6. Are there any conditions when having reflexology is not a good idea?

RAI recommends the guidelines of The American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) regarding precautions or contraindications for reflexology. They include, but are not limited to the following:

  • First trimester of pregnancy
  • Recent fractures or surgery of foot or hand
  • Edema or swelling of the feet that is pitting
  • Open wounds on feet or hands
  • Nail fungus (this is a communicable disease)
  • Warts: hand or plantar warts on feet (communicable disease)

Special Consideration:

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot in leg(s)
  • Varicose veins

When in doubt, the reflexologist can (with your permission) contact your primary care physician to discuss if reflexology is right for you at this time. Some practitioners wear gloves during sessions as a Universal Precaution


September 26, 2012

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