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 […]

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 […]

Moving Forward in Reflexology

Those familiar with the general tone of writing on these pages will be aware I often attempt to present the reader with referenced reflexology articles, rather than simply offering my personal opinion. However, this particular blog contains many of my own reflections and personal opinions. A reflexology colleague referred to it as a ‘marmite piece’; […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]