Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The benefits of reflexology include:



Relaxation
Pain reduction
Amelioration of symptoms for health concerns
Rejuvenation of tired feet
Improvement in blood flow
Impact on physiological measures (e. g. blood pressure and cholesterol; measurements by ECG, EEG, and fMRI)
Beneficial for post-operative recovery and pain reduction
Enhancement of medical care (e. g. cancer, phantom limb pain, and hemodialysis patients)
Adjunct to mental health care (e. g. depression, anxiety, Post traumatic stress disorder)
Complement to cancer care (pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety)

Easier birthing / delivery / post-partum recovery

These benefits are backed up by research.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Reflexology, Real Time Impact on the Body


From the moment the reflexologist’s hands start their work, the relaxation—and more—begins.
Yes, measuring real-time as reflexology is applied, an EEG shows that the brain immediately goes into a more relaxed state as reflexology work commences. 
But there’s more. The creation of brain waves indicating relaxation as measured by EEG is not the only effect of reflexology work on the brain shown by real-time measurements.  
Real-time measurement by fMRI shows reflexology technique prompts activation of a particular part of the brain when technique is applied to a specific part of the foot. 
• The part of the brain responsible for short-term memory shows more blood flow when reflexology technique is applied to the side of the big toe.
The part of the brain responsible for integrating body, mind and spirit—the insula—shows more blood flow when reflexology technique is applied to the adrenal gland reflex area. The insula integrates actions to balance emotions, homeostasis, and pain center.
The left frontal lobe activated by reflexology technique applied to the eye reflex area of the right foot. This is a part of the brain responsible for writing, movement, as well as personality traits such as problem solving, spontaneity, memory, language, initiation, judgement, impulse control, and social and sexual behavior. The cerebellum was also activated by technique applied to the eye reflex area. The cerebellum is responsible for posture, balance, and coordination of movements.
• Technique applied to the eye, shoulder and small intestine reflex areas of the foot resulted in activation in the brain of areas related to the foot and also to the areas of the brain related to the eye, shoulder and small intestine.
Then there’s improved blood flow to the kidneys and intestines when technique is applied to the kidney and intestine reflex areas respectively as shown in real-time measurements by Doppler sonogram. 
In addition there’s the general influence of reflexology work shown by research: pain relief; improved blood flow to the feet; decrease in heart rate and blood pressure; increase in oxygen saturation and lowering of the respiratory rate.
Now you can tell your clients what’s happening with their bodies as you work on their feet. Give a guided tour as you point out the sites of influence: temporal lobe reflex area, improved blood flow for part of the brain responsible for short term memory; kidney reflex area, blood flow to the kidneys improving; same with intestine reflex area; adrenal reflex area, straight to a part of the brain important to integrating body, mind and spirit; eye reflex area, influencing parts of the brain responsible for moving.

Evidenced Based Reflexology Research: For Health Professionals and Researchers

Call the Reflexologist: Pre-Op / Post Op Anxiety

It’s an image of ourselves none of us wants to think about: being rolled into surgery. And, it’s easy to imagine anxiety running high both before and after the operation. 
Well, it turns out reflexology can come to the rescue. It’s a real-world application of reflexology’s well known relaxation results. This is important as anxiety can be detrimental to the successful outcome of the medical procedure.
As note by Israeli researchers, “Preoperative anxiety, which can lead to elevated blood pressure, rapid pulse and sugar metabolism changes, is one of the most significant factors predicting mortality among postoperative cardiovascular patients, according to Prof. Lital Keinan Boker from the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies at the University of Haifa. … “These symptoms of preoperative anxiety can influence and extend the postoperative recovery period, added Boker,…
Can alternative therapies help with pre-op jitters? Prof. Boker, Dr. Elad Schiff of B’nai Zion Hospital in Haifa and master’s student Samuel Attias  decided to find out. And, reflexology turned out to be part of the solution.
360 general surgery patients were assigned to one of three groups: standard care; an alternative therapy (acupuncture, reflexology, individual guided imagery or a combination of reflexology and guided imagery) or generic guided imagery. 
“The study found that the greatest reduction in anxiety – by an average of 4.22 points – was achieved when patients received a combination of standard care together with reflexology and guided imagery.” 
“In general, patients who received the combination of complementary medicine and standard care showed a reduction of 60 percent in their anxiety level, … representing a reduction from an intermediate-to-high anxiety level to a low anxiety level. Those who received standard care reported an increase in anxiety levels with “70% of patients in this group continued to report intermediate to high anxiety even after receiving medication.”
For further information about alleviating pre-op and post -op anxiety and more, see

Medical Applications of Reflexology: Findings in Research About Post-operative care, Maternity Care and Cancer Care

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Happy Hands: Making aging hands feel better

By Evan-Amos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  
How do your hands feel right now? Stiff? Hurting? Do you have trouble buttoning buttons? Are your finger joints enlarged or crooked? If so you’re not alone. 
What can be done about aging or arthritic hands? If you are a reflexologist, you, like me, may hear this question frequently. Or, maybe you’re just wondering what to do about hands that no longer work the way you want. Or, for some, you’re concern is aesthetic—you’re not happy with the way your hands look.
Here’s some good news: there’s a simple, inexpensive and easy thing you can do to make your hands feel and work better.
It’s using a paraffin wax machine with benefit  that results from exposing your hands to the warmth and moisture of melted wax.
Why do this? You’ll want to do this because of what research has found. “Paraffin bath therapy seemed to be effective both in reducing pain and tenderness and maintaining muscle strength in hand osteoarthritis.”

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis or you’re feeling the years or you’re feeling the need, your hands can benefit. Research shows this treatment results in significant improvements including:

  • hand pain and stiffness
  • pain during activities of daily living
  • range of motion
  • hand grip and pinch strength
  • the number of painful and tender joints
  • maintaining muscle strength.

In other words, “Those who used the paraffin wax experienced more pain relief and stronger hands compared to those who did not use the paraffin wax. Overall, the group using the hot wax treatments seemed to have a little easier time doing all those mundane daily activities like buttoning shirts and tying shoelaces. “ (http://www.healthcentral.com/osteoarthritis/c/240381/160434/treatments-arthritic/)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What Clients and Reflexologists Talk About


There’s now some science behind the reflexologist-client relationship. Aside from skills in reflexology, the reflexologist’s role places importance on listening skills. 
After all, sitting face to face with someone for up to an hour does encourage conversation. Listening skills contribute to the reflexologist’s ability to keep the client. Interestingly enough, there’s more going on than chit chat. As noted by a recent study, it’s “the role of the therapeutic relationship within reflexology practice.” 
Research by Dr. Peter Mackereth and colleagues sheds light on the question, What do people talk about during reflexology? and more. Mackereth and his colleagues analyzed 245 audiotapes recorded during a study comparing reflexology “to progressive muscular relaxation in improving the psychological and physical profile associated with multiple sclerosis.” “48 of the 50 participants ...share(d) worries and concerns. Recurring disclosure themes related to physical symptoms and treatment, psychological concerns, home/family worries, and work/leisure issues. 
“Explorative analysis revealed some differences in the amount of disclosure over the weeks, between for example the participant’s type of MS and time living with the diagnosis. 
“Conclusions: Reflexology appears to have created a space for patients to talk about their worries and concerns, and to receive advice and support from the nurse therapists. This work contributes to the debate about the role of the therapeutic relationship within reflexology practice.” 
Mackereth PA, Booth K, Hillier VF, Caress AL, “What do people talk about during reflexology? Analysis of worries and concerns expressed during sessions for patients with multiple sclerosis.,” Complementary Therapeutic Clinical Practice. 2009 May;15(2):85-90. PMID: 19341986

From the moment the reflexologist’s hands start their work, the relaxation—and more—begins.

Copyright- DK/Penguin

Yes, measuring real-time as reflexology is applied, EEG testing shows that the brain immediately goes into a more relaxed state as reflexology work commences. 
But there’s more. The creation of brain waves indicating relaxation as measured by EEG is not the only effect of reflexology work on the brain shown by real-time measurements.  
fMRI Testing
Real-time measurement by fMRI shows reflexology technique prompts activation of a particular part of the brain when technique is applied to a specific part of the foot. 
• The part of the brain responsible for short-term memory shows more blood flow when reflexology technique is applied to the side of the big toe.
• The part of the brain responsible for integrating body, mind and spirit—the insula—shows more blood flow when reflexology technique is applied to the adrenal gland reflex area. The insula integrates actions to balance emotions, homeostasis, and pain center.
• The left frontal lobe is activated by reflexology technique applied to the eye reflex area of the right foot. This is a part of the brain responsible for writing, movement, as well as personality traits such as problem solving, spontaneity, memory, language, initiation, judgement, impulse control, and social and sexual behavior. The cerebellum was also activated by technique applied to the eye reflex area. The cerebellum is responsible for posture, balance, and coordination of movements.
• Technique applied to the eye, shoulder and small intestine reflex areas of the foot resulted in activation in the brain of areas related to the foot and also to the areas of the brain related to the eye, shoulder and small intestine.
Doppler Sonogram Testing
Then there’s improved blood flow to the kidneys and intestines when technique is applied to the kidney and intestine reflex areas respectively as shown in real-time measurements by Doppler sonogram. 
General Effects
In addition there’s the general influence of reflexology work shown by research: pain relief; improved blood flow to the feet; decrease in heart rate and blood pressure; increase in oxygen saturation and lowering of the respiratory rate.
Taking a Tour
Now you can tell your clients or imagine yourself what’s happening as reflexology is applied to the feet. Give or imagine a guided tour as you point out the sites of influence: temporal lobe reflex area, improved blood flow for part of the brain responsible for short term memory; kidney reflex area, blood flow to the kidneys improving; same with intestine reflex area; adrenal reflex area, straight to a part of the brain important to integrating body, mind and spirit; eye reflex area, influencing parts of the brain responsible for moving.

Evidenced Based Reflexology Research: For Health Professionals and Researchers




Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Reflexology by Kevin Kunz



Barbara and Kevin Kunz
Kevin Practices in Albuquerque, NM


What do his clients say about Kevin’s work?

• I am writing this short note to express my appreciation for an amazing healer, Kevin Kunz. I have been treated by Kevin for many years and have worked with Kevin as a professional colleague. I consider him a world master in the field of foot reflexology. I have seen with my own eyes results with severely impaired patients that defy medical explanation. I highly recommend and encourage anyone with health issues needing relief to consider treating with Mr. Kunz.
Dr. Laryr Marrich

• I’ve been seeing Kevin on and off for 35 years, mostly on.  He is my go to healer for almost anything that ails me. My work is physically very demanding and I have had many injuries.  … I would highly recommend Kevin to anyone and everyone who needs a body tune up, works long hard hours like myself or wants to have a great sense of well being in their body.  He has saved my life, physically and emotionally for many years. Sharon L.

• “I have been seeing Kevin Kunz for several years and he is amazing! My passion is running… . I had been experiencing a foot injury for quite a while and decided to see Kevin with the hopes that he could help me work through my injury. Well, he did and shortly after seeing him, I ran the 2016 Boston Marathon and finished with no pain and the pain that had nagged me for quite some time has not returned. … Kevin Kunz, thank you!”  Liz S.

• “I found Kevin and Barbara Kunz 20 years ago. I was told by several Doctors I had to have both of my feet operated on; major surgery on both. My feet actually were deformed into  points; from wearing pointed shoes everyday for 20 yrs.  Kevin actually fixed both feet back to normal.  … I learned so much about the health of my whole body from them.  I love their books because I know what they share works. Thank you Kevin and Barbara.”  Janna C.

• ”Kevin Kunz introduced me to reflexology and its benefits over 20 years ago …. I found that the treatments I received from Kevin effectively addressed a number of foot and ankle problems I was having. Over time I came to regard reflexology as an effective treatment that offers a number of benefits.… I would recommend Kevin to anyone wanting to learn more or interested in having a treatment." Ron B.

Call Kevin at 505-228-9076 to find out more.