Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mind the facts

Thoughts for 2009

In the Tube stations in the UK there are signs that say "Mind the Gap" referring to the gap between the station platform and the passenger car. I altered that phrase to emphasize the facts about reflexology.

There is an abundance of research on Reflexology.
There are several high tech studies on Reflexology.
There are logical explanations for the workings of Reflexology.
There is ample evidence that Reflexology has ancient origins.
The effectiness of Reflexology is still under review but Reflexology has been demonstrated effective for certain conditions.

Happy a Happy New Year.

Kevin Kunz

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Vote For Reflexology

Hey I just received this. Please go Vote For Reflexology and then leave your comments.


Kevin Kunz

Hello Kevin,

We wanted to let you know that the first round of voting for the Ideas for Change in America competition will end this Wednesday, December 31 at midnight Pacific Time.

The idea you have voted for, "Preventive medical care : Reflexology," is currently in 17th place in the Health Care category, and needs 829 more votes to qualify for the final round.

If you think this idea deserves the attention of the Obama Administration, you can help increase its chances of reaching the final round by emailing the following link to friends and encourage them to vote:

You may also want to try posting the link on Facebook or your blog to raise further awareness.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Also note that the final round of voting, which will include the top 3 ideas in each category, will begin next Monday and end just before the Presidential Inauguration in mid-January.

Best of luck!

- The Team

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Light pressure massage for patients with severe anxiety

ScienceDirect - Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice :
Light pressure massage for patients with severe anxiety

this has to do with massage but I thought it was a pretty interesting read. We have always said that it is important to be able to vary your pressure when applying reflexology technique. Here's some evidence that light touch can be effective.


Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is common in the western world with a lifetime prevalence of 4.3 to 5.9% and is twice as common in women as in men. GAD can have a decisive impact on a patient's everyday life as it is surrounded by unfocused worries and the severe anxiety may interfere with normal social functions. The treatments include cognitive behavioural therapy and/or psychopharmacological drugs.

In previous studies the positive effects of massage on anxiety have been shown. The present study described the experience of receiving massage for eight patients with GAD. Findings revealed that the patients were able to rediscover their own capacity during the massage period. This was illuminated by the experience of being relaxed in body and mind, the experience of unconditional attention, the experience of decreased anxiety and the experience of increased self-confidence. The paper ends with a discussion of clinical implications.

Kevin Kunz

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Cobblestone walking parties

Barbara and I have found that it is both productive, creative and fun to walk on cobblestone mats while planning the day. That gave Barbara the idea of having cobblestone walking parties.

Why not? It improves your health while socializing.Research has shown socializing is very important for your health. Cobblestone mat walking parties. Neat idea. Both the health benefits of cobblestone walking and socializing can be done at the same time.

But then a curious thing happened. I was looking up cobblestone mats on Amazon to give people a source for mats and I ran into ORI as a source of mats. Sort of. Allegro Medical is selling the mats for Oregon Research Institute, But Oregon Research Institute did the first scientific study of cobblestone mat walking. It was a NIH study that was blinded.

"Cobblestone Mat allows 16 Weeks to Improved Health - Allegro Medical will supply the 16 week training program designed by ORI with the purchase of any Cobblestone Walkway. How does Cobblestone Mat Walking work? Cobblestone mat walking is rooted in traditional Chinese holistic medicine and the principles of reflexology . Stimulating or regulating the reflexes or acupoints in the feet, which are associated with all parts/systems of the body, impacts the corresponding part of the body reducing tension, improving circulation and promoting natural function of the related areas."

The best part is that the mats are only $39.00. That is the best price we have seen for a long while. On Amazon and elsewhere you will see them as high as $80. They even provide the official instructions used in the study.

Now our next big question is- does cobblestone mat walking have any impact of weight control. Not sure but some curious reactions from walking on them. More later.

Kevin Kunz
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Frugal Holiday Gift Idea

I was thinking as the snow flew here in New Mexico about gift giving in these tight times. With the changes in economic times there seems to be changes in our views on material goods.

What comes from the heart has more meaning this year. I think that you can still give even if money is limited. Human touch in our high paced societies is often a rare comomity.

So this holiday season you might consider giving some of your time and some of your touch to someone you care about.

Make up a gift certificate for a foot or hand Reflexology session. Spend sometime learning some basic techiques. And then give the one you care about some of yourself.

The best Reflexology sessions come from the heart. And the effect is more than some object.

Kevin Kunz

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Vote For Reflexology

I'm not sure if you've heard, but there's a movement of citizens inspired by the presidential campaign who are now submitting ideas for how they think the Obama Administration should change America. It's called "Ideas for Change in America."

One idea is titled: Preventive medical care : Reflexology. I thought you might be interested in getting involved and recommend you check it out. You can read more and vote for the idea by clicking the following link:

The top 10 ideas are going to be presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day and will be supported by a national lobbying campaign run by, MySpace, and more than a dozen leading nonprofits after the Inauguration. So each idea has a real chance at becoming policy.

I look forward to hearing what you think,


Thursday, December 4, 2008

NeuroLogica Blog- Reflexology in UK Schools

NeuroLogica Blog- Reflexology in UK Schools

This web site directly attacks our writing. It is a Yale professor of Neurology. He calls our work bunk so I feel obliged to respond.

First issue

Reflexology is based upon the belief that the body is divided into zones, and these zones are mapped on the hands and feet. The reflexology research website explains:

Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. it is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.

This is an archaic homonculus or mapping-based system - the idea that one part of the body maps to the entire body. Iridology is another example - proponents believe that the flecks in the iris relate directly to specific organs or parts of the body.

This is a standard tactic by skeptics. I call it guilt by association. Iridology uses a similar system therefore... But here is the problem with the professor's remarks. There are homunculi in the brain that do mirror the entire body. I have no idea why the existing homunculi are "archaic" according to the professor.

Now what we have projected is that this information sharing system exists outside the brain. In fact the body relays and shares information about the condition of each body part in order response in an integrated manner to demands placed upon the body. Information sharing gives us the ability to adapt appropriately taking into account all body parts.

Second issue

Reflexologists claim that by massaging the foot they can affect remote parts of the body by influencing “energy”, detoxifying, blood flow, or through nerve impulses.

Is the professor saying that pressure to the feet does not produce a nerve impulse?

Has the professor failed to do his research and looked at the doppler sonogram studies which show increased blood flow to the kidneys and the digestive system in response to pressure to the feet?

And we have never used the terms of massaging and influencing energy to describe our work.

Third issue

Again, reflexology research enlightens us:

"Pressure sensors in the feet and hands are a part of the body’s reflexive response that makes possible the “fight or flight” reaction to danger. Feet ready to flee and hands ready to fight communicate with the body’s internal organs to make possible either eventuality. The sudden adrenal surge that enables a person to lift a car is an example of this reaction. Reflexology taps into this reflex network, providing an exercise of pressure sensors and thus the internal organs to which they are inextricably tied."

The problem, as anyone even vaguely familiar with human anatomy knows, is that this is all bunk. Pressure of the feet does not provoke a sympathetic “fight or flight” response, there is no direct physiological connection between specific locations on the feet and specific organs or body party, nor is there any reflex network tied to pressure sensors in the feet. This is simply made up - it’s fiction. It is not part of any text of anatomy or physiology. As a side note, there are pressure sensors on the hands and feet, the purpose of which is to feel pressure. But these specialized sensory nerve endings exist throughout the body - it’s how you feel pressure. Again - this is not part of any imaginary reflex network.

The professor is parsing words carefully here. When he says, " Pressure of the feet does not provoke a sympathetic “fight or flight” response..." he is putting words in our mouths. We flat out did not say that. But pressure to the feet does provoke a sympathetic response from the body and that message must be integrated with all the other sensory messages to make a proper response to an threat. Therefore pressure to the feet is a part of our overall survival response. It must be taken into account to make adequate response to threats and it is a key set of messages as it is tied into our locomotive system which provides a means of confrontation or a means of escape.

There is nowhere in our writing where we even imply that there is a direct connection between areas in the feet and the internal organs. This must all be mediated by the brain and by referral forwarded onto the internal organs. But neural networks do exist. Feedback and feedforward systems do respond to changes under foot. Adaptation does take place reflexively. And while there are generalized touch systems there are also highly evolved precise localization systems.

Fourth issue

And of course there is no credible scientific evidence for any specific effects claimed for reflexology. It therefore fails on both theoretical and evidentiary grounds.

Again the good professor hasn't done his homework. There are plenty of studies. They are not obscure research. These studies are catalogued on Medline, a peer reviewed database for the National Library of Medicine. Shame on you professor. You didn't look.

As far as reflexology being made up that is the professor's opinion. There are now a series of fMRI studies that seem to contradict the professor's biological prejudice. But time will tell whether the theory of reiteration will hold up to scientific scrutiny. But so far the theory is doing rather well. Bring on more research.

Kevin Kunz

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New MS Study

Robert Carswell (1793–1857)

We just put out a newsletter. There is a new study out on multiple sclerosis. While looking for a depiction I found this illustration.

I have always had fairly good effect on MS sufferers. I really concentrated mostly on the spinal reflex areas. But this drawing actually had the following caption. "Depicts Multiple Sclerosis lesions before the disease had been described by Charcot." This illustration dates back to 1858.

This depiction of lesions on the brain stem is a curious one. Back then they knew of these type of lesions.

 It makes me think the next MS sufferer I work on will have special attention to the brainstem reflex area. The brainstem reflex area is located at the first joint of the big toe and below. You could say it is at the base of the bulb of the big toe.

I use thumb walking on this area with multiple passes up into the brain reflex area. I also believe it to be important as an aid to a lot of disorders. but for MS sufferers I will definitely pay closer attention to this area.

Kevin Kunz

Monday, December 1, 2008

Haven't blogged for awhile

I haven't blogged for awhile both because of the holidays and the avalanche of interest on our new Evidence Based Reflexology Series has kept us busy.

But I am back and there is a lot to comment on. Lot of worries out there over the economic times exist and yet I have a real feeling of hope. It is only in times of great stress that big changes tend to take place.

We now have an opportunity to make dramatic changes to our approach to health care approaches. So I thought I would fantasize a bit in the next few blogs about ways reflexology could be integrated into the "new" health care system. It would not be a replacement but rather a complement to standard care. In fact, people who have fought so hard against reflexology might have a change of heart after one of the longest recessions since the Great Depression.

We will see.

Kevin Kunz

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Great Day

We have just been invited to teach in China.

New newsletter just went out with a brand new functional MRI study.

And orders have just been pouring in for the new research document.

Good day.

Kevin Kunz

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Evidence-Based Reflexology Series

We just put out a press release for PRWeb on our Evidence- Based Reflexology series. It is available for your web site, blog or social networking site. Study Finds Reflexology 93% Effective As of this post there has been over 23,000 hits and that is just over 16 hours since it's release.

The electronic books have been flying off the shelves (if they were actually on shelves and not simply a hard drive). The real interesting part to us is that it is about evenly split between Evidence-Based Reflexology for Reflexologists and Evidence-Based Reflexology for Health Professionals and Researchers.

The one we thought would sell the most is the Evidence-Based Reflexology for You and Your Family is a distant third. It also seems that reflexologists are attracted to the more detailed document, Evidence-Based Reflexology for Health Professionals and Researchers which we thought would mostly interest researchers. We were wrong. It seems as though reflexologists are seeking more in-depth information than we imagined.

On second thought the reflexologists are increasing their economic viability by purchasing the $100 dollar document. One reflexologist I talked to is going to work with a doctor. I guess to her it is only a couple or sessions or so.

Also we discovered that one of the Google Gadgets (we call them widgets) will translate your web pages into 23 different languages. So now you can view our web page in 23 different languages. How cool is that? I wonder if would work for this blog?

Kevin Kunz
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

NeuroLogica Blog- Reflexology in UK Schools

A Yale neurology professor has attacked our work as bunk. He is picking on the program mentioned on this blog that uses reflexology to help with aggressive students.

The professor carefully parses his words in order to twist our words. Stay tuned for our response.

Kevin Kunz

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Evidenced Based Reflexology Series

Several readers had trouble with the links for Evidenced Based Reflexology in the last newsletter. We are sending this notice to give you links to those publications.

And we are offering a 48 hour special on Evidenced Based Reflexology for Health Professionals and Researchers. Normally the price is $199.00. But for a limited time the price is $100.00. See below for details.

Click on either the title or the price to order the product.
For more information on these titles go to These are electronic documents and are downloaded to your computer.
Please let us know if you need assistance.


Kevin Kunz
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Evidenced Based Reflexology for You and Your Family

Price: $9.95

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Price: $29.95

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48 hour special 50% off Evidenced Based Reflexology for Health Professionals and Researchers until midnight on 11/14/08

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

Dosing and Reflexology

Just put out our latest newsletter. We are quite excited about our new publications on evidenced- based reflexology.

Reflexions Special Edition

Love to hear your reaction.

Kevin Kunz

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Foot Health—The Natural Way The Green Room

I was at a client's house yesterday and she asked me to look at her mother's shoes. Her feet were hurting her on the forefoot. When I inspected her shoes the inserts were completely worn flat. Same thing with my Dad. His feet were bothering him. when he brought his shoes out they were completely worn out.

The above link has some good general information on shoes and socks. Above all remember that shoes will not last for years.

Kevin Kunz

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Somatotopical relationships between cortical activity

Okay once again a fMRI study shows the connection between areas on the feet and areas in the brain related to the corresponding part of the body. This time we are talking about the shoulder, eye and small intestine. Why in the world isn't medical science paying attention to these studies? This study was on Medline, the holy grail of the medical profession.

"Somatotopical relationships between cortical activity and reflex areas in reflexology: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study.

Nakamaru T, Miura N, Fukushima A, Kawashima R.
Tohoku University School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan; Department of Functional Brain Imaging, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer (IDAC), Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
We examined the somatotopical relationship between cortical activity and sensory stimulation of reflex areas in reflexology using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Three reflex areas on the left foot, relating to the eye, shoulder, and small intestine were stimulated during the experiment. A statistical analysis showed that reflexological stimulation of the foot reflex areas corresponding to the eye, shoulder, and small intestine activated not only the somatosensory areas corresponding to the foot, but also the somatosensory areas corresponding to the eye, shoulder, and small intestine or neighboring body parts. Thus, the findings showed that reflexological stimulation induced a somatosensory process corresponding to the stimulated reflex area and that a neuroimaging approach can be used to examine the basis of reflexology effects."

Kevin Kunz

Monday, November 3, 2008

Struggling council spends £90,000 on child reflexology

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"... Labour-run Lambeth Council in South London is to spend £90,000 next year sending reflexologists into its schools to practise their soothing art'

"The team, from a company known as Bud-Umbrella, will work in 60 primary and 14 secondary schools, with children under 13 deemed to be badly behaved"

Unruly school pupils will be punished with... a foot massage
Last updated at 7:46 AM on 03rd November 2008

It is surprising how harsh the response to this program is in the UK papers. It makes it sound like the children misbehave and then get rewarded with a reflexology sessions. I am sure that isn't the case. But it is more sensational for the writer to portray it as some type of reward system.

I wish I had know about reflexology when I was a counselor. Children are not the enemy. Unruly children are often abused both mentally and physically in many families. Punishment of the harshest kind often makes them worse. Why not a little TLC? There is research in this direction that show positive results.

Reflexology sessions shouldn't be a reward for bad behavior but it can be a respite from the stresses of adolescence. The higher their stress level the worse they behave. Lower their stress level and then you may have a chance of reaching them. Hopefully before it is too late.

Kevin Kunz

Monday, October 27, 2008

Santa Fe doctor has team of alternative practitioners to ease pain, anxiety

ABQJOURNAL HEALTH: Santa Fe doctor has team of alternative practitioners to ease pain, anxiety

"Santa Fe plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Ronel says he has devised a way to help ease patients' pain and anxiety: Blend cosmetic procedures with acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathy, medical aesthetology, nutritional counseling, psychotherapy, reflexology and Thai massage." Eric Billingsley, Albuquerque Journal, 10/27/08

This article on plastic surgery and alternative practitioners reminded me of my late friend, Gwen Dara. Gwen was an innovator who did reflexology years ago with plastic surgery patients. Only Gwen worked with the stars.

I never knew who Gwen worked on because I didn't ask. Nor do I think Gwen would tell. She was a very ethical practitioner. But everybody knew they were people you would recognize.

Gwen would come up with all kinds of innovations like getting people up after working on one foot to show them the contrast. I always learned something from her.

A CBS executive called me after Gwen had passed away. She had lost contact with Gwen and wanted to reconnect. I had to break the bad news. The executive broke into tears. I understood completely.

So when I saw this article I thought Gwen could have said, "Been there. Done that." But she wouldn't have.

Kevin Kunz

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Balance problems? Step into the iShoe

Really cool! I have been invited to a focus group for the new IShoe. The focus group will brainstorm on ideas for the IShoe.

The IShoe is a device designed to prevent falls with seniors It is a shoe bed like insert with a lot of sensors. It will signal the user as to their proper attitude.

It is also being to design to work with astronauts who have terrible problems with balance due to zero gravity.

Falls are one of the 4 "geriatric giants". The other three are memory loss, urinary incontinence and depression. But falls if they aren't deadly are very expensive. It is estimated that hip fractures are a 5 billion dollar a year cost in the US.

It will be interesting to see where the IShoe goes. It could save lives and have an impact on the costs of this problem.

Here's hoping.

Kevin Kunz

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bumpy Brain Boosters

Barbara and I have been brainstorming in the mornings while walking on cobblestone mats. We have suddenly noticed how inspired we have become. We think it is all the mat walking.

Cobblestone Mats are all the rage in Asia and have been scientiifcally tested by Oregon Research Institute. They have been shown to help with blood pressure, pain and recovery from falls. It was an Institute on Aging study through the NIH.

Reflexology paths are spreading like wildfire across the globe. The biggest concentration is in Asia but they are they have takesn hold in Europe particularly in Germany. The US is just starting to discover the benefits of reflexology paths with 3 built in Washington State by the Park's Department alone.

The cobblestone mats were originally for indoor use when the weather doesn't permit outdoor participation on reflexology paths. The mats are are easy to use and very portable.

One note of caution is to be sure they are not on a slick surface like a wood floor. Carpet underneath is best.

We just started to casually talk about projects we are working on as we walked on the mats. What evolved was brain storming sessions. We found ourselves tackling tough problems and finding it easier to solve them. Is more blood flowing to the brain? Seems like it but a simple brain scan would tell you more. Unfortunately we don't have one here.

But the really interesting thing about Einstein was when they dissected his brain. Einstein's brain is actually smaller than the average size brain. There were a few differences in his brain but not as dramatically different as one might expect. One theory is that he simply had more blood pumping to the brain.

Brisk walking has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain. Could mat walking be helping pump more of this needed blood to our brains? Only more research will be able to test this hypothesis.

Will the business brainstorming sessions in the future have business people walking around on these mats while tackling problems. Our our government leaders taking on big challenges while pacing across these mats in their socking feet. Imagine the Pentagon planners shoeless and walking on mats.

Could be highly amusing yet very productive. We plan to continue with these bumpy brain boosters.

Kevin Kunz

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Uber Heels

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Women Fall Head Over Heels for Shoe Makers' Arch Designs -

"Not so long ago, high heels were defined as 3 or 4 inches -- a footnote to give a little height and a more appealing silhouette to the wearer. But this fall, shoes have been supersized with the proliferation of 5-, 6- and even 7-inch heels and platforms." Women Fall Head Over Heels for Shoe Makers' Arch Designs, Teri Agins, Wall Street Journal Online, 10/14/08

Would you call these shoe designers "arch villains"?

Could these shoes be regulated like tobacco as selling an addictive product?

Are the designers liable for reckless endangerment?

The article mentions the popularity of these shoes being fuel by wanton wearers like Victoria Beckham. When we were in England awhile back the tabloids were running pictures of Mrs Beckham's feet. "Gnarled" is the word that pops to mind.

Several years back Newsweek mentioned that it was a good year for reflexology as the heels had risen to 4 inches. This year is going to be a good year for orthopedic surgeons.

Kevin Kunz

Monday, October 13, 2008

Coming of Age for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

A recent St. Louis Dispatch article titled Athletes Get Massage Message addresses what will soon become the newest standard to effect complementary and alternative medicine. It is the use of dosing. In other words, how much, how long and how often massage should be used with athletes is being a center stage issue. With the increasing pressure to win these factors are now under the microscope.

According to a recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers at Ohio State University found that Swedish massage helped speed muscle recovery at the cellular level for rabbits who got mechanically intense exercise.

Athletes also use Swedish massage -- stroking, kneading and pressing soft tissue. Thomas Best, professor of family medicine at Ohio State University and senior author of the rabbit study, said it's too soon for clinical trials on humans. But he considers the rabbits a strong start toward confirming massage's benefits to athletes.

Best said he hopes further research "will dictate how much massage is needed, for how long and when it should be performed after exercise."

We just finished a very extensive survey of 168 studies and found that the most successful studies took into account the frequency of technique application. The Chinese for years have taken a very close look at frequency, duration and strength of signal when trying to produce results.

Could the failure of some studies to achieve results have to do with these factors rather than whether reflexology "works" or not? Could adjusting the dose of reflexology make the difference?

The Chinese reflexology researchers certainly think so. Working with people with serious illness the researchers adjust the dose to a rather high level of once a day ( a half an hour) for 6 days then taking a day off. They do this treatment regime for 2 weeks and then evaluate the disorder. If it needs further action they continue unto another 2 week series of sessions. The Chinese get remarkable results. They are very keen to make sure the frequency in particular is enough to cause change.

If we are to move from reflexology being a "treat" as one study put it to a "treatment" will we need to look closely at these three key factors? We think so. It is hard to come away from these evidence based studies without drawing that conclusion.

But if one has a serious illness and it could be helped by this level of intensity would that be an incentive enough to try a more intense treatment regime?

I would think so. But more research is needed to pin down the required factors.

Would you be willing to give it a try if you had a serious illness?

Kevin Kunz

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pennsylvania Victory- Exemption for Reflexology

Jonna Boyd is a true reflexology hero. For 16 years she has fought for an exemption for reflexology in the state of Pennsylvania. And finally she has won.

Please drop her an email congratulating her for her victory. And tell her where you are from. She deserves all our support.


Hi All! Just a quick update for your information: Governor Rendell signed the Massage Therapy Licensure Bill late yesterday afternoon! It's official! Licensure for Massage Therapists will begin in 2009 and Reflexology is the only named exemption in the bill! I am thrilled to have been a part of this process for the protection of my profession, Reflexology! Thanks again for all your support and guidance throughout the process. Jonna


She's the best.

Kevin Kunz

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Using reflexology to manage stress in the workplace

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ScienceDirect - Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice :
Using reflexology to manage stress in the workplace: A preliminary study

This study is a preliminary study to "explore the use of reflexology in managing stress in the workplace". It was with a small group people in the UK and it demonstrated positive results.

There have been several studies to this effect. The really interesting comment in a study from Denmark by one employee was that when they felt just a general malaise the idea that the reflexologist was available gave them impetus to go to work.

Hans Selye, the famous stress researcher spoke of this general rundown feeling that stress produces. It isn't a specific disorder. Rather it is a feeling of overall fatigue.

Could reflexology effect not only these borderline "illnesses"? Reflexology by breaking up the patterns of stress off lifts the feeling of being under the weather.

But could reflexology do more than that? Could reflexology actually effect the bottom line? 

I well never forget a simple reaction that took place in a sheltered workshop I worked at right after college. We assembled several products for companies like RCA and Hoffman Laroche.

I had been taking pictures of the assembly lines for a newsletter we produced. When I was done with the pictures I posted them up on the bulletin board just for the clients interest.

Our production shot through the roof on that day and the effect continued for several days. Like a famous Westinghouse lighting study demonstrated the simple act of paying attention to workers had a beneficial effect for the bottom line.

Imagine what having a reflexologist on staff might do. In these troubled economic times it might have quite an impact on profits.

Kevin Kunz

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Top 10 things reflexology can do that medicine can't

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We have prepared a series of publications on Evidenced Based Reflexology Research. Here is a preview of some of the results. And don't get the wrong idea. This is not to suggest that reflexology is more than a complementary therapy. But according to research there are things that reflexology is capable of doing that medicine cannot do as well.

Top 10 things reflexology can do that medicine can't

1. Phantom Limb pain
2. Postpartum
3. Diabetes
4. Cancer and chemo
5. Neuropathy
6. Hemodialysis
7. Aids mentally ill providing needed benefits to reflexology work
8. Research showed relief from post traumatic stress syndrome
9. Measures of stress are significantly decreased
10. Immediate feelings of wellbeing

10 things
1. Research shows that reflexology work alleviates and, at times, eliminate phantom limb pain

2. Reflexology is  beneficial for post-partum women including issues such as Anxiety and depression and recovery from Cesarean section.

3. Research shows that reflexology work reduces physiologic measures for diabetics and is an effective treatment for type II diabetes mellitus. Circulation to the feet is improved also.

4. Thirteen studies from seven countries (US, Italy, Japan, China, Switzerland, Korea, United Kingdom) target cancer care and show the benefits of reflexology work including anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain, nausea, and vomiting.

5. Neuropathy Research shows improvement in blood flow rate, time and acceleration within the feet following reflexology work

6. Research shows that reflexology work helps  individuals undergoing hemodialysis: Improves the kidney’s functions with changes in physiologic measures: an increase in red blood cells (to combat anemia concerns), increase in lymphocytes (to help fight infection), and enhances disposal of waste products.

7. Reflexology programs and research shows that reflexology aids the mentally ill, providing needed benefits unique to reflexology work. Mental health workers report that reflexology work furnishes many advantages including facilitating communication

8. Victims of post traumatic stress syndrome experienced relief from symptoms including anger, depression and muscle tension as well as improved sleep patterns, levels of concentration and a lift in overall mood.

9. Measures of stress such as blood pressure, pulse rate and self-reported anxiety are significantly decreased, decreased or lowered.

The last point came from a client. He said when "I go to the doctor I don't know what the outcome will be. But when I see you I always feel better." He said it was a feeling of well being and that is what he paid for.

Kevin Kunz

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Healing hands firm helps baby boom (From Warrington Guardian)

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When I first read this headline I thought this person was helping Baby Boomers. No, it appears she started her own baby boom.

"Her treatments have helped almost 40 women with problems conceiving and led to the founding of the Natural Fertility Clinic, the only natural fertility clinic outside London, which is based at the main clinic in Stretton.'

“Having treated and helped so many people with fertility problems, I think that helping someone to have a baby is the most rewarding thing I have ever done,” said Tracey, a psychology graduate."

She started using reflexology with her husband because of a bad back. Little did she know her reflexology interest would lead to 40 happy couples.

Kevin Kunz

Monday, September 29, 2008

Why reflexology grows during economic tough times

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A Right to New Health Care

Consumers are now seeking to make up for what they’ve lost in the faltering economy: their health care safety net. The loss of a job means loss of health care benefits. A tighter budget translates into consumers who are cutting back on expenses including prescription medication, especially the elderly and retired. Yet, in spite of economic set backs, health continues to be an issue for all. And, reflexology can help meet those needs.

A September 22, 2008 Wall Street Journal article noted the cut back in purchase of prescription medicine. Once thought to be an ever growing market, sales of medicine have declined as consumers cut back to save money. One example was a Florida retiree who can no longer afford her medication for acid reflux and asthma. While one’s heart certainly goes out to anyone in such a position, this author’s immediate thought was: Hey! Reflexology’s helped me out with (and taken care of) both those problems. It’s too bad this woman doesn’t know about reflexology.

Loss or limited access to medical care doesn’t mean that the consumer has to abandon hope in taking care of health needs. The anxiety of facing health concerns is perhaps the most stressful part of the situation. By fully investigating what one can do to meet his or her needs as well as that of the family, one can take control and lessen the stress of the situation. And, reflexology provides such an opportunity.

Take for example an e-mail correspondent. She had written a glowing review of our newly published book (Reflexology, Health at your fingertips, DK) and we began an e-mail correspondence. She wrote about how she took care of her health care problems and those of her family’s with reflexology learned from our book. When we wrote another book and volunteered to send her one, she declined. While she appreciated the offer, her original book served her needs. It was totally personalized and customized with Post-Its and notes in the margins to easily find the information she needed to meet her family’s health concerns.

This is not to suggest that reflexology is a replacement for conventional medicine. It is still complementary in nature. But when times are tough people need something to keep going. Doing nothing isn't really an option.

Kevin Kunz

Friday, September 26, 2008

Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) shoe review roundup

Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) shoe review roundup/ Aerobics and Fitness Daily

Here is a site about those shoes that are called Masai Barefoot technology. There is a whole discussion that seems to be pretty objective. Of course these shoes cost $200 for a pair. I do, however like the idea of physiological footwear.

Kevin Kunz

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Why Rubbing Eases Pain ; The Study of Neurons and Serotonin is Explaining How Massage Works - Health - redOrbit

From this story:
"Neurons responding to pressure are longer and more insulated than pain neurons," Field said, "so the pressure message gets to the brain faster than the pain message. Once that happens, the brain 'closes the gate,' and the pain message can't get through."

"Massage also boosts levels of serotonin, the body's natural pain- relief substance, and induces deeper sleep. Well-rested bodies emit fewer pain-triggering chemicals, Field explained."

"Serotonin is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain known to influence the functioning of the cardiovascular, renal, immune, and gastrointestinal systems."

There is, quite logically, research on reflexology showing a boosting serotonin levels as well as massage. Serotonin depletion effects a lot of things including sleep, weight, depression, schizophrenia, compulsive disorders and learning problems. Depletion is even implicated in hardening of the arteries.

I was often puzzled by people losing weight while doing reflexology. I really thought it had more to do with easing tension so they were more physically active. But there also seems to be a link between sleep and weight. This again involves serotonin. Serotonin effects leptin which is implicate in weight control although the role isn't fully understood.

Could reflexology help with weight control? There are two obscure Chinese studies with the morbidly obese. But not much else. I would be interested to see what more research could tell us.

We seem to be a serotonin depleted world. We have all the symptoms.

What do you think they will find?

Kevin Kunz

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

How Much for Better Health? $10

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Report: Invest $10 a person for better health

WASHINGTON, Jul. 17, 2008 (AP Online delivered by Newstex) -- Investing just $10 per person -- roughly the price of a six-pack of beer and some chips -- could greatly fuel community programs that get couch potatoes moving, prevent smoking and improve nutrition, researchers say.

How much health does $10 a person buy? Invest that every year, and within five years the nation could cut health care costs by more than $16 billion annually, concludes a new analysis by the nonprofit Trust for America's Health and a team of public-health research groups.

When I read this I immediately thought what impact reflexology could have if it was looked at in a similar vein. I know from personal experience that our own health care costs remain very low.

My first success story with reflexology was Barbara, my wife, whose sinus headaches required expensive medication. That was 32 years ago. How much would that medication cost over 32 years? 

We have a friend who contracted a rare disease which require a shot which cost $10,000 a shot. These shots were given monthly. With reflexology he no longer needed this shot. Savings? Over 5 years that is a savings of $600,000.

Or consider the printer we knew who left the hospital two days earlier than expected after recovering from serious side effects of a gastric by-pass surgery. Then there was the aids patient who instead of being in the hospital for an additional 4 to 5 days was out that afternoon.

But what might be the hardest to measure are the little things. What does a $10 book on reflexology do? We have had people walk up to us at book signing to tell us how one of our books has changed their life. 

Or what can simple $10 foot rollers do for relaxing tension and improving circulation thus avoiding the more serious consequences of tension and loss of circulation. Or what is the impact of free information off an Internet site?

The AP article talked about bigger projects that still cost little or nothing to prevent problems. It talked about low cost programs like after school programs that cost about $40,000. Yet these programs are very effective in helping prevent health care problems and yes, even greater costs in the future.

Reflexology has an incredible potential for cutting health care costs. What about the reflexology paths being built around the world? Now much can they save for a relatively cheap construction cost?

Or what about reflexologists would donate their time to senior citizens and children? What about all those sessions either given away or at a very low cost to those in need. 

Over the years I have heard from people working with farm workers, indigenous people and a variety of needy populations. How much would these people without health insurance cost when their illness became full blown and thrust upon the system if not for reflexology?

What are your thoughts on how reflexology has saved costs for you or others? And how do you think reflexology could be used to keep costs down?

Kevin Kunz

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Healing Sleep and Reflexology

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I have really been sleeping well lately. It has been a deep sleep with lots of dreams. They are pleasant dreams. I haven't slept this well since I was a kid. 

My trick is simple. I do bamboo walking just before bed. What is bamboo walking? Legend has it that the Samurai warriors would go out in the bamboo forest and chop down a piece of bamboo. They would then split it. They would lay a piece of bamboo on the ground and walk on the rounded part. 

Of course you could work on your feet with  reflexology. There are several excellent research studies that point to the help reflexology can be. Partner reflexology can be excellent because there is a lot to letting someone else apply the technique. Or dust off that old foot roller and give it a workout. 

Sweet dreams. 

Kevin Kunz

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Reflexology and the Dying

Dear Kevin;

I have a question about reflexology and the dying. How can reflexology help those who are in the process of dying?

I've heard that the treatments need to be short and gentle. I agree with gentle, but not short. I feel a full session would give maximun benefits.
How do you feel about short treatments?

Thank you for your input.



Dear Marianne,

This is probably one of the most poignant moments in a reflexologist's career. It is a learning experience beyond any other learning experience.

There is a whole movement in this direction through hospice and other programs where reflexology is used to help find some peace. It seems to be growing rapidly.

There is an Indian belief that you can be healed yet pass on. In Western cultures we tend to fight death as the final enemy. But we all die anyway.

Yet how we pass on has real significance. I feel reflexology can really help.

I think reflexology can help in the process of dying be easing the stress not only of the person passing on but also of the families of the loved one. It is hard to describe but it seems to act as a comfort to everyone including the practitioner.

I have come away from these events with a sense of peace. I can see how working with the dying is rewarding.

Long or short sessions isn't really an issue. It is about gentle touch that is simply meant to soothe. You find what works by carefully following cues from the person. No dramatic heroics or lifesaving attempts at this point. It is about letting go in a positive way.

Kevin Kunz

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Loch Ness Monster and Reflexology

(c) This digital image was created by Sam Fentress, May 7, 2005.
I like anomalies that challenge my thinking. I don't have to agree with the anomaly. I just enjoy challenges to my conventional side. I guess that is why I first explored reflexology. I didn't really "believe" in it until much later in my exploration.

Skeptics like to think we, reflexologists are a gullible lot that accept anything weird and out of the ordinary. But in fact I come from a scientific family and know the value of logical thinking. However I also know that scientist cling to their "beliefs" with as much fervor as anyone else. They know what is true and what is false often at times without the inconvenience of research. They can be just as guilty of clinging to belief as those they point fingers at.

Even with all the research that has been done with reflexology the scientific community has been able to discount all the positive research while touting the negative evidence as flawless. This was evidenced by a recent BBC program.

Everything was discounted as a placebo effect or touchy feely types of reactions. There is really no connection between the feet and the rest of the body. The feet are not integrated into the internal organs and they cannot effect our bodies since they are seemly like a set of wheels on a cart. No connection whatsoever.

Yet we, reflexologists, are witnesses to events that simply do not fit the scientist view of the relationship between the feet and the rest of the body. These events can't be explain away by placebo effects and simple tactile stimulation.

The other night I watched a program on the History Channel about the Loch Ness monster. Again I like anomalies that challenge my thinking. It was a very well balanced program that showed both sides of the debate and to be honest I can't really say what is out there.

What struck me was not whether or not the Loch Ness monster exists or not. Some of the evidence was quite compelling. There was also compelling evidence that pointed that there were troubling questions to answer.

What struck me was what a very educated researcher who was a lawyer had to say. He said that you can discount some of the witnesses but not all of them.

He pointed to our judicial system. While our judicial system may be flawed it still works rather well.

And there are enough witnesses to some anomaly in the Loch Ness to point to a more than reasonable assumption that something is there. There are too many witnesses over too long a time.

We are witnesses to the workings of reflexology. We have seen too many events to be dismissed. We are too many of us.

What is patently clear is that here is an extremely important relationship between the feet and the rest of the body. It is integrated directly with our internal organs and our brain. We can use pressure to effect the internal organs in very profound ways.

And this relationship that is shunned by the scientists is much clearer than the Loch Ness monster. It is sitting in plain sight.

Kevin Kunz

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Doctor in Your Kitchen: PARKINSON's DISEASE

Doctor in Your Kitchen: PARKINSON's DISEASE

The "Doctor in the Kitchen" blog has quite extensive information on Parkinson's Disease. There is a lot of good information on this site. Worth reading.

My very first client had Parkinson's. There was a distinctive "button" located on the stem of her toe. This would be the area from the brainstem reflex area to the midbrain reflex area.

The basal ganglia is implicated in Parkinson's. It is hard to say if this "button" covers that area but every Parkinson's patient I have worked on had the same stress cue- the button.

It was a round calcified area on the lateral or outside of the big toe. And here is the curious part. It always seem to be on the left big toe.

Reflexology does seem to help Parkinson's patient with the symptoms. In fact a scientific research group in the UK recommends it for symptom control.

My clients felt it helped. And anything that can help with Parkinson's is a blessing.

Kevin Kunz

Friday, September 5, 2008

Ionic Foot Baths - Might as well flush your money down the john...

Talk about a hot topic. This is a very long blog on Ionic Foot Baths. They are the latest rage in using the feet to detox the body. They seem to be somewhat related to foot detox patches,

The writer of the blog generally discounts the foot baths as being nothing more than a placebo effect., In fact he feels you might as well flush your money down the toilet. However there are a lot of supporters who feel the foot baths have helped them out.

I love spirited debates. And this is one spirited debate.

How do I stand on it? Well I am a bit skeptical but I am ready to hear more. Research would be really good. Not much research is available.

What do you think? Has an ionic foot bath helped you?

Kevin Kunz

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Walking Backwards

Walking Backwards on a Treadmill: Advantages, Benefits and More!

"Research has shown that walking backwards on a treadmill, also known as retro walking, puts greater strain on your cardiovascular system than walking forward at the same speed."

We are used to walking one way forward. Our muscles and nerves are used to following the same pattern. Walking backwards shakes things up. It even makes the brain operate a little differently.

This web site has a whole set of instructions on walking backward on a treadmill. Takes a lot of practice. There is a link to research which states that this exercise "may be helpful to the prevention of falls, especially for the elderly population."

While the web site has you walk backwards on a treadmill the research says you can do this "overground initially with the use of rails or the wall for support and eventually without external support as on learns to fully control the body and the directional changes."

And here is the really good news. You burn more calories. This could offset some of the comments from your neighbors.

Kevin Kunz

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

We reached a million

We have had a million hits for our Interactive Hand Reflexology Widget. That is in slightly less than a year's time. Close to 4000 placements have taken place. That means the Hand Reflexology Widget is on web sites, blogs, and social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace pages.

DK/Penguin just launched an Interactive Foot Reflexology Widget and all ready we have close to 40,000 hits. There are close to 300 placements.

Do you have a web site, blog or Facebook page you would like to put these charts on? Or would you simply like to put these interactive charts on your desktop? It is all very easy. Just go to .

While you are there visit the full size interactive reflexology charts. They are really cool.

Kevin Kunz

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Britain's first barefoot park - Times Online

Britain's first barefoot park - Times Online

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The article was in the Times of London. It was on Britain's first barefoot park. These parks are common throughout Germany. They are really sensory pathways with a variety of materials like grass, mud, straw and pine cones. These pathways frequently take you through water. The Germans also have really cute pathways for children in the shapes of different animals like snails. The paths do have a connection to reflexology but not in an overt way.

But as I am reading this article there is the most astonishing statment by Open University.

"Of course, there are those who refuse to accept reflexology as a valid concept. 'The notion that there are connections between the feet and other areas of the body have no foundation in anatomy or physiology,' says Dr Hilary Macqueen, a senior health lecturer at the Open University. 'You can't underestimate the power of placebo. If you believe something will make you feel better, it will, as the body has huge recuperative powers.' London Times

This is one crazy statement. But it is also an eye opener. Open University really believes that there is no connection between the feet and other areas in the body. Sorry, Dr. MacQueen but the placebo effect doesn't account for locomotion and the attending parts of the body necessary to make movement possible. That includes the internal organs that help provide fuel to make walking, running and other bipedal activities possible. And yes, the brain is also involved.

What dawned on me after reading Dr. MacQueen's profoundly ignorant statement is that in fact most of Western science and medicine do not get the connection between the feet and the rest body. Feet are like wheels on a cart to them. The feet aren't connected to anything but the leg. The feet do not integrate their activities with other parts of the body. They just don't interact with any other part of the body.

So there you have it. Like Donovan's brain the feet are disconnected from the rest of the body having little or no impact on the body's sensory or motor functions. Donovan's Feet?

I feel really good that I have a handle on what these "scientists" are thinking. Rubbish.

Kevin Kunz

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Reuse Pringles Can As Foot Massager

Reuse Pringles Can As Foot Massager

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I've found another use for a Pringles can. I recently injured my back and have nerve damage in my foot and leg. My foot burns constantly and the muscles in my lower leg are pretty well shot. I've found relief by rolling a Pringles can forward and back, from heel to toe. I can do this under my desk while I work. It feels like an incredible massage on the bottom of your foot. I believe it's helping to build my muscles back up in my foot and lower leg, as well. This is what you call "good and cheap".

By Artlady from Edmond, OK

As you can spend a lot of money on foot rollers. but you can also use found objects for a pretty good foot roller. The Pringles can from is a good idea. Here are some others.

Our first typist on The Complete Guide to Foot Reflexology used an old coffee can. This worked fine until it shot out from under her desk at the office she worked at. It hit her boss's foot who happened to be walking by. He was quite puzzled.

A couple of old golf balls dropped in a sock is nifty. Tie a knot so the golf balls don't escape.

A tortilla rolling pin which looks like a fat dowel stick works. It was a traditional practice for Mexican women to drop it on the floor after a long day and simply roll their feet. (see picture above) Hopefully they washed it before the next use. :-)

Dog toys are cheap and frequently have interesting features which make them good for rolling your feet. A example is a throwing stick which has ribbing on it. Of course if your dog is around this may proof troublesome.

What can you think of that is one effective and two cheap to free?

Kevin Kunz

Friday, August 22, 2008

Reflexology at the Olympics

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It is interesting reading all the blogging coming out of China. There are a lot of reports of people talking about their reflexology experiences. The athletes and journalists have been reportedly treated to reflexology through the Olympic village. But the spectators have share the experience as well since reflexology has become so popular in China.

As the Olympics draw to a close there is all ready a move on by UK reflexologists to provide athletes and media reflexology at the 2012 Games in London. Have the chinese started a trend which may continue into the foreseeable future?

Might the future of athletics be shaped by the introduction of reflexology into the Olympics. When Dara Torres misses a gold medal by 1/100th of a second could reflexology have helped? Could gymnasts vying for the gold have a better chance with reflexology because reflexology contributes to their balance and body awareness? Or could sprinters have that little extra burst of energy at the finish line to make that winning dash?

I have always felt reflexology had more than a health role to play. Health is critical. But we also enjoy our recreation.

Sports are increasingly competitive. What could reflexology do to contribute to helping those athletes chase their dreams?

Something to think about.

Kevin Kunz

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

No Pain- No gain

YouTube - 绍甫脚底按摩

You won't believe this footwork. It is real torture. Notice the bamboo held between the teeth.

Not recommend technique. It is almost funny if it wasn't so painful to watch

Kevin Kunz

Reflexology at the Olympics

Just got a spotting of reflexology on the Today Show (US). It was 8:45 AM (August 19) in a segment called "Today from Beijing". If anyone can tape it we would be most grateful. Please send it to

It may be shown tonight.

Kevin Kunz

BTW The foot reflexology widget has gone crazy. There are 19,000 hits so far.

Friday, August 15, 2008

In Japan, dressing up from toe to toe

In Japan, dressing up from toe to toe - International Herald Tribune: "reflexology"
Toe socks

We were given toe socks as a present when we visited Japan in 1990. They are a bit hard to get on but a lot of fun.

This was years ago and toe socks were not distributed in the West that much. Toe socks get a lot of attention.

I liked taking off my shoes at demonstrations and wiggling my toes. It looks very strange. The toes look like little stubby fingers.

The ancient Egyptians saw the toes as being associated with different gods. As this article points out the Japanese believe socks are an important part of dress.

They do have their own individual personalities. Perhaps the toes for a lot of reasons need their own space.

Kevin Kunz

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Olympic Village and Reflexology


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With an estimated 5 million reflexologists in China according to the Chinese government it was bound to happen that the athletes encounter reflexology. But we would not have guessed the athletes would have unlimited reflexology at the Olympic Village according to New Zealand blogger, Crystal Bretschger.

The Olympic Village

"Oskar gave me a tour yesterday of the Olympic Village and it's awesome. The guys are staying at a 5-star hotel, but for free. All athletes have at their disposal; unlimited massages/reflexology, healthcare, food (dining hall and take-away cafe), gym, olympic sized pool and an army of volunteers."


I am hopeful that the TV will cover this.

Kevin Kunz

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The premature baby who was kept alive by tickling her feet

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The premature baby who was kept alive by tickling her feet
| Mail Online

"Being so premature meant that Emma's heart had not fused together properly, so at six weeks old she had to have surgery to correct it.'

"The operation was a success, but afterwards Emma was faced with another life-threatening problem. She would suddenly stop breathing dozens of times each day.'

"Mrs Young said: 'The first time it happened Emma's face went white and I thought we had lost her. But then the nurses leapt into action and tickled the soles of her feet.'

"Suddenly her little chest started to go up and down again.'

"The nurses told us that because she had been so premature, her body kept forgetting how to breathe.'
By LUCY LAING, Daily Mail
Last updated at 7:46 AM on 04th August 2008

My comment:
Dr. Oz in his book, 'Healing from the Heart" talks about saving a young patient's life by pumping his foot. We have revived several people using the "pituitary" area of the foot. Isn't it time to look at the main ingredient of reflexology, pressure to the bottom of the feet, as the most important element in the workings of reflexology?

If a premature baby can be reflexively brought back to life by tickling her foot, what is the systematic application of pressure techniques doing?

Kevin Kunz

Friday, August 8, 2008

Foot Reflexology Interactive Widget

What a surprise! This morning I ran into DK/Penguin's last widget - a foot reflexology widget based on our books.

Sneaky #$%&*. DK didn't tell me. Wanted to surprise us.

the Foot Reflexology Widget is even better than the Hand Reflexology Widget as it is even more precise in locating the areas.

You can put this widget on your web page, blog or social networking site such as MySpace or Facebook with the click of a button.

Spread the word. Tell ten friends. thanks.

Kevin Kunz

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Balance problems? Step into the iShoe

Balance problems? Step into the iShoe - MIT News Office

"Your grandmother might have little in common with an astronaut, but both could benefit from a new device an MIT graduate student is designing to test balancing ability.'

"The iShoe insole could help doctors detect balance problems before a catastrophic fall occurs, says Erez Lieberman, a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology who developed the technology as an intern at NASA.

CNN Balance problems? Step into the iShoe
MIT grad student's invention could one day prevent fall.'
Anne Trafton, News Office
July 16, 2008

The smart shoe may be on it's way. The idea behind this shoe is to prevent catastrophic falls. But the inventor seems to have plans beyond that.

"Lieberman is now testing the iShoe technology in a small group of patients. The current model is equipped to diagnose balance problems, but future versions could help correct such problems, by providing sensory stimulation to the feet when the wearer is off-kilter."

I predicted the smart shoe years ago. I was disappointed when the first shoe was simply a running shoe that tracked your activity. The IShoe shows real promise as a revolution in footwear for seniors.

Kevin Kunz

Hand reflexology - Clearspring

Hand reflexology - Clearspring

We are closing in on a million hits on our Hand Reflexology Widget. Close to 3500 web sites, blogs, and social networking sites have put the widget on their sites.

Help us pass a million. Come see our Hand Reflexology widget. It is fun and the widget link leads to the great interactive charts produce by our publisher DK/Penguin.

Learn reflexology the fun way.

Kevin Kunz

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Reflexology Charts

Reflexology Charts

People Love Charts

We just put up a page on our reflexology charts in bulk. It is probably the fastest and easiest way to spread the word about your reflexology practice. We can have the charts personalized with your name and number on them. It is a really good marketing tool. People hold onto charts forever.

If you don't have a reflexology practice we can produce charts without your information. It is a great way to spread the word about reflexology. And it is a fun conversation piece.

Kevin Kunz

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Russian Astronauts and Children's Development

Years ago there was a Russian device that was meant to help with the effects of weightlessness in space. Rather than the high tech devices like the American space program this was pretty simple.

It looked like a detached swing like from a playground swing set. You hooked the "seat" around your feet and pulled on the ropes to produce pressure to the bottom of the feet. Astronauts experience a lot of serious effects of zero gravity. Astronauts particularly lose a great deal of bone mass in the heel. Pressure to the bottom of the feet helps mitigate the effects.

Imagine our surprise to find a similar device to help kids develop neurologically. Again the device loops around the feet and kids walk on it. Maybe these kids are future astronaut in training.

Kevin Kunz

Monday, August 4, 2008

No pain, no gain

YouTube - foot reflexology

"Taiwan set a World Record by arranging for 1,008 people to have a foot massage simultaneously."

The above is a video of this Guinness book of record attempt at the largest foot reflexology session ever held. The event took place in Taiwan.

The interesting part of this video is the expressions on the participant's faces. They are expressions of pain. The Asian view of reflexology in general is "no pain, no gain."

This video took me back to our trip to Japan in 1990. We attended the Rwo Shr conference. Our host, a Japanese company that marketed foot rollers, paid our whole way and entertained us in lavish style.

I had given a speech for several thousand people which was indeed intimidating but I got through it. I felt it was all downhill from there.

Then they asked me to give a speech to their consultants. They were reflexologists who worked in a type of product show room that featured reflexology and massage products for the home. It sounded like a piece of cake since it was only for 60 people.

But at the last second they asked me to explain the difference between the Rwo Shr method and our method. Having been worked on by a Rwo Shr practitioner I was a bit panicked. The pain was incredible. I begged off the second foot. And I have a high tolerance to pain.

Father Josef, a Swiss priest brought back some of the ancient techniques. The Rwo Shr method (meaning Josef in Mandarian Chinese) was named for him. He explained to us that he is really pretty tough with his technique application but he got results.

What was quite awkward was that Father Josef was sitting in the first row with the other dignitaries of the Rwo Shr method. Then it struck me. My old martial arts background was the ticket.

While we were waiting to be taken to the conference earlier that day I had been fooling around with one of those travel kiosks that tells you about sites of note. Having practiced Judo in my younger years I looked up the Kodokan. The Kodokan is the home of judo in Japan.

The kiosk information talked about judo being "the gentle way". That was it. When I gave my speech I explained that in Juijitsu, the forerunner of judo there were two schools- the soft school and the hard school. We were the soft school of reflexology like judo was to juijitsu. Around the room there was a nodding of heads as this seemed agreeable. The front row seemed very pleased as well.

The only downside of this was my nickname from then on. I was "software" from then on among my Japanese friends.

Seeing those faces grimacing in the Guinness record video brought all that back.

Kevin Kunz

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pzizz tool lowers stress

Jason from Pzizz sent me this program to try out. Okay so it isn't reflexology but I am going to go off topic for this one.

The program is called Pzizz. Here is the ad copy they sent:

"If you feel tired during the day, Pzizz is definitely for you! In as little as 10 minutes, Pzizz can clear your brain, improve focus, lower stress and lets you get on with your day by helping you take a short performance break. How does it work? The Pzizz software is downloaded to your PC/Mac/mobile device in two forms an Energizer Module (which helps users take power naps during the day) and a Sleep Module (which helps user get a good night’s sleep). The voice, music, and sound effects in the Pzizz software induce the most beneficial brain-wave patterns at any given stage of sleep."

I listen to relaxation tapes nearly everyday. I thought I would put this one through it's paces. I tried it during the day in all kinds of conditions even with the TV blasting. It worked.

I tried it first thing in the morning when I had had a hard time sleeping because of a late night phone call. I tried it after a stressful family event. Each time it worked.

The one problem I have with relaxation tapes is that they take thirty to forty minutes. And even then I should not handle heavy equipment or machinery right after I get up. I am still out of it for quite awhile.

Pzizz leaves me energized immediately. . I am feeling like Pzizzing right now. I know I can recharge on the spot. And if you want a shorter or longer version you can adjust it. But take the time to do the twenty minute version for awhile.

The night time version also works well as I have a deeper sleep. Still exploring it. But pleased so far.

I am not getting a dime out of this. Try it.

Kevin Kunz