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Reflexology & Nutrition - Some Interesting Cases

by Maria Page

SNHS H.I.Dip. (Reflexology), SNHS Ad. Dip. (Reflexology), SNHS Dip. (Reflexology), SNHS H.I.Dip. (Nutrition), SNHS Ad. Dip. (Nutrition), SNHS Dip. (Nutrition), SNHS Dip. (Hypnotherapy), SNHS Dip. (Professional Relaxation Therapy), SNHS Dip. (Stress Management), SNHS Dip. (Crystal Healing), SNHS Dip. (Kinesiology), SNHS Dip. (Diabetes Risk Assessment)

I studied Reflexology with S.N.H.S some time ago and passed my first diploma on 16th February 2004. I then went on to pass my Advanced Diploma in Reflexology and then to receive the Higher International Diploma in Reflexology.



Since then I have treated a great deal of clients for numerous ailments, some minor ones like a tooth ache and some as serious as cancer. Each one gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction. Some clients come just for the relaxation, however, I like to get my hands on a problem, find out what it is and then work towards 'healing' it or at least easing it.  Of course I never claim to "cure" anyone although some clients may perceive it that way.


I have also taken numerous other courses with S.N.H.S.  These include, Diabetes Risk Assessment, Nutrition, Advanced Nutrition, the Higher International Diploma in Nutrition, Kinesiology, Stress Management, Professional Relaxation Therapy, Crystal Healing, Hypnotherapy, and I am currently working on other course subjects with the School.


The therapies that I work mostly with are Reflexology, Nutrition and Diabetes Risk Assessment. I must admit that having the knowledge to relax a client before a treatment or to talk to a depressed client and get them to relax is very beneficial and I do incorporate many of the courses I have taken into my work on a daily basis.


I get a combination of clients, of all ages and both sexes. A lot of my work is based on recommendation. I have clients that come to me for Reflexology for a specific ailment.  Once it is 'treated' they finish. Others however, have been coming to me for a year or more.  One lady calls it her 'treat to herself' once a fortnight. I also find that some clients come for a time, then stop, only to call me again to say that the problem was back and can I help. I do, obviously and I also explain to them that coming once or twice for some conditions isn't enough. They usually agree and then come to me until the problem has subsided. Here are a few of my Case Studies:


Case Study #1 - "Mrs. R."

Age: 56


Sex: Female


Medical History: Heart attack 3 years ago, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, headaches, weight problem.


Feet: No visible contraindications, hardening of the skin around the big toe.


Observations & Treatment: I began by checking the feet for sores, calluses, corns, etc., the feet are clear.  Good mobility in the ankle, slight cracking in the toes which is an indicator of arthritis. The client is relaxed and feeling calm.  Toes are fine, the sinus reflex is a little blocked, there is slight pain in the inner ear reflex, client has had a cold for 2 weeks.  Thyroid reflex was slightly tender and showed signs of crystals under the skin.


Breast area is tender, I feel the crystals under the skin in this area of the foot, and it is very crunchy all around this area. This causes me some concern. I asked the client if she felt any pain in her breast, tenderness or any lumps. She said she felt a slight thickening of the breast tissues and a puckering of the skin.


The kidney area was painful too, however, she didn't drink a lot of water. No pain in the bladder reflex and no puffing of the skin in this area. The transverse colon was blocked, she told me that she suffers from irritable bowel syndrome and hadn't opened her bowels that day.

After the treatment I explained to the client that I was concerned about the breast area and I wrote a referral letter to her doctor explaining my concerns. I also indicated that there may be a possible thyroid disorder as the client cannot lose weight even after trying very hard to diet and exercise, and I found a problem with the thyroid gland.


The client came back to me to say that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had an operation to remove the lump. She is currently having chemotherapy and the cancer has not spread. Her thyroid was under active so she has been placed on pills to help that.


"Mrs. R." is feeling a lot better and her test results have shown that the cancer is clear, however she is still being carefully monitored.


Case Study #2 - "Mrs. P."

Age: 65


Sex: Female


Medical History: Hiatus Hernia, Arthritis, Diabetes, minor aches and pains.


Feet: On checking her feet I see no contraindications, so I proceed.


Observations & Treatment: She appears to be a very anxious person, so I start by talking to her, explaining what is about to happen and for her to ask me any questions she likes. Soft music is playing and I have candles burning to give ambience to the room.  She soon begins to relax. I talked all the way through the treatment reassuring her constantly and explaining any potential problems I found.


The tops of the toes are tender, she has complained of a headache as she walked in, so I work on this reflex. The client smiles within 1 minute of the treatment saying that her headache has gone. The sinus reflexes are tender and round the ear, I ask the client if she suffers from sinusitis, she said she did and was taking antibiotics to clear the infection.  As I work along the part of the foot which corresponds to the endocrine system I find that the pancreas is tender. I work on this very lightly as the client is a diabetic.


The spine reflex is showing a problem. I ask the client if she suffers from back ache, she said she does, she has arthritis of the spine and it had been aching for a couple of weeks.  The stomach reflex is very tender, indicating the clients hiatus hernia.  The bowels are okay, no problems there. The kidney reflex is tender, however, as the client is diabetic her kidneys can be sluggish. 


The last time "Mrs. P." went to her doctor about her diabetes, her blood sugar was high.  After seeing me for 4 weeks her count was down to 4.5, her aches and pains had subsided and a lot of her stiffness and soreness from arthritis has gone. Her sinuses were now clear.


I put her on a special diet for her diabetes, she said that her doctor was delighted with her, her blood pressure had dropped, and her cholesterol was low.


Even though I ask the client questions prior to treatment, sometimes they forget some of the problems they have, so when I am working and I find something that concerns me, I always ask if there is a history of a certain condition. This is when they realise that they haven't told me of this condition at the outset!.


Case Study #3 - "Mr. C."

Age: 35


Medical History: Hernia operation when he was 5, apart from that nothing to report.


Feet: Looking at his feet I see a callous on the side of his big toes. He informs me that its from his work boots rubbing against the skin. No contraindications.


Observations & Treatment: "Mr. C." was very talkative, but had no belief in Reflexology, said it was mumbo jumbo and he was here to prove to his wife that he was right.  So I asked him not to tell me what was wrong with him.  I proceeded to work on his feet, finding no problems at all until I reached the kidney reflex.  I ask him to tell me if it hurts as I touch the area. He shouted in pain/shock, I gently asked him to tell me when the pain was worse and when he didn't feel it.  I worked all the way from the kidneys down to the bladder and everywhere
hurt. I asked the client to take in a deep breath whilst I pushed on a certain area.  I explained to my client that I thought he might have a kidney stone and that he should visit his doctor.


I gave the client a letter to give to his doctor, explaining that I thought that this man had a kidney stone as he was very tender in the kidney reflex and that I could also feel a 'lump' in the kidney area. I explained that I had asked the client a few questions about his health and I wanted him to see his doctor.  When I gave him the letter he laughed and said that he hadn't got that and he had proved to his wife it was rubbish.


His wife went with him to the doctor, who sent him for a scan.  The scan did show a kidney stone. The man was told he had to have an operation to take it out.  This he didn't want and was back to see me a few days later. I said that I could work on the stone and crush it, so he could pass it naturally. This man is now free from kidneys stones as the scan proved when he went back to the hospital.


Not all cases are as satisfying as this and there are many sceptical people in the world. But with Reflexology you don't have to believe in it for it to work, because it really works!


Case Study #4 - "Mr. H."

Age: 36


Medical History: Divirticulitis


Observations & Treatment: "Mr. H."  came to see me about his Divirticulitis.  He had been diagnosed with this condition two years ago. His consultant told him to go on a high fibre diet and left it at that. He suffered with diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, blood in his stools and a feeling of lethargy. He also complained of mild cramps, bloating and constipation. He had tenderness around the left side of his lower abdomen.


I devised a diet for him, which included wholemeal bread, wholegrain cereals, potato skins and bran cereal, high fibre fruits such as apples and peaches and for him to eat vegetables daily. Starchy vegetables such as kidney beans and lima beans are important.


He was advised to introduce these foods into his diet slowly, otherwise he would be filled with gas and his bowels would open with soft, runny stools.  I explained that Divirticulitis produces 'pockets' in the bowel, about the size of a finger, the stools gather in these pockets and cause problems. These small pockets bulge outwards through a weak spot in the colon. Pouches form when pressure inside the colon builds, often due to constipation. If this gets infected, symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping and constipation occur. "Mr. H." had many of these symptoms.  I gave him a leaflet explaining the condition and also his 'diet' sheet.


He came back to see me a month later and said that his condition had improved, he wasn't suffering with the abdominal discomfort any more and his bowel movements had gone back to normal.


Case Study #5 - "Miss T."

Age: 64


Medical History: Diabetes.


Observations & Treatment: "Miss T."  came to me on recommendation.  Three years ago she had been diagnosed with diabetes type 2.  She had been feeling tired, aching in her limbs, having slight dizziness, very dry mouth and thirst.  She had been prescribed Metformin (Dianben) for the diabetes and was taking 2 tablets a day.  Her diet was that of a 'non diabetic'. She ate chocolates, sweets, bread loaded with butter, cakes and lots of pastries.  It was obvious that she needed to lose weight, she was 2 stone over weight and had been advised by her doctor to lose it. 


I explained to her the benefits of her losing weight.  Her blood glucose level would fall, her blood pressure would decline, her cholesterol level would fall as would the triglycerides and there would be an increase in her good cholesterol.


"Miss T."  needed to reduce her intake of bad fats, such as animal fat on the meat, butter, pastries, cakes and biscuits, and eat more oily fish.  I advised her to cut out the sugary foods such as sweets and chocolates and to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.  I explained how it was also important for her to do some form of exercise, swimming being more beneficial as it is non-weightbearing and works most of the muscles within the body.  As she was insulin resistant I also advised her to eat a small amount of protein with every carbohydrate she consumed, this would prevent the carbohydrates that were not used as energy from turning into fat cells.


She came to see me once a week to be weighed and she managed to lose some weight. More importantly, when she returned to her doctor for her diabetes check, the doctor said that her blood test showed an improvement in her blood glucose number, her triglycerides were falling as was her cholesterol.  Her blood pressure had returned to normal. She no longer feels so tired and lethargic and is doing more exercise.



As you can see, every case is different. I use all my knowledge of all the courses that I have taken with S.N.H.S to help me with each client that I treat.  I feel, especially with Reflexology, that taking the Advanced course helped me tremendously. I now feel able and confident to practice as a capable and professional Reflexologist. I had many 'volunteers' to help me with my studies which was of great benefit.  As I said, everyone is different and to work on so many different pairs of feet with so many ailments added to my confidence to become a good and effective Reflexologist.


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