Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect during a Classic foot reflexology session?
You remove your shoes and socks and lay down on the massage table with a warm blanket if you like. We chat a little bit to identify what goals you have for the session and so I can answer any questions you have about reflexology. I start with some flowing moves to warm your feet up and get them loosened, then I work on each foot, one at a time, using my thumb and fingers to press on specific points all across your feet and ankles. During this work, you may feel that some areas of your feet are more tender than others, but you should never experience pain. Many clients experience deep relaxation and some even begin to dream or enter a meditative state. You may feel a tingling or warm sensation in various parts of your body as I work on the reflexive point on your foot. You may feel tension in your neck, shoulders, or back releasing. This focused work on the muscles, tendons and joints of the feet often result in clients stating how great their feet feel after the session ends.
Should I book a 30 minute or 60 minute session?
Most clients book a full 60 minute session. Half hour sessions are only recommended to children under 18, elderly and very ill people who may not be able to tolerate a full hour of work. 30 minute sessions are also ideal for clients who are coming for more frequent sessions (3 or more per month) or first time clients who just want a taste of reflexology. That said, there is really no restriction. You are free to book either appointment.
I have ticklish feet. Will I be able to enjoy reflexology?
Yes. Most ticklish people are set off by light and fast movements across the soles of the feet. Reflexology uses a slow, steady and deep pressure. My ticklish clients are not bothered by reflexology at all.
How is reflexology different from a foot massage?
The main difference is that massage views the foot just as a foot, but reflexology sees the foot as a vehicle to connect to all the organs, joints and muscles in the body via the reflexology foot map. In general massage will use flowing movements with a flat hand, whereas reflexology uses a specific technique of applying pressure with the thumb (called thumbwalking), fingers or a wooden stick. This focused, pulsing thumb technique is said to sooth the nervous system and ease pain. Massage usually uses oil or lotion to keep the surface of the skin slick but reflexology does not require any oils.
Is reflexology covered by insurance plans?
Insurance coverage for reflexology is only just beginning in the United States, so most likely your insurance will not cover the cost of the session. At this time, I am not a registered provider with any insurance company. That said, some Flexible Spending Accounts or Health Savings Accounts will cover reflexology. Please review the details of your employer’s plan to verify if reflexology is covered. If you have an HSA debit card, I am happy to accept that for payment or provide you with a receipt so you can request reimbursement from your employer. Please note that I do not use any insurance billing codes on my receipts.
Is reflexology safe during pregnancy?
Yes. I have received special training to perform reflexology for women in all stages of pregnancy. Reflexology can help regulate the ovulation cycle and promote fertility, and can be safely used along with treatments such as insemination and IVF. The best time to receive reflexology for conception issues is at menses and ovulation or 0-3 days before a procedure. During pregnancy, the body goes through many changes and reflexology can be very soothing and balancing for hormones. With your doctor’s permission, reflexology can even be used to encourage labor to start if you have passed your due date. Even after the baby has arrived, reflexology can be a wonderful supportive practice as your body changes yet again.
Should I get a pedicure before a reflexology session?
No, a pedicure is not necessary. Come as you are. Reflexologists believe calluses form to protect a sensitive reflex area, so we like to see where they arise. We also note the color and temperature of the feet, as well as the location of deep lines on the foot. The color, texture or shape of toenails can also indicate health or wear patterns from your shoes.
How did you get into reflexology?
It was totally by accident! I was working in a stereo-typically stressful corporate job in a cubicle and I had such pain in my neck and shoulders from slumping over my computer all day, and really suffered from depression and exhaustion. I was seeing a massage therapist on a regular basis to ease the pain and tension in my back (which was a big help). In one life changing conversation, my massage therapist she said “My work heals me”. It was like a light went on and I saw that my work did not heal me. In fact, my work was really hurting me. At that time, my stress level had gotten so high that I was having chest pains. I wanted part of the healing profession and shortly after I heard about reflexology. I love work on my feet and had no idea a session could last an hour. My massage therapist was right; this work is healing and I get great joy helping other stressed out people find a little peace.
Why did you choose the name Little Bird?
The massage therapist who inspired me was called Rising Bird and I felt like her Little Bird. It's also a nickname my grandfather called me and he died just before I started this business. It just felt right.
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