Does reflexology affect concentration?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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BACKGROUND: Stress can have a detrimental effect on cognitive functioning but relaxation has been shown to restore and enhance concentration. Reflexology is considered a relaxing therapy that has been demonstrated to have a stress reducing effect. Furthermore, anecdotal evidence suggests that some clients can concentrate better following a reflexology treatment. The aim for this study was to assess whether a single reflexology treatment would enhance concentration based on anecdotal reports from clients, enhancing effects of relaxation on cognitive functioning and reflexology ability to reduce stress and anxiety. RESEARCH QUESTION: Does reflexology affect concentration? METHOD: In an experimental group design, twenty participants received a reflexology treatment and completed a number of subjective and objective measures before and immediately after the treatment to see if reflexology had any effect on their concentration. RESULTS: The statistical analysis of data found significant decreases in reaction times in the Stroop test, in interference and in perceived stress following reflexology treatment. There was a small but largely insignificant decrease in perceived concentration. CONCLUSION: Further research is necessary to determine whether the improvement in performance resulted from the impact of reflexology itself or from other factors that were not controlled for in this study.
B.Sc.(Hons) Complementary Therapies
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