As many reflexologists and reflexology fans will be aware, this week is World Reflexology Week (23-29 September). It’s a great opportunity to celebrate this popular complementary therapy but, more importantly, to promote the different ways it can help to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.
The FHT holds the largest Accredited Register of complementary therapists to be independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, as part of a government-backed programme. In the run up to World Reflexology Week, we surveyed our reflexology members to find out exactly how they are supporting their clients. Below are just a few highlights we wanted to share with you…
- 81% of our survey respondents* describe their clients as people wanting to try a natural approach to managing their health (alongside medical care, where appropriate)
- 71% told us that their clients are having reflexology to support them with a long-term health condition
- 90% of our reflexology members are supporting clients who have stress and anxiety, including 42% with a diagnosed mental health problem
- In terms of physical conditions and symptoms, 67% of respondents told us that they see clients experiencing pain, 64% with sleep problems, 60% with joint or mobility issues and 52% affected by cancer
- 33% are supporting clients receiving palliative or end of life care
- 21% have helped people affected by a traumatic event, including war, bereavement and those who have received a troubling medical prognosis
- 44% see clients who are carers for family and friends, and 9% support those working in emergency services including the police, fire and rescue, and paramedics
- 33% provide reflexology to health professionals committed to caring for others
While complementary therapies cannot cure or treat medical conditions, these survey results are an indication of how interventions such as reflexology can be used to empower and help clients to manage their health and symptoms, and improve overall quality of life. Taking a person-centred, holistic approach to wellbeing, professional reflexologists and other complementary therapists are ideally placed to encourage positive lifestyle changes in clients and relieve some of the pressures being placed on our health and care system.
Keen to learn more?
More facts and stats from our 2019 FHT Reflexology Survey – along with six short case studies and supporting client testimonials – will be published in the Autumn issue of International Therapist, due to reach members on 17 October.
If you’re a qualified reflexologist and member of the FHT, don’t forget you can download lots of useful resources at www.fht.org.uk/world-reflexology-week to promote your activities during World Reflexology Week, including promotional leaflets and posters, and images and banners for your social media profiles. Remember to send FHT your pictures and a short write-up of any events you do to celebrate World Reflexology Week! Please email these to Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, a huge thank you to all those members who responded to our 2019 FHT Reflexology Survey. Articles like this would not be possible without your support.
*Based on 188 responses to the 2019 FHT Reflexology Survey. If sharing any of the above information, please cite the FHT (fht.org.uk / @FHT_org)