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Question and Answer – Reflexology

To celebrate National Reflexology Day (May 30th, 2023) and to educate our clients we had the pleasure of chatting with our Reflexology Therapist, Rositha Jeanson for the next issue of Ask the Expert.

BIM: How did you get into Reflexology and the work that you do?
RJ: After working for years as an executive secretary, I knew I wasn’t in the right place. I knew I wanted to do something with a purpose and to help people, so I began my search for “meaningful work.” In researching I found a book on alternative therapies and discovered reflexology and flower essences. From there I took many, many courses from essence makers and found a very passionate teacher that taught me reflexology, which rubbed off on me. I am an eternal student and now a teacher myself, and it’s right where I was meant to be. I love what I do and my clients.

BIM: How long have you been doing Reflexology?
RJ: For more than 20 years.

BIM: How does Reflexology work?
RJ: Every part of the body (internal and external) can be treated from the bottom, sides and top of the feet. By stimulating the nerve endings of the feet, with pressure and touch, reflexology can improve blood and nerve supply to all areas of the body. It stimulates the lymphatic system which boosts the immune system. It improves circulation to aid in the elimination of excess waste products and fluids. It helps increases oxygen from the lungs to all tissues and promotes the natural function of the body. And it is a holistic non-invasive therapy where the client and practitioner interact together to achieve balance and wellness.

BIM: When would you recommend Reflexology?
RJ: I would recommend this type of treatment to any client that has issues with their feet, arches, plantar fasciitis, swelling of the feet, hip and knee issues, sore ligaments and muscles, or tenderness. It is exceptional for pregnant feet after the 1st trimester. But really, I recommend it for anyone who wants to experience relaxation.

BIM: How does Reflexology integrate with other modalities?
RJ: Reflexology can be a modality on its own or as part of a layered treatment plan. It is a fantastic way to relax a client and increase circulation to the muscles before a massage, chiropractic, athletic therapy, or acupuncture treatment.
Other modalities often spend less time working the feet specifically as it is not their specialty, but thankfully, it’s mine! The feet are fascinating!

BIM: What occurs in an appointment?
RJ: When a patient comes in for their first treatment, they begin by completing a health record. They lay in a zero gravity chair, and the treatment begins in a warm and comfortable environment where the feet are cleaned, lotion is applied and the work gets underway.

BIM: How long are the treatments?
RJ: Each session is 60 minutes with half an hour spent on each foot. If areas are showing imbalance, I will go back to work on the area(s) more in-depth.

BIM: What do you want clients to know about Reflexology?
RJ: By working the feet, every organ, gland, and body part is stimulated. Reflexology helps to balance the energy of the body and puts it into the parasympathetic state which means rest, relaxation, and healing. If you are not comfortable having your feet worked on though, don’t worry! There is hand reflexology too!

BIM: What other services do you offer?
RJ: Lymphatic Drainage Reflexology – This can be very beneficial for cancer patients as the focus is on stimulating the lymphatic system in a unique sequence method.

Thai Foot Massage – A 90-minute session on a massage table where both feet and lower legs are worked on stimulates enhanced relaxation. This can increase circulation and move stagnant energy out of the body.

Indian Head Massage – This works the upper back, neck, shoulders, head, and ears. I have had people with headaches find great relief in this treatment, particularly those who work at an office desk. Sessions are approximately 40 minutes in length resulting in reduced tension.

Flower Essence Consultation – We know how stress has physical effects on every system of the body. There are numerous ways to reduce stress in our lives including meditation, walks in nature, yoga, massage, exercise, and you guessed it…reflexology. Adding flower essences has the ability to further decrease stress levels.

Flower essences were created to assist in shifting and changing energetic levels. Notably where our systems have been affected by negative emotions, disrupting the body’s equilibrium. This is where flower essences can balance and restore homeostasis and return equilibrium within.

Vibration energy medicine, with no essential oils or smells involved, they are taken internally and is safe and effective for adults (including the elderly), children, and pets. They help to manage anger, anxiety, patience, tolerance, being overwhelmed, and anything you can name. Flower essences are not addictive, completely natural, and don’t interfere with any other medications.

Cranio Sacral Therapy – This therapy is a light touch, whole-body treatment and works with the body’s cranio sacral system to support and nourish the central nervous system. Improving overall well-being, is beneficial for people who suffer from headaches, vertigo, low back, and neck issues. This new therapy keeps everything flowing freely from the brain to the tailbone.

BIM: How can clients make an appointment?
RJ: I am here for my clients; I work Saturdays and Sundays but will book appointments as needed to accommodate most any schedule. If my online booking is full, please email me directly, or call the clinic at 204-452-1541 and they will re-direct you to my cell phone.

RJ: Did you know???
There are 7200 nerve endings in each foot!! Oh, and I also teach reflexology to anyone who is interested.

NOTE: Unfortunately at this point, Rositha’s treatments are not covered by insurance companies as they are alternative therapies, however, they may be reimbursed under Health Spending Allowance accounts.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our expert! You can reach Rositha...
Phone: (204) 452-1541
Email: rositha@mymts.net
Email: info@backinmotionwellness.ca


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