Thursday, May 20, 2010

simple magazine- simple answer

Just heard from Simple Magazine's fact checker. They have me describing the adrenal technique as a "mini massage technique". I said withdraw my quote. She was taken back. I said it is illegal for me to practice in your state, New York even though I am the coauthor of 14 books in 19 languages because of the massage law. She said it was a national magazine. I said it didn't matter. New York is just an example of why I could be associated with massage. We are not massage- we are Reflexology. We will see if they will respect our position.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Reflexology Brochures Now Available In UK and Canada

Just a quick note from a buyer of our brochures.

I am so pleased and excited to have the "What is Reflexology" and "Can Reflexology Help Me?"pamphlets. For me, they are a concise and easy way for someone to understand reflexology and how it can relate to them. I have 3 new clients in the last 2 weeks as result of using them. Thank you so much for these great tools!


We finally are able to offer the brochures not only in the US but also in the UK and Canada as well. 

Here is are links to them to them. 


We have had reports of people not only getting new clientele but they are also being considered for other opportunities. 

Kevin Kunz

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Up and Coming Trend: Reflexology and Cancer Care

The success of reflexology in cancer care has reached a tipping point. And, it’s indicating an up and coming trend. Research from around the world has documented the positive effects of reflexology when applied to all aspects of the cancer experience. Twenty-two studes from nine countries show that reflexology helps individuals undergoing:
• Chemotherapy: nausea and vomiting, fatigue and anxiety
• Cancer management: pain, anxiety and nausea
• Post operative: pain and anxiety
• Palliative/hospice care: fatigue, quality of life, morale

We are in the process of producing a brochure, Can Reflexology Help with the Cancer Experience? . It should be out next week. 

Kevin Kunz 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Heated Argument on the Difference Between Reflexology and Foot Massagee

I started out this morning with the following statement on my Facebook page:

Foot massage works warm + fuzzy part of the nervous system while Reflexology works precise pinpoint locator parts + targets specfic stresses.

What follows was an exchange about whether or not it really makes a difference on how you describe your work. Here are some highlights:

That's why we should incorporate both in a session. The foot massage relaxes the foot to allow for better results with the reflexology points.

i can only comment on the chinese foot massage..... which are very painful... ! fixed my jetlag, thou ! but not warm and fuzzy !

I am not so sure if using the word massage is just right. Only, because of the struggle of Reflexology to be set alone, as a separate modality,away from Massage standards. Why can it not be, invigorating tissue, by application towel friction.

In NJ, we have alot of massage people--doing Reflexology Therapy sessions--Trained in Massage, IS not trained in Reflexology.
I specifically say-- Reflexology Therapy Session, not a foot massage.

I agree with Sue it should be part of...I dont nknow about you all, but I do a little of it all on the foot.

I like that clarification.

Desserts and not massage. As my teacher would say. Desserts are reflexology techeques used to warm up and loosen the feet. Also a great way to finish off the session.

Plus, because we as reflexologiests are trying to seperate ourselves from the massage industry. We should never use "massage" in the same articals as reflexology.

My comment: I do desserts and not any massaging. I see desserts as movement techniques and not really massage. My messengers are pressure stretch and movement. I never really just rub the foot or hands. I am trying to target specific stressors in the feet and hands

do you know.... i sit here in China, and read all your comments.... and it's interesting to see you all focus on reflexology and as Rich, says... seperate yourselves from massage.... have you asked your clients, what they prefer? how they feel duriong a foot massage and then, reflexology.. they are after all, the main focus in a treatment...

My comment: The Chinese use foot massage and reflxology interchangibly. It is definitely not warm and fuzzy. I offer Reflexology if they want foot massage they can go elsewhere. I am admitted purist. I am targeting the proprioceptors. I know that foot massage causes relaxation response but I am targeting specific stressors.

A lot of the desserts are fundamental massage movements designed to warm up the foot prior to reflex work and hooking. We do reflexology but there is no shame in admitting some of the relaxation moves or desserts have their foundation in massage. Sue

I agree with Sue. (the above comment). 

My comment: Here us the rub Sue. (excuse the pun) I could not disagree with you more. Where are these technique documented as massage techniques and not unique to reflexology? We documented on purpose the traditional techniques of reflexology on purpose to perserve them in 1980.
Let me explain why that matters. It is illegal in several US states for us to practice Reflexology without a massage license because they believe we are "fundamentally" a massage. And we were put out on business for five years because of this opinion. This is despite the fact that the local massge school taught and therefore profited from our book.

For me reflexology is a massage technique for treating the health of the body by reflex points of the feet and hands.

Reflexology and massages can mean major dollars for the people doing reflexology, If I had to take a 10,000.oo course in massage-just to use reflexology- it would defeat the purpose for those interested in reflexology only. Therefore I have to go with Kevin and use desserts. I am zeroing in on the reflexes-not the muscles.

Sorry, but I don't think you can separate muscles from a reflexology session. We'll have to agree to disagree on this one.

Yes Kevin, I agree. The Reflexology community has come to terms, with what language is being used specific within the professional expression jargon, that describes one technique, or another. Naturally, because if someone has had formal massage training, than this person will incorporate, the hand action they were trained to perform. It is build inbehaviour and only natural, to do so. And again, you are right to be a fundamentalist concerning the profoundness of the implications, that come along with the protection of our stance, that was so hard fought, and is still ongoing in various States, but slowely being over come. To not be under the domain, of any Massage regulatory status. I agree with Rich Graham,to call warm-ups Desserts, and by all means keep that word out of all documentations,etc. Because if you do, one could be called upon to provide Massage services without a license.

Now I can understand why. My priority is always to work the reflexes required, but treatment goes beyound that.

Thank you, Kevin, for your input. I was on the Massage Therapy Government Relations Committee in Montana that was writing the Massage Therapy Licensing Act. It was passed into law in May 2009. I am both a reflexologist and a massage therapist, which are two different and seperate modalities, and I love them both. I served on the committee from 2006 until the bill was passed into law in 2009. As a member of the committee, I was the representative for reflexolgy, and was able to get an exemption for reflexology from Massage Thereapy licensure in Montana. Yay!! Let's hear it for Reflexology!!

I agree with Sue that it is impossible to to seperate muscles from Reflexology...however, you can seperate reflex points from a foot massage. And I do see Kevins point..I trained as a Reflexologist long before I went to massage therapy school...but was unable to do anyting with my reflexology training until I became a Massage Therapist. It's under an umbrella that has no idea what it actually is. Some schools include it in their curriculum and some don't..mine only had 50 hours for Reflexology and 700 for Massage.....not much to be able to call your self a Reflexologist. On the other hand they are our clients...our intention is to help them be well and to bring them back. A little massage after, in my opinion, does no harm. I see it as helping to further disburse any toxins that might have been worked loose and helps to relax the client in case the session was a bit uncomfortable. I can see where a true purist would disagree with that....but as a Massage Therapist, I also know the benefit of a really good foot massage. It's all beneficial no matter which side you are on.

My comment: Sorry Sue. With all due respect My intent is not the muscles but the proprioceptive reflexes. Yes there are proprioceptors in muscles but the larger concentrations are deep in the foot, in the tendons and joints. I do not massage the muscles of the feet. I am applying pressure techniques to the reflexes.
There are also acupuncture points in the 
foot. Am I also practicing acupuncture? Sorry but after being put out of business by this very issue I am a bit touchy about the definition. We have defined ourselves very carefully and consistently in every book, article and class we have given separately from massage. They both have there benefits but they both have their distinctions.

 My comment: 
I guess I am a bit of a fanatic on this point. I have the greatest respect for Sue. I guess I just want what is best for reflexology. I have seen reflexology go through through hell just to survive. I have seen people go to jail for practicing reflexology. At one time we were told that we may not be able to practice in all 50 states. So I guess times have changed and I need to take a chill pill.

I didn't correct any spelling and I didn't edit any comments. It is live and it is raw and I would like to hear your opinion. 

BTW This debate was across several borders including France, China, Ireland, Canada and the US. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Medicinal Garden Opens | NSU News Center

Medicinal Garden Opens | NSU News Center

"In the center of the garden is the reflexology path. Based on wisdom from ancient Egypt, India, and China, walking barefoot on a reflexology path massages and stimulates acupressure points in the soles of the feet connected to various energy meridians of the body. The pressure of stones under the feet combines with gravity to provide a therapeutic exercise that stimulates health wellness. NSU’s 66-foot long path features special, smooth river rock artistically embedded in cement. A handrail will provide stability and improve accessibility, particularly for older walkers. The uniqueness of the NSU University reflexology path will draw significant interest from local and national media as well as visitors."

Kevin Kunz