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About Reflexology

About Reflexology

The science of reflexology is the application of a precise amount of pressure to specific points on the feet and hands. Reflexologists use these reflex points that correspond to different body organs and systems to address various wellness concerns. Applying pressure to these reflexes aims to balance the body, provide relaxation, improve nerve and blood supply, increase circulation, reduce pain, and more. I currently practice on the feet using the methods taught at Branch Reflexology Institute. I continue to learn additional protocols in order to provide the most beneficial experience to my clients.

Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)

RLD addresses the lymph and elimination systems using a variety of hand, thumb, and finger techniques on the reflexes located on the feet and/or hands. The RLD approach is based on the manual lymph drainage technique, which aims to create a vacuum in the lymph system, thereby pulling the lymph from the damaged system into a functional lymph network. RLD begins by applying pressure to the reflexes on the unimpaired side to clear the lymph system. Next, the reflexes on the impaired side are similarly addressed in an effort to direct the lymph towards the functioning side. The protocol is completed by returning to the unimpaired side to target lymph clearance. The reflex locations addressed include:

  • Diaphragm

  • Cisterna chyli, the thoracic duct, and the subclavian vein

  • Upper and lower lymphatics

  • Spleen, kidney, and bladder

The Process

At the beginning of each appointment, we will discuss your health goals and concerns. This will allow me to personalize each session to address your wellness needs. Next, you will remove your shoes and socks and recline in a comfortable chair. I will observe your feet, then cleanse them with a warm towel. Using gloved hands, I will address the reflexes on your feet. The pressure varies based on the individual goals, however, too much pressure is not better. Most sessions run one hour, however, expect to spend an hour and a half during your first session.


Reflexology is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition. It is not intended to substitute for the advice, treatment and/or diagnosis of a licensed medical professional. I cannot make medical diagnoses, claims and/or substitute for your personal physician’s care. I do not provide a second opinion or attempt to alter the treatment plans or recommendations of your physician. It is my role to support your wellness goals.


Reflexologists cannot diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any medical condition. However, many people elect to receive reflexology for these reasons, among others:

  • Stress reduction and relaxation

  • Pain relief

  • Immune system strengthening

  • Elimination/digestion improvement

  • Improved circulation and lymph flow

  • Improve hormone function

  • Relieve diabetic neuropathy

  • Breast cancer-related lymphedema (using the Sally Kay technique)

  • Fertility issues (female and male)

  • Respiratory challenges, including asthma and bronchitis

Contraindications for Reflexology:

The American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) lists the following as conditions where reflexology should not be used:

  • Varicose veins

  • Severe edema

  • Current fractures, recent surgeries, severe sprains, or gout, however, one can usually work safely with an extremely light feather touch around or on these problem areas.

  • Contagious or infectious diseases or anything that appears to be such on the client’s feet unless checked out by a doctor first (warts, streptococcus infections, or anything that looks like an infection, etc.)

  • Lacerations, open wounds and/or sores found on the feet that are oozing fluids.

  • After an organ transplant until a release is obtained from the physician.

  • During early stages of induced labor until a release is obtained from the physician.