This is my own thing. Years ago I trained in reflexology as a personal interest and I have continued to use it through the years. There are a couple of reasons that I believe in the value of this treatment. First and foremost, there is no substitute for human touch – it soothes a small child, it offers comfort, it provides a connection between people, and at some point in our lives we all crave it. The second reason is that I believe in the premise of zones in the body that can be treated using pressure points in the feet. I have used it for my own headaches, whether it is my mind doing the healing or the release of energy blockages, I don’t know, all I know is what works for me.
When we received the package of reading materials after my husband was diagnosed with cancer, reflexology was one of the “complementary therapies” identified in the official booklet identified under “massage therapy.” I had already started reflexology on him so it was validating to see it acknowledged in the booklet. It states: “Research has shown that massage can help you lower stress, anxiety, nausea, pain, fatigue, and problems sleeping (insomnia). … It is important to have massage done by a registered massage therapist (RMT) who has experience working with people with cancer.” (Source: Complementary Therapies, A Guide for People with Cancer – Canadian Cancer Society).
I know that he anticipates his reflexology session every day. I modify the treatment depending on the stage of his chemo cycle. For the day of and several days after his treatment it is a very light touch, more soothing, to encourage circulation and provide relaxation and communicate love.