The Power of ‘Touch Communication’ in Reflexology

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.

Telephone Box

Telephone Box

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.

Authentic Reflexology

Authentic Reflexology

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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©Caroline Cunnningham of “Authentic Reflexology™”

Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

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Hand Reflexology Just As Effective As Foot Reflexology

Reflexology is fast becoming the therapy of choice for people who seek to maintain and achieve well-being while dealing with life’s constant stresses and strains. Results speak for themselves but it helps that there are many reflexology professionals around the globe who are dedicated to researching the benefits of reflexology.

Reflexology is the application of specific types of pressure at points on the feet known as reflexes. These reflexes ‘mirror’ the body organs and systems whereby a ‘map’ of the reflexes reflects a ‘microsystem’ of the entire person.

Hand Reflexology Authentic Reflexology

Hand Reflexology Authentic Reflexology

Reflexology benefits the client by encouraging the release of tension in body parts, increasing blood supply to internal organs and glands, benefits the elimination of toxins and soothes the nervous system. The overall benefit of reflexology is to bring ‘balance’ to body and mind.

While foot reflexology is more widely popular, reflexology of the hands is just as beneficial. The same reflexes can be found (mapped) on the hands and are treated in similar way as on the feet.

Hand reflexology is more versatile in the sense that a person need not take off their shoes or socks and also it is possible to treat the person while they are seated, for example in their home or in a less private situation for example a hospital or care or community centre. A treatment on the hands also has the added emotional benefit of support as there is a more ‘caring’ connection associated with ‘holding hands’.

Always check that your reflexology therapist is trained to the highest professional standards. This can be validated by asking the therapist if they are a member of a professional regulating body such as Irish Reflexologists’ Institute Ltd (I.R.I.L.). The therapist will have a membership number which is also useful if you have health insurance which covers reflexology. The I.R.I.L. also have an on-line register so you may find the therapist who is qualified in your area.

Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

Therapist Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Carlow

Caroline Cunningham is professional therapist specialising in reflexology and reiki. Caroline is based in Carlow and is a member of I.R.I.L. Caroline regularly exhibits at the Mind Body Spirit and Yoga Festival in Dublin and is also a presenter and creator of the workshop ‘The Power In Your Hands’ whereby she shows people how to influence their own well-being through reflexology of the hands.

Contact Caroline to make a booking for treatment or to organise a workshop for your community or work place.

The Power In Your Hands Workshop

The Power In Your Hands Workshop

Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Therapist

Providing Therapy in the following LOCATIONS

To make a booking:  CONTACT

Reflexotherapy with Hanne Marquardt

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.

Copyright: Caroline Cunningham Author of Authentic Reflexology Blog.

Caroline Cunningham Reflexology Therapist

Providing Therapy in the following LOCATIONS

To make a booking:  CONTACT

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