At the MS Centre, there is a dedicated Therapy Room where gentle music plays in the background. It is equipped with a modern electric reclining couch to facilitate the ease,comfort, and safety of movement of each client. In addition it enables the client to recline in a comfortable position aiding the relaxation process. Blankets and pillows are provided to enhance the comfort. Shoes and socks are removed and feet are elevated to commence the treatment. Each treatment usually lasts between 40 – 45 minutes.
At the outset the therapist takes a case history, asking questions about symptoms, lifestyle, medical history, diet, medications etc . Contra indications are taken into consideration. In addition to information given by the client, the feet themselves are a wonderful source of information as areas of hard skin, corns, discoloration and markings in the nails provide information about the health of related parts of the body. A further study of the feet can indicate personality traits which all add to the overall picture of the client.
During the treatment clients usually experience a sense of relaxation, and unwinding. They notice their breathing getting slower, as they become less stressed. From time to time there may be slight areas of discomfort, but these are transitory, and are usually felt by the therapist as areas of imbalance. When worked the discomfort lessens until it is fully dispersed. In severely congested areas this may take some time. This can sometimes feel like a sharp jab, which dulls when pressure is applied. This sensation doesn’t usually affect the therapeutic value of the treatment, but alerts the therapist to the imbalances throughout the body as reflected on the soles of the feet. The right foot is worked first, while the other is wrapped in a towel to keep it warm. The treatment is interspersed with relaxation techniques as deemed appropriate by the therapist.
After the treatment, the client usually feels very relaxed. Different people react in different ways, but generally the therapist would advise the client to go with the flow of their energy. If they feel tired, rest. If they feel energised, do something that you want to do, without over exertion. It is important to retain as much of the benefit of the treatment as possible, and conserving extra ‘energy’ and using it wisely is highly recommended. On occasion clients have experienced either/or both physical oremotional reactions directly following a treatment, but this is not always the case. If such a reaction is going to occur, it usually occurs after the first one, two or three treatments. (Seasoned clients do not experience such negative reactions). They usually occur within 12-24 hours of having the treatment. A negative physical reaction can present as; dizziness, headache, fatigue, or lethargy, while an emotional reaction can include, sadness, tearfulness, anger, annoyance or frustration. Therapists recognise this as a healthy reaction to a treatment as it indicates to them a blockage being released. Holistic therapists recognise that the condition must get worse before it gets better, this is called a healing curve. Its subtlety depends on the overall health of your body.
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