Reflexology Anatomy is a new modality that embraces ancient practices and adopts new scientific discoveries of the last 30 years. Reflexology Anatomy is the new “kid” on the block demonstrating characteristics that attract attention through the practical and measurable methods offered in the course.  Best of all this new “kid” is Canadian.

RA is designed and structured so that anyone can learn and apply this art. Furthermore, RA is not only limited to foot care professionals. It is a valuable tool for physiotherapists, caregivers, massage practitioners, nurses and others.

  • Reflexology Anatomy is an independent modality founded by Douglas A Coburn. RA has a historical Canadian connection that reflects the modality’s beginnings and evolution.
  • RA is a result of 15 years of analysis, research, practice and testing.
  • Traditional North American Reflexology addresses all 72 points of reference found on the feet. Using this system, the practitioner measures and collects results primarily through client reaction and tolerance to pain while compression is applied.
  • RA is unique because it concentrates on only those functions relating to the non-autonomic systems and therefore does not target autonomic systems with intent. The internal organs are left to rest.
  • RA could be described as a muscular-skeletal reflexology system approach but with a modern philosophy and theory. Results are measured in an interactive and inclusive way which involves more physical action.

The definition of RA is based on a sincere and meaningful phrase:

“If thought is energy then action is intent”

In order for RA to enter the arena of the healing arts and to stand amongst its peers, the definition has to be clear and defendable. Therefore the definition upholds western traditions by framing it with theories we already know and then describing new evidence and discoveries.


The principle of Reflexology Anatomy is based on recent discoveries and evidence made available to us in the field of Quantum Physics.  In particular, how energy radiates in amounts or quanta.

RA asks the practitioner to be aware of these principles when forming a healing thought, even before physical contact begins in treatment. This concept is supported by the themes and lessons addressed in the curriculum belonging to RA. The healing thought acts like a powerful lens, a lens whose magnitude can be adjusted by either the practitioner or the client.

The lens is a metaphor and it invites the next metaphor, that being the courier who once called into service has a manifesto to deliver a message of pain relief. The routes followed by the courier are endorsed scientifically and historically by ancient Reflexology Charts from numerous cultures. RA is unique for its thoughtful approach of combining neurological pathway messaging systems along with measuring the external physical signs this system produces.

RA is unmatched for its unique mapping system and charting of the reflexology points of reference. This modality shares its success with other traditions of healing because once the message is delivered, the body takes over and the internal correction and balance begins.  This process celebrates the power of our biology and our relationship with it.

And finally there is action. This action I speak of is represented by our hands as they dock onto the recipient’s feet, and remarkably three facilitators emerge and exist – ENERGY, ACTION & INTENT

This course represents my faith that anything is possible if you believe enough, listen enough and trust your inner voice.

None of this would be possible in my opinion unless I acknowledge and thank the masters who came before me in the study of Reflexology. I wish to express my gratitude for all those who encouraged me to create something new, accessible and effective into a world in need of care and balance.


Douglas A. Coburn Douglas A. Coburn is a naturopath and podologist living and working in Montreal.  He writes for magazines such as Spa Canada and contributes articles to  His professional certifications include AIIC, RAC cert., BSc.Pod

Edited by: Miss Phyllis Mary Bell, Educator (Retired but very active!)