Advanced Reflexology

What is ART?

ART means:

  • Advanced Reflexology Training
  • Advanced Reflexology Techniques
  • Alternative Reflexology Techniques

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This form of Reflexology was introduced by Anthony Porter who begain his career in natural therapy in 1972.   

He was fortunate to meet Dwight Byers, Corporate Director of the International Institute of Reflexology in Florida, USA, and was able to spend some time with him, learning the Ingham method of Reflexology (see page on Conventional Reflexology).

Anthony Porter was European Director of the International Institute of Reflexology from 1980 to 1990. This job gave him the opportunity to work on thousands of pairs of feet and to meet many very experienced reflexologists.  Another bonus was that he became well known and reflexologists from all over the world would contact him when they visited London.  He would spend many hours talking reflexology and swapping techniques, and this was where the seeds of ART were sown. 

Orthodox Ingham method of reflexology mostly uses the finger/thumb walking techniques and is quite gentle.   ART is more poweful as more pressure can be applied using knuckles.   In ART various methods are used:

  •  Sliding slowly over the reflexes of the feet or hands, using thumbs or fingers.
  •  Sliding slowly over the reflexes using knuckle of finger or thumb.
  •  Maintaining a constant pressure on a disturbed reflex.
  •  Contstant rotary reflex contact using fingers, thumbs or medial surface of knuckles.
  •  Pulsing contact.
  •  Rubbing contact.

Sliding - This movement is performed slowly and in various directions.  The pads or knuckles of the fingers and thumbs are used in a sliding manner over the reflexes.

Constant Pressure - This can be applied over a reflex responsible for causing pain, such as back pain, abdominal pain etc.  The pressure can be applied with fingers, thumbs or knuckles.

Reflex Rotary Techique -  This technique is used to break up a congestive reflex and to re-vitalise the corresponding area of the body.  It is a continuous rotary movement performed with finger tips or knuckles of the fingers, which can be maintained for up to 2 minutes before a pause, and can be worked for another minute before finishing.  

Pulsing - This type of contact can be maintained on a reflex for several minutes at a time.  It is particularly effective on the pitutary and adrenal reflexes, but can also be used to great effect on any other reflex.

Rubbing -  This type of contact is, as the name implies a rubbing one, performed with the pads of the fingers or medial sides of the thumb and knuckles.  Contact can be maintained on reflexes for up to two minutes before moving on to another reflex.

The ART methods combine well with the techniques of Eunice Ingham.   Some of the techniques mentioned above are carried out on dry skin, whilst with with others a small amount of lubrication is used.  No talc is used.