Oil and love have the same qualities: slippery, warm, comforting and sometimes messy. This is why in Ayurveda oil and love share the same word, sneha. Adding oil or any oil-based product to your reflexology session, even if it is at the end, enhances the session with these qualities.
Thai reflexology and Integrative Reflexology both use oil in the application techniques. Other reflexology styles use dry walking or a water-based creme for a non-sliding, firmer contact. I usually give dry technique first, then add oil with the gliding at the end.
Not only is quality oil good skin care for most people, the oil qualities soothe the nervous system, and if your product has stickier castor oil, helps move the lymph. Using oil on your own and other’s feet is a loving act, and done regularly with intention of care, the body and mind respond.