Was it a good year, ...a bad year for Reflexology?
I would say it was a good year overall.
Research is going well, Wyatt in the USA and Kay&Whatley in the UK had progress in 2016.
It was very interesting to see research come out of countries like Iran and a growing interest for reflexology in Turkey. Such that it is being regulated!
It was also very positive that the Scandinavian countries have more and more articles in their native languages, thumbs up, continue to do whatever you are doing.
Unfortunately I would like to inform my Spanish colleagues that they are the only ones still using Groupon, thumbs down!
Reflexology Associations are trying to keep up with this changing world, they are going through challenges and many more are ahead of them. Bottom line is that your everyday reflexologist does not care because he/she feels you do not care, or that you (the association) have nothing to offer.
Think about it in 2017.
At number 10.
Reflexologists believe that the brain is represented on the tips of our fingers and toes. here
picture credit: Felip Alcon Spain
Reflexology was a part of his foundation in Spain the reflexologist in charge is Joaquim Muñoz.
I would really like to meet this nun one day! The remarkable thing she did is that "she is still going" spreading the word of reflexology.
With the words "where it hurts, press" and "clean, clean, clean".
The effects of two methods of reflexology and stretching exercises on the severity of restless leg syndrome among hemodialysis patients.
Our petition was signed by over 6000 people and over 1900 comments were sent to NICE. This is what they sent us via Email this morning:
"NICE would like to thank stakeholders for their interest in this guideline and their support with the development of the guideline scope. We have received a large number of comments on the draft scope from people concerned about our proposal to remove recommendations on access to complementary therapies and other topics from the update to the improving supportive and palliative care guideline (CSG4) and to update other parts of the guideline. We agree that the current recommendations within CSG4 are important and still relevant. Having reflected at length on the range of comments received we have decided to retain this guideline and to develop a new guideline on the service delivery element of the end of life care for adults."
4. Reflexology is booming in Turkey!
For over a year I have been noticing a lot of "action" in this country having to do with reflexology training of course. Just some years ago a couple of research papers were published also. Again how did it begin, who taught them, how can they have results to show with no organized association? What's the lesson here?
Anyway, I was invited to offer a weekend course and surprised to find out that those attending would be doctors!
1 Anesthesiology doctor
1 neurology doctor
1 rheumatology doctor-Prof
7 PT&R doctor
Social contact promotes enhanced health and well-being, likely as a function of the social regulation of emotional responding in the face of various life stressors. For this functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study, 16 married women were subjected to the threat of electric shock while holding their husband's hand, the hand of an anonymous male experimenter, or no hand at all. Results indicated a pervasive attenuation of activation in the neural systems supporting emotional and behavioral threat responses when the women held their husband's hand. A more limited attenuation of activation in these systems occurred when they held the hand of a stranger. Most strikingly, the effects of spousal hand-holding on neural threat responses varied as a function of marital quality, with higher marital quality predicting less threat-related neural activation in the right anterior insula, superior frontal gyrus, and hypothalamus during spousal, but not stranger, hand-holding.