I know that many of you are both perplexed and frustrated at not being able to feel the 'textures' of the feet.
They are there, I can assure you, it just needs a lot of focused experience to develop the extra facet of touch required.
A scan is a quick way of an obtaining an initial and valuable overview, not just of the structure and texture of the feet, but also of the types of reflex textures present. It is also pleasant to the client.
By texture I refer to the changes which occur in the tissues of the feet, and have a different feel to the surrounding tissue. I call these areas 'disturbed'. To my mind having the ability to detect and interpret these, combined with the way we 'treat' them, forms the mainstay of reflexology.
I have developed this extra facet of touch to the extent that sometimes I can feel the disturbed tissue feel all the way up my arm!
What causes these changes?
The body is an electro-magnetic generator (and absorber) This 'energy' is what gives life to everything, be it animal, plant, stone and so on. In reflexology, and other therapies such as acupuncture we work with this energy, to a lesser or greater extent. This energy is known as chi, odic energy, life force as so forth. Let us just say that it is that which gives life and meaning to our bodies. Without this 'force' a computer for instance, no matter how complex would just be a container of a dead structure.
When, for whatever reason this energy becomes stagnant or blocked, the effects are detectable throughout the body, causing a change to the electrical resistance to areas of the skin, causing a subtle 'change' to occur. It is these areas which we should be able to detect and treat accordingly.
When this energy ends at death the cohesion of the body deteriorates and turns to dust.