Therapeutic Reflexology Classes Teach Methods Proven to Reduce Pain, Improve Sleep

Long recognized throughout the world for their healing ability, reflexive therapies (reflexology is one of the most popular) have come into their own. Reflexologists use fingers and hands to work specific areas (both large and small) called reflexes on the feet and hands to encourage the body to normalize, balance, and heal itself.

Long a folk medicine favorite, the effectiveness of reflexology is now clinically proven in the United States, China, Spain, Great Britain, and other countries. In the U.S., the National Institutes of Health funded a multiyear study that proved the effectiveness of reflexology to reduce pain, improve sleep, and improve functionality in daily tasks in breast cancer patients. Hospital studies in India showed therapeutic reflexology reduces pain levels, allows for the decrease in pain medications, reduces nausea, and improves sleep following surgery.

Healthcare professionals, caretakers, and the curious can learn professional foot reflexology techniques and protocols in a weekend class November 17-18, 2012 held at A Gathering Place Massage School and Clinic in Maryland Heights.

“Reflexology is one of the most popular treatments requested,” said Cindy Goodnetter, Director, A Gathering Place Massage School and Clinic. “Paula Stone brings to the forefront the medical perspective needed for reflexology to be recognized and accepted as a distinct healing discipline.”

The class is taught by internationally acclaimed educator and award-winning reflexology expert Paula Stone, author of Therapeutic Reflexology (Pearson Education, 2011). Class size is limited to ensure a quality educational experience. Register now to ensure your seat. Tuition is $325 for the weekend, or $250 when materials are purchased in advance. For information, visit www.TheStoneInstitute.org or call (636) 724-8686.

“The important thing about reflexology is to know – really know (not guess) — where the reflexes are located and the most effective methods to work them,” said Paula Stone. For this reason, the weekend foot reflexology class focuses on step-by-step hands-on learning with a strong foundation on theory (why and how it works).

Beginner to advanced classes in therapeutic reflexology begin in January 2013. Classes are taught by Paula Stone, Board Certified Reflexologist and ACARET Accredited Reflexology Educator. For information, visit www.TheStoneInstitute.org or call (636) 724-8686.

Classes will be held at A Gathering Place Massage School and Clinic located at 12061 Dorsett Rd, Maryland Heights. For directions, visit www.AGatheringPlace.com.