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Is reflexology a scam?

Is reflexology a scam?

It may as well be: A "scam" is a swindle: A dishonest way to make money by deceit. Reflexology isn't a scam because its practitioners generally aren't crooked, just stupid, ignorant, deluded & gullible; & so are their customers. Reflexology is pseudoscientific claptrap. I love foot massages, but I don't delude myself that I get anything more out of them than pleasurable sensations. ...Read more

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Anything special about reflexology vs a massage?

Anything special about reflexology vs a massage?

No: Reflexology is completely bogus. It has no basis in fact whatsoever. Reflexologists have no training in anything medical or anatomical. A reflexologist is either woefully ignorant if he believes that what he does is real, or dishonest if he knows it isn't. Either way, it's claptrap. I love foot massages, but I don't delude myself that they give me anything more than a good feeling. ...Read more

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Could you recommend the benefits of reflexology?

Could you recommend the benefits of reflexology?

None: Reflexology is completely bogus. It has no basis in fact whatsoever. Reflexologists have no training in anything medical or anatomical. A reflexologist is either woefully ignorant if he believes that what he does is real, or dishonest if he knows it isn't. Either way, it's claptrap. I love foot massages, but I don't delude myself that they give me anything more than a good feeling. ...Read more

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Can shiatsu and reflexology really help the body.?

Can shiatsu and reflexology really help the body.?

Possibly, yes...: Anything from chiropractic, message, acupuncture, reflexology, herbs, aromatherapy, sugar pills.....Can help the some people, some of the time, more often if the recipient believes and trusts the therapist. But if it is a serious malady (cancer, heart, lung, kidney, inflamed or infected organs, anything that will not reverse by the body's own natural defenses), then it's time 2 c traditional doc. ...Read more

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Does reflexology really bring on labor?

Unlikely: While some practitioners utilize reflexology for this purpose, there is minimal evidence that stimulation of this type can produce labor. ...Read more

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What is your opinion of the benefits of reflexology for ones wellness and optimal health?

What is your opinion of the benefits of reflexology for ones wellness and optimal health?

None: Reflexology is completely bogus. It has no basis in fact whatsoever. Reflexologists have no training in anything medical or anatomical. A reflexologist is either woefully ignorant if he believes that what he does is real, or dishonest if he knows it isn't. Either way, it's claptrap. I love foot massages, but I don't delude myself that they give me anything more than a good feeling. ...Read more

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Does reflexology work for allergies?

Does reflexology work for allergies?

Not evidence based: Reflexology is time-honored but getting scientifically-controlled studies that show an effect above placebo has been problematic. The magic may come from the relationship with the practitioner, and i'd not criticize anyone who sought this out with a hope of relief. Use it as part of a comprehensive program of allergy management -- your health depends on this, as allergy isn't trivial. ...Read more

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Can reflexology irritate sciatic nerve.?

Can reflexology irritate sciatic nerve.?

Thanks for asking!: Any severe stretch or pressure can cause sciatic irritation.Make sure the person doing the treatment is well trained. ...Read more