ever had reflexology before? If so, describe.
What are you goals in seeking reflexology at this time?
A reflexologist never tells a receiver what to do with regard to any medical treatment the receiver may be receiving. A reflexologist supports and encourages the recipient's journey toward wellness, accompanying the receiver along the path. The receiver's medical doctor will change or adjust the medical treatment as necessary.
Once a receiver has answered these questions, the reflexologist has a clearer idea of the needs of the receiver. The practitioner can assess the level of comfort the receiver feels as well as understand the person's expectations. The giver will know of any contraindications as well as the amount of pressure to use. The reflexologist will also have knowledge of areas of tenderness on the feet as well as reflex areas.
Professional practitioners of reflexology provide a disclaimer and consent form for their recipients. These forms succinctly clarify for the receiver what the reflexologist is and what the reflexologist is not. Use of these forms allows the receiver to become actively involved in his or her wellness.
A consent form gives the practitioner permission to work on the receiver. At the same time, the receiver is responsible for following through with any and all plans of treatment from other providers. The receiver keeps the reflexologist apprised of any change in his or her health.