Have you ever observed how clients can become emotional during or after a reflexology?
If your answer to this question is yes I am sure you will agree with me when I say that it is important to have the necessary knowledge and skills to treat emotional issues that can arise during a reflexology session.
Our code of ethics highlights that we as reflexologists, make wholistic evaluations (No3; 2010) considering the spiritual, psychological as well as the physical causes of ill health. This makes us different from other therapists like psychiatry or psychology, which are more unilateral in their approach and there is still a stigma attached to attending these therapists. (www.seechange.ie) whereas reflexology is seen as non-invasive and non-threatening.
I work in the granary therapy centre which I share with several psychotherapists and they smile when they see me making the herbal tea. Making tea is not in ‘their brief’ as part of the recovery process. I see pampering as the first step towards recovery towards health and wellbeing. The second component is the role of the reflexologist. I see it as one of service rather than advisor. We sit at the feet of the person and often work in silence. Such a therapeutic caring environment allow the client to feel safe and secure enough to share what is really bothering him or to cry for an unknown reason.
Karol K Truman in her book Feelings Buried Alive Never Die. Olympus Publishing 😦 2007) suggests that the root of all illness lies in unexpressed emotions. In chapter 17(pp 182- 218) she has a list of over 1100 negative feelings and their opposite, starting with Abandonment and ending with Worry. The opposite to Abandonment being cherished and cared for and the opposite to Worry being trust, reassured and calm.
She further proposes that these feeling can be processed by utilising what she calls A Script.(pp 95). Simply put it comprises of two basic components, surrender and forgiveness. At times, she says the hurt is so deep that it is denied or cannot be articulated. Painful memories become submerged in the subconscious mind and become immersed deep within. And, the process of keeping them buried has a damaging effect on physical and psychological wellbeing.
As reflexologists we are unique in that a person coming for a treatment may be looking to ease a physical pain which as Ms Truman argues nearly always has an emotional root cause.
In the upcoming CPD course we will look at different reflexology points and reflect on what emotions we could put next to them, as well as considering certain therapeutic exercises we can give our clients to use at home.
If you would like to learn more about emotional reflexology contact Marie Therese Shelly Re: The upcoming courses available E mail email@example.com
With very best wishes,