The Golden Age of Reflexology

The Golden Age of Reflexology

At no time in history have more people from such diverse cultures practiced reflexology. From Toronto to Tokyo, from Taipei to Honolulu...conversations with reflexologists from all over the world reflect the phenomenal growth of the field in the decade of the 80's. Today, at the end of the first year of a new decade, the signs of the golden age of reflexology are worldwide.

Reflexologists gathered in record numbers at international conferences in Tokyo and Toronto. An observer from WHO recorded a study of traditional medical approaches such as reflexology. Formal sanctioning bodies considered reflexology for acceptance as a legitimate field of study. Efforts in Taiwan and Australia were successful. A record number of "appearances" on television by reflexology and reflexologists occurred in the U. S. Commercial interest in reflexology has exploded with nationally advertised products in the U. S. and a wide array of products in the Far East.

The 80's

Growth of reflexology in the 80's in North America was fueled by the publishing of more reflexology books, more exposure on television, more exposure through the media. The number of reflexology books doubled, giving voice and picture to what had always been a word of mouth tradition. The casual appearance of reflexology on television with increasing frequency in the 1980's reflected the informal acceptance of the idea in the U. S. Reflexology associations in the U. S. and Canada were created for the first time, thus giving reflexologists an organized voice. A realization of past history added depth to the field.

The 90's

It is appropriate to us that the decade of the 90's begins with the discovery of a long-lost branch of the idea in the Far East. Just as we in North America discovered the foot prints of past history, we found a similar process under way in Asia. The virtually independent growth of reflexology on two continents in the 80's signifies the re-emergence of one of humankind's oldest medical traditions, reflexology. The discovery signals a much broader strength in numbers and cultural tradition for reflexology world wide.

Our predictions for the future include increasing international interaction among reflexologists and the legitimization of the idea on a wide scale. Even with a good imagination ten years ago, it would have been impossible to predict reflexology as it is today. Informal legitimacy was conferred upon reflexology in the 80's by a world-wide audience. The audience that became interested in the 80's is becoming active in the 90's. Reflexologists are trying to get together and become a profession. As consumers seek the service in greater numbers, efforts by the professional to provide a legitimate service will result in legitimization and research on an international level.

Most of all, the explosion of interest in reflexology is people powered. All of the working hands, all of the feet that have been worked, all of the voices speaking the same message have created the golden age of reflexology. The idea of reflexology has survived a millennium to be re-discovered once again, this time by greater numbers than ever before.


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