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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
By RYAN KISIEL
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.