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.

www.soothes.co.uk/USERIMAGES/reflexology_published_research.pdf

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!