I always believe that there has to be some sort of a discipline or a regularity while a Reflexologist is treating a patient. The courses for Reflexology should depend on the problem of the patient. For Reflexology to work properly and to show its effect it is important that one should do it on a regular basis depending on what kind of disease/problem a patient has. For example if a patient has a problem in their abdomen, the Reflexologist might suggest 3-4 sittings in a week. But if the patient is just going to the Reflexologist once a week, the chances are he or she might not be cured. To have a true effect of the medicine it has to be taken on a regular basis as instructed by your Reflexologist.
There is no consensus amongst Reflexology specialists about the duration of each sitting or course of Reflexology treatment to be given to a patient for curing diseases. Certain Chinese healers and Shiatsu experts, who treat the patients by pressing some fixed points as per meridians other than reflexology and zone therapy, recommend the following time limit for each day’s Reflexology course according to the age-group of the patients:
• New born babies : ½ to 3 minutes
• Babies between 3 to 6 months : l to 4 minutes
• Babies between 6 to 12 months : 1 to 5 minutes
• Children aged 1 to 3 years : 3 to 7 minutes
• Older Children : 5 to 10 minutes
•Adults : 5 to 15 minutes
As shown above, it is also important for the Reflexologist that the courses in reflexology should be based on the age group, sex and the problem of the patient. Different patients might need a different therapy and time. This group of therapists is of the view that pressure on each point should be restricted between 7 to 15 seconds. Therefore, courses in reflexology are very important from the point of view of patient and from the point of a therapist.
The modern reflexologists who treat patients as per zone therapy, which is our subject are of the view that a typical Reflexology treatment course should last about 30 to 40 minutes or a little more per day. To give pressure for a longer time than one hour in one sitting is excessive. The specific reflex points concerning particular ailments and of major organs in the body should be given more time, from few seconds to one-two minutes per point, depending upon the nature of the problem. Too much concentration on a point, does not yield extraordinary results rather that area in hands and feet becomes sore and sensitive.
It would be better if the Reflexology therapist himself decides after examining every patient thoroughly which points in his or her case need more attention and time. There can be general guidelines for total time to be devoted in one session but not the final word as every individual patient needs a different approach to his or her ailment.
Regarding the number of Reflexology courses needed daily, one reflexology course of treatment is recommended per day, either in the morning or in the evening according to the convenience of the patient. Some therapists are of the view that two sittings can be given per day at an interval of five to seven hours or even less if the nature of disease and the condition of the patient so demands. There is also a section of such therapists who suggest that pressure should be given once or twice a week only.
I think to understand Reflexology Courses in depth, one should read and learn about it before practicing it. The Reflexology e-book will outline the most important reflexology techniques and give you an extensive detail on how much time a therapist should spent if a person is suffering from a certain disease. For more information on courses in Reflexology, please see the Reflexology Ebook.