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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

To Treat or Not to Treat, That is the Question – Fear and Contraindication in Reflexology

I initially qualified in reflexology via one of the more overly cautious training bodies here in the U.K.  Realistically, if I had continued to adhere to the ‘rules’ I was initially asked to follow, I probably would not still be in practice today.  The list of contraindications promoted by the training provider doubled in size during my […]

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 […]

Reflexology and the Whole Person – Chronic Headache/Migraine

Chronic headache and migraine are distressing and often debilitating conditions.  To achieve a medical diagnosis of chronic headache or migraine clients need to report pain across 15 days a month.  Most clients are prescribed a cocktail of topical analgesia and prophylactic (preventative) medication. Chronic migraine can present as a stand alone condition, or can display […]