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VRT (Vertical Reflex Therapy)

This is a system devised by Lynne Booth where you treat the client on the top (dorsum) of the feet and hands briefly in a standing, weight-bearing position. Unlike conventional reflexology which is done in a reclining position where the therapist treats the client under (plantar) the feet.

Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT) was Highly Commended for its "Outstanding Contribution to Complementary Medicine by the Institute of Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM)" 2011 Awards.

VRT can be incorporated into the conventional reflexology treatment by using it for five minutes at the beginning and five minutes at the end of each session. In between each break in the treatment the reflexologist can include diaphragm rocking, helping to relax the client as well as themselves. This is a technique originally devised by Lynne Booth to help insomnia, as she discovered it was good at resetting the body clock.

Another technique within VRT is synergistic reflexology. This is where the therapist works on three reflexes, two on the feet and one on the hand.

The therapeutic response from VRT is often quicker, especially with orthopaedic and chronic problems.

There was documented evidence in 1997 when a small medically-approved VRT study on geriatric pain and mobility problems resulted in a 60% maintained improvement in six weeks. A survey of reflexology or VRT in the workplace in 2002 resulted in an 80+% recorded improvement when daily self-help VRT on the hands was implemented. Other research includes two studies on anxiety and on pain.

By having VRT the client experiences a profound change in the way their body receives healing energies while standing.

VRT used with synergistic reflexology has been found to help with many conditions such as:

arthritis (helps to control inflammation and improves mobility);

ME or post-viral syndrome (improves energy levels and release of emotional and physical pain);

babies digestive problems (not to be used on tiny babies but can help a baby with colic, stomach and other digestive disorders);

asthma (helps asthmatics of all ages, using this and self-help method working on their own hands and feet); and

stress (VRT used at the beginning of a session helps to relax a client immediately).

Using VRT on a client helps reflexology to become more versatile. As the treatment sessions are short, this allows the therapist to treat chronic conditions two or three times a week. This is ideally suited to a client who is suffering from an acute or weakening condition.