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The reflexology massage therapy that you can have access to from therapeutic massage spas in Venice and Sarasota FL is also being practiced and being benefited from around the world.
Respected reflexologist Beryl Crane, who is the founder and director of the Crane School of Reflexology, writes on the developments in reflexology in various areas worldwide. She says that reflexologists should always closely monitor how health authorities throughout the world are regarding reflexology since this will affect all other reflexologists everywhere. She specifically keeps an eye on how reflexology is being given credibility or is being threatened.
In the United Kingdom, Prince Charles himself has encouraged the government to fund alternative health care. In 2000, the Reflexology Forum and World Reflexology Week (WRW) were launched. The Reflexology Forum then developed a national qualification framework on the basis of the revised National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Reflexology in order to pave the way for regulation.
In the United States of America, health laws are passed separately by states. It is very difficult to legislate reflexology in all states, requiring a lot of time, effort and money. On North Dakota has a specific law on reflexology while Washington and Arkansas each have laws on massage that mention reflexology. There are 24 state-based reflexology associations, though. There is also nationwide Reflexology Association and the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) which is a voluntary independent certification board.
In Germany, energetic reflexology is popular. This method does not involve any physical contact. Energy is believed to flow from the therapist’s hands which stay a certain distance from the client’s feet, removing any blockages.
In Hungary, there are more than a thousand reflexologists working in clinics or from their own homes. Reflexology education is comprehensive and the state conducts an authorized exam for licensing.
In China, the Rwo Shur method or Joseph method of reflexology was brought in by Father Joseph, a Catholic priest from the Missionary Society of Bethlehem. Father Joseph was completely self-taught from the book “Good Health for the Future through Foot Reflexology” which was written by Hedi Masafret, a Swiss nurse.
Crane found Chinese reflexology to be quite painful. The therapist’s knuckles, as well as wooden implements or magnetic implements, are used to press deeply on reflex points. Herbal lubricants in the form of oils or creams are also used. Treatment can be done as much as twice a day. There is no personalized treatment, though. Everyone is treated in the same manner and no contraindications are observed.
In Denmark, reflexology is very well received, with thousands of reflexology training graduates. More than 26% of the population is reported to have undergone reflexology massage therapy. The government is funding further reflexology research.
In Russia, unfortunately, the practice of reflexology is illegal since it is not recognized by the government. The public accepts massage and bodywork, though.
In New Zealand, there is a movement to seek the inclusion of reflexology in a government-recognized national educational curriculum.
In Japan, no government laws cover reflexology but the Reflexology Association of Japan (RAJA) has been training many thousands of graduates since 1997. Numerous reflexology centers in Tokyo and other districts supervise reflexology salons which treat an average of 6,000 patients a month.
In South Africa, a Bill was signed in December 2000, granting government recognition to therapeutic reflexology as a profession. Also included were therapeutic massage, chiropractic, therapeutic aromatherapy, Chinese Medicine or acupuncture, Ayurveda, homeopathy, osteopathy, naturopathy, and phytotherapy.
There is well deserved worldwide recognition of the health benefits of reflexology massage therapy. Just as beneficial are other massage therapies such as Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage therapy, sports massage therapy and pregnancy massage therapy given by therapeutic massage spas in Venice and Sarasota FL.
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