I often teach reflexology to massage therapists, who invariably ask about the benefits of combining reflexology with massage and how best to do that. With 35 years of experience offering reflexology and 29 with therapeutic massage, it’s not hard for me to come up with personal examples from my own years of practice!
What might be more convincing though is to hear directly from someone in my reflexology certification who added to her massage sessions the same musculoskeletal reflexology protocols I will be teaching in the ‘Reflexology: Massage Therapy’s Secret Weapon’ classes in 2018. Her exuberant communication is a testimony to the powerful contribution reflexology offers people with musculoskeletal pain and discomfort.
“I LOVE what we are learning. I absolutely LOVE it. I have used the relaxation techniques and the musculoskeletal protocol on about 20 people since last week, and the results are just completely inarguable! The majority of my clients are regulars, so I am very familiar with their tissue in various stages and during various parts of a massage, and when I applied reflexology first, WOW, the rest of the tissue became butter, cotton candy, just as inviting and easy to work with as ever.”
The idea to create the one-day ‘Secret Weapon’ class came to me early one morning as I was slowly coming to consciousness after watching a bombardment of news reports and social media posts the day before regarding the widespread opioid problem we have in the United States. We are now reaping the horrible toll these prescription-writing policies have had on people’s lives, our communities and the country’s economy. (Apparently, it only takes 10 days of opioid use to result in possible long-term abuse!) [i]
The medical profession has been forced to substitute non-opioid solutions for addictive, symptom-masking drugs as the first-response attack on chronic pain. [ii]
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is US!
Now is the time to step up and position yourself as a muscular pain management specialist. You can make 2018 the year you STAND OUT IN THE CROWD of thousands of massage therapists in this country! [iii]
Reflexology has been shown over and over to significantly “up the game” for massage therapists who know how to accurately combine its targeted therapeutic effects with massage. It’s the advantage that delivers better results than massage alone can, while reducing the wear and tear on your own body.
Like my former student said, reflexology turns tissue into butter. The relaxation response is in full swing, fresh blood has pushed out noxious chemicals and pain receptors have quieted down. Therapeutic massage then becomes much more effective.
Details can be found here: Reflexology: Massage Therapy’s Secret Weapon
[i] Institute of Medicine “Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research.
[ii] Institute of Medicine “Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research.
[iii] IBIS World Industry Report OD6028 Massage Services, November 2015