After that we can start to look for patterns, run statistical tests to look for correlations . Then we will know what the research has found. We already have graphs of percentage fluid differences between the good and bad arms. These graphs are already telling us a story, but we need the statistics to tell us how good the apparent difference is.
Lots of reflexologists don't see the point of all this research work. After all, it is not going to bring them more business, so what's the point? Well I think there is a benefit for all reflexologists in this kind of research. For one thing, it is demonstrating that there is an effect on the arm when pressing the foot - which to many non reflexologists is preposterous. We hope that the research will show that there is an undeniable effect. The second thing is it gets people thinking about what else might be happening, and therefore what other applications might there be for reflexology - and that's got to be good for all reflexologists. Finally, I really hope that it gets reflexologists thinking about their own curiosities. What have you seen as a reflexologist which warrants further exploration? What would you like to research? and what's stopping you? I'm not talking about University based funded studies like this, but all reflexologists can do little bits of research their own way, so long as they know the basics.
For example, lets suppose a hundred reflexologists across the country decided to collect together their experiences of treating clients with IBS. They might all treat them slightly differently, but they might all notice that after the fourth treatment, their clients had a healing crisis. The very fact that there is a pattern there warrants further exploration. That's research too.
I'd like to see a website full of photos of signs in the feet. Condition signs. The asthma sign for example - is it real? what if lots and lots of reflexologists took photos of feet and collected them together - that's also something that warrants further exploration.
For me, the excitement goes on - I really can't wait to see what the data reveals when it has been channelled through the statistical analysis. I'll keep you posted.