JUDITH NOURSE, RN, ARCB, LMBT, is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC#661), and Board Certified Reflexologist who began studying reflexology in 1994, when it completely alleviated severe sciatic pain she had experienced for two years. Impressed by its effectiveness, she became certified in the Laura Norman method and completed Level 1 instructor training. She was awarded certification by the American Reflexology Certification Board in 1997.
Ms. Nourse is a seasoned instructor of reflexology who has maintained a private practice since 1996. She has taught basic reflexology to students in a professional massage program and to adults in continuing education programs at Blue Ridge Community College and Brevard College, both in North Carolina. For four years, she guest lectured at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, introducing nursing students to reflexology in the course Holistic Mental Health in the Community. Also while lecturing at Wagner, she authored the chapter on Reflexology in the book No Time for Shadows by nursing instructor Dr. M. Governo (Linus Publications, 2011). In addition, she also developed the program Self Care • Family Care Reflexology™, which she currently teaches to the public in physicians' offices.
Ms. Nourse has worked in various health care settings, including 14 years in dental hygiene and 10 years in clinical nursing (emergency, ambulatory surgery, and psychiatric settings). She has training in other well-known methods of reflexology, including the Ingham method with Dwight Byers, the Flocco method with Bill Flocco and Ko Tan, 12 Meridian and 5 Element Reflexology with Lilian Tibshraeny-Morten, and Maternity Reflexology with British nurse midwife/reflexologist Susanne Enzer. She holds a diploma from the Institute of Facial Reflexology in Barcelona. Ms. Nourse was the founding President of the North Carolina Reflexology Association and is a professional member of the Reflexology Association of America and the International Council of Reflexologists.