Protocols are the burden from bad reflexology teachers. Over and over again I see people ask for protocols for diseases. Do you believe in “one protocol fits (fixes) all” for reflexology?
Diseases are named and classified by conventional medicine. Some times conventional medicine do good things, or at least, not so bad. Let’s use the recurring sinusitis as an example. In the ICD 10 classification there are 14 different variants of sinusitis. By asking how to treat sinusitis, the question is in reality; “what is the protocol for treating all of these 14 issues”. In a homeopathic view, the number of angles to attack sinusitis is innumerable, but can be common is round 10. The key to select how to do the treatment is the constitution of the client, constitution in a much wider understanding than what is directly related to the sinusitis. It is about the whole life. Here reflexology have much to learn from homeopathy.
So what do a poor newly graduated reflexologist do when confronted with an until now unfamiliar disease? First, if your education did not teach you how to look at the constitution of people, and how to use that information to guide your treatment; change teacher!
During the first treatment use the following protocol: Ask question about life, observe the body, ask question about the body, treat areas that most obvious asks for a bit massage, repeat until the end of treatment. Whatever areas you have treated, it made good for your client. It is impossible to do anything wrong. After the treatment it is time for you to figure out how to help the client in the best way, and a strategy for the next treatments.
It is a natural thing for newbies to have questions in such situation. But before asking a question it is essential to give information about what observations that has been done and what information the client has given about its life. It will also be good to present your thoughts about a strategy. There are good questions and there are other questions. Among the good:
- what other questions is relevant for this client?
- what kind of changes in the live should i recommend?
- do you have any opinion on my treatment strategy?
- are there something specific that I should look for?
Don’t treat diseases, treat people! People have a life and live in a context. Diseases don’t appear out of nothing, they appears in the clients meeting with the life. The only thing a person can do is to change its way of handling this meeting. That can be painful. Your role as a therapist is to facilitate this change. If your client don’t wish to make changes in the life, don’t bother spending your time on this client. To be a reflexologist is much more than manipulate reflexes on a body.
Do I have a bad day today? Yes. Hope I have not stepped on too many sore toes.