No matter how much anecdotal or clinical evidence based on our experience we provide, the fact is that it is not enough to convince the hardened doubters.
What is needed is to provide an experience to these people which will give a positive indication of the power of reflexology.
On an individual basis, just receiving a treatment may be enough, but this takes time and will not generally provide the dramatic evidence required to impress a group.
What is needed is a way to demonstrate the powerful physiological effects of reflexology in a short time. Is there a way?
The first step
There is a basic way that can be used to great effect, which is to treat one foot only, after which the receiver walks around, and because only one foot has been worked they will be able to experience the effect on the body far more than if a full treatment has been given. (the other foot can then be worked on)
This is a good strategy which can be used where groups of people are present to observe the reaction.
The second step
Although the one foot strategy is effective there is another refinement which produces even greater and often quite dramatic evidence for the powerful effects of reflexology which also demonstrates the therapeutically powerful reflex, potential of the toes.
are mainly a neglected area and are not given a ‘fair crack of the whip’ when it comes to reflex attention and yet they are so important in reflexology. It is possible give an entire and effective treatment by only working on the toes.
The toes are the reflex pathways to the body and brain.
It may be because they can be difficult to work on that they are demoted to something of the no man’s land of reflexology. Their role confined to that of the sinuses, eyes and ears.
However that is demeaning their significance and potential.
Giving stimulus to the toes generates and distributes vitality throughout the body.
It is because of this that they provide the key in demonstrating the power of reflexology. This will be made apparent if only the toes of one foot are worked on.
The important point is the way they need to be worked. The key words are positive stimulus, using a range of techniques with and without lubrication. All the areas of the toes must be worked, plantar, medial, lateral and particularly dorsal.
It takes me approximately ten minutes. I suggest twenty minutes to start with. Exchange sessions on colleagues is an excellent and vital way to practice.
Remember one foot only; do not touch the other foot.
After the allotted time, the receiver is then asked to stand up and with bare feet, walk around and give attention as to how their body feels.
The response is generally one of surprise and amazement as to how the same side of the body of the foot that was worked feels so different from the other. Not just relating to the foot but from the foot up to the head.
Remarks such as the ‘worked’ side feel so more relaxed compared to the other (this can be observed), or that it feels warmer. The shoulder and arm will often feel warmer and more relaxed than the unworked side. Also the side of the face may have a more flushed look than the other.
A tingling from the finger tips to the side of the head is another experience.
This protocol, as long as it is performed correctly, demonstrates the potential and magic of reflexology.
To be able to work the toes effectively is the corner-stone in the treatment of a range of neurological conditions.
Tony Porter Focused Reflexology©
The next London Seminar
September 16-18th 2016