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Reviewed by Georgina Guedes   
Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Author: Louise Keet

The Reflexology BibleLazy Sunday afternoon?
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Obedient husband?
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Feet?
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Reflexology bible?
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When I got my hands on a review copy of Louise Keet’s ‘Relexology Bible’, I immediately had visions of exploiting my husband’s good nature – all in the name of research of course.

But when we curled up on the sofa one lazy Sunday afternoon, my feet presented to him in all their neatly-scrubbed glory, we realised that using the ‘Bible’ wasn’t going to be as easy as following some numbered steps.

This is not to say the book isn’t user-friendly – it is – but reflexology is such an expansive topic that just jumping in on page 304 – “Reflexology for Pregnancy” isn’t going to do anyone much good. After a few minutes of trying to follow the steps and cross referencing with other chapters, my husband eventually decided to give me a foot rub of his own devising, and leave it at that.

The ‘Reflexology Bible’ requires a little more preparatory investment than we had set aside the time for that Sunday, but for the rest of the week I devoted myself to reading the pages in their proper order, to expand my personal knowledge of this therapeutic technique.

The book starts off with chapters that explain reflexology’s history, how it works and references studies that show that it really does make a difference to some quite serious medical conditions – in some cases used in conjunction with allopathic therapy, in others, replacing it. It also goes into the kinds of lifestyle changes we should all make to be healthier before having a go at our feet.

Then it gets down to the business of reflexology itself. As part of their training, professional reflexologists have to pass an anatomy exam, and the book touches on all the parts of the body and how they work. It’s understanding how the different body systems work in unison that allow you to address stress, fatigue or digestive troubles – rather than just touching the points relating to the brain, eyes or stomach as you go along.

So, once you’ve accepted that there’s a whole lot of background information that you need about the human body, you get to the chapter about where each organ or system is located on the feet. Obviously this is the crux of reflexology and if you’re going to use this book as a serious tool for coming to understand the method, then this is the chapter you will spend the most time on.

Once you’ve swotted up, you can then make your way through the book, where specific ailments  are discussed and their treatments laid out. This is where your earlier studies come in handy. For instance, on the pages for treating asthma, the following points are listed: pituitary, lungs, diaphragm, adrenals, thoracic vertebrae and solar plexus.

Further pages of step-by-step photographs show you techniques and directions for relieving symptoms, but the book does rely on you having the knowledge of the points as laid out in earlier chapters (or at the very least, the patience to keep flicking back and forth between them).

‘The Reflexology Bible’ is a great book, because it addresses the process holistically. As much as my vision of scoring an easy foot rub off my husband was a nice one, the book is far more valuable for requiring a bit of reading and research before jumping foot-first into the therapy.

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