Foot Reflexology……Q & A

Over the past 7 years as a foot reflexologist, I’ve noticed that the same questions and misconceptions within the public, keep coming up for clarification.

I would like to present these questions to you and then answer them to the best of my knowledge – in the hopes of shedding more “light” on this beautiful art.


A Little Q & A

* Isn’t foot reflexology a foot massage? – No. This is probably the biggest misconception about his modality.

Massage is a modality that works on the soft tissue of the body. Techniques include: effleurage, friction, percussion and stretching. It very often involves the use of oil, lotion or cream. Massage is a DIRECT modality. It works ON the area of concern.

Example: If a client has concerns about their neck and shoulder areas, a massage therapist will work directly on these areas.

Foot Reflexology is a modality that focuses on specific reflex points found on the feet. Techniques include: thumb and finger walking, thumb hooking/rotating, and pin-pointing. It commonly involves the use of cornstarch powder or nothing at all.  Foot reflexology is an INDIRECT modality. It works AWAY from the area of concern.

Example: If a client has concerns about their lower back area, a foot reflexologist will work specific reflex points on the feet – which correlate to that area.


* Is foot reflexology diagnostic? – No. This is the second biggest misconception about this modality. Diagnostic is primarily used in medical terms, and foot reflexology is not medical. It works with the holistic principle that the body was designed to function in a natural way – which this modality profoundly supports.

Foot reflexology can however, sense any imbalance within the body – but from a energetic view. It’s sole purpose is to continually recycle the body. It does not concern itself with any disease, it only knows…..what should be.


*Is foot reflexology ticklish?– No. Many people ask this. Because the feet are held in a confident, firm manner – ticklishness is soon forgotten. I once had a client who was extremely concerned about this, and almost cancelled the appointment because they feared not being able to tolerate someone touching their feet. I told them that I would not have a problem with stopping the session if it did in fact bothered them. After about 10 minutes into the session, I began to hear snoring. When I looked up at their face….the mouth was open and the snoring didn’t stop until I was finished (1 hour later). They immediately made an appointment for the following month!


* Is foot reflexology painful?– No. Absolutely not. This modality is meant to induce deep relaxation. When the body is relaxed, it will return to it’s natural rhythmic state. There may be reflex points on the feet that feel slightly tender. This is due to congestion in the energetic pathways within the body. Once these reflexes are gently worked, congestion is dissipated and the energy resumes to a natural flow.

I would like to add here, that some practitioners do work more aggressively – this is their professional approach – and some clients prefer this. Few practitioners will also use specific tools (wooden/plastic probing devises) – that allow for a deeper penetration into the reflex points. This can be quite effective. However, my approach is very gentle. Whichever you prefer, be sure to ask the practitioner prior to scheduling your appointment, so that this will be absolutely clear to you. No way…is the right way…it’s simply a preference.


* How often should I receive foot reflexology? – This depends on your stress level. If you have been experiencing high levels of stress, it may be advisable to receive a full session once a week for the first month, then twice a month (every other week), then gradually move into once a month for good health maintenance. You must realize something very important. Stress is a slow, gradual occurrence. So therefore, it will take some time to gradually reverse it’s affects. This modality works with the body….to restore balance.


* Are there any contraindications with foot reflexology? – Yes. Contraindications are precautions that give the practitioner “guidelines” to client awareness.

Sores or infections (such as an outbreak of athletes foot), recent or previous foot fractures, current podiatric treatment, cuts or bruises, extreme edema, varicose veins, ingrown toenails.

Proper professional protocol, is to ask the client about these things, prior to scheduling an appointment. However, my advice to you, is to be aware of these things, so that you can advise the practitioner in case this is overlooked. Your awareness is first and foremost.


* Does foot reflexology really work?– Yes, absolutely! It works to restore, rebalance, recycle and rejuvenate……naturally!


So there you have it folks…..a brief Q & A.  My sincere wish, is that I was able to shed some “light” on a particular passion of mine….. The Art of Foot Reflexology.

Now go ahead….. and bare your soles……you won’t regret it!

Be well.





9 thoughts on “Foot Reflexology……Q & A

  1. Great post Ron, very informative. I knew all this but hopefully any readers who don’t will now give Reflexology a try. 🙂

  2. Good Morning Akelamalu!

    As always…’s wonderful to receive your comments!

    I finished this one very late last night (or should I say early morning?)…..sooo glad you enjoyed it.

    That’s what I’m hoping…..others will read this and then give it a go!!!!! I know it’s more popular and accepted in the U.K. I actually have a wonderful reflexology video by Ann Gilanders (U.K.). I’ve also read a few of her books. She has done a GREAT deal for promoting reflexology here in the U.S.

    I thinks it’s such a blessing that you’ve tried it, enjoyed it and use it! Good Girl!

    Thank you so much for your Monday morning visit, Akelamamlu….it’s always nice!

    Happy Feet…


  3. HiYa Ron!

    Earlier today, I wrote a beautiful, insightful and interesting comment to your post, but it wouldn’t publish. I think Booger must have followed me here. Booger is what I call the post eating, blog deleting, comment killing monster over at Blogger. Normally, it doesn’t bother me much, but there are days when it bites me in the butt every chance it gets.

    A recap of my earlier comment::

    Thank you for writing this wonderfully informative post. You answered many of my questions and have inspired me to look for a Reflexologist in my area. I have massages as often as I am able to afford one. I have found that they are only relaxing as long as they’re happening and occasionally I’m more achy the next day than I was when I went for the massage.

    I like the thought of treating stress the same way it built…slowly. Our culture seems determined to find the quick fix for everything, completely forgetting that our hurry-up world affects us every moment we’re awake.

    Time has been something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, in particular, I’ve been thinking of ways to slow down. I think Reflexology will help me in many ways.

    ciao adesso~

    ps…cute kitty, where’s the lizard?

  4. Hey CeeCi!

    So sorry about not being able to comment earlier. I’m glad you told me….that’s not happened before (at least so far). That’s the MAIN reason I left Blogger…the comment thing was getting to me.

    Oh well…I guess it can happen anywhere??

    The reason you feel “achy” the day after, is because like with ALL bodywork….it moves things around within you. Any stress that has settled anywhere… will “shift” and then gradually leave your body. What you are FEELING….is the “release” of tension.

    Also, if there is any imbalance within the body….bodywork enables more blood flow and energy to the “area”… for a brief time…you will feel it’s healing affects, as it repairs.

    Drinking water is very helpful for this.

    I try and inform all my clients of this, so that they are NOT surprised within the next few days.

    I am very much guided to work “gently” with people. Like you said….time moves so quickly… when they come to me for reflexology/reiki….that is their time to SLOW down. You would be SURPRISE at how many people find my “gentle touch” annoying. This is because most people are NOT use to gentleness. They beleive that MORE force and pressure will somehow remove their stress.

    I don’t CHANGE my sense of touch for anyone. This is how I am spiritually guided to work. And I won’t budge!

    Thank you SO much for being so OPEN to the information that I offer through my blog. That allows me to know that I am GIVING.

    In a few posts…I am planning on talking about the “after effects” (mind, body, spirit) that body work can have on a person. We tend to always think of this type of work….. as ONLY physical. It runs SO much deeper than that!

    It’s ALWAYS a joy and pleasure to share and laugh with you CeeCi….thank you!

    Be well,

    P.S. The lizard is in his stomach!!!!

  5. good morning ron…i think my days of nannying will require some slow down this weekend.

    i am not having an easy time finding a reflxologist here, though. small town, deep south…you get the idea.

    anyway, i shall find one and Bare my Soles!!!!

    have a fabulous day, ron!

  6. Hi M!

    Sorry about not responding to your comment earlier. I JUST found it!!!!

    Do you know what happened?

    Your comment was placed in my spam box…that’s why you said something was weird when you tried to comment a few days ago.

    WordPress does that sometime. They are so strick about spam here (thank God) and I think it just gets confused.

    I placed your URL in my OK box…so it should be fine now.

    I can’t believe you cannot find a practitioner there (what do I mean…yes I can).

    Oh well…maybe I can give you a session over the Internet?? I have to think of a way to do that!?!?!?

    Be well…and thanks for visiting M!


  7. Hi Ron ! Lovely post about cats and seals ! our beloved animals in nature bring us so much sweetness in their innocent beings !

    Yeah, CeeCi and I are totally looking forward to the trip !!!!! Yikes, scary but fun ! It does feel like the butterflies of a first date !

  8. Hey Angel Annie!

    Thank you for always sharing your loving, caring energy on this blog!

    It makes me VERY happy!

    I am so exceited for you and CeeCi. It’s wonderful to know, that through blogging….beautiful friendships can be formed.

    I feel blessed!

    Be well,

    P.S. Thank you for LOVING my new header!

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