I have been in the process of compiling various notes and writings which I have accumulated over the years.
As I looked through the files, I decided to put a few of them in a blog as they could be of interest to fellow reflexologists.
Unfortunately not many are referenced as they were taken down in haste at conferences ,etc. However I am sure that if you search on the internet, you will come across the article plus the reference.
The Pineal Gland - 30% of its molecules are metallic and therefore magnetically sensitive.
(Think about this when holding your mobile next to your head!) T. Porter
Optimists have half the mortality rate of pessimists, and lowering your stress can add 10 years to you life.
(Giltay, Gelejnae, Zitman, Hoekastra & Schouten, 2004, Deiner & Chan 2011)
The skin is entirely replaced every month.
The lining of the stomach is renewing itself every week and the colon even faster.
The lining of the digestive tract is replaced every four days.
Heart tissue contains regions of stem cells that are available to replace damaged or dead cells — the entire heart regenerates itself at least three times in the course of a persons life.
(Laflamme & Murry, 2011)
Our bodies produce one Trillion new red blood cells each day.
(wahlesteot, et. al, 2017)
Our bodies are made up of 37 Trillion cells. This is a much bigger number than the galaxies in the known universe. (Bianconi et al 2013)
The relationship between poor blood sugar control and Alzheimers disease in particular is so strong that researches are now calling Alzheimers disease - Type 3 Diabetes.
High blood sugar is one of the biggest risk factors for depression as it is for Alzheimers.
Leptin and Endocrine function
We need to be aware of other factors affecting endocrine function. This is one example:
Leptin is a protein produced by fat cells — a hormone which regulates appetite amongst other things.
Leptin not only controls thyroid function, but has a major influence on the entire endocrine system, particularly the adrenals and the sex hormones.
Importantly, these issues will not be resolved until leptin is brought under control.
This is a reminder that in reflexology, endocrine function is influenced by working on other areas of the feet, apart from those relative to hormones. (Tony Porter)
Gluten is another hormonal disruptor, reducing blood flow to the brain, while also interfering with Thyroid function and depletes Vitamin D.
Not to do with Reflexology, but food for though at these times:
‘You are a slow learner, Winston’
‘How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.
‘Sometimes, Winston, sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder.
It is not easy to become sane.’
More posts later
My Best Wishes, Tony Porter
Founder/Director A.R.T. Reflexology and Seminars.
Dates for your Diary
I have witnessed the various transitions that Reflexology has gone through since I began my journey in 1972. I now find myself back where I began — at the source, and getting ready to learn to plough…..
MERLIN ON LEARNING
‘The best thing for being sad,’ replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, ‘is to learn something.
That is the only thing that never fails.
You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder in your veins, you may miss your only love.
You may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds.
There is only one thing for it then-to learn!
Learn why the world wags and what wags it.
That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust and never dream of regretting.
Learning is the thing for you.
Look at what a lot of things there are to learn, pure science-the only purity there is.
You can learn astronomy in a lifetime, natural history in three, literature in six.
And then after you have exhausted a million lifetimes in Biology, Medicine, History and Economics, why you can start to make a cartwheel out of appropriate wood, or spend fifty years learning to beat your adversary at fencing.
After that you can start again on mathematics, until it is time to learn to plough.’
With gratitude to T.H. White - ‘The Once and Future King’ a great read.
Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel.
With gratitude to Michel Legrand and M.&A, Bergman
A principle of A.R.T. philosophy is the ability to identify disturbed reflexes.
In my view, disturbed and sensitive reflexes are indicators of inflammatory responses within the body - a significant cause of dis-ease.
‘Disturbed’ reflexes have distinct textures as opposed to that of normal, surrounding tissue.
Developing the ability is to identify these areas is essential for truly effective reflexology. They are ‘markers’ of the primary cause of imbalance within the body.
The reflexes of the feet are part of a vast neural macrocosm bound together through the fascia and other structures. The application of focus to the disturbed reflexes, no matter where they occur will encourage therapeutic response where it is needed.
The example below goes a long way in making my point:
One of the main culprits of inflammation is a pro-inflammatory protein called Leptin which is produced by fatty tissue. Apart from the inflammatory response it causes, Leptin also exerts a significant influence on Thyroid function and even the entire endocrine system; it also influences the nervous system.
My Best Wishes
Reflexology and Meditation
Dear ARTists and Reflexologists everywhere
It is always usual to make resolutions at the beginning of each new year, which although begun with excellent and positive intentions, gradually start to wear off. It is only a few who can maintain that initial drive and hold their intentions intact, and through this will realise the benefits of their initial aims. These can be, for example, to maintain a regular practice of meditation (which is of particular benefit to those in the natural healing professions such as reflexology). Or to make exercise a daily activity.
There are other pursuits, such as learning to play a musical instrument or taking the decision to read as many books as time permits.
It takes a regular and faithful practice of at least three months to begin to experience positive benefits. Three months seems to be the amount of time for the benefits of pursuits to manifest.
Many years ago I had the good fortune to meet a cardiologist at a conference I was attending on meditation. Actually, as a side note, he did not look anything like my perceived idea of how a medical consultant should look. He had something of a hippy image about him. How surprised I was when he introduced himself as a consultant cardiologist!
During a break, he explained to me the value that regular meditation had for him. He told me he practiced morning and evening and always before performing surgery. Sometimes he would go into a storeroom in the hospital for a few minutes of chanting meditation before beginning surgery. Working in his type of profession is difficult to maintain regular meditation times, however he always made it a point to practice even for a few minutes. He related that meditation was the most valuable thing he had done in his life.
He later explained that the internal vibrations caused by chanting have rejuvenating benefits on the entire body. One of the reasons is that it stimulates the Vagus nerve, while also having a beneficial effect on blood and lymphatic fluids.
This effect can be observed by the way a bowl of water reacts to the vibrations from a Tibetan singing bowl.
I used to work in the practice of a medical consultant in London, who was a leading authority on the effects of stress. He invited all of the staff to join him in a thirty-minute chanting meditation at the end of the day. This practice was received with a considerable amount of derision from the practitioners in the adjacent practices! However, it was of great benefit, particularly when performed in a group situation.
Meditation helps to make for a more sensitive and receptive Reflexologist - unless you are already doing so get meditating!
My Best Wishes
I have been somewhat absent from sending out articles and blogs - something which I shall resume as soon as soon as I can.
In the meantime, particularly as we are approaching a New Year it is good to implant some inspirational and positive fertilisation to our thoughts to get things going in a positive way in 2020
This is one of my favourites
My Best Wishes
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someones else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become, everything else is secondary
I mentioned in my last blog that I was going through my reflexology archives. As that post proved to be of interest, I decided to add some more items as I come across them — this is another.
The plan is to preserve these and other material to go towards the Eunice Ingham and The International Institute of Reflexology legacy, museum
Dwight carried on the work of his aunt Eunice Ingham, following her death in 1974.
We took the Ingham message throughout the U.K. Europe and many parts of the world, particularly from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s.
This photo is of Dwight giving me a treatment while flying back from Peru in 2009 - I had injured my knee on a long mountain hike, so we did an exchange at 37,000 ft
Dwight would often give treatments to passengers and cabin crew (Initially much to my chagrin!) In those days things were far more relaxed regarding security.
I remember on a long and somewhat turbulent flight, a lady was having a panic attack which was not respond to the efforts of the cabin crew.
Dwight offered his military medical, training, combined with his hallmark reflexology. This soon not only had the lady becoming completely relaxed, but also the cabin crew.
We spent the last half of the flight in first class!
From the 1975 - 1979 This was TR, my trusty friend who safely and reliably took me all over the U.K and Europe giving seminars. It was a lovingly restored 1958 Triumph TR3A. Not much room for supplies, but I travelled light in those days, I cannot believe that sometimes I actually slept in that confined space!
I can remember driving along the waterfronts in Nice, Cannes and St.Tropez with people asking to be photographed either in TR or standing by TR. It even opened doors to spending two nights at the Rolling Stones Villa while they were away on tour, without having to pay - sorry Mick!
Sadly, as my reflexology life grew, I needed a larger vehicle for transportation and had to say goodbye to TR. However it was bought by a Dutch enthusiast and went to a very good home in Holland, even winning a number of awards at various events, and as far as I know is still there.
To think that this experience came through focusing on reflexology, when I was a young lad!
As soon as you totally and continuously focus your thoughts on something it brings forth life-changing events, this is law, so take care of your thoughts and become in tune with the infinite.
Details of my seminars which will be announced soon. Yes, like TR I am still going!
Going through my archives recently, I came across this photo of me with Dwight and Nancy Byers having a coffee at bottom of Swains Lane, Highgate, London taken 1992. Dwight is the nephew of Eunice Ingham.
Tony is a London-based reflexologist and founder of Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART)