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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Words of Wisdom – Revisiting Source in Reflexology

The Mother of Reflexology Eunice Ingham, often referred to as the Mother of Reflexology, described our healing modality as a ‘method of producing a reflex action (by manipulation) through the nerve endings on the soles of the feet‘. In the mind of Eunice Ingham, reflexology was principally concerned with nerve endings, congestion, circulation, organ blood supply and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]