Every single person I see for a Reflexology session, without fail feels it has been of benefit to them. Whether it relieves the pain of osteoarthritis, sciatica or migraines or common but troublesome pregnancy-related complaints such as pelvic girdle pain or lower back discomfort; and a session ALWAYS guarantees a good night’s sleep. I have even seen women who have gone over their due dates and want to try Reflexology before they accept post-dates induction and a few have gone into labour within the next 24 hours! I make no claims that the Reflexology was responsible or that Reflexology ‘cures’ anything; but I believe that it improves the normal functioning of the body’s systems and organs and brings about a feeling of positivity and well-being, all of which are beneficial in terms of outcomes.
However, research into the benefits of any holistic therapy is mainly of a ‘qualitative’ nature and thus impossible to prove without question from a medical perspective. This shouldn’t mean that the positive outcomes demonstrated are any less valid than other studies. Reduction in pain or an increase in mobility, a better nights’ sleep or a calmer mind are nearly always demonstrated after a session of Reflexology. I searched around for some studies that looked specifically at Reflexology and it’s benefits and found this little gem – an abridged collection of published research into the effects of Reflexology on health and well-being was gathered together by Reflexologist Sue Bennett in 2007 and can be found here.
The studies took place in Britain, China, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and the USA and investigated the outcomes after a course of Reflexology on headaches and migraines, gynaecological disorders, digestive problems, diabetes, pain, nausea and relaxation, chest disorders, circulatory disorders and problems associated with post-surgery. Fascinating reading!