It’s always an interesting time as a student being introduced to the first client at the CLCR. With your form on a clipboard, tunic on and hair tied back you welcome them. It’s amazing how a smile can put people at ease. There are things that must be ascertained and so the consultation form is an important part of the treatment, a way of getting to know more about your client as a person and about their relevant medical history, and for them to see you as a professional they can trust. It is also a legal requirement to have this consultation.
Knowing about your client can alter the way you perform the sequence. For instance if your client has high blood pressure you would need to change your pressure accordingly, if they suffer from regular headaches or backache you can make a note of this so you can work specific areas that will help your client. If the client is on medication enquire what it’s for and what it does, there is no shame in asking, you are a reflexologist not a doctor. All information can help the treatment be more beneficial to the client as treatments can be tailored for a clients needs and specific conditions.
You must be aware of any contra-interventions that the client may have. Certain contra-interventions mean the treatment would have to be carried out with due care and in some cases may have to be declined at that point in time for safety issues.
Enquire if they”ve had reflexology before and what they expect from the treatment? If they haven’t had reflexology before be prepared to explain what it is and how it works.
As you should now know, reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally and helps drain the body of toxins. After a treatment tension may be reduced and one should feel relaxed. It can help numerous conditions but remember it is not a cure. Often it changes the mood set of the client by relaxing them and giving them a sense of wellbeing.
Mention that some clients experience a healing crisis, where they feel a bit ‘off colour’ or weak for a while after the treatment, but this is a positive effect. This is merely a cleansing process taking place, the body is rebalancing and is dealing with its problems. Should this occur, after a couple more treatments the client is on their way to feeling more energised and in better condition mentally, physically and spiritually.
Ensure your client is comfortable on the Lafuma, with pillows to support their knees and back and they have a blanket to keep warm, as clients will often feel chilly during a treatment as the blood will flow to the internal organs.
Let them then quietly enjoy the treatment.
When you have finished, cover their feet so they don’t get cold, tell them you are letting them relax while you wash your hands. Take this time to add any findings to the form. Give them water and aftercare advice: they need to drink water, eat a light meal later, relax, not do too much strenuous exercise and better to keep off alcohol and caffeinated drinks that evening to feel the full benefit, then send them on their stress-free way.