Relieve patients’ pain using small needles.
This job is a little bit like that of a Massage Therapist, but without the massage oil and full body rubdown. As a Reflexologist, you work on just the hands and feet, manipulating pressure points to cure pain and illness throughout a patient’s body.
The idea behind reflexology is that there are zones in the hands and feet that have pressure points corresponding to the rest of the body. For example, massage one area of the foot and you improve the kidneys’ function; press on another and you clear the mind. The left hand and foot manipulate the left side of the body, and the right hand and foot the right side. Charts are available that detail the different pressure points and the body parts or areas they correspond to.
As a Reflexologist, you see patients for a variety of reasons. Some come to you in hopes of lessening their pain, improving circulation, or decreasing chemotherapy symptoms. You might work with soon-to-be mothers to reduce their delivery pain, or help elderly patients lower their cholesterol.
No matter who you’re working with though, your sessions look similar. You first discuss where the patient is having pain and what they hope to work on. You then make them feel comfortable and relaxed before beginning to work.
The Reflexologist will use gentle yet firm pressure and a variety of specific hand and finger techniques to alleviate pain. These techniques can include prolonged pressure on one spot, or light circular motions over an entire area. It will all depend on the needs of your patient.