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I know a medical doctor, who complains about his patients, and wish he had chosen to be a veterinary. He claims that most patients lie to him when telling about their problems. Some wish to be more sick then they are, other wish to be less sick. Some nd it hard to talk about their impotency, their dementia, or other touchy issues. So they adjust their descriptions of their symptoms according to this. In contrast, a horse never tells a lye, or a truth. The help the horse can receive is completely dependent of the veterinaries ability to interpret the objective ndings, primarily the visual impression.
In homeopathy a very structured interview is used to reveal the best way to help the client. In many cases there is no obvious connection between the question asked and the constitution of the client (from the clients point of view). Even if the client adjusts some of the answers there are enough of other that points in the right direction for the remedy.
Reflexology has no real distinction between diagnosing and treating. If the reflexologist search for a kidney and nd an active reflex where expected, then the reflex has already got some treatment.
But stop for a moment. Why search for a kidney in the rst place? For a lots of problems it can be quite obvious if the client have it. A ue can be revealed by red nose, cough and coryza. In opposite chest pain is not that easy to conrm for the therapists, and there can be a lots of dierent reasons for chest pain. The reflexologist can try to treat the whole chest and all its content in all known systems, and in worst case fail if the one active reflex is unfound. Working this way is tremendous time consuming.
I’m glad that my clients are more trustworthy then the patients of the medical doctor.
Let the clients strip! The reason I trust my clients is that I don’t only listen to what they say with their mouth. Their whole body speaks to me. But to make the body able to speak it must be as nude as possible.
When the body is nude it talks to me by visually showing me lines, wrinkles, acne, areas with dierent colors, dierent textures. Then I can palpate the body to be told even more. Soft or hard tissue, slight asymmetry. Cloths can also make it dicult to apply the right amount of pressure, and thereby there is a risk of missing sore spots.
When you are not used to it, it can be dicult to start asking your clients to undress. A good way is to start doing it only with new clients. They don’t know what to expect. Be relaxed and act as this is the usual way of doing it.
Where did the projection go? So, what do we do with all the new information the body on the bench gives us? Here the nice and unique property of reflexology is getting to its right. By stimulate all those signals from the body, the body is being treated. And by prioritize the bodies most pronounced requests for help, we can be sure what we do is the right things. Even if Peg Nunneley use a dierent modality than reflexology I totally agree with her: Whatever is presented as a symptom causing most pain is that symptom
to which maximum attention has to be paid.1 But what do I treat? Hmm, do I really need to know that? What I’m saying is that there are no absolute need for knowing what the body is trying to tell us by showing for example a straight horizontal line between Th 2 and Th 3. If I manage to remove the line, I can be pretty sure that the underlying problem also is removed. That’s the way reflexology works.
Sure, it is possible to analyze all the information the body is giving us, to nd out that the clients problem is related to that he was adopted as a child, but there are really no need for that. When the problem is healed the client will be happy anyway.
1 Peg Nunneley, The Biodynamic Philosophy and Treatment of Psychosomatic Conditions, Volume 1, 2000, ISBN 3-906763-
16-1, page 113.