The Pros & Cons of self-treatment
Giving oneself a treatment of foot reflexology is easier than one would think. It can be done while either in a low kneeling position treating the left foot with the left hand, and the right foot with the right hand, or if very flexible, in a seated position and drawing the foot at an angle over the opposite knee. The hands can also be used and are more convenient and readily accessible. One of the advantages of self-treatment is that it can be carried out immediately. If treating the hands, a short self-treatment can be undertaken while waiting at a traffic light! The main disadvantage reported is the reduced relaxation benefit compared to the deep relaxation benefit when being treated by another therapist. Another disadvantage is that it is not possible to use both hands effectively for relaxation techniques; this would greatly reduce the relaxation factor of a treatment.
The effectiveness of self-treatment
Other than the reduced relaxation, self-treatment should be equally effective. Therapists report that often these short ‘top-shelf’ treatments are more effective than a full self-treatment. Depending on the reason for self-treatment it can be more effective to treat on the spot for therapeutic reasons, and catch up on a relaxing treatment at another more convenient time. In addition, a therapist will often demonstrate and recommend to a client how they can continue to ‘work a certain point’ between treatments to accelerate the healing effect. Such points include the head for headaches, sinuses for sinusitis, spine for backache, and solar plexus for relaxation. This should only be undertaken by a qualified reflexologist with instructions on where & how to work.
Understanding the responses
When self-treating the responses are immediate, and can be easily directed and target the tender areas more accurately. As a therapist you will know what point you are working. When discomfort is felt, the therapist will immediately understand the implications. Because the therapist feels the reaction of working the point, it is easy to assess the response, required pressure, technique, or duration of treatment required. With acquired knowledge the therapist will also be able to treat any helper areas, or organs within the relevant system to assist with the healing process.