Reflexology Compared in Daily Stress Management | 308 Cases

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anxiety Stress management Fasciatherapy and Reflexology Compared to Hypnosis and Music Therapy in Daily Stress Management


Background: Patients suffering from stress symptoms due to every-day life who are looking for a non-pharmacological response to their relief expectation are many. Furthermore, early reckoning of the day-to-day stress which may lead to clinical diagnosis is the best way of preventing the stress-related diseases. Among the many alternative medicinal options, there is little evidence that fasciatherapy (Fs) and reflexology (Rf) are effective in this field.

Purpose: assess incidence of fasciatherapy Danis Bois Method (DBM) and of reflexology on patients’ stress level in everyday-life, and provide a more informed choice among the numerous mind and body techniques by comparing them with hypnosis (Hp) and music therapy (Mt).

Settings: Specialized Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) centres for outpatients.

Participants: 308 individuals (average age = 50.53 SD 14.37, 93 males, 215 females) going to the centres for health care, but free from serious diseases and not heavily medicated respecting the inclusion criteria and providing valid forms.

Research design: Four armed, non-randomized observational pragmatic trial with pretest-posttest repeated measures, on separate samples of natural groups.

Intervention: According to the centre participants where they used to be treated, they were exposed to a single semi-standardized session of a technique of their choice: Fs, Rf, Hp, Mt. Volunteers had a controlled non-intervention resting (Rt) session.

Main outcome measures: Mean STAI-Y assessing anxiety as reflecting the stress level: MANCOVA and ANCOVA performed with Tukey’s HSD.

Results: MANCOVA indicates a significant reduction of anxiety (p < .01) in each condition, resting included. ANCOVA performance adjusting on stress level in T0 (41.73) and on the mean sumscore of the trait (44.89), Fs (-13.92), Rf (-15.92), and Hp (-15.88) were equally effective on the stress level decrease. Mt (-10.0) and Rt (-6.38) showed the same level of effectiveness.

Conclusions: The results suggest fasciatherapy DBM, hypnosis, and reflexology could be used as non-pharmacological and safe interventions in stress management. Though showing a lesser efficiency, music therapy could be useful in different circumstances.

Keywords: STAI-Y; daily stress; fasciatherapy; hypnosis; music therapy; reflexology; single session.

Fasciatherapy and Reflexology Compared to Hypnosis and Music Therapy in Daily Stress Management


Payrau B, Quere N, Breton E, Payrau C. Fasciatherapy and Reflexology compared to Hypnosis and Music Therapy in Daily Stress Management. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. 2017;10(3):4–13. Published 2017 Sep 13. doi:10.3822/ijtmb.v10i3.368

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In this section you will find how this research paper enacted reflexology to produce these results. We at Reflexology.Report distilled the Methodology portion of this research paper and we are presenting you with:

  • General methods used
  • Organization and duration of sessions
  • Reflexology points

The purpose of this section is to make this research paper useful to all reflexologists. This is a tool developed by the Center of Reflexology and Research (Κέντρο Ρεφλεξολογίας και Έρευνας) in Greece and supervised volunteers from across the world.

At the beginning of the session (they only received one session), the reflexologist had adjusted with the person the type of Rf to be carried out—foot, palm, head or facial stimulation. They then selected the reflex zones for the problem and they stimulated the interacting regions by specific pressures for about 3 to 5 min.

Στην αρχή της συνεδρίας (δέχτηκαν μόνο μία συνεδρία), ο ρεφλεξολόγος διευκρίνισε με το δέκτη τον τύπο της ρεφλεξολογίας που πρέπει να διεξαχθεί – κάτω άκρου, άνω άκρου, κεφαλής ή διέγερσης του προσώπου. Έπειτα, επέλεξε τις ζώνες αντανακλαστικών για το πρόβλημα και διήγειρε τις αλληλεπιδρώσες περιοχές με συγκεκριμένες πιέσεις για περίπου 3 έως 5 λεπτά.

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