(& why 3 is the magic number)
People often feel great after a session. And the immediate effects can last for several days, especially if you consciously support the process.
But discomfort later that day, or over the next few days, can actually be a good thing. I know, I know, we want that instant gratification of feeling good, but sometimes our bodies respond differently.
Discomfort can mean the session is starting to move things in the body, helping it rebalance itself. Occasionally, people will notice an increase in symptoms the next day or so, followed by feeling much better.
What You Might Notice.
You might notice heightened emotions, unusual dreams, change in sleep, or physical symptoms like a headache.
Now I don’t want to give you leading ideas about how you should feel. Everyone processes the changes following a session in different ways, and it varies from session to session, person to person.
Why 3 is the Magic Number
When you’re experiencing a lot after a session (either positive or negative), getting 3 sessions somewhat close together (every week or every other week) can be especially beneficial.
This helps you have a time frame to measure preliminary results from the sessions. And if you’re noticing changes, additional sessions will help continue the process, especially if you’re dealing with a specific issue, or chronic or acute condition.
And as always, I want to hear from you following a session, so I can provide support and feedback if you need it.
It was fun to do, especially because my all-time favorite sister came with me as moral support (visiting all the way from Hawaii no less).
The Veria Living segment gives you a chill out workout for your feet and offers tips you can do at home to help with mental stress (who doesn’t have that?!), digestion, and back pain.
Remember, any time you can take time out of your day to interrupt stress your body will thank you. Ready to interrupt stress?
I’m not sure if it’s possible, but I think my sister might be an even bigger fan of reflexology than me. This is the photo she sent me: multi-tasking with her various reflexology gadgets.
For more reflexology gadgets, see my previous post. Let me know how it goes!
This is one way to interrupt stress: no matter what is going on, how busy you are, or what the news of the day reports, take a moment and pay attention to what you love. Really take it in and allow yourself to be nourished by it.
“Interrupt stress and do it frequently.”
This is something internationally-recognized reflexologist, author and researcher Kevin Kunz talks about a lot. Kunz says the feet and hands help set the tension level for the rest of the body, and because of this, reflexology is an easy way to interrupt the stress signal and reset homeostasis, the body’s equilibrium.
The benefits of reflexology (and Reiki!) have to do with the reduction of stress–both general stress and very specific stress. For example, when you come for a reflexology session usually you walk away (pun intended!) feeling refreshed and relaxed overall. If you come with a specific issue: neck/shoulder/back pain or digestive problems, for example, I use specific protocols to support and relieve stress in these areas.
Try This: The Golfball Technique
This is a great technique to use between sessions, especially if you have digestive issues, sinus headaches, allergies, diabetes, or asthma. And it only takes a minute. Do it once or twice a day.
All you need is a golf ball: watch this super-short video to see it for yourself.
Hold a golf ball in your hand. Clasp your hands together interlinking fingers. Roll the golf ball over the palms of your hands. Focus on the palm of the hand below the thumb for headaches, sinus headaches and problems, allergies and hay fever. Focus on the heel of the hand for digestive upset.
Your Next Session
If you need a way to interrupt your stress, book a session or package series, to help keep you in balance.
And feel free to ask me at your next session about other self-help techniques that will help you interrupt stress.
Let me know if you find the Golfball Technique helpful; I always love hearing your feedback.
What’s the difference?
I hear this question every now and then. I also see many clients who are very clear on the difference, and say they’ve received what was called reflexology but was in fact more of a foot rub. They’re coming to me in hopes they’ll get a true reflexology session. So what’s the difference?
Massage focuses on the soft tissue of the body–muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue.
When I use reflexology, my focus in primarily aimed at the organ systems of the body. I’m paying much less attention to the muscles and attachments of the foot, and am much more focused on the spine, adrenals, intestines, thyroid, and kidneys, just to name a few.
This is one of my favorite things about reflexology. With a massage you just can’t access some of the organs of the body, or if there’s an issue with a particular organ, it may be painful to work near that area. With reflexology, it’s an all-encompassing treatment. All organs, glands, and the skeletal system can be stimulated through the feet and hands. In this way, it’s very efficient. MORE…