Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the questions people generally ask about Reflexology by Pat in Tulsa.


Q:  What is Reflexology?

A:  Reflexology is the application of pressure, stretch, and movement to the feet and hands.  It is intended to affect corresponding parts of the body. Reflexologists view the feet and hands as a mirror image of the body. By applying various techniques a reflexologist can break up patterns of stress in other parts of the body.

Q:  How does reflexology work?

A:  There are many theories but in my approach, I look at the nervous system as the reason for reflexology’s working. Pressure applied to the feet generates a signal through the entire nervous system. From there, the signal enters the central nervous system where it is processed by various parts of the brain. Then, it is relayed to the internal organs to direct the necessary adjustments in fuel and oxygen. Lastly, a message is formed that is sent onto the motor system. This message is programmed to adjust the body’s tone or overall tension level. If applied properly, the tone will reset itself to a lower operating level. A lower operating level means a lessening of stress and less wear and tear on the body’s systems.

Q:  Where do you apply this technique?

A:  It is applied primarily to the feet and hands.  It could be argued that all bodywork is reflexive and is, therefore, reflexology. The extremities have a powerful influence because of locomotion. Therefore, the most effective focus is found to be in the feet and hands.

  What are the benefits of reflexology?

A:  Generally, the benefits of reflexology deal primarily with the reduction of stress. Because the feet and hands work to set the tension level for the rest of the body, they are an easy way to stop the stress signal and reset the body’s equilibrium. Whether reflexology can benefit certain conditions and diseases in still under investigation. Further scientific study needs to be done in order to come to some definite benefits of reflexology in regards to illness and disease.  However, the many patients that have come to know reflexology and its effects are testament enough to its healing powers. Reflexology is a complement to standard medical care. It should not be construed as medical advice. It should not be a replacement to medical help. Please use it wisely. Your safety is of upmost importance.

Q:  When should I do reflexology?

A:  Reflexology can be done practically anytime and anywhere. The secret is consistency. I have been impressed with the results from China. Their secret seems to be that they do reflexology once a day for six days in two week segments. Then they review the results and do more segments as necessary. This requires self help and family help, as well as the guidance of practitioners. The practitioner can give you a quality signal to break up the pattern of stress but you and your family can provide the quantity to help break it up.  Build reflexology into your life. It is easy to do reflexology while doing other activities. Put a foot roller under your desk or work your hands while waiting for the kids at school. Be creative but be consistent. Five minutes a day is worth more than an hour once in awhile.


Q:  Who does reflexology?

A:  There are a variety of people doing reflexology from concerned parents to doctors in China. It is a useful tool for a variety of situations. Many professions have taken up reflexology from cosmetologists to nurses.  Reflexology is now being introduced into hospitals and HMO’s. It is even being considered for insurance reimbursement.  There are full time professionals doing reflexology. The future looks bright for reflexology and the profession of reflexology.


Q:  What should I expect from a reflexology session?

A:  Reflexology sessions are $60 and last approximately 50 minutes. It is a clothed session with only the removal of shoes and socks as a requirement. (Some massage therapists add it as a part of a overall massage session so they will require the removal of additional clothing.)  The reflexologist will generally use a chair and many use oil to assist in the technique. Reflexologists use pressure, stretch, and movement to work through the foot methodically. The whole foot should be worked in most circumstances.  The reflexologist should work within your comfort zone. Too much pressure can actually be harmful and could lead to injury. Personal preference is something you should communicate with your reflexologist. If you indicate that too much pressure is being used the practitioner will generally stop or soften their pressure based on your wishes. The reflexologist is limited to complementing medicine not replacing it so don’t expect medical advice. You should feel relaxation at the end of a session. How long that relaxation lasts is a good indicator of the effectiveness of the session. Make note of thisand  tell your reflexologist your response to the session. This can be helpful information for both of you.
Finally enjoy the session. Be careful that talking doesn’t interfere with the relaxation effect. Discussing world politics is probably something best left to another time.


Q:  Are there any scientific studies supporting Reflexology?

A:  There are many studies on reflexology. The rush is now on to test the effectiveness on certain disorders. The results are far from conclusive but the research is ongoing. If you are looking for a specific problem and whether there has been testing on it, try a search on Google below. Just type in the specific problem (i.e. diabetes) along with the word “reflexology”.

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Reflexology by Pat in Tulsa