I'm beginning to see that research is scary for a lot of reflexologists. Not only is it scary because of the jargon that is used, which is what you might expect, but also that it can be scary for other reasons. For example, lots of reflexologists are curious about research. Lots of reflexologists want to see research backing up what they have seen in practice. But what if research doesn't back these findings up? what if....horror of horrors, research finds that the effects don't really exist?. Research still needs to be carried out though. You can't do research solely on the basis of the expectation of positive results. And even if a negative result is returned, there's still the research which needs to show exactly what is going on, because reflexologists the world over ARE seeing positive results in a whole range of ways. the question is why? or how? and we need to honestly research ALL the possible reasons for this, including placebo effects.
I'm trying to decide how best to display the list of research papers on this website. Should I display them by date? or should I display them by publication? Perhaps people would be more interested if I listed the health conditions explored in the research? I am assuming there are reflexologists and other interested parties out there in world wide web-land who are interested in reflexology research, but of course I could be completely wrong. Maybe its just me.
Welcome to the reflexscience blog. We are passionate about reflexology. Not in the usual sense. That is the fluffy, “let’s get rid of all your toxins” …. sense. we mean in the ‘ what exactly is going on when reflexology is carried out ’….sense. We believe that the therapy has much to offer us within healthcare, but we think it has been hyped up into something it really isn’t, and this ‘hype’ is driving its credibility into the ground.
Warning: This blog will occasionally contain rants.
We hope that it will also entertain, through sharing of interesting photographs (warning, they will mostly be of feet), some humour,
some cutting edge research, and hopefully , much debate.
We hope that people will feel able to share their experiences of
reflexology and reflexologists (good and bad) and perhaps interesting
photographs (yes, we mean feet), and that we can between us, change the view of reflexology for the better.
We should probably say, I am involved in reflexology research at
an academic level, and I strongly believe that the evidence base needs to be built before reflexology can take its place alongside traditional medical
approaches to health and healing.