Thanks again for visiting Footfairy. Here are some of my favourites and some that I’ve still to read myself. Enjoy!
Hand reflexology – often forgotten about.
Most of us covered hand reflexology in our initial training but often it is sidelined when we venture out into the therapy world. Whether this is due to client preference or therapist choice is unclear. In my experience most people associate reflexology with feet first with the hands, face and ears coming in a long way behind in the popularity stakes. This will obviously depend on your client base.
However the opportunities to include hand reflexology in your practice are many and varied. From full hand reflexology sessions through to “homework” ideas for clients or promotional taster sessions. There are many times when it can be useful to be able to offer reflexology other than on the feet for example with elderly or inform clients where hand reflexology may be more appropriate. The books recommended below are both by reflexologists who were influenced by Doreen Bayly in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
This hand reflexology bible entitled Hand Reflexology for Practitioners: Reflex Areas, Conditions and Treatments is the latest book from one of the most influential figures in reflexology in the UK, Nicola Hall.
Nicola has been training reflexologists in the UK for over 30 years. She has almost single-handedly carried on the work begun by Doreen Bayly who brought reflexology to the UK after studying with Eunice Ingham in the USA.
Doreen Bayly setup the first reflexology training school in the UK – the Bayly School of Reflexology.
Initially training with Doreen Bayly in 1977, Nicola is now Director of the Bayly School and Chairman of the British Reflexology Association. Nicola and the Bayly School of Reflexology have been responsible for training at least 3000 reflexologists in the UK and Europe.
Nicola’s latest book on hand reflexology has 9 chapters on all aspects of hand reflexology from history, to anatomy, to detailed instructions on how to give a treatment through to different approaches to treatment including VRT and meridian therapy. With numerous charts, further references and resources this is a thorough reference book. All you will ever want to know about hand reflexology in an easily digested format. Can’t recommend it enough.
I’ve selected another interesting read on the subject of hand reflexology from Martine Faure-Alderson.
This book looks at hand reflexology in the context of Cranio-Sacral Reflexology.
Entitled Total Reflexology of the Hand – An Advanced Guide to The Integration of CranioSacral Therapy and Reflexology the book contains a lot of information not just on hand reflexology but also about the brain and emphasises the link between the two.
In fact, to a certain extent the hands are an extension of the brain. Everything that happens in the brain is consistently expressed in the hands.
Quote taken from Part Two – The Hand, The Servant of the Brain.
Interestingly Dr. Martine Faure-Alderson was also introduced to reflexology by Doreen Bayly in the 1960’s and travelled with her as her assistant in Europe. In 1974 Dr. Faure-Alderson started the Total Reflexology Therapy School in Paris. Now the CranioSacral Reflexology International Academy offer postgraduate training to qualified reflexologists.
Another fascinating read on hand reflexology but this time viewed through a craniosacral lens. Many interesting concepts here and lots of plates showing cranial and spinal reflexes on the hands.
Well worth reading.
East meets West – Qi, Prana, energy
For anyone educated in the West it is a struggle to understand TCM, acupuncture or meridian therapy. As a reflexologist I’m interested in learning more about these topics and understanding more about the theories underlying them – but where to start? Here are two highly recommended books which you should definitely take a look at if like me you want to understand more about these fascinating subjects.
The first book I recommend is The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine.
There aren’t enough superlatives to explain how good this book is.
It offers a unique attempt to explain how the theories of acupuncture and Qi can be corroborated through the study of embryology and how both chinese medicine and scientific medicine are explaining the same processes from different positions. Absolutely fantastic book – can’t recommend it highly enough.
Dr. Daniel Keown has written a mind-opening book packed full of fascinating insights.
What a read! Couldn’t put it down.
The second book I recommend to anyone wanting a clearer explanation of meridians and energy flow is the classic book written by Carola Beresford-Cooke – Shiatsu Theory and Practice.
This book is a gem, packed full of detailed descriptions of the energy meridians, their significance and function in health and practical advice for the shiatsu practitioner on how to treat them. While this book is aimed at the shiatsu practitioner it is useful for any therapist wanting to improve their understanding of the meridians and health and wellbeing. Packed full of drawings illustrating the meridians and with in depth sections on all aspects of the meridians in health and when out of balance – this book is a practical reference written in an easy to read manner and clearly laid out.
It’s amazing how many therapies work with energy meridians in one way or another – don’t you think?
Father Josef Eugster
Father Josef is a catholic priest working in and around Taiwan who has using reflexology to help his parishioners for almost the last 40 years. In this time he has developed his own method and has taught this technique to an estimated 10,000 people. His style of reflexology incorporates concepts of yin and yang and 5 element theory. His hope is that one member of each family learns reflexology and can have the power of this method of treatment at their fingertips – helping the poorest families to take their wellbeing into their own hands.
Where can I find his book
Initially his book was only available in Chinese but Irina Breslav’s site site offers an English speaking version of the book and an english speaking DVD as well as other accessories for sale. The only downside if you reside outside the USA is international postage but hopefully Irina will look into getting a UK distributor to make things a little more economical here.
Reading the Foot
Chris Stormer-Fryer has written 7 books, mainly on reflexology, given countless interviews on radio and television on her holistic view of health and wellbeing and now is involved in running women retreats at the Good Vibrations Health Sanctuary in South Africa.
Chris is a very popular speaker and has travelled the world giving workshops on her Universal Technique which is a light touch type of reflexology and focuses on the mental and spiritual aspects of uneasiness or dis-ease and how this affects the feet. This year (2016) is her last international tour – she is coming out of retirement for this year only.
One of her most popular books is
The Language of the Feet – the second edition shows how the mind and spirit can have an effect on the body and on the feet. When the original book was published it was almost before it’s time. Now almost everyone accepts that mind and spirit affect health and wellbeing. Chris explains more about how the feet reflect profound changes of mind and emotional states and how to use what the feet are saying in your sessions.
Ann Gadd has written 9 books on various topics, one of which Finding Your Feet: How the Sole Reflects the Soul gives some of her insights into foot reading. Ann has been an artist, a writer, a Reiki Master and a transformational counsellor and speaker and now runs many art and self development workshops in South Africa. In the introduction to the book Ann describes it as a beginners guide to understanding the feet. Aimed at the general reader, not particularly reflexologists, it describes how the chakras relate to the feet, encourages self evaluation through consideration of how you feel about your own feet and examines various aspects of feet looking at both physical and emotional causes and healing. The aim is of this book is to “allow us to become more conscious of ourselves and others, assume responsibility for our own healing and to release and make changes where appropriate”.
For more about Ann and her current workshops see her website.
Tony Porter’s ART
Advanced Reflexology Techniques
Tony Porter’s The Practice and philosophy of Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART) – This is the Advanced Reflexology Techniques seminar textbook, which explains the philosophy and techniques of ART. It is a compilation of the ART seminar teaching as taught by ART founder Anthony Porter.
The author Tony Porter describes ART as “an advancement of the original concept”.
Tony Porter Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART) DVD
This DVD is great for those of us who are visual learners and like to see techniques demonstrated but can’t make it to the seminars. The techniques are clearly demonstrated. The DVD is organised in chapters making it easy to navigate. It has sections on the body systems e.g. endocrine, skeletal…so it’s easy to skip between sections or refresh your memory on particular holds or movements.
5 Elements and Reflexology
Inge Dougans’ book Reflexology: The 5 Elements and their 12 Meridians: A Unique Approach gives us her insight into TCM 5 Element Theory, the 12 meridians and how this can relate to Reflexology. Inge Dougans is the founder and principal of the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy in South Africa.
Pamela Ferguson has written this little gem which explains 5 Element theory in a fun way. Pamela has had a wide and varied career in Zen Shiatsu, Asian Bodywork and is the Asian Bodywork Therapy columnist of the monthly Acupuncture Today. This is a lovely introduction to 5 element theory if it’s new to you.
Moss Arnold, founded the Australian College of Chi-Reflexology in 1995. He developed Chi-Reflexology: Guidelines for the Middle Way (Chi-Reflexology: Guidelines for the Middle Way Part 1) which combines Chinese philosophy and TCM with Reflexology. His approach emphasises a wholistic and balanced approach to Reflexology and has developed a new view of the feet in his Anatomical Reflection Theory.