Sole Rescue - Reflexologist in St. Albans

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can have reflexology?
Anyone! Reflexology is suitable for babies to the elderly, male and female.

How long will the treatment last?
The first appointment includes an initial consultation and is approximately 1.5hrs subsequent appointments are for approximately one hour.

How should I come dressed?
You will only be asked to remove your shoes and socks, so wear anything you are comfortable in.

How will I feel during and after my treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed and sometimes fall asleep. Some people can feel a tingling sensation and others a numbness in various parts of the body. Some people have what is called a healing reaction after the treatment this comes in various forms such as thirsty, emotional, mild tiredness, an increased desire to visit the lavatory, a runny nose or you may feel you have a surge of energy. If you experience any of these reactions they are part of the healing process and they will not normally last more than 24 hours.

How many treatments should I have?
This varies but a series of treatments may be needed to make a significant change to your condition. You may choose to visit weekly until a consistent improvement is recorded, progressing to fortnightly and then to monthly intervals. After a course of treatments, you may choose to come regularly to help maintain good health.

Is it painful?
No, reflexology is non-intrusive and is not painful because the main intention is relaxation. However, on occasion, a client may experience some mild discomfort. This usually signifies an area of imbalance and passes quickly. You can discuss any discomfort or sensation you may be feeling at any time during the treatment. If you feel that the pressure being applied is too much all you need to do is say and it will be adjusted accordingly.

If I am pregnant can I still have reflexology?
Obviously, when you are pregnant you want to make sure that everything you do is safe for both you and your baby. Reflexology is generally considered safe in pregnancy, provided all is well with your pregnancy and your reflexologist knows that you’re pregnant. However, some reflexologists will not treat a pregnant woman during the first trimester. The Association of Reflexologists (AOR) says that this is due to a misplaced patient fear that reflexology may cause a miscarriage.

“There is no evidence to even suggest that this may be the case,” the AOR says. “However, as miscarriages are more common in the first term of pregnancy, some reflexologists are not prepared to take the risk that the client may blame them should a miscarriage occur.”

How will I feel after the reflexology treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains, or emotional issues like anxiety. People often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. It is advised that you drink plenty of water for a period of 24 hours after your treatment to help rid the body of toxins that have been released during the treatment.

Please note that reflexology is unsuitable if you have the following:

  • Deep vein thrombosis.
  • Cellulitis.
  • An unstable pregnancy, especially in the 1st trimester or history thereof.
  • A fever or infectious disease.
  • Just eaten a heavy meal.
  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you are unsure about your suitability to having a reflexology treatment, please check with your GP.

Is it confidential?
Yes. Your treatment will never be discussed by me, your reflexologist. However, you can tell as many people as you like though!! If you wish for me to discuss your treatment with anyone else I will need your written permission first.

Reflexologists do not diagnose

Reflexologists do not diagnose or tell you about any congestion or tension they observe during a session that may suggest abnormalities.

One of the theories of reflexology is that the body will nurture and repair itself once released from stress. If the body is extremely stressed, the reflexologist may refer you to your GP or refer you to another treatment, if appropriate, but at no time will he or she give medical advice or diagnosis.


Please arrive about five minutes before your scheduled appointment time in order to ensure a full treatment. You may cancel your appointment without charge up to 24 hours preceding your appointment. Same day cancellations will be charged 50% of the scheduled treatment price.

If you do not call to cancel your appointment or do not show up for your scheduled appointment, you will be charged full price.

If you arrive late to your appointment your treatment will be shortened, and you will still be charged full price.

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