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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Intention, Empathy, Connection and Philosophical Thinking in Reflexology

Some years ago the BBC in the UK produced a short documentary series about complementary medicine, where reflexology was featured. The programme makers interviewed a reflexologist and several of her clients. The practitioner had gained a reputation in her local area as “the baby maker”. The clients spoke of how wonderfully relaxing they found the […]

Reflexology – A Directive or Non-Directive Form of Therapy?

The intention of this blog is to introduce the reader to some of the more complex psychological and ethical concepts related to our verbal interactions within the reflexology context. The article highlights other forms of directive and non-directive therapy, before considering how best to encourage client autonomy and self-directed change in reflexology, through the use […]

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 […]

A Place for Love in Reflexology?

Is there a place for love in the reflexology exchange?  Is it a relevant subject?  Should we even draw attention to the concept?  Does the concept hold any measurable, clinical value? As our wider therapeutic modality moves forward in attempting to define a more precise representation of the art of reflexology – these are certainly […]

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 […]

Developing a Therapeutic Vocabulary in Reflexology

I would define myself principally as a professional reflexologist (who happens to hold a counselling degree).  By the time I applied to start counsellor training I had already been in reflexology practice nearly three years.  I had long since worked out there existed a huge number of struggling individuals – sliding between the medical/psychological support […]