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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a Reflexologist diagnose a specific illness through the feet?


A Reflexologist should never diagnose a specific condition unless he or she is also a licensed medical doctor. Furthermore, a non-medical Reflexologist should never treat or prescribe an illness. A Reflexologist should always refer a client to a physician or appropriate health care professional if he or she suspects a certain problem.


Is it true that Reflexology has to be painful to work?


The benefits of Reflexology can be achieved by using a gentle to moderate pressure. During a session, you may have areas that are more sensitive to touch than others, but as the practitioner continues to work, these painful areas should dissipate. The Reflexologist should never go beyond your level of pain tolerance and should continuously be assessing your level of comfort during the session.


Is there any scientific proof that Reflexology really works?


Reflexology has been established as a true integrative health treatment. There are hundreds of research studies exploring the use of Reflexology in cancer treatment, hospice work, drug addiction, autoimmune support, fertility work, pain management, weight management, and stress reduction in disease prevention to name just a few.


Is there anyone who should not receive a Reflexology treatment?


Prior to the treatment, a Reflexologist should perform a full assessment of the client that includes a medical history, an analysis of gait, and a thorough inspection of the feet. Reflexology should not be considered, or should be used with extreme caution when any of the following conditions exist:

  • Infections of the foot (e.g. athlete‚Äôs foot) or contagious illness
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis, Severe Edema
  • High-Risk pregnancy or history of miscarriage
  • Sprain, strain, subluxation, or dislocation
  • Flare-up of Gout or other similar conditions
  • Consult with your physician first if you have any serious medical conditions


There are also some instances when a practitioner may wear gloves while treating a client, including when working on feet with severe toenail pathology. Also, some conditions require the practitioner to cover the affected area so that it will not spread to healthy areas of the feet (e.g. Plantar warts must be covered with a bandage as they are a virus).


Should I let my Physician know I am receiving Reflexology?


Yes.  If you are currently under the care of a Physician for any injury, illness or condition, then it is important that you speak with him/her before receiving a Reflexology treatment. Reflexology is a safe, non-invasive treatment and, in most cases, supports any medical care; however, it is always best to inform your Physician first.


What areas of the body does Reflexology involve?


Reflexology can be practiced on the feet, hands and ears.



What is the difference between a Foot Massage and Foot Reflexology?


For each of these processes, the techniques, application, purpose and benefit are different. Some specific differences are:
  • Reflexology is applied to specific areas (usually feet, hands and ears) while Massage is applied to the whole body.
  • Reflexology promotes a response from an area far removed from the tissue that is being stimulated via the nervous systems and acupuncture meridians. Massage stimulates muscles and connective tissue locally for local benefit.
  • Only the footwear comes off for a Reflexology treatment, as only the feet, hands, and ears are touched.
  • The techniques used in Reflexology are small muscle movements, utilizing primarily the thumbs and fingers. The techniques used in Massage are large muscle movements, utilizing hands (open and closed), arms, elbows and sometimes feet.
  • Reflexology elicits total body relaxation leading to the balancing of all internal and external body systems; improving circulation via stimulation to the nervous and energy systems. Massage promotes local muscle relaxation or, when the entire body is massaged, improves circulation and reduces muscular tension.
  • What Massage and Reflexology share in common is compassionate touch and overall well-being.


What is the primary purpose of a Reflexology Session?


A Reflexology Session provides stress reduction and promotes relaxation. Reflexology also works with the body to encourage a sustained balance and harmony. Reflexology also helps to improve circulation through the body.


Who should receive a Reflexology treatment?

Reflexology is safe for almost anyone. Young and old can benefit. For very young, elderly, or those in frail health, the sessions are shorter and a lighter touch is used.


Why would I have a Hand Reflexology Session?

Hands are very important! With our hands, we touch, sense and react to the world around us. Hands also enable us to communicate with others, change our surroundings, and carry out our daily tasks. Like our feet, they are essential to our survival!  Also like the feet, our hands are a mirror image of our bodies with reflexes that relate to organs, glands and body parts.  Thus, there are many reasons you may want to try a Hand Reflexology session. Here are just a few:

  • pain or soreness in hands, wrists, forearms, elbows
  • foot injury or recent foot surgery such that the feet cannot be worked on
  • curiosity!

A Hand Reflexology Session is a wonderful treatment on its own or combined with a Foot Reflexology Session!


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Contact Details


If you are interested in booking an appointment, please contact:


Karen Isgur

Certified Reflexologist



Andover, MA