Susan Sharpe

Complementary Health

Reflexology treatments

How long is a reflexology treatment?

About an hour, although the first visit may be slightly longer as it will include a preliminary talk about your health and what to expect in the treatment.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothes, only shoes and socks/tights need to be removed.

What happens when I go for a reflexology treatment?

On the first visit the session will include a preliminary talk, to determine your present and past health.

Treatment is given on a treatment couch. During the treatment the reflexologist uses their thumb and fingers on areas of the feet, which correspond to organs and systems of the body.

Will it be painful?

Cambridge Holistic Reflexology should not be painful as it is a very gentle treatment, but there may be areas of the feet which may be tender or sore. This would indicate areas or ‘reflex points’ which are out of balance, and these will be worked on gently to rebalance these areas.

I have ticklish feet - does reflexology tickle?

Reflexology should not tickle! The pressure is gentle and clients with ticklish feet are usually surprised how easily they are able to tolerate a treatment.

Can I have reflexology if I have a verruca or athletes foot?

Yes, if the infected area can be covered with a plaster, to prevent cross infection. If you do have either of these conditions please let Susan know, preferably prior to the treatment.

Where do treatments take place?

Susan has a ground floor treatment room in her house in Ely.

How long have you been qualified?

Susan Sharpe qualified in 1997 as a Reflexology Practitioner in Cambridge Holistic Reflexology, and in 2001 as a Reiki Master/Teacher. She is a member of the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (Reflexology) - Institute of Complementary and Natural Medicine.

Can I have reflexology if I am pregnant?

Reflexology is very beneficial in pregnancy, and can help with problems such as back ache and heart burn. It can also help to initiate labour for women who have reached full term and are overdue (no guarantees!), but in line with other holistic therapies it is not advised in the first four months of pregnancy.

Are there age restrictions on who can have treatment?

Reflexology is safe for people of all ages. Children under 16 will require parental consent before a treatment is given. The pressure that is applied can be adjusted, according to the age of the client.

What can I expect after a treatment?

You may feel sleepy or energised after a treatment.

Occasionally, you may experience reactions as the body begins its self-healing process. These could include more frequent trips to the toilet, a runny nose, a slight rash as the skin rids itself of toxins, perspiration, a change to sleep patterns, and also existing conditions may flare up temporarily before they heal.

These reactions are temporary and should clear within 24 hours or so. They are positive signs your body is responding well to reflexology. It is important to increase fluids for a few days after treatments. You are welcome to contact Susan if you have any concerns about this.

How often should I have treatment?

This will depend on your reasons for wanting reflexology. If you are in good health and are looking to maintain this, or feel you need to de-stress and rebalance, then monthly treatments would usually be recommended.

If you have long-term health issues, and have chronic or acute conditions, then more frequent treatments are beneficial. An initial course of six treatments may be recommended, and a discount is available for this (please see the Fees page for details). After these treatments you will know whether reflexology is improving your health and well-being, and you may then decide to continue at three - four week intervals for maintenance. Longer intervals for maintenance can also be beneficial.

Finally! If you have a question that hasn’t been covered here, that you would like answered, do let Susan know, please contact her by email or phone.