Have you ever wondered if any of the rich and famous are addicted to Reflexology? No? Neither did I until I read a facebook post from the Association Of Reflexologists about Susie Amy (best known for her role as Chardonney in Footballer's Wives, back in 2002).
Susie not only enjoys reflexology sessions, but is now training to be a reflexologist - that's commitment for you! If you want to read the complete article here's the link: http://www.aor.org.uk/images/pdf/Susie%20Amy%20article%20finished.pdf
So the article got me curious ... are there any other "celebrities" who enjoy the benefits of reflexology. A quick google search helped me find a blog by Amy Kreydin entitled "Reflexology's Use By Famous Persons". Amy list a number of famous people who enjoy reflexology including:
* Marc Antony and Cleopatra
* James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist for the band Metallica
* Jackie Chan (He purchased a property in Singapore where his property agent plans to develop “a foot reflexology business” or offices for the second and third floors.)
* Chef and author, Anthony Bourdain (He, visited Master Soon, a Reflexologist in Singapore for his first Reflexology session during one of the “No Reservations” TV shows.)
* Princess Diana received regular Reflexology sessions. (Newsweek magazine is cited as saying “In the end Diana looked less like a royal and more like a sleek Manhattan socialite. For one thing she was well groomed. She got manicures and pedicures, had foot reflexology three times a week.”)
* Dr. Mehmet Oz, author and professor of surgery at Columbia University (He demonstrated Reflexology techniques on Oprah Winfrey’s show in May 2007.)
* Regis Philbin, then co-host of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee (He is quoted in Laura Norman’s well-known reflexology text book as saying “Laura Norman's reflexology spared me from a kidney stone operation and saved my life. What she does is the second best thing in the world.”)
* Ann Romney, wife to former Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, shared in an interview with National Public Radio that Reflexology is part of her regular routine. “‘It's a lot of effort, but it's very, very important that I eat healthy,’ Romney said. Her therapies also include acupuncture treatments and reflexology.” Mrs. Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998.
If you want to read Amy's article in full, here's the link:
Some further research led me to the information that Howard Sterns (American radio and TV personality, media mogul, humorist, actor and author) states in his autobiography that Reflexology played a huge role in relaxation and reducing the symptoms of O.C.D.
And Suzi Perry, TV presenter, has been using Reflexology to support her efforts to have a baby - full article here:
Now I wouldn't want to encourage a celebrity culture, far from it - rather, what surprised me most was how few celebrities own up to benefiting from Reflexology, given how popular it is with us regular folk.
I'd like to see more celebs putting their hands up to having regular reflexology treatments, wouldn't you?