REFLEXES - WINDOWS TO THE INNER UNIVERSE
Because of this, I decided to offer some other suggestions to what the feet can tell us.
Eunice Ingham chose a most appropriate title for her books - 'Stories The Feet Can Tell' and 'Stories The Feet Have Told'. As we know, feet do tell stories.
To become proficient with the manual 'working' of the feet is the first priority to being an effective and successful reflexologist.
As there is an infinite range of types of feet (and patients), it can take many years to fully achieve and begin to understand many of these variations and to be able to detect and 'normalise' a disturbed reflex efficiently.
'Find a sore spot and work it our' was the mantra which Eunice Ingham used to describe the modus operandi of the therapy, and even today despite many of the 'scientific' applications of reflexology it is really what it is all about. I suspect that Eunice was aware of other meanings of a reflex, which was beyond the physical.
I look at the disturbed reflexes as windows to the subtle ebbs and flows of the 'energy' distribution of the body, and once we begin to look at a reflex in this way, our understanding of the therapy opens up to different interpretations and possibilities as yet largely undiscovered.
Through the application of specific types of touch to the 'disturbed' reflex, a change can be felt taking place in the tissues of the feet during the treatment session. This change is best described as a 'melting' of the tissue tension at that particular point, this 'release' is very often experienced by the patient as it is happening.
Some of these areas are better detected and worked without any lubrication being applied to the feet, while others need only a very small amount of lubrication such as my Organic Foot & Hand Cream to aid in the detection and contact of the disturbed reflex.
Recognising and including this other dimension into my basic techniques opened up a whole new world of possibilities and insights into the hidden meanings of reflexology.
This subject forms the main focus of my seminars - helping students to develop this ability in a far shorter time that it took me.
I shall write more on this subject later.
My Best Wishes