An Interview with a Reflexology Guru
What prompted you to become a reflexologist?
My vocation started many years ago in the world of bereavement support and counselling, the main body of my training involved personally undertaking the arrangements of 350 funerals; this was the essential foundation that prepared me for the work I was yet to do. I felt drawn to the ancient Egyptian healing art of reflexology purely due to an unusual series of events. I initially explored an introductory course and the experience resonated on such a deep level with me, it just felt right, and from that point I simply never looked back and have worked extremely hard to take this beautiful ancient healing art successfully, to a new level of excellence.
What are the benefits of Reflexology and how does it work?
There are many benefits, including an overall increase in the sense of well-being, an increase in vitality and often a surge in energy levels. Reflexology can help with musculoskeletal pain and stiffness and assist in ascertaining musculoskeletal problems or areas of the body requiring adjustment. The reflex points are so specific that the practitioner can feel if there is tightness in the different muscles of the body or even if a specific intervertebral disc is causing pain. The practitioner can also suggestwhich muscles could be more effectively stretched by the recipient as a preventative measure or to ease pain.
In my experience people find the treatment itself absolutely fascinating as to how we translate the way we see and feel imbalances whilst applying a treatment sequence to the feet. Even very subtle imbalances can be detected and it always surprises my patients when I relay the information that I am able to compile during a treatment, this can be extremely helpful in order to give lifestyle guidance to help improve ones health condition. I believe the continued popularity is due to the effectiveness in correcting imbalances alongside the many interesting sensations that one can feel both during and following a treatment. Additionally, the deep trance like state that is reached by the recipient during a session, resulting in a release of stress, tension and anxiety, always makes for a wonderful, memorable experience, which tends to warrant a repeat experience.
Can you explain how the reflex points you work on enable you to identify ailments?
The reflex points like the human body have a point of balance and it is by this understanding that I receive clarity when treating an individual. In my experience the reflex points present themselves in a variety of different ways, and this is part of the skill that is required in the translation of the reflex points in relation to the corresponding body system. Often my initial observations of the feet will highlight an area in need of attention, but I will still need to work through the points in order to get the most accurate picture. As I work through the points I will feel levels of resistance and this helps me to identify ailments more clearly, this is also where the technique in application makes a vast difference to the outcome of the treatment. We have to bear in mind that Reflexology is both an art and a science, and much depends upon the skilful application of the practitioner in order to activate the points to bring about the physiological changes.
Is reflexology available to everyone?
Yes, anyone of any age can certainly enjoy the benefits of this treatment; we would of course tailor the application in respect of different ailments, recent injuries or operations and during the 1st trimester of pregnancy. The treatment can however, be provided to all age groups.
Initially the effects of a treatment will last for approximately 7 days. The objective is to take the patient to a new level of well-being upon each weekly treatment. Although, treatments do not have to be limited to once weekly sessions, I have always provided my treatments to my patients often several times per week with positive results.
I find it immensely satisfying immersing myself daily in the quiet concentration that is required for each treatment. Overall, the greatest fulfilment in my work is to witness improvements experienced over time by my patients and to share their joy at finding comfort and release from a painful or difficult condition or state of mind.
I am naturally absolutely delighted, to have built up such a special rapport with so many wonderful clients over the years. Knowing that my work is so appreciated and held in such high regard is an enormous compliment to my efforts.
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