Today, FHT’s membership journal, International Therapist (Issue 130, Autumn 2019) landed on my doormat. Inside, on pages 12-16, is an article on the many benefits of reflexology.
Now, we all know just how beneficial reflexology can be, but it was great to see it in print 😀
The article had been written after the FHT, or Federation of Holistic Therapists to give them their full title (www.fht.org.uk), had surveyed their reflexology members, asking us to provide an insight into our work. I submitted a case study from a client of mine. Reflexology had helped her enormously by reducing anxiety during and after chemotherapy for breast cancer and I’m delighted to say this case study featured in their publication.
If anyone’s interested in finding out more about this important area of work and supporting clients undergoing difficult medical procedures, do get in touch – contact info here.
And the testimonial from this particular client is available to read on my testimonials page.
Other case studies featured in the article discuss reflexology supporting anxiety about childbirth, coping with Parkinsons, lymphatic drainage after cancer treatment, and living with fibromyalgia.
It’s wide ranging stuff, which goes to show just how supportive reflexology can be and each one of the case studies included wonderful testimonials from the clients involved. A link to the full article can be found here.
Supporting client’s health
As well as the case studies, interesting stats that came out of the survey include:
- 71% of respondents stated their clients are having reflexology to support them with a long-term health condition
- 90% are supporting clients who have stress and anxiety, including 42% with a diagnosed mental health problem
- and in terms of physical conditions and symptoms, 67% of respondents said they see clients experiencing pain, 64% with sleep problems, 60% with joint or mobility issues and 52% affected by cancer
Summarising in their blog, “How FHT reflexologists are supporting the health of the nation”, posted on the 23 September 2019, the FHT states: “While complementary therapies cannot cure or treat medical conditions, these survey results are an indication of how interventions such as reflexology can be used to empower and help clients to manage their health and symptoms, and improve overall quality of life. Taking a person-centered, holistic approach to well-being, professional reflexologists and other complementary therapists are ideally placed to encourage positive lifestyle changes in clients and relieve some of the pressures being placed on our health and care system.”
Food for thought. In these times of increasing pressures in our lifestyles and on the NHS, complementary therapy has an important role to play. Do you want to be part of it?