I've just come across a summery of a research paper* which documents the response of cancer patients who were having Reflexology. When I read how they felt the sessions impacted on their quality of life, it occurred to me that their response may not be that different from anyone receiving Reflexology.
The study was qualitative and anecdotal rather than a randomised controlled trial but the authors hope it may serve as a guide for further research based evaluation.
Descriptive statistics were utilised to categorise clients’ perceptions of the benefits of Reflexology with regards to Quality of Life.
" Clients commented…. that there were good and bad days following chemotherapy and that Reflexology appeared to change the outcome of the bad days."
34% increased relaxation
6.4% decreased tension
29.8% increased sense of self
29.8% Improvement in sleep patterns
27.6% increased energy
23% pain relief
27.7% improved body function
*Clients' perceptions of the benefits of reflexology on their quality of life: COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN NURSING AND MIDWIFERY, 2002 VOL 8; PART 2 , pgs 69-76: S Wright, U Courtney, C Donnelly, T Kenny, C Lavin
It's my experience that most clients who have a Reflexology session would experience some or perhaps all of the above. And if you've never had Reflexology, the only way to find out is to give it a try. To book call Doris on 07724 197627 or BOOK ONLINE
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