Meditation is a practice of stilling the constant chatter which constantly flows through our brains. To achieve this, attention has to be focused on something else other than the procession of thoughts. This is achieved through repeating a mantra or fixing attention on the process of the breath going in and out of the nose. Chanting a mantra is also another means of achieving a state of one mindedness.
Interestingly reflexology acts as a type of a physical mantra — the sensation of feeling the fingers and hands applying pressure to the feet, cannot help but take attention away from the chatter of thoughts in our brains, to what is being experienced through the feet.
This focus of attention gives a meditative quality to a reflexology session — a profound, detachment from the everyday concerns of life.
Meditation has been shown to cause the release of endorphins and the other feel, good factors which I have previously mentioned, but in combination with ‘effective’ reflexology, a cornucopia of endogenous chemicals flood the brain with the potential of immense, therapeutic value.
It is not just the gentle touch which evokes this response, although in certain individuals this may be required — as I have said, there is not a one size fits all type of contact, and each person needs variations of techniques to suit their individuality. I have patients who get into the meditative ‘zone’ only when more robust and focused contacts are applied.
LONDON NOVEMBER 13/14 (Wednesday-Thursday) 2019
To all my A.R.T. Registered and non registered members
A rare opportunity to study with A.R.T. Founder Tony Porter.
A.R.T. Registered members enjoy a prestigious standing within the reflexology profession.
A.R.T has evolved since its inception — making it imperative to keep up to date with the latest developments.
The event will also be an excellent time to meet and interact with other members of the A.R.T. family.
Demonstration of the original techniques with practice
Demonstration of the evolvements of the techniques with practice
Including the interpretation of the ‘disturbed’ reflexes and their significance in treatment outcome.
The comparison of ‘maintenance’ treatment sessions of 50-60 minutes, to that of focused treatments of 25-30 minutes 2-3 x weekly.
Exchanging treatments using all of the techniques will be shared by the participants.
Issues such as hormonal, and digestive will be discussed and techniques demonstrated — also techniques used for spinal and conditions of the neck, thoracic, lumbar hip and knee will be included.
Review of subjects of the previous day as requested by participants.
Also included will be the demonstration of strategies which I have included in treatments where indicated over the years - strategies which patients can regularly perform as their ‘homework’ in between treatments.
These include gentle contact of the abdomen, combined with specific breathing techniques.
Inflammation is at the root of many, common diseases including:
Type 1 Diabetes
Inflammatory bowel disease
Regular practice of various breathing techniques have been shown to have an anti-inflammatory benefit, whilst also encouraging neurogenesis — the production of BDNF or Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. This has been described as super fertiliser for brain cells, capable of repair of brain tissue and general neurological regeneration through the release of stem cells.
(1) Theise, ND., and R. Harris 2006 Postmodern Biology: Handb Exp Pharmacol (174): 389-408
The breathing techniques are also valuable when used in conjunction with some of the A.R.T. contact techniques.
These techniques are invaluable as a self-treatment for reflexologists.
THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN POSTPONED AS THE DATE DID NOT SUIT MANY PEOPLE. IT WILL BE ARRANGED FOR EARLY NEXT YEAR AND ON A WEEKEND IF POSSIBLE.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Tony is a London-based reflexologist and founder of Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART)