In my last blog, I mentioned the value of being able to detect 'disturbed' reflex areas and knowing the appropriate contacts to make. The development of this sensitivity does take practice, but once achieved it will take your skills as a reflexologist to another level.
Giving a treatment should be both dynamic and expressive - that is to say, giving the appropriate type of treatment for the clients needs at that time.
How do you know what type of treatment to give?
The answer is that we cannot 'know' we can only 'feel'. It is this 'feeling' (without trying) which shows us the way to work at that particular time.
I compare giving a treatment to that of a concert pianist getting prepared and then giving a performance. Are they 'trying' in the true sense of the word, to play?
I very much suspect that if they 'tried' it would either ruin the interpretation of the piece, or they would make mistakes.
As an example, try and concentrate running up a flight of stairs, you will invariably trip up!
It is this type of working with awareness but without trying, which creates the beauty of working at a higher level of reflexology. In other words, instead of us working the feet, the feet are working us!
To me this is the only way to work, instead of the rather mundane, and laborious way so many people work.
This is a subject I focus on at my seminars.
I look forward to meeting you.
Tony is a London-based reflexologist and founder of Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART)