Reflexology And Reflexology

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Health and wellbeing is an essential factor in our lives. Reflexology, a complementary holistic therapy, has its part to play in promoting health and wellbeing in an individual (Stormer, 2010). It follows the theory that there is a map of the body on the soles of the feet and that when massaging areas called reflexes this can produce a change and healing in another part of the body. Stormer describes its effectiveness as coming from knowing how perfectly feet reflect the physical body in miniature. The ears, face, hands and lower legs can also be used (www.aor, 2015). The therapy is carried out on bare feet and is conducive to being practised in various settings such as a client’s own home (Stone 2011). Usually the therapist will work…show more content…
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Gains will be individual but the general view is that it can help lessen stress and tension and promote relaxation. Reflexology is tailored to the individual where the practitioner looks at the person as a whole. Lifestyle and environmental factors are also considered. (www.aor, 2015) Reflexology can be used alongside traditional medical treatment but never as an alternative. It is a very safe, natural and non-invasive technique and can be used on any age group. ……………………………………………………………………………..
Reflexology may not work for everyone and although research has been carried out it is not extensive and robust enough to prove that it works (Crane 2010) Some medical conditions may not be treated and there are contraindications to using reflexology on certain clients. A comprehensive medical history is vital prior to treatment. If a client has medical tests or procedures planned it is best to exercise caution and it may be in the client’s best interest to advise against treatment at this time. A highly qualified practitioner will not diagnose, prescribe or cure. Medical guidance must always be sought for any undiagnosed
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They allow the public to make informed decisions about health practitioners and challenge poor practice. Therapists should aim to join a register accredited by the professional standards authority. Not only does it give the public confidence but shows the therapist to be accountable and committed to achieving best practice. Although this would involve a registration fee and strict entry criteria they can also provide the therapist with PR support, up to date publications and entry onto the national register. They also allow members to display the quality mark on any promotional literature. Yearly confirmation is required that as a practitioner you have carried out 15 hours of continuing professional development directly related to your
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