Saturday, December 4, 2021

Holiday gift Ideas- things we use

These are our favorites

Note: if you use any of these links and go buy anything on we get a small commission. You don't pay any more. You don't have to buy the items connected to the links. You can support us by using these links year round not just the holidays. This applies only to he US and Canada. Thank you.

Wahl wand vibrator
We use this vibrating and everyday, Breaks up the stress wherever you choose to use it.

Acupressure rings-Fidget gadgets. Kids and adults love these. You just put a ring on your finger and just rollout back and forth. Fidgeting with purpose as it works the acupuncture point and helps the circulation in the fingers. Warning can be addictive.

Acupressure bracelet
A big version of the fidget rings. Easy work the whole hand. on't leave it on too long. 

Electric foot roller- 
Best roller we discovered so far. Strong motor, solidly built. Downside is the covers wear out so I would buy extra. The company has them. 

Spikey metal, vibrating balls

We are Spikey ball fanatics, We have all sizes these ar the small ones. These are more like an acupressure tool.  


These Spikey balls are more golf ball size. Good for a variety of applications.

Vibrating platform (MED Massager)
We once were at a book convention. One booth at a line snaking around it. We bought it must be a famous author(s). No. People weary from walking around all day were waiting for a session with a vibrating platform like this on. Good motor easy to use. Glad we bought it. 
motor easy to use. Glad we bought it. 

RubZ My favorite foot and hand roller. Give these out to my clients. they love them.

Revitive: Makes my feet feel good, helps improve my circulation. I wasn't a big fan of electrical simulation until I ran into this device. Unique.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Book is Wonderful

 The book is wonderful” says Lulu who has lost 20 pounds using the ideas in Intermittent Moving. With her previous attempts to lose weight, “I was under a lot of stress rushing from walking fast to cycling to swimming,” all while working full time, raising two teenage daughters and caring for elderly parents. And, she didn’t lose weight. Now, “I pace my walking, changed my diet and meditate. Ten pounds to go. My daughter lost weight in three weeks using the book. My neighbor’s next. And, I want to re-read the book.”

“People love this book. Now that they’re staying home so much it gives them so many ideas about what they can do.” Chiropractor who shares Intermittent Moving with patients.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Research to Begin: Neural Pathways in Applied Reflexology Underway

The research study Neural Pathways in Applied Reflexology is about to begin.

Money has been raised to conduct the first phase of the study. Thanks to all of those who so generously contributed following fund raising in spring 2021.

The research is lead by neuroscientist Dr. Stefan Posse at University of New Mexico (UNM) Medical School’s Human Brain Imaging Research Laboratory. ( knowledge and application is provided by Barbara and Kevin Kunz. All three are volunteering their efforts. Our thanks to the non-profit UNM Foundation for administering the donations.

Studied in real time by fMRI will be what happens in the brains of research participants as reflexology is applied to a specific reflex area of their feet. Neuroscientists will then assess the resulting images to determine which parts of the participants’ brains respond to the stimulation of reflexology.

What has happened so far:
• Fund raising goals met

• The protocol drawn up

• The protocol has been approved by the IRB (Institutional Research Board) of the School of Medicine, University of New Mexico. A neurologist served as an expert adviser to the IRB.

  • Pursuant to being included as authors of the study, Barbara and Kevin Kunz have completed training as Biomedical Research Investigators as well as in Conflict of Interest as required by the School of Medicine, University of New Mexico.

Recruiting of study participants is the next step.

In a second clinical phase of the research, brain imaging will be followed with study participants who experience a specific health concern.

Neural Pathways of Applied Reflexology

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Importance of Research and Education in Reflexology


Kevin Kunz is pleased to be among 14 speakers presenting:

The Importance of Research and Education in Reflexology

April 19 to 24, 2021

11th European Reflexology Conference 

organised by the 

French Federation of Reflexologists 

for the 

European Reflexology in Europe Nexus (RIEN)

Delayed by a year due to Covid but now coming to you 

on-line with the program presented in 

English and French languages

Details and how to sign up here: 

The talks will be available on-line from April 19-23, 2021. 

On April 24, 9 am to 12 noon (3 am to 6 am EDT in the US) 3 live debate sessions will be presented by the speakers moderated by David Whatley. Included will be openings and closings by Eduardo Luis (President of RIEN) and  Elise Manzoni (President of French Federation of Reflexologists). 


Nancy Klein 

Introduction from research WG: Understanding Reflexology and  Research 

Judith Whatley 

Stronger Together: Reflexology & Research 

Emeline Deschamps 

What is the effectiveness of Reflexology? Can we study it?   

Lee  Anthony Taylor 

Measuring our  Successes in Reflex Therapy 

Lambros  Stravelakis 

Introducing https://Reflexology.Report ! How  to  make  scientific  Research  about  Reflexology available to all Reflexologists  

Vera Krijn 

The Importance of Research in Reflexology 

Sue Alma  Evans 

Research  pilot  on  the  use  of  duopody  Reflexology  to reduce  chronic  pain,  prescribed  opioid  medication and  GP visits in south west  Cardiff, Wales. 

Abad José  Manuel   

The importance of research in Reflexology

Christine Bretin 

The implementation of combined Reflexotherapy in Oncology. 

Kevin Kunz 

The Future of Reflexology 

Nico Pauly 

The emotional conversation between the organs and the limbic system. Meet zonal Reflexology and nerve Reflexology

Heinrike Bergmans 

Stress and Trauma  Sensitive Reflexology start of research

Orlando Volpe 

Cerebral cortex and its functions 

Gbadessi  Didier Jacques 

Reflexology and cerebrovascular accidents  (stroke) in Benin 

Patricia Torossian 

Reflexology applied to Alzheimer’s disease, my method 

Anne Marmagne 

The interest of Reflexology during pregnancy 

 Ben  Abdeslam / Hanan 

Research and the importance of reflexology during the perinatal period 

Lilian  Gautheron 

Abstract Dyspepsia, opening of the aorto-mesenteric narrowing and podal Reflexology 2.


Monday, February 22, 2021

Roots of Research- Neural Pathways of Applied Reflexology

Roots of Research

Neural Pathways of Applied Reflexology

Over the millennial, with a history dating back thousands of years, reflexologists have produced results, creating healthy outcomes.

It’s now research time, time to answer questions about why this would be.

For us it’s been forty years in the making but it’s a goal all reflexologists want. At least that was what 100% of those responding to a questionnaire said when asked. Forty years ago reflexologists said, yes, about the statement, “They could discover how reflexology works if they tried.” It’s about to happen.

We are pleased to work with Dr. Stefan Posse, neuroscientist at the Human Brain MR Imaging Research Laboratory University of New Mexico School of Medicine, to explore the “Neuro Pathways of Applied Reflexology,” exploring proving the concept of reflexology, using fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) brain scan. The research is administered by the non-profit University of New Mexico Foundation.

The intended research is a search for an honest, straight forward answer to why reflexologists create such results.

We’ve been looking for the answer for years, decades actually our entire careers. Our interest is to close the circle on a search that started early in our reflexology careers. One event lead to our dedication to the search. See below.

Dr. Posse’s interest? Just as we reflexologists are interested in the foot and what it has to say, neuroscientists are interested in the brain and what it has to say. The brain scan provides such information.

In technical terms Dr. Posse notes:

“There is an urgent need to characterize the biological substrates (the part of the central nervous system, i.e., brain and spinal cord that underlies a specific behavior, cognitive process, or psychological state)* and mechanisms of reflexology. Functional MRI is uniquely positioned to answer questions about brain regions stimulated during reflexology, synchronization of brain activity and the role of the limbic system in conveying benefits to the patient. (The limbic system is a set of structures in the brain that deal with emotions and memory. It regulates autonomic or endocrine function in response to emotional stimuli and also is involved in reinforcing behavior.)*

“The real-time fMRI technology developed at the University of New Mexico in the Human Brain Imaging Research Laboratory is uniquely suitable for mapping with high sensitivity and specificity the entire connectome (the system of neural pathways in a brain or nervous system, considered collectively)* associated with the application of reflexology. This includes brain activation and brain connectivity and changes thereof during stimulation of different body parts using reflexology. Mapping activation and connectivity during the fMRI scan enables monitoring of data quality and experimental feedback to the subject with the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of the treatment.”

*Material in parentheses is our addition.

Roots of Research

The roots of this project for us date to forty years ago and our work with a paralyzed clientele.

“Jimmy, are you moving your fingers?” It was a question asked of a client during the course of simultaneous hand and foot reflexology sessions.

His answer was, “No, Kevin is.”

For any client this was a different response to reflexology work. Since Jimmy was a quadriplegic, this, movement of fingers, was not supposed to happen under any circumstances. And why would he say Kevin had caused it?

It turned out, Kevin’s reflexology work on a particular reflex area of the left foot had prompted movement of the fingers of Jimmy’s right hand.

Jimmy’s answer lead us to a search for answers and an eventual hypothesis for the question, how does reflexology work and, many years later, research with Dr. Posse.

Why would this be?

The question became why: why would movement of fingers be prompted by reflexology work? A similar phenomena was observed as we worked with two additional paralyzed clients both paraplegic. The movement prompted by reflexology work to the same reflex area of the foot was of the opposite foot. Also observed with all three clients were effects on the internal workings of the body: sweating, grumbling of the intestines and shivering with reports of no sensation of cold.

As we would discover, pressure whether prompted by a footstep or reflexology technique application creates a reflex response throughout the body. Such a simple answer now adopted as a cornerstone the the reflexology definition. It was a year in the making.

Kevin had been studying in detail how a footstep happens. Barbara was studying the nervous system.

Kevin recognized the change in movement by the paraplegic clients as time went on. After six months both clients reflexology work prompted movement of their feet as a segment of taking a footstep.

Barbara discovered the concept of proprioception. Proprioception is the body’s ability to sense pressure, stretch and movement. Especially important is deep pressure to the bottoms of the feet. It was a Eureka moment.

Putting the two together, the footstep and the ability of the foot to sense pressure, we saw our reflexology work had tapped into deep pressure sensors in the bottoms of the feet, stimulating a part of the body’s walking mechanism.

As we found out, internal organs work together with pressure sensors in the feet. Think of the fight or flight response. In time of danger, the adrenal glands respond as do other activities of the internal mechanism. The feet stand ready to do their part. Such responses go on day and night as our bodies respond to what we do. Pressure sensors in the feet contribute to whole body communication whether one is sitting or standing or walking, each requiring a different level of energy expenditure.

The results produced by the work of reflexologists over millennia is created by this coordination within the nervous system of the internal organs (autonomic nervous system) and the ability to move (motor nervous system).

This was and is our hypothesis. The word pressure has subsequently been adopted into many definitions of reflexology. Effects on the autonomic nervous system is seen as a viable model of how reflexology works. After more than forty years we look forward to seeing it tested

Join Us: Research Proving the Concept of Reflexology


Join Us: Research Proving the Concept of Reflexology

Imagine it’s 2323 BCE and a pictograph of reflexology is being carved into the Physician’s Tomb in Saqqara Egypt. 

Imagine a few thousand years later and it’s 32 BCE. Mark Anthony is being criticized by historian Ovid for working on the feet of Cleopatra at a dinner party.

Imagine today and 21st century technology is being used to prove the reflexology concept that’s been around for thousands of years.

Research is being launched using fMRI brain imaging to prove the concept of reflexology. “Neural Pathways of Applied Reflexology” will study what happens in the brain and spinal cord as reflexology is applied.

We seek to raise US$150,000 to fund the study. Join us as we seek to move into the future an idea that lives in the hearts and minds of millions around the world and throughout history. Here’s your chance to join the reflexology revolution, becoming a part of those who believe in reflexology and its use in health, wellness and medicine.

The research will be lead by Dr. Stefan Posse, internationally recognized neuroscientist at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Medical School’s Human Brain Imaging Research Laboratory. ( Internationally recognized reflexology authorities Barbara and Kevin Kunz will provide the reflexology knowledge and application. All three are volunteering their efforts. All donations will be administered by the non-profit UNM Foundation. (

Study participants will have reflexology applied to a specific reflex area of their feet as real time fMRI imaging records what happens in the brain and in the spinal cord. Neuroscientists will then assess the resulting images to determine which parts of the participants’ brains and spinal cords respond to the stimulation of reflexology. In a second clinical phase of the research, the same procedure will be followed with study participants who experience a specific health concern.

Imagine: we could be able to peer inside the brain and spinal cord to map reflexology’s path in the body, continuing a trail from humankind’s past into its future. What treasures might we find? Where could new discoveries lead?

Join us.

Human MR Imaging Research Laboratory


Monday, January 25, 2021

Reflexology research for hospitalized patients

 Reflexology research for hospitalized patients supported by mechanical ventilation:

Potential General Impact of a Single Reflexology Session on Physiologic Parameters

Research shows that reflexology effects a variety of physical and psychological concerns. Research also demonstrates what a single reflexology session reflexology can do for the reflexology client:

• creates relaxation
• reduces anxiety
• diminishes pain
• improves blood flow to the kidneys, intestines, and feet
• improves blood flow to parts of the brain related to the reflex area
• decreases heart rate and blood pressure
• increases oxygen saturation and lowers respiratory rate (functions of the lungs)

Can a single reflexology session make a difference for hospitalized patients, especially for those in the most serious of circumstances, supported by mechanical ventilation?  Findings in research show possibilities. 

Further, what can such findings mean for the providing of reflexology services for the benefit of reflexology clients? 

While multiple variables can influence the results of a reflexology session, three studies of patients supported by mechanical ventilation demonstrate key issues. In the studies, the length of time reflexology is applied and reflex areas to which technique is applied potentially made a difference in positive results.

At issue for the reflexologist and client: can applying technique to a limited number of reflex areas for the duration of a session provide specific benefits?

The three studies investigated physiologic parameters of patients following open heart surgery as well as length time for weaning from mechanical ventilator support. Stabilization of physiologic parameters and length of time on mechanical ventilation are both important to a successful outcome for patients.

The best results among the three studies were achieved in a study where 30 to 40 minutes of reflexology work was applied to solar plexus, heart and lung reflex areas of study participants. Following reflexology work, statistically significant differences were found in physiologic parameters (heart rate, respiratory rate, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure and oxygen saturation) for intervention participants compared to those in the control group. (17a/29)

No significant differences were found for physiologic parameters in a study where 20 minutes of foot reflexology was applied to the heart and lung reflex areas  of study participants.

No significant differences were found for physiologic parameters in a study where 20-30 minutes of foot reflexology was applied to the solar plexus, respiratory, circulatory, urinary, lymphatic reflex areas of study participants.

All three studies demonstrated shorter weaning times from mechanical ventilators: 165 minutes for the first noted above; 39 minutes less for the second and 100 minutes less for the third. 

As noted by the first study:

“Statistically significant differences from patients in the control groups were found in heart rate, respiratory rate, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure and oxygen saturation. As noted by researchers: “The findings of this study support the hypothesis that foot reflexology positively affects the stabilization of physiological indicators of critically ill patients and decreases ventilation dependence as compared with patients who did not receive foot massage.” 

Length of time and reflex areas were deliberately chosen. Length of time for technique application was chosen from three previous studies. “Based on the claim of reflexologists (three studies as well as Kunz and Kunz, Complete Reflexology for Life), the points on the plantar surface of the foot which may be responsible for stabilization of physiological indicators and reduction of ventilation dependence were chosen. … “The steps of foot reflexology technique were adopted from Kunz and Kunz (Complete Reflexology for Life)”

Additional research demonstrated positive results in two studies of physiologic parameters following coronary artery bypass surgery.

30 minutes of foot reflexology applied to solar plexus, hypothalamus, pituitary, lung, adrenal gland, heart (left foot only) reflex areas  of study participants resulted in greater improvement than the control group to physiologic parameters (respiratory rate, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, oxygen saturation, heart rate)

Also improved to a level greater than other the control group was patients’ anxiety. Patients’ agitation showed significantly higher reduction. Extubation time was significantly shorter.

30 minutes of foot reflexology applied to solar plexus, hypothalamus, pituitary, lung, adrenal gland, heart (left foot only) reflex areas  of study participants was shown to result in a significant difference in physiologic parameters (respiratory rate, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, oxygen saturation). No significant difference was shown for heart rate. A significant difference was seen in patients’ anxiety levels.

Books by Kunz and Kunz

Research Books

Medical Applications of Reflexology: Findings in Research About Post-operative care, Maternity Care and Cancer Care
Evidenced Based Reflexology Research: For Health Professionals and Researchers
Medical applications of Reflexology:: Findings in Research about Cancer Care

Bestselling Books

 Reflexology: Hands-on Treatment for Vitality and Well-being
Complete Reflexology for Life: Your Definitive Photographic Reference to the Best Techniques and Treatments  

Intermittent Moving Books

Intermittent Moving: How I Lost My Pants and Mastered My Weight
Un-Sit Your Life: The Reflex "Diet" Solution