World Reflexology Week takes place from 19th - 25th September 2010

What will be happening during World Reflexology Week?

Reflexologists throughout the world will be putting on talks, demonstrations, taster sessions, and exhibitions. They will be setting up stalls, doing radio phone-ins, appearing on TV. They will be promoting reflexology and the benefits derived from it.

If you have ever wondered what reflexology was like and would like to try it out, this is your opportunity.

September once again will see reflexologists all around the world being involved in World Reflexology Week. No less than 31 countries are taking part and the general public will be able to experience first hand the many benefits of reflexology through reflexology taster sessions. The Association of Reflexologists (AoR) is the UK's largest professional reflexology body representing over 7,500 members; many of these will be active throughout the week in towns and cities across the UK. Information is being made available on the AoR website at www.aor.org.uk showing details of scheduled events, alternatively you can contact the AoR on 0870 567 3320 where staff are ready to provide you with information.

Last year saw thousands of people in the UK try reflexology for the first time.

'It's difficult to explain, but I feel so much happier and lighter after a treatment even if I was not particularly unhappy before&ldots;..I don't think anybody really appreciates what reflexology is all about until they have a treatment.' Mrs S from Manchester

'It helps me to switch off and relax at the end of a long week.' Mr H from London

'Reflexology is like having a body workout via the feet! I'm buzzing and tingling after a treatment - I just love it!' Mrs A from Kent

'My life seems to slot into place when I have a reflexology treatment. I feel that it puts me back into balance.' KH from Cardiff

Mrs Jameson, 70, from Buckinghamshire, finds reflexology helps her mobility and balance, and gives her more energy, "at first the benefit lasted over the weekend, but now reflexology helps me get through the week and often longer," she says. "I can't put it into words.............; it's like walking on air. I feel calm and at peace.........;uplifted. Thank you so much."

Mrs Palmer, from Norfolk, used to suffer from severe migraines. She would take to her bed for a couple of days each month, often taking so many painkillers that she would feel constant nausea. "I have been having regular reflexology treatments for over a year now and I no longer need to take painkillers. I find reflexology to be relaxing, enjoyable and a most beneficial therapy", she wrote.

WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?

Reflexology is a gentle complementary therapy in which the practitioner applies controlled pressure with thumbs or fingers to specific areas of the feet (or sometimes the hands). It is based on the theory that every organ, structure and part of the body is mirrored in the feet and that any problem or tension in the body is reflected in the related part of the foot. Reflexologists do not claim to cure specific illnesses, but to encourage the body's own healing mechanisms to restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium.

During World Reflexology Week in September many more will benefit from this leading form of complementary therapy.

 WHAT DOES A REFLEXOLOGIST DO?

 During a reflexology session, the practitioner will begin by talking to the client about their lifestyle and medical history. The feet will be examined and assessed for potential problem areas before treatment starts. The practitioner can then tailor the treatment to the individual needs of the client. A good reflexologist will need:

· a caring and holistic approach and a genuine interest in helping people achieve good health

· good hand skills to apply the techniques

· the personality to relate well to all kinds of people

· the intuition to tune into the client's needs

· good listening skills

· a thorough understanding of how the human body functions in health and sickness

WHO DO REFLEXOLOGISTS HELP?

Reflexology practitioners do not treat conditions - they treat people, and reflexology is not a substitute for orthodox medical treatment. However it has proved very beneficial for a wide range of chronic and acute conditions - especially for all stress-related problems. Many practitioners have reported that clients with problems such as sinusitis, asthma, migraine, depression, ME, muscular and skeletal disorders, menstrual problems, hypertension, bowel disorders etc have benefited from treatment. Reflexology has also helped small babies with colic, maintained peak condition in athletes and brought peace to the dying.

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