Learning to care for your child with reflexology

Reflexology is a very adaptable and beneficial therapy and easy to apply once you learn some basic techniques!

The good news is that is relatively easy for many of us to learn these new techniques and not only use them for ourselves but also use them for our children and loved ones.

Sure, reflexology therapists have to undergo extensive training to learn the specifics of how to treat others professionally and in a mindful way. Mainly, this is to ensure that all therapists adhere to (and are held accountable to) the highest standards in their profession. The fact is, you can use the information in a non-professional capacity for yourself and your partner or children.

I started out treating my little nephews as babies and they responded brilliantly to short sessions of reflexology on their feet. It is very soothing, encouraging good digestion, better sleep patterns and the therapeutic touch has a calming effect on the nervous system.

These were exactly the results experienced by a recent client who brought her two very young children for a treatment. During the session, Mum also learned a few basic techniques which she continued to apply at home. I am delighted with the report she gave after one week, letting me know that all previous issues with sleep and digestion had cleared for her babies. This is a fantastic result!

Review Child Reflexology

Mothers Review Of Child Reflexology

I have been demonstrating reflexology at national holistic events, on TV,  in workshops and with my clients since the start of my holistic career, with the desire to support people in their quest for improved well-being and to encourage them to take charge of their own self-healing ability.

Would  you like to organise some self-treatment workshops as an individual, with your child or in a small group or as a couple? Make this real by contacting your therapist, Caroline Cunningham today. CONTACT


Discover Your Magic Touch – Authentic Reflexology

‘Discover Your Magic Touch’ my follow up workshop to ‘The Power In Your Hands’ delivered at the Mind Body Spirit festival October 2015 sent a group of participants, including myself, back into a crowded venue floating on a fluffy cloud.

The purpose of this workshop which provides self-treatment well-being tips through hand reflexology is to explore the nature of touch in healing. There is much more to be noticed, sensed and experienced when it comes to healing touch. Bringing our minds into the present moment is so essential to being authentic and open to healing.

The purpose of healing is to bring ourselves into an optimum state of being so as to allow us to achieve/be all that is within our power and capability. It takes a constant practice to keep stress at bay and to deal with the pressures and challenges we are likely to encounter in life. This practice stands to us. That is why I always encourage my reflexology clients to use the self-treatment tips of hand reflexology between treatments.

‘Bringing our minds into the present moment is so essential

to being authentic and open to healing.’

The workshops provide for a deeper practice of this self treatment. This particular workshop had a meditative feel to it from start to finish. I have found it is best to go with the flow of the group of individuals who present for this learning experience, just as it is important to tailor every reflexology treatment to the individual needs of clients.

The three day event of Mind Body Spirit & Yoga festival was once again a great success. There was opportunity for interesting discussions on healing with fellow therapists and also with regards to the future direction of reflexology in Ireland. I had the opportunity to provide treatment to wonderful individuals and some allowed me to learn from their knowledge too as I had some reflexology therapists in their midst.

‘It is important to tailor every reflexology treatment

to the individual needs of clients.’

I heard sounds of South America’s wooden flute, the roar of the Chinese dragon and resounding of great symbols and drums. I always enjoy walking Tony Christies Labyrinth. My house is filling up fast with the stunning crystals from Stone Age.

Labradorite - Destiny & Vision

Labradorite – Destiny & Vision

It was a pleasure to once again exhibit alongside fellow therapists Olivier Florian, Yvonne Skelly and Trisha Lane.

Mind Body Spirit Festival takes place in March and October at Dublins RDS.

Providing reflexology self treatment workshops in your community centre or workplace.
Treatments in the home or corporate venue can also be facilitated.


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©Caroline Cunningham Owner and Therapist at Authentic Reflexology


How exciting to be a finalist not only once but three times in 2015 Irish Blog Awards!!

This is a first achievement for myself Caroline Cunningham as Author and Therapist.

I have been writing my blogs Personal (Wild Star Landing) and Business (Authentic Reflexology) for two years (at time of writing in 2015).

Authentic Reflexology is FINALIST of Best Health & Well Being Blog (Company Blogs).

The following article also made it on to the FINALIST for Best Blog Article in Company and Personal Categories respectively.

CLICK to read ‘5 Steps To Becoming A Robot – Is This Happening To You?’


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Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

Authentic On TV – Authentic Reflexology

Being passionate about what you do in life certainly opens doors and leads you to unexpected places. As I commenced my training for reflexology and holistic studies I never dreamed I would be shooting a TV feature with film crew from Irish TV putting reflexology centre stage as a highly beneficial therapy growing in popularity, especially in the last thirty years in Ireland.

I say yes to opportunity and if you’ve been following my early posts you may notice that taking action and building confidence are things I have had to develop within myself. You can only truly help others when you have first learned for yourself. And I am seriously keen to encourage others on their quest to put their self-healing to the fore and create more fulfilling lives for themselves.

So without further ado, I would like to thank once again the crew and all at Irish TV for inviting me to take part in this feature of Carlow County Matters in order to share the benefits of Reflexology with the wider world.

The last seven minutes of this episode of Carlow County matters showcases Caroline Cunningham and Authentic Reflexology. Click To View.

Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

ABOUT Caroline Cunningham (Owner of Authentic Reflexology): Caroline Cunningham is a professional reflexology therapist, trained to the highest standards as a registered member of Irish Reflexologists’ Institute Ltd. (M.I.R.I.L.). Caroline is also a qualified Reiki Therapist (Master Level), Graduate of Science, Education and Toxicology. 

Caroline provides therapy in Carlow and Dublin 2, regularly exhibits at Mind Body Spirit & Yoga festival (RDS Dublin) and has developed and presented reflexology self-treatment workshops suitable for community or corporate groups.

Health Insurers provide cover (under certain policies) for reflexology treatments, be sure to check your entitlement with your provider.

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©Caroline Cunningham http://www.authenticreflexology.com

Member Of Irish Reflexologists Institute Ltd.

Member Of Irish Reflexologists Institute Ltd.

The Power of ‘Touch Communication’ in Reflexology

I have always been fascinated by the evolution of humanity in terms of its ability to communicate. The mobile phone rapidly took the place of the landline and public payphone and the internet is competitor of the television. Arthur C. Clarke envisaged much of this evolution in his fictional novel and film adaptation of ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’, in which a form of ‘Skype’ was portrayed with an audio-visual space link to Earth.

Telephone Box

Telephone Box

For a time it seemed our technological advancements had far surpassed our actual skills in verbal communication. The ability to effectively and appropriately communicate our true feelings has had a tendency to remain heavily guarded and not without good reason. This was very much my own experience in the past as I struggled to understand the impact of the trauma’s and strains I was experiencing back then. I was in the dark as to the words and behaviours required to assert or defend myself appropriately.


Despite this, as a teenager I envisaged a distant future in which telepathy would be an accepted method of communication. There has already been an advancement in this area.

There are other means of communication considered by the more observant of our society. Body language, the degree of sparkle in a person’s eyes, the level of ‘energy’ in their voice and manner of speaking, the way a person walks, all of these are known especially amongst actors and holistic therapists. For some these are skills to learn and for others they are more naturally observed.

Authentic Reflexology

Authentic Reflexology

In holistic therapy all of these communication methods are important factors in determining how best to treat each client’s individual needs.

Reflexology is the application of pressure to specific points on the feet (or hands, ears and face), known as reflexes which correspond to body organs and systems with the aim of relieving tension and restoring balance in body and mind.



In my own practice of reflexology I consider the aspect of ‘touch communication’ to be an extremely powerful element of the treatment. In my training, with a number of very experienced therapists, it was evident that this form of therapeutic communication is not something new, as I learned to adapt treatment for the needs of people who may be dealing with more serious issues such as cancer.

Touch can be soothing to provide comfort, firm to encourage release of tension or extremely gentle conveying empathy with sensitive emotional states or delicate body tissues. Touch can even be hypnotic in cajoling a person into deeper relaxation.

Every touch has a meaning corresponding with the intention behind it. When I receive a massage or reflexology treatment I am informed of the level of awareness of the therapist to my needs. It is always a good idea to check with a client how they are experiencing the nature of touch being applied as telepathy is still in its infancy and also it conveys that your intentions are indeed for their highest good.

Thank you for reading. I am interested to hear own experience of the therapeutic power of touch communication in the comments below.

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©Caroline Cunnningham of “Authentic Reflexology™”

Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

Hand Reflexology Just As Effective As Foot Reflexology

Reflexology is fast becoming the therapy of choice for people who seek to maintain and achieve well-being while dealing with life’s constant stresses and strains. Results speak for themselves but it helps that there are many reflexology professionals around the globe who are dedicated to researching the benefits of reflexology.

Reflexology is the application of specific types of pressure at points on the feet known as reflexes. These reflexes ‘mirror’ the body organs and systems whereby a ‘map’ of the reflexes reflects a ‘microsystem’ of the entire person.

Hand Reflexology Authentic Reflexology

Hand Reflexology Authentic Reflexology

Reflexology benefits the client by encouraging the release of tension in body parts, increasing blood supply to internal organs and glands, benefits the elimination of toxins and soothes the nervous system. The overall benefit of reflexology is to bring ‘balance’ to body and mind.

While foot reflexology is more widely popular, reflexology of the hands is just as beneficial. The same reflexes can be found (mapped) on the hands and are treated in similar way as on the feet.

Hand reflexology is more versatile in the sense that a person need not take off their shoes or socks and also it is possible to treat the person while they are seated, for example in their home or in a less private situation for example a hospital or care or community centre. A treatment on the hands also has the added emotional benefit of support as there is a more ‘caring’ connection associated with ‘holding hands’.

Always check that your reflexology therapist is trained to the highest professional standards. This can be validated by asking the therapist if they are a member of a professional regulating body such as Irish Reflexologists’ Institute Ltd (I.R.I.L.). The therapist will have a membership number which is also useful if you have health insurance which covers reflexology. The I.R.I.L. also have an on-line register so you may find the therapist who is qualified in your area.

Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

Caroline Cunningham is professional therapist specialising in reflexology and reiki. Caroline is based in Carlow and is a member of I.R.I.L. Caroline regularly exhibits at the Mind Body Spirit and Yoga Festival in Dublin and is also a presenter and creator of the workshop ‘The Power In Your Hands’ whereby she shows people how to influence their own well-being through reflexology of the hands.

Contact Caroline to make a booking for treatment or to organise a workshop for your community or work place.

The Power In Your Hands Workshop

The Power In Your Hands Workshop

Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Therapist

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Change Is Possible – 12 Steps to End Conflict and Restore Peace

Change is possible! This I know.
Knowing that change is possible is, what I consider to be, one of the most powerful healing instruments available to humans, along with showing love.

When we feel stuck we are in conflict with a part of ourselves that is afraid to change. Change is possible however and once we let go of fear of what we consider to be ‘unknown’ we open our ‘heart-mind-spirit’ to the endless possibilities for more positive experience.

Storm brewing over an Irish Lake

Storm brewing over an Irish Lake

I am from a land that has experienced as much conflict as any other war torn nation. Our families’ blood lines have been severed and afflicted by starvation and deprivation, our kin rejected, squashed and taunted for not giving up our plot.

In the past, change was slow. Humans traditionally passed on their knowledge of conflict pain from one generation to another unconscious of their detrimental gift.     Conflict equals tension. Tension equals blockage to the flow of positive energy required to function in the most effective way. When you pinch the stem of a plant you will possibly cut off its supply of nutrients and if you increase the force you will eventually damage its parts. This is what humans do to each other during conflict. This is what I unconsciously do to myself when I am not happy about something in my life. Thankfully change is happening around our globe. Conflicts rage for sure and change may seem hopeless to those who are entangled in the direst situations. But change IS taking place and more people are acknowledging that each of us has a part to play in the restoration of peace.

12 Steps to end conflict and restore peace:

• Acknowledge that conflict is damaging to our health and peace of mind (life).

• Seek inspiration from others who have shown that it is possible to CHANGE in order to have a more peaceful way of living. Hold fast to those examples.

• Educating oneself, learning about conflict resolution and mediation skills is a powerful way to deal with conflict and restore peace.

• If your conflict is with another person (or group/country), endeavour to hear their words and needs beyond their expressions of anger (or bombs).

• Acknowledge the needs of others they will trust that you have the heart to work towards a more peaceful solution.

• Learn to communicate your own needs without the force of anger (or bombs).

• See the common ground that exists between each other. We are all human beings…that should be enough.

• Imagine what life would be like for you (or your country) if peace is restored.

• Seek the help of healing therapies to encourage letting go of tension from your body and to encourage healing towards a feeling of well-being (self-care).

• Tune in to the essence of all living and non-living things (rocks, plants, mountains, rivers) our earth and Universe has much more to teach us than we may realise.

• Tune into your own sacred essence. The more we acknowledge our own uniqueness the more love and care we are willing and able to extend to others.

• Never cease to seek inspiration for change towards more positive ways of living.

A few years ago I spent a week in Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation learning ‘Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills’. It was a powerful learning experience for me in the dynamics of conflict, mediation and examining the powerful changes that have been achieved around the world including my own country. This course was appropriate for dealing with personal conflict too. Each person in the group had their own story and reason for being there. It was money and time well spent. I urge you to never give up on the fact that CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.

Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Therapist

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The Essence of Nature - Ireland

The Essence of Nature – Ireland

Caroline Cunningham Therapist

©Caroline Cunningham Author of Authentic Reflexology Blog


5 Steps To Becoming A Robot – Is this happening to you?

Best Blog Article Finalist

Best Blog Article Finalist

Imagine a mechanical society with no thinking or feeling, everyone rushing about on automatic pilot, elbowing out of the way anything that appears on the horizon that doesn’t match in with this preferred mode of existence. Would you be happy with this? Do you think it is already happening on our streets? And what has Reflexology got to do with all of this?

The following questions may help to determine if you are in danger of joining the Robotic Race.

Q1. Is your life running completely on schedule, every minute accounted for, your targets maxed out to the last with someone reminding you that you could achieve a little more if you try harder (that someone could even be you).

Q2. Do you only read articles that start with headings such as ‘5 Steps To This’ and ‘3 Ways To Do That’ because you don’t have time to read real life stories of personal interest which aim to impart wisdom in a more meaningful way?

Q3. Do the important people in your life have the opportunity to connect with the flesh and blood version of your true self? Are you around long enough (and present) for that to happen?

Q4. Does your food taste really good? Does it interest you at all? Can you smell the subtlety of flowers and does colour have any impact on your being? What about birds? Are they just for birds?

Q5. Can you feel your toes? Are you becoming numb to what’s inside and outside of yourself? Do you expect to be repaired like a machine when part of you stops working, without your input or without any change from your current mode of being?

Assuming you are not yet a robot, use your intuition to decide if you are on the edge of robot living.

So how does Reflexology help to keep robot life at bay?

Reflexology reminds us that every part of our body and mind is inter-connected. Our feet are a sensitive part of ourselves. Therapeutic touch and care goes a long way towards ensuring that we remain in touch with our human side. When we show our human side we enrich our own lives and the lives of those with whom we interact. Colour, smell, taste and sounds have so much to offer us in rich experience. Aim to enrich your life. Show your human side. And give reflexology a go if you haven’t tried it already, you deserve to be cared for, you are human.

On behalf of actual robots, I apologize for suggesting that you are not appreciated in our society. The very first robot I ever learned of was HAL (Arthur C. Clarke Novels) and ‘he’ raised a lot of sympathies as ‘he’ paved the way for all robots. But better for us human’s to remember that this is what we are…human!  Have fun (o;

Authentic Reflexology - Therapist Caroline Cunningham

Authentic Reflexology – Therapist Caroline Cunningham

©Caroline Cunningham Author of Authentic Reflexology Blog

Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Therapist

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Authentic Reflexology is a regular exhibitor at Mind Body Spirit & Yoga in Dublin and provider of Reflexology Self-Treatment Workshops.

Therapist Caroline Cunningham

Therapist Caroline Cunningham

Reflexotherapy with Hanne Marquardt

What is Reflexotherapy of the feet and who is Hanne Marquardt? Thanks to my ITEC studies in the history of Reflexology, I already knew that Hanne Marquardt has played a key role in the development of this wonderful therapy. So I headed to Kilkenny (Ireland) to discover more about this fascinating lady and therapy.

‘I’m going to be eighty soon’, Hanne informed us at the outset of our two day course. Her eyes twinkled perhaps with wonder and curiosity as to what this new age bracket might herald. That curiosity has remained alive and well for Hanne, who as a young nurse and physiotherapist became most interested in the findings outlined by Eunice Ingham in her book ‘Stories The Feet Can Tell’.

Eunice Ingham is attributed with developing the term ‘Reflexology’ and with the mapping of the whole body onto reflex areas of the feet, reflecting a micro-system of the whole person on the feet. Hanne wistfully reflected on the fact that she actually set out to disprove Eunice’s findings on the results of treatment by reflexology. In those early days the claims of reflexology were quite radical. As I attempted to probe Hanne with my own investigative questions I got a glimpse of how brave she must have been to challenge this pioneering woman.  Hanne admitted humble defeat in her efforts and instead developed a growing respect for her teacher and the practice of reflexology. She has earnestly and whole-heartedly, continued its development and practice, fine-tuning the position of reflex areas and treatment techniques according to her own findings and thereby opening the door to her use of the term ‘Reflexotherapy’.

Two days we spent with Hanne, eagerly listening as she imparted much wisdom and knowledge interspersed with humour and anecdotes for living simply and fruitfully. We watched intently as she demonstrated techniques for treating sensitive reflex areas and harmonising holds. We were put through our paces as she challenged us to locate the reflex areas corresponding to scars on the body of the person being treated. We practiced the treatment of such scars and all that she demonstrated to us under her watchful eye.

Thanks to pioneers such as Eunice Ingham and Hanne Marquardt, Reflexology has grown to be a highly respected and recognised therapy. In Germany, however, Hanne has gained even further recognition for her use of Reflexotherapy as she treats ‘patients’ instead of ‘clients’ and for ‘specific illnesses’ rather than ‘generally’. ‘Always remember’ she paused for effect, ‘you are treating a person not a body or just their feet but a whole person.’ In order not to forget this fact Hanne urged us to use the term ‘someone’ as opposed to ‘somebody’.

Studying with Hanne as our tutor was a pleasurable, productive and valuable learning experience. She clearly enjoyed the weekend also and is keen to return to Ireland soon to refresh our memories and provide opportunity for advancement of our skills. As we parted company she urged us to be creative in our practice and to be mindful of the unique potential that exists in all of us.

Copyright: Caroline Cunningham Author of Authentic Reflexology Blog.

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