A typical session usually runs about 1 1/4 hours (75 mins), but can run longer if the therapist feels that additional time is required to meet both the client’s and the therapist’s objectives. If the therapist elects to run the session overtime, there is no additional charge to the client. If the client requests additional session time, then an hourly charge will apply. Unlike most spas and massage chains, the client is only charged for “time on the table”. Not time preparing for, and tidying up after a session. As such, allow up to 1 1/2 hours for a full session. A session can contain a variety of modalities, many of those modalities are explained below.
How to Dress
Dress comfortably. Most clients wear shorts and a loose top. It’s also preferable to wear shoes and socks to a session to keep your feet clean, and free from road grime, etc. Some clients wear their office clothes to a session, but bring shorts and a top with them to change into.
Client Intake Forms (First visit only)
Before any session work begins, the client will be asked to complete an intake form package, which includes a medical history. To speed up time during the initial session, the forms are available online. The therapist will review the forms and discuss the client’s current concerns.
Reflexology is a clothed modality. The client only removes their shoes and socks.
Once the client has removed their shoes and socks, they will enjoy a warm foot soak in an Epsom salts solution, mixed with various relaxing ingredients, which may include, eucalyptus, spearmint, and tea tree oil.
Examination, Assessment & Charting
Following the foot soak, the therapist will examine, assess and chart the client’s feet. Using information from the client intake forms, plus data from the examination, assessment and charting, the therapist will develop a unique session plan designed to meet the client’s specific needs.
Western (Clinical Reflexology)
This is the primary modality for the session. It is based on the session plan prepared by the therapist in the previous steps. This is the most extensive part of the session, and ranges from 45 – 60 minutes.
Ayurvedic Scalp Therapy
This is an optional modality. It is an ancient art from India that induces a deep sense of relaxation.
This is an optional modality. Although not as readily accessible as foot reflexes, the face and ear reflexes can also induce a deep sense of relaxation.
Thai Foot Therapy
This is an optional modality, but is included in the base fee, if the client so chooses. Thai Foot Therapy is an invigorating way to close a session. According to legend, the techniques used today, are the same as originally created by the Buddha’s doctor, Shivago Komarpaj, over 2,500 years ago.
End of Session
At the close of the session, the therapist may use hot towels to remove any oils or lotions (if any were used during the session), and to refresh the area worked on. The closing may also include a moment of meditation, brushing meridians and balancing meridian source points.