A new Holistic Reflexology patient was very surprised to experience an emotional release during the first session. She said: “Wow, this was amazing. I feel a million times lighter, like a burden was lifted from my shoulders. I had no idea that this could happen. I always thought Reflexology only works on the physical.”
An emotional release is a state where the patient experiences a strong emotional reaction during the session and in some cases even consciously re-visits a past trauma. A physical reaction follows, e.g. tears. After such a release oftentimes immediate positive life changes take place.
Holistic Reflexology works on all levels of the human being, including physical, mental and emotional. We cannot separate a person from their life circumstances and past experiences. These are all important factors for who we are and they affect our health and well-being.
In Chinese Medicine all organs are related to emotions and as the organs’ reflex points in the feet are stimulated, emotions will be released, which allows patients to heal past trauma in a very gently and safe way.
To illuminate this process I would like to share the story of one of my patient’s in Israel.
Cleansing and Detoxification on all Levels:
Throughout the first Holistic Reflexology sessions the main purpose is the cleansing and detoxification of the body. The reflex points of urinary, lymphatic and digestive system are activated. At the same time the client experiences a mental cleansing. To understand this we have to look at the brain wave level activity. Brain wave level activity is measured in hertz (cycles per second). Our brain functions between four hertz, equivalent to deep sleep, and 20 hertz, equivalent to high activity, e.g. when we solve mathematical problems or experience high stress. The frequencies between 8 and 9.5 hertz are referred to as alpha waves. These occur the moment before we fall asleep. The experienced Holistic Reflexologist maintains the patient at the alpha wave level activity throughout the entire session. The patient feels like he or she is floating between falling asleep and awakening. It is a time of relaxation and enhanced self-healing.
This special state of mind allows the client to truly connect to themselves and experience dream-like states and vivid imagery. Sometimes memories are released from the subconscious mind, which can directly address a client’s current health condition.
In ancient Greece philosophers knew how to use the brain’s alpha wave level activity to their advantage. Pythagoras was known to work long hours on finding a solution to a problem. At the end of the day he took a warm bath, and while sinking into a deep relaxation, the solution would reveal itself in form of a dream.
The case history of Ronit illuminates this principle in Reflexology. Ronit was in her late twenties, she had long, dark hair, a slender physique and a cheerful smile, which vanished as she explained her reason to see me. She suffered from unexplained chest pain and heart palpitations. She had consulted several specialists and no physical cause was found for her problem. I took her medical history and analyzed her feet. I did not find anything unusual, so I began to work on the cleansing and detoxification of her body. I stimulated the reflexes of the urinary, lymphatic and digestive organs.
During her fourth session, Ronit began to cry uncontrollably and her entire body shivered violently. I guided her through deep breathing exercises and stimulated the related reflex points on her feet.
She calmed down after several minutes. Following the session she gave me the details of her experience:
“I felt very relaxed and began to drift off. All of a sudden I saw myself back when I was twenty-three. I was on my way to college, driving in my car. Someone cut me off, and I swerved, lost control of my car and drove into a tree. Nothing serious happened to me, but I totaled the car. I was very lucky. I just relived it all, in slow motion. It was scary.”
Ronit spoke with a calm voice. She had not mentioned the car accident when she had given me her medical history. She also did not mention that ever since the crash she had been terrified to drive a car by herself. Ronit’s chest pain and heart palpitations completely went away after this session. She was also able to drive alone without fear. This gave her a new sense of freedom and independence.
Ronit’s good health, balance and mental equilibrium were completely restored, in ways she didn’t expect when she began receiving Holistic Reflexology sessions.
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