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IVY Integrative / Services / Reflexology


Kathryn Ambrosini



What is a Reflexologist?

A Reflexologist is a practitioner who utilizes gentle pressure to perform manual palpations to stimulate specific referral areas of the body or “maps” that can be found on the hands, feet, and face. Each mapping allows Reflexologists to send signals to the corresponding areas of the body non-invasively promoting relaxation and facilitating a natural healing response. Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure diseases, millions of people around the world use this alternative wellness modality to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, and sinusitis. Reflexologists within North Carolina complete an extensive 300+ hours of training and are required to be Nationally Board Certified through ARCB.

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What can reflexology do for you?

Reflexology provides stress relief, relaxation, and alleviation for a wide spectrum of conditions allowing for wellness and recovery of all body systems and structures. Each Reflexologist is slightly different in their approach and it is important to find a practitioner that has both the training and values that align with you.

Some common conditions that Reflexologists address include:

  • Stress

  • Anxiety and depression

  • PTSD

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Pain management

  • Physical injury

  • Sports recovery

  • Fatigue

  • Postpartum

  • Migraines

  • Nervous system dysregulation

  • Hormone imbalance

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What does it look like to work with a Reflexologist?

Your initial Reflexology appointment includes a health intake that sets a baseline for your wellness and enables you and your practitioners to track your progress. Reflexology is a fully clothed service, so dressing comfortably is suggested. The most important thing to know is that your session is tailored to your comfort. This modality has been proven to be most beneficial through gentle non-invasive pressure. If there is any discomfort, please let your Reflexologist know as they should be trained to address that area effectively alleviating or lessening the sensation. Your appointments are your time, so feel free to lie back, relax, fall asleep, talk, or ask questions. Your practitioner will hold space in your healing and help to guide your body to use its natural ability to restore and rebalance itself.

Treatment plans may be beneficial depending upon your wellness goals or severity of recovery or condition. Reflexology is great for both acute and chronic conditions. It can be used cumulatively to build long standing results, as general maintenance, and in crisis for fast acting relief.

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