It was a pleasure to see so many A.R.T. family members and colleagues worldwide and guests sharing their reflexology journeys. From Ruby Hood in Canada, who took her first seminar with Eunice Ingham and still runs a busy practice. Ann Phillpott who attended the first I.I.R. seminar I gave in London many years ago. Ann is an example of what having a positive attitude can have on our lives — she is a great motivator, just what is needed, particularly during these times.
Noelle Weyeneth in Lausanne, Switzerland. Soon after she commenced giving treatments (in the late 1970s) was charged with practising illegal medicine (as reflexology was classed in Switzerland in those days) and served a prison sentence!
Long term colleague, friend and former assistant Hagar Basis and Lynne Booth both gave valuable insights into their work.
Charlotte Timmerman from the Netherlands related to her early days in reflexology. Charlotte was at one of the first seminars that Dwight Byers and I gave in Holland way back. It was such a pleasure to have Charlotte take part — an exceptional lady.
Lee Anthony Taylor and Peter Tomlinson gave most valuable contributions.
Benjamin Milton from Malta further added to the international contribution of the Forum and not forgetting Susan Hancock. She has been an A.R.T. member for many years. To you all — a big thank you.
I hope that many of those who took part in this first Forum will return to give additional information at the next one I shall be organising soon.
All those who gave presentations are practitioners who have the traditional or classical reflexology protocol as their foundation.
I have long championed to preserve the practice of classical reflexology. This is in response to how reflexology has and continues to become diluted into something with little semblance to the original concepts that I was weaned on.
Classical reflexology combines the use of contacts to the feet, using the fingers and thumbs, in combination with proper support of the hands, in such a way to prevent injury to the joints. This is used in combination with the appropriate position of the practitioner.
This does mean that different techniques cannot be used. In fact, this is encouraged, just as long as they are used combined with the original types of support, A.R.T. being one example.
For this reason, I have decided to look into forming an organisation dedicated to reinstating the original concepts of reflexology — news on this later.
I am in the process of organising another Forum with other interesting guests - I shall also be hosting some online tuition seminars. Details of both of these events will be emailed and posted on the A.R.T. website.
My Best Wishes
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