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The best time to talk to a client about adding reflexology to her pedicure is during a pedicure, says nail tech Melissa Finch of Estilo Salon & Day Spa in West Des Moines, Iowa. “I explain the health and relaxation benefits, and encourage her to add an extra 30 minutes to her next visit,” she says. Finch charges an additional $20 (or $10 per 15 min), though in some markets you might be able to charge more.

Some of the health benefits Finch points to are:
• releases blocked energies
• improves circulation 
• aids in relaxation
• can help reduce pain, such as headaches, joint pain, and menstrual cramps
• can help relieve nausea, as well as constipation or diarrhea 
• believed by some to aid in starting labor in a pregnant client 

Finch sandwiches the reflexology session between the massage portion of the pedicure and the polish application. She delivers a modified, more relaxing version of a traditional reflexology service that clients seem to prefer. “A typical reflexology treatment is done by meticulously applying accu-pressure to all reflex points on the hands or feet, and the transition from point to point may not be smooth,” she explains. “I apply more of a continuous pressure that varies from lighter to heavier, and glide from point to point.”

Melissa Finch has developed a modified version of foot reflexology that’s available as a pedicure add-on. -

Melissa Finch has developed a modified version of foot reflexology that’s available as a pedicure add-on.


She also notes some contraindications. “A client who is undergoing chemo treatment or has blood clot issues or other circulation concerns should get a doctor’s approval. The other big caveat is a pregnant client,” she says. “If a woman is within a week or so of her due date, it should be OK to apply pressure to the uterus and ovaries points; otherwise, those points should be lightly massaged or not at all.”

Learn more about reflexology and how to add this service to your menu.