What are the physical and psychological effects of reflexology treatments? A lived experience of reflexologists
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Mackereth and Tiran (2011) say that reflexology is a therapy that stimulates reflex points on the hands and feet that correspond to other areas of the body. Bariball et al (2010) say that following reflexology treatments a patient may experience negative effects otherwise referred to as a healing crisis. The healing crisis may result in unwanted side effects that can cause discomfort to patients Mackenzie and Pitman (2002). Research question: What are the physical and psychological effects of reflexology treatments? A lived experience of reflexologists. Method: An exploratory survey design used semi-structured interviews with five qualified reflexologists based on their lived experiences of the effects of reflexology. Data analysis used interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results: Results showed that both physical and psychological effects of reflexology as experienced by reflexologist's did correspond to some research. They may also be other contributory factors such as nocebo and the use of language whether it be positive of negative. Conclusion: Understanding the effects of reflexology referred to as the healing crisis remains unknown. This research showed commonalities of both a physical and psychological of the experiences of the practitioners. There is need for further research to understand the healing crisis in reflexology.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies
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