The mission of Barbara and Kevin Kunz is to provide information that will help reflexologists by improving opportunities for reflexologists, adding to knowledge about reflexology, and augmenting consumers' understanding of the reflexology profession.
Of all the challenges to reflexology practice, the legal right to practice has caused concerns and hampered opportunities. While the situation has improved in recent years, information is presented here to:
Barbara and Kevin Kunz first became involved in such concerns in 1981 when contacted by an Illinois reflexologist arrested for practicing medicine and podiatry without a license. A year in phone contact was to no avail as she was convicted on both charges. What resulted was a code of ethics and an awareness of the need to practice reflexology in a professional manner. See Code of Ethics.
In 1987, we were banned in Albuquerque - city officials notified us that existing massage laws would be applied to us. Years of researching legal factors and learning the ins and outs of dealing with city officials and state legislators provided us with the information to change the laws as well as help others. Over the years we have provided help and position papers to reflexologists struggling to practice in Texas, New York, Florida, Tennessee, San Diego, Iowa, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina, Connecticut, Illinois, Alabama, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Oregon. While some efforts are more successful than others, we have amassed information and strategies for addressing such problems. See Profession
Our own interest in the idea of reflexology is reflected in information tracking history, theory, and practice tips. As practicing reflexologists since 1976, we've had the opportunity to gauge the impact on clientele of these areas of study. Clients always like to know the theory and history of the service they're getting. Conversations with Ed Case, discoverer of the Egyptian pictograph while he and his wife traveled in Egypt in the early 1980's, started our research into foot work in ancient times in both Egypt and Asia. Another highlight was the presentation of information about Nara, Japan while we visited that country in 1990. See History.
Frequently clientele further our research into theory. For example, work with paraplegics led to the basis of our viewpoint of reflexology as the exercise of pressure to the feet. See Paralysis Report. In addition to stimulating ideas about new techniques, work with clients broadened our perceptions about assessment, leading to the development and identification of stress cues related to health concerns.
Finally, informatioon about reflexology's more recent history has come through interacting with our fellow reflexologists. Moreover, working with others has created an appreciation of individuals who have helped others as well as helping grow and develop the idea of reflexology. See Reflexologists Hall of Fame.
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ŠKunz and Kunz 2003