Meeting Stress and Anxiety in Reflexology (Free Download)

  Lose Stress, Find Happiness Booklet The ‘Lose Stress, Find Happiness’ booklet, based in mindfulness and positive psychology, has been developed to print and share with stressed and anxious reflexology clients – and furnish the ethically driven professional reflexology practitioner with a safe  psychological framework to work within. Part one contextualises negative thinking, the stress […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Separation of Mind and Body in Health – A Historical Perspective

The concept of ancient health and medicine can sometimes appear mysterious and difficult to comprehend to modern day man, particularly when attempts are made to measure the Ancient’s knowledge by the intellectual, scientific models and standards of today.  The formation and growth of modern medicine can be traced back across thousands of years – its […]

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 […]