What is Reflexotherapy of the feet and who is Hanne Marquardt? Thanks to my ITEC studies in the history of Reflexology, I already knew that Hanne Marquardt has played a key role in the development of this wonderful therapy. So I headed to Kilkenny (Ireland) to discover more about this fascinating lady and therapy.
‘I’m going to be eighty soon’, Hanne informed us at the outset of our two day course. Her eyes twinkled perhaps with wonder and curiosity as to what this new age bracket might herald. That curiosity has remained alive and well for Hanne, who as a young nurse and physiotherapist became most interested in the findings outlined by Eunice Ingham in her book ‘Stories The Feet Can Tell’.
Eunice Ingham is attributed with developing the term ‘Reflexology’ and with the mapping of the whole body onto reflex areas of the feet, reflecting a micro-system of the whole person on the feet. Hanne wistfully reflected on the fact that she actually set out to disprove Eunice’s findings on the results of treatment by reflexology. In those early days the claims of reflexology were quite radical. As I attempted to probe Hanne with my own investigative questions I got a glimpse of how brave she must have been to challenge this pioneering woman. Hanne admitted humble defeat in her efforts and instead developed a growing respect for her teacher and the practice of reflexology. She has earnestly and whole-heartedly, continued its development and practice, fine-tuning the position of reflex areas and treatment techniques according to her own findings and thereby opening the door to her use of the term ‘Reflexotherapy’.
Two days we spent with Hanne, eagerly listening as she imparted much wisdom and knowledge interspersed with humour and anecdotes for living simply and fruitfully. We watched intently as she demonstrated techniques for treating sensitive reflex areas and harmonising holds. We were put through our paces as she challenged us to locate the reflex areas corresponding to scars on the body of the person being treated. We practiced the treatment of such scars and all that she demonstrated to us under her watchful eye.
Thanks to pioneers such as Eunice Ingham and Hanne Marquardt, Reflexology has grown to be a highly respected and recognised therapy. In Germany, however, Hanne has gained even further recognition for her use of Reflexotherapy as she treats ‘patients’ instead of ‘clients’ and for ‘specific illnesses’ rather than ‘generally’. ‘Always remember’ she paused for effect, ‘you are treating a person not a body or just their feet but a whole person.’ In order not to forget this fact Hanne urged us to use the term ‘someone’ as opposed to ‘somebody’.
Studying with Hanne as our tutor was a pleasurable, productive and valuable learning experience. She clearly enjoyed the weekend also and is keen to return to Ireland soon to refresh our memories and provide opportunity for advancement of our skills. As we parted company she urged us to be creative in our practice and to be mindful of the unique potential that exists in all of us.
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