Health Psychology and Reflexology

The dominant view in heath today, the biomedical model, assumes disease to be solely an affliction of the body, and something quite separate from the psychological and social processes of the mind. Undoubtedly, over the last few hundred years, the biomedical model has guided researchers in many valuable health related areas, from developing an understanding […]

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Reflexology Supporting Sub-Fertility and IVF Clients

Everywhere I go I feel like I’m being stalked by pregnant women. It just seems so unfair.” The statement above is fairly representative of the feelings of many clients visiting  my therapy room looking for sub-fertility support. The words perhaps best reflect the duality of the sub-fertility experience. Initially we’re drawn to almost a fixation […]

The Brain, Electrical Impulses, Chemical Communications and Reflexology

“The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together.” – Kurdish saying The brain is the most sophisticated entity known to man. The human brain measures approximately the size and shape […]

Wired for Compassion – The Human Brain and the Supportive Reflexology Package

At first glance compassion might appear a difficult to measure, rather subjective subject – however, the concept has certainly attracted a great deal of research attention across recent years – principally because of the close philosophical association between compassionate states – and the Buddhist practice of mindfulness.  The intention of this blog post is to […]

The Multi-Dimensional Impact of Interpersonal Touch in Reflexology

Centrally positioned within the art of reflexology exists a well documented multi-dimensional concept connecting all forms of professional reflexology practice – that concept relates to interpersonal touch. Researchers have extensively examined the importance of human interpersonal touch in mother/infant bonding, child development, and adult social interactions.  The role of interpersonal touch as a counter-stimulation intervention in […]

Verbal Communication and Client Emotional Disclosure in Reflexology – Practitioner Survey Findings

The survey was an informal existential enquiry designed to explore the attitudes of professional practitioners regarding verbal communication and client emotional disclosure within their reflexology practice. The survey findings suggest verbal communications (instructional, supportive or explanatory) to be fairly common in reflexology. The findings also suggest the presence of client emotional content to be fairly […]

Power and Responsibility in the Reflexology Relationship

Power is an element occurring in many everyday human relationships. Consider for a moment the relationship between a parent and child – a teacher and pupil – a manager and worker – a doctor and patient? In many commonly experienced human relationships power is certainly present.  In some cases power can provide a useful element […]

The Felt Sense, Interpretation and Mindfulness in Reflexology

The bodily felt sense is a significant phenomenon associated with person-centred counselling and body-oriented psychotherapy.  It is essentially the observation of ones own sensory and visceral experiences. Visceral: Adjective 1.  Relating to the viscera: the visceral nervous system. 2.  Relating to deep inward feelings, rather than intellect. The felt sense is experienced in the physical body and has […]

TCM Philosophy and Reflexology

Eastern attitudes relating to health and the nature of the universe have remained relatively unaltered across many thousands of years.  The absence of influence stemming from classical Greek thinking within Eastern culture means concepts have remained more faithful to their ancient, mystical origins. Initially dismissed on mass by Western thinkers as simply philosophical and ethnological […]

To Treat or Not to Treat, That is the Question – Fear and Contraindication in Reflexology

I initially qualified in reflexology via one of the more overly cautious training bodies here in the U.K.  Realistically, if I had continued to adhere to the ‘rules’ I was initially asked to follow, I probably would not still be in practice today.  The list of contraindications promoted by the training provider doubled in size during my […]