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It was very interesting to do as it isn't easy to do studies on Reflexology, The hard part is how to build a control group that will work.
The people who did this study made a concerted effort to develop an objective methodology. It is certainly encouraging that there was so much thought that went into this study.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This week we were asked for the first time we were asked to do a peer review of a reflexology research article. Usually a peer is considered a doctor or a PHd who really isn't familiar with reflexology so they don't really understand field. So this is a step forward.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
We have agreed to cooperate on a wide range of issues. Mr. Esad is a very gracious person and has managed to popularize Reflexology throughout of Turkey.
One of the things we agreed upon is that Reflexology can be explained within the nervous system. What is interesting is that Mr. Esad has worked a lot with mental health.
I have always felt that Reflexology has a lot to offer the mental health fields. This may be a very rapidly developing part of Reflexology especially with trail blazers like Mr. Esad.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Clogged Arteries: “Maybe mummy should have laid off the salt”
“Researchers using CT scanners found signs of heart disease, long thought to be a modern malady, in centuries old mummies…” A Wall Street Journal article notes that a cardiac physician was intrigued to see arteriosclerosis listed as the cause of death for a mummy on exhibit in Egypt. With the help of a CT scan and twenty-two mummies, “They (researchers) were able to identify the hearts, arteries or both in 16 of the mummies, nine of whom had deposits of calcification.” —indicating artherosclerosis. Eating meat was common to upper-class Egyptians which may have contributed to the condition. In addition, since the meat was preserved in salt,“the possibility (is) that some of these Egyptians had high blood pressure.” “On the scans, ‘atherosclerosis looks just like it does in our modern day patients…,’ ” reported one researcher, a cardiologist. The study, reported at the scientific meeting of the American Heart Association, speculates that clogged arteries may, thus, be a “human condition” rather than a modern malady as long thought.
Too bad the former pharaohs whose bodies are current mummies didn’t avail themselves of reflexology—at least on a more consistent basis. After all, it’s entirely possible that some of them had access. A pictograph showing reflexology work is found in the tomb of Ankh-mahor, physician to the pharaoh in approximately 2350 B. C. E. (more)
OK, we’re being tongue-in-cheek here but for those of us today with high blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, research shows that reflexology can create remarkable improvement in such human conditions. Reflexology work improves cholesterol and triclycerides levels when applied sufficiently—30-40 minutes five or six times a week for 20 sessions. While a less frequent application does not have this effect, research shows that reflexology application in virtually any amount can impact blood pressure levels. From real time measurements to a single session to weekly sessions, ten studies show blood pressure to be lowered significantly. Also effective in lowering blood pressure was the self-help technque of walking on a reflexology mat three times a week for 8 weeks.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
- Reﬂexology Research and Quality of Life
- What Impact Can Reflexology Have on Our Lives?
- The Reﬂexology Expert and The Reﬂexology Lifestyle
- This is an interesting time for the reﬂexology professional.
- The Reﬂexology Party
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
PURPOSE: This study was to examine the effects of self-foot reflexology on stress, fatigue and blood circulation in premenopausal middle-aged women. METHODS: A quasi-experimental nonequivalent control group, pretest-posttest design was used. Participants were 59 premenopausal, middle-aged women in their 40s and 60s living in G city: 30 in the experiment group and 29 in the control group. Data were collected from May to August 2008. Self-foot reflexology was performed three times a week for 6 weeks for 40 min at each session. RESULTS: The results showed that self-foot reflexology was effective in reducing perceived stress and fatigue and helped blood circulation in premenopausal middle-aged women. CONCLUSION: Self-foot reflexology may be an effective nursing intervention in reducing perceived stress and fatigue and in improving blood circulation.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thanks for your reply, Mark. You note that in addition to reflexology and reflexology paths, the Chinese also believe that their health is impacted by walking backwards, avoiding cold drinks and air conditioning. Certainly whole realms of sociology are devoted to the study of cultural beliefs. A lay viewpoint (mine) sees the list of Chinese health beliefs as ranging from superstition to tradition to proven fact. (Perhaps you can guess where I’m about to place uses of reflexology and the reflexology path on this continuum.)
First let me digress to note the recent work of T. R. Reid. In his book Healing in America, as well in presentations on PBS and in many magazines, the author writes and speaks of his conclusions from a journey around the world to seek treatment for an old shoulder injury. In the US, he was advised to have expensive surgery, In the UK, he was advised to go home. In both France and Germany, physical therapy was recommended. In India, he received massage, herbs and meditation. It would be the Indian solution that helped alleviate (at least for a while) his shoulder pain. His conclusion: The traditions and expectations of a culture help determine the health services offered.
Just as the application of reflexology technique is a tradition embedded in cultures throughout Asia so too is walking the reflexology path. Among Western countries, reflexology practice is, perhaps most embedded in Germany. While not commonly know yet (except in Germany and Austria where some 60“barefoot paths’ find popular use), walking the reflexology path is, for example, a “fashionable fitness activity” in parks across China.
Research elevates both reflexology and walking the reflexology path beyond belief and into fact. Belief and tradition do come into play, however. In countries where the tradition is established, it would seem that science and scientists have been more willing to step in and conduct research. Perhaps it becomes a circular problem: scientific fact does not exist without research yet research is not conducted without a basis in belief that there's something worth testing. (See below.) Thus, your statement that "…there seems to be a large segment of the world's population who think that reflexology is a complete sham" should—to my mind—read "In point of fact much of the world's population believes that reflexology impacts health. Western and other cultures who don't have yet to give it a fair chance."
I note that I am hardly a casual observer in such a debate. Aside from following reflexology research since first reports in 1993, I spent a year researching research resulting in a 214-page document (Evidence-Based Reflexology for Health Professionals and Researchers by Kunz and Kunz, 2008). What I found surprised me—and I had been observing closely.
Put most simply, research shows that reflexology impacts the physiological process of the body— even from the moment technique application begins. Effects are shown real-time in studies using EEG (4 studies), Doppler sonongram (2 studies), and fMRI's (4 studies) among other measurements. Real time results include pain reduction and relaxation. Results also show improved circulation to the kidneys and intestines as well as pinpoint effects on areas of the brain as predicted by a reflexology chart. Just to give real-people meaning to such results, further application of reflexology over time shows improvements in kidney and intestine function for kidney dialysis patients and individuals of all ages experiencing constipation respectively. Individuals with phantom limb pain were shown to experience a decrease or complete cessation of pain. Pain reduction was experienced by women giving birth and cancer patients. Research also demonstrates potential mechanisms of action at work to explain the workings of reflexology, for example, improved circulation and impact on /exercise of the nervous system.
I could go on but I'll cut to the chase on research for walking the reflexology path. A landmark study at Oregon Research Institute (quoted frequently in China) found such walking resulted in health improvements for seniors such as decrease in blood pressure and lessened fear of falling. Other research has documented improved blood and nerve circulation . The Chinese speculate that such improvements lessen susceptibility to illness as well as forestall or improve other health problems.
In conclusion I note that it would seem that belief is a highly human and malleable thing. One culture's belief is another's unfounded superstition. Is there a middle ground? Can anyone know / investigate everything (such as reflexology)? I have no real answers to these questions but, in the case of reflexology, I hope expanded knowledge will lessen the cultural divide that exists between those who successfully utilize reflexology to improve health and those who don't.
I note the following from Kunz and Kunz, Evidence-Based Reflexology for Health Professionals and Researchers , RRP Press, 2008, pages 26-27
Cultural and historic factors (in reflexology research)
Results can vary depending on the country where the research was conducted. As noted above, Tovey raises the issue of impact on research due to bias in the medical system. In a similar vein, there is an impact on research varying with societies where reflexology use is a traditional part of the culture and those where it is not. While it is difficult to weigh possible ramifications, it does add interest to a review of research.
To some extent the sheer number of reflexology studies by country makes a statement. More studies are reported in Denmark - fourteen - than the United States - thirteen. Considering the populations of each, the inequity is apparent. The pattern of reflexology in each country makes a statement. In Denmark, surveys have shown that reflexology is the most popular complementary and alternative medical practice with some 25% of the citizens using it regularly. In the US, chiropractics is the most used followed by massage therapy.
Interesting to note also is who conducts the research. In this report, China leads the way in numbers of studies with more than 50 studies followed by Korea with 20 studies. In China, research is conducted by medical doctors and in Korea by nurses. And, the studies reported here are likely to be the tip of the iceberg. Research from China and Korea lacks broader circulation due to language differences and communication gaps. This is demonstrated by a report from Korea. Younghae Chung, PhD of Dongshin University in Korea notes: "There were 59 master's and doctoral theses and peer reviewed articles on foot reflexology published in Korea from January 1990 to December 2006" (as compared to the 20 Korean studies reported here).
Few studies are reported in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, countries with deeply entrenched reflexology use. It is almost as if there is no need to prove with research something so widely believed and so much a part of the culture.
Numbers of negative studies also make a statement. Some one-third of studies in Denmark result in negative outcomes. By contrast, a report from China reports a 6% "not effective" rate in a review of 8,096 cases and 63 disorders. In Chinese research, reflexology work is commonly applied in a series of ten daily sessions followed by an evaluation. Work proceeds for another ten day cycle if needed to achieve desired goals. There are several ways to consider this pattern. Long time reflexologists nod in agreement. They understand that frequency of technique application is a key component of reflexology work. That there is no time limit to reflexology's application during Chinese research makes good sense. After all how else could you discover how much reflexology work is needed to impact a particular disorder? The issue is, thus of impact on research due to bias in the medical system. In a similar vein, there is an impact on research varying with societies where reflexology use is a traditional part of the culture and those where it is not. While it is difficult to weigh possible ramifications, it does add interest to a review of research. To some extent the sheer number of reflexology studies by country makes a statement. More studies are reported in Denmark - fourteen - than the United States - thirteen. Considering the populations of each, the inequity is apparent. The pattern of reflexology in each country makes a statement. In Denmark, surveys have shown that reflexology is the most popular complementary and alternative medical practice with some 25% of the citizens using it regularly. In the US, chiropractics is the most used followed by massage therapy. Interesting to note also is who conducts the research. In this report, China leads the way in numbers of studies with more than 50 studies followed by Korea with 20 studies. In China, research is conducted by medical doctors and in Korea by nurses. And, the studies reported here are likely to be the tip of the iceberg. Research from China and Korea lacks broader circulation due to language differences and communication gaps. This is demonstrated by a report from Korea. Younghae Chung, PhD of Dongshin University in Korea notes: "There were 59 master's and doctoral theses and peer reviewed articles on foot reflexology published in Korea from January 1990 to December 2006" (as compared to the 20 Korean studies reported here). Few studies are reported in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, countries with deeply entrenched reflexology use. It is almost as if there is no need to prove with research something so widely believed and so much a part of the culture. Numbers of negative studies also make a statement. Some one-third of studies in Denmark result in negative outcomes. By contrast, a report from China reports a 6% "not effective" rate in a review of 8,096 cases and 63 disorders. In Chinese research, reflexology work is commonly applied in a series of ten daily sessions followed by an evaluation. Work proceeds for another ten day cycle if needed to achieve desired goals. There are several ways to consider this pattern. Long time reflexologists nod in agreement. They understand that frequency of technique application is a key component of reflexology work. That there is no time limit to reflexology's application during Chinese research makes good sense. After all how else could you discover how much reflexology work is needed to impact a particular disorder? The issue is, thus, not Will reflexology impact the disorder? but How long will it take? and What will be the efficacy? (how many of the study's participants will be significantly effected, effected or not effected). Such a statement speaks volumes about the entrenchment of reflexology in the Chinese culture.
With experience comes knowledge. The Chinese researchers have demonstrated that with sufficient conditioning through reflexology application, the body can be prompted to behave in a better manner. The change can be so dramatic as to eradicate illness. The Chinese study of urination in men over 55 found that some were "cured" with reflexology "Significantly effective (cure") in 48.68% of all cases." For 44.95% of study participants, reflexology was shown to be "Effective or improvement," thus, offering a way to effectively ameliorate their frequent urination.(109)+
Monday, November 9, 2009
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Monday, October 26, 2009
It was October 25, 1984 when Hand and Foot Reﬂexology, A Self-Help Guide by Barbara and Kevin Kunz was ﬁrst published and, on October 25, 2009, we celebrate twenty-ﬁve years in publication. With twenty-ﬁve printings in the U. S. and publication in six languages (English, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian and Hebrew), it has reached thousands over the years. Not many books reach their 25th birthdays—actually, some 90% of all books fail in their ﬁrst season and never see
a second printing.
So what was it about Hand and Foot Reﬂexology that made it a quarter-century success story? When you look inside this book, you well see it is full of self-help technique descriptions and
illustrations. What really stands out to this author is that behind every word and every stroke of the illustrating pen is the power of an idea: The power of reﬂexology is the power of you. It’s in your hands to make a difference to your body, your health, your mood. You can create change in your own body, its tone, its tension level.
Readers seemed to like the approach. Hand and Foot Reﬂexology, A Self-Help Guide was the most stolen book at Planetree Health Resource Library—so they decided to offer it for sale. We had added so many drawings—2002 black and white line drawings—because we knew it would help those who spoke other languages. It worked as we saw at a book signing and demonstration in Farmington, New Mexico which borders the Navajo Indian reservation. An older Navajo lady dressed in traditional tribal garb of velvet blouse, full skirt and squash blossom necklace of silver and turquoise. walked in and sat down. She seemed to like the reﬂexology work. She bought a book commenting, Good. Pictures. As she was leaving she said The tribe wanted me to try the new medicine. I wanted to try the old medicine.
In the writing of this book two things collided. A self-help reﬂexology approach of just do it, just pick among the reﬂexology techniques and use the one that works for what you need. Then, there was how reﬂexology works. If there was a logical explanation, we felt readers would think Yes, reﬂexology is real and because it is real, it can help me.
Barbara and Kevin Kunz
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Hot Spring Parks
Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park
A special treat at this hot springs park is hot spring water flowing over the cobblestoned walkway. (Or, so I thought until I read a comment from one who tried this. The jury’s still out on this one.) “A Water Reflexology Path full of Reflexology Stones where the Hot Spring Water is constantly flowing on top.” Also available are a “pebbled reflexology path” and “a pool in which to dip your feet.” Intriguing are the stations of bubbling spring water in which to boil eggs to observe the water’s temperature.
“A healing centre at the foothill of the Titiwangsa Range, the Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park in Sungkai, Perak, is one of the best managed hot springs in the country.…Sungai Klah attracts both locals and foreigners, including the Taiwanese, Japanese and Koreans. Many come to seek a cure for their skin disorders, rheumatism, arthritis, insomnia, respiratory troubles, blood circulation and other ailments.…Since the official opening in 2003, it gets some 20,000 visitors each month. It is packed on weekends, when the hot springs are open from 8am till 10pm. …Its manager Mohd Zainuddin Masduki says: ‘Visitors, especially those from Ipoh, Trolak, Slim River and nearby areas, come in just one or two hours before closing time. Then there are those who make a quick dash in after office hours.’…The entrance fee of RM5 (US$1.45) for adults, RM4 for senior citizens and RM3 for children offers access to the swimming and therapeutic pools, water reflexology course , family baths etc. There’s also a pebbled reflexology path and a pool in which to dip your feet.”
Monday, October 19, 2009
Just found this site which is called MRI Answers. It has our functional MRI report. Going mainstream...
Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) February 7, 2008 -- Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) studies are about to change reflexology, providing illustration of some of reflexology's basic tenets. In three separate studies, Hong Kong researchers explored with fMRI what happens in the brain when pressure or technique is applied to specifc reflex areas of the left foot. Their finding: the specific parts of the brain activated by such work correlates with reflexology's theory and intended use.
In one study, reflexology applied to a specific part of the foot activated the reflected area. Specifically technique stimulation applied to the inner lateral corner of the left great toe activated the right temporal lobe, the part of the brain related to the reflex area. of the brain inner lateral corner of the left great toe to see if this would activate the part of the brain reflected by this reflex area, the right temporal lobe.
In another study, reflexology technique stimulation of the eye reflex area activated a region of the brain matching acupupoint stimulation of stroke patients with vision defects but not the visual part of the brain.
In a third study, reflexology pressure work was compared to electro-acupuncture work. This study is discussed in detail in below. The above-mentioned studies will be detailed in the future.
The studies were presented at the NeuroImage Meeting, the Annual Meeting of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping, 2005 and 2006. The researchers found that the"fMRI is a useful to investigate the central neural pathway of reflexology" The researchers, Annie M. Tang, Geng Li, Chan C.C., Edward Yang, K.K.K. Wong and R. Li are with the University of Hong Kong.
During the study "Comparison of Foot Reflexology and Electro-Acupuncture: An fMRI study," the researchers used fMRI to compare what happens in the brain when pressure is applied to foot reflexology's adrenal gland reflex area and what happens when electrical stimulation is applied to acupuncture's K1 point, both located in approximately the same area of the foot. What they found was that the areas of the brain activated by both "were mostly localized at insula region. The stimulated reflex zone and acupoint is the treatment point for psychological anxiety, inflammation and asthma according to Reflexology and Chinese medicine. The activation in insula demonstrated that massage (reflexology) or acupuncture stimuli at the point may probably regulate emotional and pain effects. Our results are consistent with the results in psychological asthma. Also, our results indicate that massage (reflexology) has the same function as acupuncture." Annie M. Tang, Geng Li, Edward S. Yang, "Comparison of Foot Reflexology and Electro-Acupuncture: An fMRI study," The Jockey Club MRI Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong 474 TH-PM; Presented at Twelfth Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping; NeuroImage 31 (2006) 237
The insula is associated with emotions, pain and visceral functions as well as integration of homeostatic information. According to Dr. Martin Paulus, a psychiatrist at the University of California, San Diego, the mind and body are integrated in the insula. "The insula itself is a sort of receiving zone that reads the physiological state of the entire body and then generates subjective feelings that can bring about actions like eating, that keep the body in a state of internal balance." (Blakeslee, Sandra, "A Small Part of the Brain, and its Profound Effects," New York Times.com February 6, 2007)
The fMRI study showed that reflexology stimuli activates other areas of the brain, one of which receives information about sensory information such as pressure to the feet. This area is the somatosensory cortex, the homunculus or the "little man," a representation of the body projected onto the brain. Reflexologists view the reflexology chart as a representation of the body projected onto the foot. The fMRI study thus shows that stimuli applied to the representation of the body on the foot communicates with the representation of the body in the brain. (Kunz and Kunz have long contended that the foot reflexology chart is one of several "homunculi" of the body. At least five parts of the brain are organized as a homunulus.)
The implications of the fMRI study are many. Among them is an understanding of other recent studies. For one, reflexology work was found to improve pain tolerance and pain threshold. (Carol Samuel "The effects on reflexology on pain threshold and tolerance in an ice-pain experiment on healthy human subject," May 13, 2007, International Congress on Complementary Medical Research (Conference)) The fMRI study has found a direct correlation between pressure to a single reflex area of the foot and one of the brain's processing areas for pain, the insula. This same area of the brain helps integrate homeostatic responses and may help explain results obtained in other research studies that link reflexology to changes in the body's viscera. Austrian researchers, For example, found improved blood flow to the kidneys after reflexology technique was applied to the kidney reflex area. In another study, Austrian researchers found the same results with an intestine reflex areas and blood flow to the intestines. Further research has demonstrated a change in blood sugar level (pancreas function) as well as functions of the heart.
Such results support a contention by Kunz and Kunz that reflexology's stimulation of pressure to the feet, by definition, communicates with and creates change in the body's homeostasis. The rationale is that in order to walk the body must see itself and fuel itself. The fMRI study demonstrates an actual mechanism with the body to explain such a theory.
Tang Annie M., Li Geng., Chan C.C., Wong K.K.K., Li R. and Edward Yang Brain Activation at Temporal Lobe Induced by Foot Reflexology: an fMRI Study, 11th Annual NeuroImage Meeting. 2005, 1445. (Publication No. :102229)www.humanbrainmapping.org
Tang M.Y., Li G., Chan C.C., Wong K.K.K., Li R. and Yang E.S., Vision Related Reflex Zone at the Feet: An fMRI Study, 11th Annual NeuroImage Meeting. 2005, 1431. (Publication No. : 102226)
Annie M. Tang, Geng Li, Edward S. Yang, "Comparison of Foot Reflexology and Electro-Acupuncture: An fMRI study," The Jockey Club MRI Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong 474 TH-PM; Presented at Twelfth Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping www.humanbrainmapping.org; NeuroImage 31 (2006) 237
Author: Barbara Kunz- Reflexology Research Project
http://www.reflexology-research.com (Reflexology Research Project)
Friday, October 16, 2009
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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Your blog posting gave me pause. I appreciate the comments and observations made by a world traveler such as yourself. I would like to put an oar in the water here by challenging your comments about reflexology. The reason I’m doing this, is that now is a critical time for thinking about health and how one acquires it. With aging populations and rising medical costs, such issues are under debate and reflexology deserves a chair at the table.
You see in many cultures, people do take responsibility for their own health and reflexology is a key component. I contend that this fact did not present itself during your Google and Wikipedia searches is more of a commentary about the intricacies of information-finding in the world of the Web than it is about the place of reflexology in the world.
“I've also done a Google search on reflexology and there seems to be a large segment of the world's population who think that reflexology is a complete sham.… “Personally, I'm happy to wear these sandals around my apartment for a few minutes a day. Do I think that my life is going to be changed significantly by wearing them? No. Do I have faith that these sandals might help my qi out in some way that could possibly have positive benefits on my life? I'm not counting on it.”
When you note that your Google search revealed that most of the world doesn’t believe in reflexology, aren’t you noting that this is true when one refers to information available through an English-language Google search? (Google foreign language searches tell another story and, by the way, “reflexology” may not be the word utilized for the practice in these other languages.)
At the same time you note that the reflexology paths (as shown by a photo on your blog) are found in most parks in China and Asia as well as the reflexology sandals you picture “mimic the walking paths” and are found in most Chinese pharmacies. It seems that you yourself are making an argument for the fact that reflexology is used by those in the most populous country in the world as well as all Asian countries. After all why would these reflexology paths be in parks all over China and Asia if people did not believe in the idea?
Also, FYI the Wikipedia posting on reflexology that you note is a battleground for reflexologists and skeptics. Depending on when you read it, you’ll see which opinion holds sway at that particular moment.
• You quote Wikipedia noting that reflexologists don’t agree on how reflexology works. This is true of not only reflexology but of any vibrant, idea that enthusiasts enjoy discussing. (To see why we think it works in the nervous system as well as to view the research undertaken in some 23 countries, see our web page.)
• The definition of reflexology cited on Wikipedia doesn’t agree with the consensus of reflexologists which is that reflexology is the application of pressure to the feet. Further digging will show you that pressure to the feet is central to the body’s proprioceptive (nervous system) information for helping the body move as well as determine what the internal organs need to be doing. If pressure from the feet shows an individual is seated, a different internal response is needed than if the person is jogging.
By the way, reflexology is fully integrated into the seeking of health health and medicine in Chinese culture as well as that of other countries in Asia. Reflexology use in hospitals of China and Korea especially speaks of its use on a medical level. The reflexology paths and sandals are examples of self-help use. (The Chinese government includes Tap Shek (Stepping Stone) paths as part of its National Fitness Plan including granting money to build paths in Chinese cities. It is seen as a low impact fitness system appropriate for senior citizens who, reportedly, line up for their “fashionable fitness activity,” a 15-minute morning and evening walks..) Reflexology services are available across China in several chains of “reflexology parlors,” one of which includes 700 outlets. One of the top tax payers in Japan is the woman who owns a chain of reflexology parlors in that country. Japanese tourists travel to Taiwan to visit that country’s reflexologists who practice a unique style. I could go on with other examples of the active reflexology industry in Asia, making one think that all this money is being spent on a commodity (reflexology) that these people belive in.
Thanks for the chance to voice my opinion and safe journey in your future travels,
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The reflexology paths of Malaysia are most notable for where they are found—virtually everywhere, spreading throughout the culture with the most diverse use of reflexology paths of any country.
In Malaysia, if you build it, be sure to include a reflexology path or so one might think when
reviewing them. Paths are found in: city parks, national forest parks, hospitals, hot springs resorts, spa resorts, commercial developments, housing developments, and group homes for special children and the elderly. We counted thirty paths noted below and didn’t bother to keep track of how many condominiums included a reflexology path—they all do and there are lots of them.
Great stone work, lovely designs and pleasant surroundings are hall marks of the reflexology
paths of Malaysia. Like paths in other countries, most paths are situated in multi-use areas where there are many activities, for example, playgrounds, jogging paths, hot springs, hiking trails, and /or swimming pools. Surroundings include landscaped park settings or forested nature. Reflexology paths built for particular groups—at hospitals, facilities for special children or residences for the elderly—show reflexology paths situated alongside the institution and tailored for the group with hand rails.
Cobblestone path predominate. Many are artistically designed with patterns or various colored cobblestones. Common underfoot materials include cobblestones, rounded wood or concrete halves, larger stones set in grave.
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Monday, October 5, 2009
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Friday, October 2, 2009
© ngothyeaun. Image from BigStockPhoto.comThe tourists who pass by them in the city parks of South Korea call them reflexology paths. But, to the people of South Korea wthese are barefoot parks with a barefoot shiatsu course. Some would say it’s a matter of semantics, that these look pretty much like “reflexology paths.” What’s really going on, however, is far more interesting than use of words. The paths, by any name, are a means of “well walking,” working toward health, as defined by the country’s traditions and trends.
Barefoot walking—especially in scenic surroundings—is seen to help one: enjoy nature, ease fatigue, relax stress and ease feet accustomed to walking on asphalt. General purposes of barefoot walking are noted as: “Can feel a sense of unity with nature. Accumulated stress and positive thinking to relieve the psychological, spiritual healing can be obtained.” “helping to ensure health;” “to keep health and to foster eco-experience;” “facilitate the natural way to treat everyday illnesses;” and “solve the day’s fatigue.”
The barefoot shiatsu courses provide a means to walk for health or as one focus of a park visit for a family outing, individuals or a couple. In addition to walking the course, one can enjoy nature, have a picnic, watch the children play, and use other park facilities such as in-line skating, badminton or other activities. Particular goals for walking the course include (as roughly translated by Google translate): “Plantar stimulate blood circulation, the immune system function and enhances the natural healing recovered;” “Feet to stimulate the muscles to release the knot, as well as the body's immune function that increases the natural healing;” “Peripheral nerve stimulation to the feet, the long-gathering capabilities, as well as smooth muscle came together to fulfill, such as fatigue is the body's natural healing that enhances immune function improves;” and “The human body organs and nerves, all connected to the human body, called thumbnails of your foot.”
Newspapers, television and government Web sites provide information about the paths. A Web site for the National Health Insurance Corporation includes a list of the 22 paths in Seoul city parks with details about the merits of the course: descriptions of the paths, contact phone numbers and directions on how to get to them. Descriptions include elements for considering use of each path: landscaping and/or plants in the surrounding area (city park, forested or mountainous); the surface underfoot; the availability of facilities to wash the feet after the walk or a path for children and whether it’s a hiking trail. More information
Multiple photos show people walking the barefoot shiatsu course. This was most commonly mentioned park during a Google translate search. Senior citizens are pictured using paths.
A description of a family outing in Seoul includes children on a barefoot shaitsu course as well as a mother working on a child’s feet. Included in the description of the visit to the “barefoot in the park” activity is the phrase “sole chiropractor.” The word chiropractor appears at times among descriptions of walking barefoot.
“If you want to become health, walk barefoot”
Multiple pictures of barefoot shiatsu paths. One photo shows the design unique to Korean paths: the sole of a foot in a color of stone different from that of the path as a whole. A photo of a foot reflexology chart is shown as well as couples walking a path.
“My feet are smiling”
A personal statement about using a barefoot park is included with photos of the path.
Barefoot shiatsu course for children (?) is pictured in this park with pine trees normally found in the mountains. Captioning notes “walking down a chiropractor Press.” References to the paths as a “chiropractic activity” are not uncommon.
Interesting reading from miscellaneous press releases.
The densely forested park includes an outdoor wedding hall, outdoor stage, playground and hydroponic facilities, monuments and sports facilities—and a barefoot path with an artistic and interesting design.
Jang Jang Forest: “forest bathing”
“Chapter forest bathing and walking slowly magnolia, forsythia, cherry blossoms, azaleas and flowers are in bloom.” Mallards and fish are a feature of this forest walk. (Eds. Note: We love the phrase “forest bathing” found here as well as other Web pages. No water is mentioned. Perhaps it means immersing oneself in the forest as one would immerse in water.)
A personal statement about a forest walk with photos. “Clear water flowing in the valley do not know the name of prehistoric grass bloom is simplicity. Barefoot walking on the path to the well-being when you get down to gangcheonsa gileneun good to walk along the forest trails. Fresh air flowing through the valley and the birds chirping and the sound is the harmony of nature can enjoy the orchestra. Thanks to the refreshing feeling becomes.”
Walking barefoot to a buddhist temple is shown with photos showing a walking meditation technique.
Themed / Tourism
Jeju Halla hyuaeri Natural Living Park (Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes)
Walking barefoot on a volcanic maze is one of the features of “Korea's largest tourist attraction, Jeju Halla hyuaeri Natural Living Park.” Visitors “Can experience the unique culture of Jeju yeongwa the natural life of the park: Chasing a baby pig, hare, amusement parks, sodalguji riding, volcano clusters labyrinth walking barefoot, doltap pile, mulheo.”
Photo of path at Odongo resort
The purpose of the “Yeosu Odongdo resort (is) to experience nature-oriented attractions in the themed attractions in the environment is changing experience.” including: “Odongdo barefoot shiatsu course, natural botanical garden, wildflowers through page to install the other hand, such as Turtle Ship and Panokseon exhibits, themed environments, and development experience to Destinations”
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A “waterfront promenade” is one feature at this island resort along with a campground and “Toe-ball, tennis courts, a multipurpose stadium, volleyball courts, and a permanent stage, hall, toilet, water and natural recreation leisure.”
Bird’s-eye view of a barefoot shiatsu course in a sports park.