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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reflexology and the Whole Person – Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall, sometimes also diagnosed as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS).  Symptoms can include mild to severe pressure and discomfort, urinary frequency and/or the frequent urge to urinate.  Interstitial cystitis is not a bacterial infection, although the symptoms can feel similar. It is believed the ratio of women to […]

Reflexology – A Therapeutic Art Form, Not a Procedure

What exactly is Reflexology?  At first glance this might seem a relatively simple question to answer.  Look a little deeper however, and the question is actually much more complex.  Undoubtedly this is an important question, and one worth some considerable reflection by both individual reflexology practitioners, and indeed our wider therapeutic community. Reflexology has been […]

Understanding Fight or Flight

The fight or flight response is a primitive, inborn acute stress response, linked to the sympathetic nervous system and controlled by the hypothalamus deep in the brain.  There are more than 100 billion nerve cells responding to stimulus in the brain and forming an intricate network of communications.  Some of the communications lead to conscious […]

Reflexology – What Goes Into the Cooking Pot?

Today I met a new client. Karen is a 56 year old married, mother of three grown up children, and in full time employment.  Karen has suffered from short periods of vertigo throughout her adult life, and is presently deep in the midst of a worsening, four month long, acute phase and struggling to cope.  The GP has so far been unable to help […]