What to Expect in your ONE HOUR FULL BODY REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENT
A typical Nirvana signature session begins by cleansing the feet with a warm tea bath or with a steaming towel. After the feet are cleaned and warmed, the treatment begins.
While your feet are soaking in a hot detoxifying tea bath, let our reflexologist work out all the tensions in your neck, temples, and scalp as you lay down and close your eyes. After the foot bath, reflex points on both hands and both feet will be tended to with knuckle and finger pressure. Next, you will be asked to turn over in the treatment chair onto your stomach, where your reflexologist will employ acupressure and traditional Chinese deep tissue techniques to your arms, back, shoulders, and legs to complete your full-body treatment. The combination of the different techniques provides a thorough and satisfying experience that will leave most people in a state of emotional bliss and internal harmony.
At the outset, we may ask you if you want the pressure to be applied soft, medium, or strong. You can adjust the pressure mid-session with the therapist if you change your mind. Also notify the front desk if you have any problem areas or requests, so the therapist can focus on the reflex points that will help alleviate these issues.
A complete session of reflexology focuses on the 65 reflex points on the feet, each of which corresponds to a particular gland, organ or muscle group. The reflexologist applies pressure with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques to the reflex points, looking for 'crystals' near the nerve endings. The theory advocates that nerve endings are unable to transmit proper life-energy because of these crystalline deposits that build up and block the pathway. Reflexology's techniques for breaking the deposits is believed to be helpful in restoring balance between your hands and feet (two if the most sensitive areas of your body) and your organs, glands, and muscles.
A reflexologist will look at your facial expressions and body reactions and notice you tensing or jerking to avoid pain, adjusting the pressure accordingly. As the reflexologist applies pressure to the various points, you can help him/her out by indicating if the pressure is too hard or too soft. Different people have different pain tolerance levels, and though reflexologists are skilled at reading your queues, nobody knows your own body better than you know it. Feel free to ask which part of the body a particular reflex point is affecting, especially if you feel discomfort there. We keep charts of the reflex points for your reference in the spa. It is normal to feel some pain during a reflexology session, especially if there are knots to work out of your muscles.
Should you ever have any trouble communicating with your reflexologist, please do not hesistate to get the front desk manager to assist. He/she is trained and given translation software for this very purpose. If you ever have any issues at all, no matter how minor, allow him/her the reasonable opportunity to make it right. Laying there frustrated is the worst way to spend your time with us.
Some customers report coming out of reflexology and traditional massage sessions feeling great, but also beat-up. The kneeding, perscussion, and rubbing techniques on your muscles causes your muscle fibers to loosen up and bruise, increasing energy and blood flow circulation. Your body begins the process of reparation immediately, and releases endorphins, giving you a feeling of pleasure and euphoria. Expect pleasure and euphoria every time you finish a session with Nirvana Reflexology Spa.