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!
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 . 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.
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
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
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.
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....
"Only certified physicians and dentists can practice these treatments."
Ok I can tolerate that, ..with the hope to one day see Physicians practsing Reflexology!
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:
More research results!
Alternative therapies associated with reduction in cancer-related pain and anxiety, Allina researchers find.
This Way In: New Guideline for Alternative and Complementary Medicine for Multiple SclerosisReflexology: 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.
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.