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Is reflexology evidence based?

Is reflexology evidence based?

The verdict. Reflexology is a popular form of manual therapy. The basic underlying premise of reflexology has no sound scientific basis, reflexology maps exhibit several inconsistencies, and there is no convincing evidence that reflexology assessment can identify underlying medical conditions.

Does reflexology really work?

Several studies indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as stress and anxiety, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Given that reflexology is also low risk, it can be a reasonable option if you’re seeking relaxation and stress relief.

What qualifications do I need to be a reflexologist in the UK?

Nationally regulated qualifications eligible for AoR membership:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology for Wellbeing – SEG Awards.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology – City and Guilds, ITEC, VTCT and Cibtac.
  • Level 3 RQF Diploma in Complementary Therapies – City and Guilds, ITEC, VTCT and Cibtac.

Is reflexology a pseudoscience?

It is based on a pseudoscientific system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work on the feet and hands causes a physical change to the supposedly related areas of the body.

Is foot reflexology scientifically proven?

The bottom line. Reflexology may not be a scientifically proven medical treatment for disease, but studies suggest it’s a helpful complementary treatment, especially for stress and anxiety.

Is reflexology regulated in the UK?

Reflexology is not regulated in the UK, which means that anybody can call themselves a reflexologist.

What is reflexology and how does it work?

The practice has had thousands of years to evolve and today is a non-invasive complementary health therapy that is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that working these points or areas aids relaxation and helps improve wellbeing.

How many countries have reflexology associations?

Over twenty countries around the world have specific reflexology associations, usually linked with the International Council of Reflexologists, which is based in the USA and co-ordinates training, qualifications and practice. There are two main streams of reflexology although the distinction between them is often unclear.

Why do I need to give feedback to the reflexologist?

It is useful to give feedback to the reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn might help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way.

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