Friday, February 23, 2018

Which Medium To Use In Reflexology Treatment ?


This is a question often asked by a therapist when they are practicing reflexology after coming back form training. Normally when you take a reflexology course, you will be taught to use a single medium but then when you come to practice you will find that one medium works well on one client but it doesn’t for the other client. Yet, this is a topic that is not many discussed in reflexology textbook. Thus I hope my short article will help you to choose which medium you can use for your clients.


There are various mediums you can use for your reflexology treatment including powder, cream, oil and lotion. Some therapist tough, prefer to use no medium at all. Below is more detail explanation for each medium.


Powder
Powder works great on moist feet and not recommended to use on a dry skin as it will dry the skin even more. Usually elder clients have drier skin.

Different types of powders you can use include baby powder, talk or cornstarch powder. Cornstarch is the same consistency as talc but it is plant based so should not make you allergic if it is the talc you are sensitive to. It is a bit silkier than talc but not as smooth to start with.

One of the flaws of using powder, especially talc is that it can be constantly inhaled by the reflexologist so it may cause you a health issue in the long run.

Cream
Aqueous cream is very common to be used in reflexology treatment. The queous cream soaks in really quickly enabling you to perform the reflex treatment without too much slip. You can also use foot cream.

Lotion
Lotion works perfectly for dry skin. Use a light lotion as a rich lotion as can be slippery. You can also use plain lotion and mix it with different essential oils for various aroma and benefits.

Oil
Some says oils are less greasy than lotion so you will less likely to slip. Peach kernel oil, coconut oils, grapeseed oil are some oils which are light and great to use for treatment.

Whichever medium you use, make sure you pay attention to your client’s skin type as well as their preference. And also very importantly, check with your clients regarding allergies and contra-indication of products you use prior to the treatment.