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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]