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Τετάρτη, 11 Μαρτίου 2015

Steps Toward Massage Therapy Guidelines: A First Report to the Profession

In establishing an evidence-based consideration of massage relative to health care, multiple challenges must be dealt with. Among them are the diversity of massage techniques, philosophies, and contexts, and the evidence base itself. In the United States at least, not all that falls under a regulatory context of massage can be assumed to be health care system–related; a broad and diverse range of services can appropriately be considered client facilitation or client-directed somatic/sensory exploration. As part of a general set of health care system definitions, the construction of massage regulation in the United States has been based on a “wide-net” paradigm of touch practices rather than on an outcome competency paradigm. Addressing this situation, Rosen() recently commented on the need for a more compactly defined knowledge and competency base for health care system inclusion.


Τετάρτη, 4 Μαρτίου 2015

Referall areas

Referall areas

De Medicina (On Medicine) 
by A. Cornelius Celsus Book II

"Finally, if particular limbs are rubbed, many strokes are required and forcible rubbing; both because the body cannot be as a whole quickly rendered weak through a part, and it is necessary that as much as possible of the diseased matter should be dispersed, whether our aim is to relieve the limb actually rubbed, or through it another limb."

Paragraph 14 - p181

Picture reference: http://www.dailybandha.com/2011/07/antagonistsynergist-combinations-in.html

Evidence based practise

From Denmark: Reflexology for colicky babies.

The treatments are reimbursed by the goverment. Even though we do not understand a word we hear, we understand so much just by looking! So cute, good work from Helle Roed!

Δευτέρα, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2015

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Τρίτη, 27 Ιανουαρίου 2015

Evidence Based Medicine

Conventional medicine is very far from being fully evidence based and the NHS has not decided to remove interventions that are not evidence based from what it offers to the public. Thus it is hypocritical and disingenuous for opponents of CAM to call for homeopathy for example to be removed from the NHS for ‘lack of evidence’. Why is this disingenuous? Because it leaves in the public’s mind the very false message that conventional medicine is obviously all evidence-based.

Unfortunately for people like Edzard Ernst, Michael Baum, Simon Singh, Ben Goldacre et al, that use EBM (evidence based medicine) as a tool to attack homeopathy and CAM exclusively, the case for orthodox medicine being evidence-based just got a whole lot worse.



Σάββατο, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2015

Woman Sues Over Reflexology Socks — But Do They Really Work?

Woman Sues Over Reflexology Socks — But Do They Really Work?

(Photo: Flickr/Feel my feet - Day 16)

This is a realy interesting story, we wonder what the outcome will be, especially since....

"the amount in controversy exceeds the sum
of value of 5,000,000.00, excluding interest and costs" page 4http://www.scribd.com/doc/252646919/Orgasmic-Stockings-Lawsuit#scribd

What 2 things we also find interesting are:

1. In Christine Issel's book, Reflexology: Art, Science, Historyhttp://www.christineissel.com/reflexology_histor.html, Christine tells us that Eunice Ingham tried applying pieces of cotton to peoples reflexes on the feet, a tactic similar to these socks. The results Eunice describes where the opposite of what she was hoping for. I suppose not enough can be said of the importance of knowing history!

2. On the website’s section on the science of reflexology there is an interactive chart depicting a few reflexes. The brain reflex and the heart reflexes are placed on areas I have never encountered before!!!!?

Pain Science patient and therapist workbook 2015

This workbook is an introduction to understanding why we have pain and what we can do about it.

The book should be used with a therapist and a patient.
Each page in the book introduces a concept about pain and that is followed by questions to be answered by someone in pain to make those concepts relevant to the person in pain.
To Therapists: Pain is a person specific event. Therefore, not every lesson about pain is relevant to each person. Feel free to choose which sheets are relevant.



Τρίτη, 13 Ιανουαρίου 2015

Τρεις κυρίες πίνουν τσαί ή Sān Yīn Jiāo ή SP 6

Παρασκευή, 9 Ιανουαρίου 2015

Book review Relational Reflexology: The Blog Posts

Around the world much debate on various levels and areas (legal, social, economic, scientific) has been going on regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine, of course as Reflexologists we should also focus on the debate regarding our modality more closely.

The time of anecdotal evidence and unsupported claims is fading away, especially and specifically if one has the ambition of Reflexology accepted and integrated in what we call western medicine.

I consider myself your everyday Reflexologist, I have not gone through nor posses academic rationale. 
I love offering Reflexology; I feel very good at it, and enjoy my acceptance as a practitioner from the recipients of our modality. 
The first time I touched another person’s feet with the intention to offer what we call Reflexology was in 1992.

I state these things because these issues are adressed in the book and by reading Nicholas book, Relational Reflexology: The Blog PostsI lived again my development from the first glance I took at a Reflexology chart to how I anticipate who I am as Reflexologist today, what I am doing today, and pausing for a moment now, choosing how to proceed. 

For a long time now I feel very strongly that there is more to Reflexology then just stimulating a given reflex point. If you also have felt this way but have found it difficult to put down in words, then this book is for you. This book contains the answer to the question 

“What makes a successful Reflexologist”. 

Of course there is not one answer to that question, for every recipient of our method there is at least one element of our multidimensional method that they relate too. I never would have expected for somebody to find an easy to understand, thoroughly structured step by step, and academically sound way to surface all that Reflexology is.

For instance the area of research, this can be a very stressful area for your average Reflexologist, by now we already know that research is not only offering Reflexology. 
But what is it, what is bias, blinding, quantitative/qualitative? 

Nichola explains these and much more in simple language, even for me your average Reflexologist. I understand now and can utilize the information.

Who are our clients, why do they come to us, probably for Reflexology. But why do they commit to treatments with me with you? In some cases for a long ongoing period of time, even when the initial issue has gone. 

Is it me? What part about me? 
If I only new, I would refine these qualities, I would get better. 

Nichola addresses this, it is like she has seen me and you work. She even has advice on how to get better, stay humble and introduces us to the ethics associated.

I appreciated very much the information on Traditional Chinese medicine and the examples given from her own experience on how to utilize this knowledge in our practice. 
Of course the tremendous amount of information provided on the unattractive matter of scientific principles like, psychoneuroimmunology, cognitive neuroscience, are offered to the reader in such an attractive way that you wish there was more. 
I understood, and there are no pictures, incredible! I can begin to explain, justify what I am doing when I touch someone’s feet.

The chapters of the book  addressing complex health issues like sub-fertility and migraine could easily each be a book on their own. There is a lot of useful information, information that you as a Reflexologist can immediately use.

This is not another book depicting a new method or a new chart, it is a book about you the individual therapist, and what makes you as a Reflexologist special and unique. 
Either novice or experienced Reflexologist, think of it as a book of the possible "new you", it will help you find yourself!

At the end of this review I have a confession to make.

I am in despair!

I am to speak at the 2015 ICR conference about the science behind Reflexology, leaving the charts aside. 

By reading Nicholas book I see that she has covered many parts of my planned presentation! 

What am I to do?

I know, I will utilize her information also, I will develop, I will make it even better, I will become better. Maybe that is what Nichola means by self-development.  

This paragraph kind of stood out for me.

"Leaning too heavily towards understanding the exact mechanics of a reflexology encounter from a solely quantifiable stand-point might be akin to trying to understand the taste and texture of a chocolate cake through describing its molecular structure. Whilst it might be useful to know how it is constructed, perhaps it is the taste that really counts.

Spiros Dimitrakoulas

Πέμπτη, 8 Ιανουαρίου 2015

After Slovenia, now Australia, ...let us hope nothing happens to Denmark!

Tax subsidies for Swedish massage, aromatherapy absurd say health experts

Public health experts are calling on the Federal Government to end to a long-running debate on the future of public subsidies for complementary health treatments.

A draft Government report leaked this week has added to speculation the Government is preparing to scrap public funding of a range of natural therapies offered by private health insurance companies.

The insurance industry and complementary medicine groups are adamant subsidies for natural therapies like iridology and reflexology should continue.

Deborah Cornwall reports.

DEBORAH CORNWALL: Australia's love affair with complementary medicines last year cost taxpayers more than $135 million in public subsidies for private health insurers.

That's a staggering 335 per cent increase in the past decade - a trend public health experts say is both alarming and unsustainable, because there's still no scientific evidence that any of the natural therapies even work.

The Australian Department of Health has found none of the 17 natural therapies which are covered by health insurers and subsided by the government – including aromatherapy, reflexology and yoga – have been proven to work on patients.
The report will pu
t pressure on Tony Abbott's government to either strip the rebate from polices that have no evidence suggesting they work, or to fund an expensive research program to resolve the efficacy and effectiveness issue for good.



Reflexology Research from Iran

Comparing the effects of reflexology methods and Ibuprofen administration on dysmenorrhea in female students of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences


Findings of the study showed that the two groups had no statistically significant difference in terms of demographic characteristics (p > 0.05). Reflexology method was associated with more reduction of intensity and duration of menstrual pain in comparison with Ibuprofen therapy. Independent and Paired t-test showed that there was a significant difference in the two groups between intensity and duration of menstrual pain using VAS and PRI in each of the 3 cycles between reflexology and Ibuprofen groups (p < 0.05).


Considering the results of the study, reflexology was superior to Ibuprofen on reducing dysmenorrhea and its treatment effect continued even after discontinuing the intervention in the third cycle. Therefore, considering that reflexology is a non-invasive, easy and cheap technique, it seems that it can replace anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to avoid their adverse side effects.

Τρίτη, 6 Ιανουαρίου 2015

I always wondered about Reflexology in Egypt, here is some research!

Effect of Reflexology on Pain and Quality of Life in a Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Therefore, reflexology must be considered as a complementary treatment modality in rheumatoid
arthritis. It should be introduced to nursing and medical students, and in postgraduate staff development programs.
Further research is recommended for the long-term effects of this treatment modality in terms of pain and
disablement. Research may also extend to assess the effectiveness of as a useful modality in geriatric care and for
patients with other chronic conditions. 

The reflexology intervention:
Reflexology therapy is not massage, and it is not
a substitute for medical treatment. Source: The
reflexology manipulations in this intervention have
been adapted from the techniques taught in David
Vennells' book entitled Healing Hands: Simple and
practical reflexology techniques for developing good
health and inner peace (David Vennell 2007). A
reflexology session involves pressure treatment that
is most commonly administered in foot therapy
sessions of approximately 20 minutes in duration.
The foot therapy may be followed by a brief 15-
minute hand therapy session and 5 minute for video
film on reflexology treatment. No artificial devices or
special equipment are associated with this therapy. If
the part of the body corresponding to the reflex area
is out of balance then a degree of tenderness will be
felt in the foot when pressure is applied. Treatment to
all of the reflex areas in both feet takes about 40
minutes and during this time the patient is sitting in a
comfortable, reclining position with the feet raised.
Treatment is not applied to inflamed or painful joints.
After receiving a massage treatment, the patient is
instructed to drink water to eliminate toxin and lactic

acids developed during the massage process. 

Reflexology research from Korea

Journal of Korean Academy of Fundamentals of Nursing. 01/2009; 16(1).

You can read the pdf paper in Korean here

Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing 10/2009; 39(5):662-72. · 0.36 Impact Factor

You can read the pdf paper in Korean here


The Effects on Aromatherapy and Foot Reflex Massage on the
Cognition, Anxiety, Aggressive Behavior and Wandering Behavior

of Elderly with Dementia

Abstract This study aims to evaluate the effects of aromatherapy and a foot reflex massage program on the
cognition, anxiety, aggressive behavior, and wandering behavior of elderly with dementia. The research design
was a non-equivalent control group, quasi-experimental study where 43 subjects were divided into two groups.
Aromatherapy and foot reflex massage was administered to the experimental group (N=21), and no treatment
was administered to the control group (N=22). The data was analyzed using the χ2-test, t-test, while the
repeated measures of ANOVA were utilized with the SPSS/Win 18.0 program. The experimental group did not
show significant differences in cognitive function; however, it showed significant differences in anxiety,
aggressive behavior, and wandering behavior in relation to the control group. Thus this research suggests
aromatherapy and a foot reflex massage program as nursing intervention to improve the quality of life of

elderly with dementia.


Journal of East-West Nursing Research. 01/2010; 16(2).


Reflexology treatment for patients with lower limb amputations and phantom limb pain--an exploratory pilot study.




The objectives of the study were to evaluate the possibility of reflexology being used as a non-invasive form of phantom limb pain relief and of empowering patients to maintain any positive results with self-treatment.


Prosthetic Services Centre, Herbert Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England.


A same-subject, experimental pilot study, recording the intensity of phantom limb pain in weekly pain diaries over a 30-week period, which was divided into five phases: phase 1 gave a baseline of pain, whilst phase 3 was a resting phase. Phases 2, 4 and 5 provided the reflexology interventions.


Ten participants with unilateral lower limb amputations and phantom limb pain were selected from the database at the Prosthetic Centre. REFLEXOLOGY INTERVENTIONS: In phase 2, six weekly reflexology treatments were given, which consisted of: full foot reflexology to the remaining foot and full hand reflexology to the hand of the amputated side of the body. In phase 4, six weekly hand reflexology teaching sessions were carried out; patients copied on their own hands what the therapist did on hers. A hand reflexology booklet gave the sequence of the treatment and was used as a reference. In phase 5, the patients self-treated for 6 weeks at home, using the reference material.


Over the 30-week period, there was an improvement in the perception of the presence and the intensity of the phantom limb pain, with a corresponding improvement in the duration of the pain and the affect on the person's lifestyle. The improvement was maintained when the clients self-treated. FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONNAIRE: A follow-up questionnaire was carried out in 2007--12 months after the project had ended--to elicit whether the patients had suffered from phantom pain over the previous 12 months, whether they still had relief from phantom limb pain and whether they still self-treated.


The project indicated that reflexology treatment, teaching and self-treatment were effective in eradicating or reducing the intensity and duration of phantom limb pain, in this group of clients. The follow-up questionnaire revealed that there was a maintained improvement in the intensity of phantom limb pain the patients experienced and that the majority still self-treated.

Stephenson Study Shows Reflexology Delivers Relief

In a two-year study, an East Carolina University School of Nursing researcher saw significant decreases in pain and anxiety in cancer patients whose partners used reflexology or manual pressure applied to specific points on their feet.

The findings of Nancy L.N. Stephenson, associate professor in the School of Nursing and principle investigator, were published in the January issue of “Oncology Nursing Forum.” Co-investigators include her colleagues in the nursing school, Melvin Swanson and Martha Engelke, as well as JoAnn Dalton at Emory University and Frances J. Keefe at Duke University. The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Stephenson, a certified reflexologist, has applied for additional federal funding to continue her research into the effects of partner-delivered foot reflexology.


Κυριακή, 4 Ιανουαρίου 2015

Taking the Massage Therapy Profession to the Next Level

"How can a profession which is practiced on the beach or in a hotel spa have a meaningful impact on public health?" The popularity of massage alone makes it a powerful tool for promoting public health. Massage therapists should accept the need for entry-level practitioners to learn certain interprofessional competencies.
The authors contend, in order for massage therapists to maximize their impact on public health, "They will need to embrace their responsibility as true healthcare providers and not retreat to the shelter of the limited scope of technicians." 


Παρασκευή, 2 Ιανουαρίου 2015

Effect of self-administered foot reflexology for symptom management in healthy persons: A systematic review and meta-analysis

In Michigan Gwenn Wyatt is looking into caregivers offering Reflexology, this research is looking into self adminitrated reflexology.

If it is such a safe, easy to learn and easy to offer modality, why the high level of training and regulation?



Self-administered foot reflexology is unrestricted by time and space, economical, and practical because it is easy to learn and apply. This study estimated the effectiveness of self-foot reflexology for symptom management in healthy persons through a systematic review and meta-analysis.


The participants were healthy persons not diagnosed with a specific disease. The intervention was foot reflexology administered by participants, not by practitioners or healthcare providers. The comparative studies either between groups or within group comparison were included. Our search utilized core databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, and CINAHL). We also searched Chinese (CNKI), Japanese (J-STAGE), and Korean databases (KoreaMed, KMbase, KISS, NDSL, KISTI, and OASIS). The search was used MeSH terminology and key words (foot reflexology, foot massage, and self).


Analysis of three non-randomized trials and three before-and-after studies showed that self-administered foot reflexology resulted in significant improvement in subjective outcomes such as perceived stress, fatigue, and depression. However, there was no significant improvement in objective outcomes such as cortisol levels, blood pressure, and pulse rate. We did not find any randomized controlled trial.


This study presents the effectiveness of self-administered foot reflexology for healthy persons’ psychological and physiological symptoms. While objective outcomes showed limited results, significant improvements were found in subjective outcomes. However, owing to the small number of studies and methodological flaws, there was insufficient evidence supporting the use of self-performed foot reflexology. Well-designed randomized controlled trials are needed to assess the effect of self-administered foot reflexology in healthy people.

Τρίτη, 30 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Reflexology TOP TEN +1 for 2014!

Reflexology is continually advancing in knowledge, acceptance and integration, and beyond any doubt I "feel" that there is no stopping our modality.

As 2014 heads towards its end, it is a good time to reflect back on this year and take note of all that has happened Reflexology wise. 

Good and bad? Yes!

Obviously many things are worth mentioning, and many more have happened that we unfortunately have not taken notice of. 

This is because there is a language barrier regarding reading and understanding the information from all around the world. There is also an issue that many many Reflexologists are doing great things, but..., they are not spreading the information, networking, they have not even informed their association! Of course, I understand very well that much more is accomplished on an individual level then inside the workings of an association where procedures go through at a slow pace. Even when the information is communicated it is among Reflexologists, but it is not publicised. Besides english speaking countries, other countries (languages) do not exist! Second comes Spanish, Portugese. 

So, let me display my 2014 Reflexology Top Ten + 1, even if it is subjective. 

If you believe I have left something worthwhile out, tell me about it, I love reading about Reflexology!

Number 10.

The Reflexology work of Lorraine Senior with children with special needs in a

school setting hit a soft spot in me and got my attention not to mention inspired me a lot.

The aim of the therapy is to induce relaxation, improve mood, relieve tension, and encourage social interaction, increase receptiveness and support individual well being. Providing reflexology therapy on a regular basis using FRT Approach has been seen to alleviate the stress and tension particularly in the moment and observation, reflection and evaluation by therapist and staff is ongoing with its continued and increasing use and development in school.



Number 9.

In January some interesting research results where published. It is no surprise that reflexology was found to...
 "Conclusion. This study exhibited the efficient utility of reflexology therapy integrated with conventional medicines in managing diabetic neuropathy."

I expect to see us working in this area more and more. Definetely a good read! 

Determination of Efficacy of Reflexology in Managing Patients with Diabetic Neuropathy: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial 


Number 8.

Some more research came out in Febuary  

Reflexology: Its Effects on Physiological Anxiety Signs and Sedation Needs 

Reflexology can serve as an effective method of decreasing the physiological signs of anxiety and the required level of sedation in patients receiving mechanically ventilated support. Nurses who have appropriate training and certification may include reflexology in routine care to reduce the physiological signs of anxiety of patients receiving mechanical ventilation.

 - See more at: http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/JournalArticle?Article_ID=1637098#sthash.O83xEj12.dpuf

Number 7. 

In June, we read something alarming from our USA colleagues.
In conjuction with section 2706 (of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as “Obamacare") being put on the chopping block. this is concerning news!

The FSMTB (Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards) has just released a document that should be of grave concern to anyone practicing reflexology in the United States. The Model Practice Act sets out to define and regulate the practice of hands-on healing therapies to include pretty well any form of therapeutic touch. If this draft is accepted by the state legislatures and massage boards, it could very well make it IMPOSSIBLE TO PRACTICE REFLEXOLOGY IN THIS COUNTRY WITHOUT A MASSAGE LICENSE, EVEN IN THOSE STATES THAT HAVE EXEMPTED REFLEXOLOGY FROM MASSAGE.


Number 6.

Towards the end of this year we saw two exceptional examples of goverments getting into CAM all heart! 

One example is that of India appointing a Minister of Yoga


Imagine a Reflexology minister one day....

..and Turkey legalizing alternative medicine, Reflexology included! 
On the down side of this latter news, we also read that 
"Only certified physicians and dentists can practice these treatments."
Ok I can tolerate that, ..with the hope to one day see Physicians practsing Reflexology!

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/12/turkey-alternative-medicine-legalized.html##ixzz3MixRoZb2

Number 5. 

I am biased on this one, but Madeira was the best, once again, a big thank you to our organizers, speakers and delegates!

The 8th RiEN conference in cooperation with the Reflexology organisation of Madeira took place in the Printing Press Museum, in Câmara de Lobos in Madeira, from 9-11 May 2014.
RiEN celebrated it's 20th anniversary!

You can download most of the conference presentations here:

Number 4.

I am delighted to add something from Greece.

It seems that three members of the Hellenic Association of Reflexologists (HAR) are offering Reflexology in the Pain Clinic of the University Hospital Aretaieio in Athens.

One of the volunteers participated by introducing reflexology with a lecture and demonstration. 

The conference was the 15th Panhellenic Conference on Regional Anesthesia, Pain Therapy and Palliative care. 

The Reflexologists name is Mirto Chiona and she spoke with other CAM therapists at the workshop titled "Stress management in chronic pain patient".
This is the second time Reflexologists of HAR participated at this annual conference. 

Definetely deserves being in the Top Ten.

You can read the scientific programme here:


Number 3.

More research results!

Alternative therapies associated with reduction in cancer-related pain and anxiety, Allina researchers find.

For reducing pain, therapeutic body massage, reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture were most effective. For reducing anxiety, no significant difference was found among the therapies.
The study found, as already noted, that patients’ pain levels dropped an average of 46.9 percent and their anxiety levels dropped an average of 56.1 percent after the alternative therapy sessions. Patients with lung, bronchus and trachea cancer reported the biggest decline in pain, while patients with prostate cancer reported the biggest decline in anxiety.


This Way In: New Guideline for Alternative and Complementary Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis

Reflexology: This CAM treatment, which involves applying manual pressure to points on the feet, is possibly effective for MS-related paresthesia, the guideline authors found. Paresthesia is similar to pins and needles; a person with MS may feel burning, prickling, or itching sensations on the skin. Dr. Giesser says that this is one CAM she would consider prescribing as an alternative to conventional treatments in cases where the conventional treatments have adverse side effects for a patient.

Number 2.

Dr. Heather Greenlee, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, developed a new set of clinical practice guidelines on the use of integrative therapies.
She presented her guidelines at a recent meeting of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

Greenlee and her colleagues reviewed nearly 5,000 articles published between 1990 and 2013. From this, researchers reviewed 203 separate randomized control trials of the various interventions.


Unfortunately Reflexology "only" got a C in breast cancer patients with quality of life and physical functioning outcomes!

Going through the supplementary data I was very disapointed to read in all cases that there is insufficient evidence, except for one case!

We got a C grade and the recommendation that "Reflexology can be considered for improving quality of life among breast cancer patients.
Once again, after so much effort and enthusiasm, after all the money spent, with so many difficulties in raising more needed money to conduct even more research, with the existing problems current research is being conducted and published, I question if we are on the right track.
How can it be that Reflexology is being utilized more and more by the public, but research does not reproduce the everyday Reflexologists results?
And what kind of research should we be involved in, maybe research that will enlighten Reflexologists themselves.
Oh well I guess it could have been worse.

Hey wait a second..., lets cheer things up! 
I love Sally Kay!

Lymphoedema and Reflexology Research Project

The results of the Tenovus funded research into lymphoedema and the reflexology are currently being finalised.
Impact of the research

Overall, the success of the study was measured in terms of meaningful changes in the volumes of the swollen arms and in the views of the participants about their experiences and the helpfulness of the reflexology treatments.

Number 1.

Reflexologists once again in the year 2014, in general, were unconcerened and unsupportive of issues regarding our modality and profession.  

I am a practising Reflexologist, I am also the current Chair of RiEN and previously board member of the Hellenic Association of Reflexologists. Through my engagement with these associations I have been enlightend and now acknowledge some facts. 
I must state that I am very disapointed with the lack of interest on behalf of the average Reflexologist around the world on matters having to do with legislation, regulation and anything else besides the actual practise of our modality. 
I find it interesting that a Reflexology article accompanied by a fancy chart depicting "miraculous Reflexology points" attracts 100% more attention and produces 20% more interaction then an article on legislation, or scrutiny regarding claims in advertisements. 

I read and hear about Reflexologists requesting/demanding these issues resolved but almost nobody actually wanting to dedicate/invest their precious time in proceeding towards this direction. A solution to this issue would be to pay someone to do this work for us, but with the majority of Reflexologists barely or not making a living off the practise of Reflexology, thus not even being able to pay their membership fee, a question arises.

Who will do the work needed for Reflexology to proceed? 

This is totally unacceptable!

It is not enough to pay your annual membership fee, you actually have to participate and contribute to your associations endeavours! 
You have a voice, use it. 
You are the one trying to make it in the real world, influence the decisions that are being made on your behalf by simply participating. If you do not, one day you might wake up to a reality that you will not approve. 
It might sound as if I am catastrophizing but the examples I am observing around the world suggest otherwise. Sometimes the numbers speak for themselves.

I imagine me pointing my finger this way will put me down in popularity in the New Year, ...but, I do not care!   

The following article adequately adresses and partially expresses concerns of mine that came up in 2014, and this is why I chose it for number 1, you might like to read it!

Are you up for facing some future challenges in Reflexology?

Some seventy four years after Eunice Ingham published her first book, the reflexology industry still cannot agree on the most basic of foot maps!

The medical model, proffered as the ultimate measuring tool, is unfortunately not constructed in a manner capable of appreciating the many complexities associated with the complex reflexology package.

The clinical world has its own agenda, and whilst reflexology can certainly play some part within that agenda, we would be foolish to believe from that place reflexology will eventually come to be recognised for all its therapeutic worth.

In essence, it is my conviction the presence of trademarking and ownership within our wider therapeutic community only serves to promote division, and hinder practitioner growth.


In Uganda Reflexologists are getting even!!!


In 2010 Reflexology was banned in Uganda. In 2011, the Ugandan Reflexologists filed an application for judicial review at the court in protest of the ban, contending that the government never accorded them a hearing before their activities were outlawed. The ruling from that procedure pronounced that the ban was based on procedural error.

Reflexology practitioners won a landmark case against their government last year in April and the court lifted the ban on their activities.
Now "they are getting even" and have filed an application for bill of costs totaling sh17b.
If I converted this correctly we are looking at the figure of
six million one hundred fifty-five thousand sixty-three dollars!


Happy New Year, have a great 2015!