I have always been fascinated by the evolution of humanity in terms of its ability to communicate. The mobile phone rapidly took the place of the landline and public payphone and the internet is competitor of the television. Arthur C. Clarke envisaged much of this evolution in his fictional novel and film adaptation of ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’, in which a form of ‘Skype’ was portrayed with an audio-visual space link to Earth.
For a time it seemed our technological advancements had far surpassed our actual skills in verbal communication. The ability to effectively and appropriately communicate our true feelings has had a tendency to remain heavily guarded and not without good reason. This was very much my own experience in the past as I struggled to understand the impact of the trauma’s and strains I was experiencing back then. I was in the dark as to the words and behaviours required to assert or defend myself appropriately.
Despite this, as a teenager I envisaged a distant future in which telepathy would be an accepted method of communication. There has already been an advancement in this area.
There are other means of communication considered by the more observant of our society. Body language, the degree of sparkle in a person’s eyes, the level of ‘energy’ in their voice and manner of speaking, the way a person walks, all of these are known especially amongst actors and holistic therapists. For some these are skills to learn and for others they are more naturally observed.
In holistic therapy all of these communication methods are important factors in determining how best to treat each client’s individual needs.
Reflexology is the application of pressure to specific points on the feet (or hands, ears and face), known as reflexes which correspond to body organs and systems with the aim of relieving tension and restoring balance in body and mind.
‘TOUCH COMMUNICATION…EXTREMELY POWERFUL’
In my own practice of reflexology I consider the aspect of ‘touch communication’ to be an extremely powerful element of the treatment. In my training, with a number of very experienced therapists, it was evident that this form of therapeutic communication is not something new, as I learned to adapt treatment for the needs of people who may be dealing with more serious issues such as cancer.
Touch can be soothing to provide comfort, firm to encourage release of tension or extremely gentle conveying empathy with sensitive emotional states or delicate body tissues. Touch can even be hypnotic in cajoling a person into deeper relaxation.
Every touch has a meaning corresponding with the intention behind it. When I receive a massage or reflexology treatment I am informed of the level of awareness of the therapist to my needs. It is always a good idea to check with a client how they are experiencing the nature of touch being applied as telepathy is still in its infancy and also it conveys that your intentions are indeed for their highest good.
Thank you for reading. I am interested to hear own experience of the therapeutic power of touch communication in the comments below.
Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Therapist
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