About Reflexology

The perfect healing art for today’s stress

Susan Mix Reflexologist Reflexology is a non-invasive therapy performed on the feet or hands. It is a science and healing art based on the principle there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology encourages the body to return to balance and promotes self-healing. Using thumb, finger and hand techniques on these reflex areas we can reduce stress, which naturally promotes improving circulation, reducing body tension and enhancing relaxation. For more information on the true history of reflexology visit https://www.reflexologyhistory.com/History.html.

Susan is certified in Ingham Method® Reflexology by the International Institute of Reflexology, the world’s leading authority. Not all therapies purported to be reflexology today are real Ingham Method®. This method is not a foot massage or the version offered in shopping malls or foot spas that can often be extremely painful. If you haven’t had Ingham Method® Reflexology performed by a certified Reflexologist, then you haven’t truly experienced the wonderful benefits of “clinical” reflexology! See more about the Ingham Method® difference in our article Comparing Reflexology Methods or in the blog post Why Ingham Method® Reflexology?

Today, new research studies are revealing the amazing benefits of Reflexology. ECG tests have proven a reflexology session can promote theta brainwave activity which is the deepest, most restful and healing state. Reflexology has been recommended on Oprah by Dr. Oz and Regis Philbin has shared how Reflexology helped him. It is being used today in many US and European hospitals for pain management. Some surgeons are recommending it pre- and post-surgery to help speed healing. Studies in Denmark found it to be an effective alternative to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, often eliminating the need for surgery. In fact it is the most popular alternative health therapy in Denmark and is even being used by many companies there, as studies have shown it can reduce absenteeism and improve employee morale. Many athletes, from golfers to pro soccer players, now recognize its benefits for pain management and relaxation to help enhance their performance or to help speed recovery from injuries.

Ingham Method® Reflexology can be performed on almost anyone, no matter what their state of health, and there are no harmful side effects. It will not make any condition worse. Reflexology helps nature to normalize body functions. A session relaxes the stress that can adversely impact your health. This method of reflexology is generally safe for pregnant women.

Susan’s family of Reflexologists

Susan is the fourth Certified Ingham Method® Reflexologist in her family. Her cousin, C. Terese Horton, was certified in 1981 and is a former president of the Maryland Reflexology Association. Her aunt, Sheril Horton, was certified in 1983 and is one of the co-founders of the Maryland Reflexology Association. She is also the person who introduced Susan to Reflexology. Another cousin, Cori Matthews of Salt Lake City, Utah, was certified a year before Susan.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect in a Reflexology Session?

You’ll complete a brief health questionnaire, then recline barefoot in a Human Touch® zero-gravity chair. Susan will perform relaxation techniques and then thumb and finger walk over each foot, loosening and relaxing muscles, tendons, bones and ligaments, stimulating over 14,000 nerve endings and helping the body’s energy flow. Before the session begins you’ll talk with Susan about any problem areas with your body on which you’d like to focus. At the end Susan my teach you self-help homework techniques for you to perform to help any problem areas interim to sessions in the office.

Will you use any tools?

Only Susan’s thumbs and fingers are used during a session. No tools, needles or other devices are involved.  Note that Susan does frequently use the Zero Point Energy wand in sessions, but the wand does not touch the client.

Will it hurt?

Pressure is adjusted to a level at which you are comfortable. Research has shown that light pressure is just as effective as deep pressure. Susan will only work at a level that is not painful for you. Many clients experience sensations of deep relief and relaxation during a session and often fall asleep.

Is Reflexology suitable for pregnant women?

The Ingham Method® is suitable for pregnant women who are not high risk throughout the entire term. In fact, it can be very helpful! Susan often works with pregnant women in her practice. Mothers-to-be who have been declared high-risk or have serious conditions will need to obtain their doctor’s approval before their first session.

What if I’m ticklish?

Those who are concerned about being ticklish soon discover it’s not a problem. Reflexology is not massage, and the thumb and finger walking technique doesn’t tickle.

Why work on the feet instead of the hands if both have reflexes?

Working on the feet is optimal because the reflexes there are larger and easier to reach effectively. However, if a foot is injured we can work the hand on the same side of the body.

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International Institute of Reflexology

The Ingham Method® of Reflexology is taught by the International Institute of Reflexology, which is the world’s leading authority, celebrating over 75 years of instruction and experience. Reflexology is a unique modality in the health field. Its purpose is not to treat or diagnose for any specific medical disorder, but to promote better overall health and well being in the same way as an exercise or diet program. Often by helping your body achieve balance, it is then able to better address and clear the issues you have been having.

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