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Facilitating phenomenological interviewing by means of reflexology

E Ross, S Schulze, Petro M van Niekerk,
Curationis | Vol 28, No 1 | a930 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v28i1.930 | © 2005 E Ross, S Schulze, Petro M van Niekerk, | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2005 | Published: 28 September 2005

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E Ross,, South Africa
S Schulze, Department of further teacher education, Unisa, South Africa
Petro M van Niekerk,, Department of educational studies, Unisa, South Africa

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The aim of this article is to show how reflexology could facilitate phenomenological interviewing by probing the lifeworld of individual participants. It presents a hybrid study of phenomenological interviewing and reflexology as a holistic method of health care. In this sense, it is an interparadigmatic study, since it rests on the interface of Western and Oriental thought. This article reports on seven cases which were included in the qualitative, empirical investigation. During the sessions, reflexological readings served as impetus for inquiry into the experiences of the participants, as congestions on reflex points and along meridians were interpreted in terms of physical organs and functions. These readings were related to corresponding emotions as accepted within the reflexology paradigm. It was, however, up to the participants to inform the researcher of events and/or circumstances that caused the emotions. Thus, nonverbal data communicated information that facilitated verbal exchange concerning the life-world of each individual participant.


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