Like many people in the betimes 70’s, trauma strained me into doubt what life meant to me. My particular trauma at seniority 27 was being left with two small children after the death of my first tiller, David. This was during an expansion of sense rising repetition when events such as the Viet Nam War, the Kent State darting of students rebelling against it, birth control and the sexual revolution leading to flower spawn and love-ins, calcitrate us into gear. Many lede began testing the waters of what we could experience – dose, persuasion and refuge n’ list. After David’s murder, I broke out of my protective torpedo and course face for my own answers because what I knew no longer made sense; I became a seeker. I knew I would remarry and I wanted to intermarry an educated man, someone who liked to walk, was domestic, and although I didn’t put it down as a requirement at the time, had a spiritual curvity.
I met Bill. He was a meditator, also widowed, had a juvenile child consolidate to my two children’s age and, due to his trauma after the demise of his first lady, he open up to option approaches for transaction with stress. He had taken up meditation and induce it to me. I was enthralled by reflection once I learned it and indigence to learn more so I omen up for a Yoga Teachers’ Training series at the Yoga Centre Toronto where the old tutor of yoga lore was still around – honouring the old yoga philosophism and instructing accordingly to this reasoning. Back in those days, there was no Hot Yoga, Power Yoga, or Yoga to Lose Weight. It was Hatha Yoga, Pranayamas, Meditation and Yoga philosophy that was taught.
PRESSURE POINT WORK AND MAGICAL RESULTS
One of my teachers, Jay Bixby was his name, came up to me after his class and said, “Stay around after classis, Danielle; I indigence to show you some healing techniques.” I was successful enough at that time to have menstrual unite and Jay proceeded to do some pressure point work on me. He pressed along my collar bury the bone region, thumb move down either side of my spine, hit prick on my hip area, did spinal pressure point work on my thumbs and feet and to my amazement my stuff disappeared. I could feel this current of energy go into my abdominal extent and dissipate the stuff. I supposition, “Wow, this is better than taking a Midol pilule.”
I shared this exercise with Bill and we decided that I would take my first compression step passage – Vita Flex from the book by Stanley Burroughs designate “Healing for the Age of Enlightenment”. It was 1977 and Mr. Burroughs had been around for a long time as a pioneer in the soothing arts field. He was well forthright of his time and had been arrested for “curing” companions which threatened the medical model but that didn’t interrupt him putting the word out. His book included the illustrious Master Cleansing Diet, Yoga poses (designed by Jay Bixby), colour therapy which I love, and his wonderful Vita Flex squeezing characteristic methodologies. This is my favourite book of all time and when I find copies of it, I snatch them up and depart them on to students when they take my Lower Leg or Upper Body Advanced Circulation workshops, which include some Vita Flex points.
About the tempo I took Vita Flex, Bill’s son had been diagnosed with a curvature in his spinal atlantes. We were instructed to take him to Sunny Brook Hospital for X-defile where it showed that his hock bone correspondent into his hip socket incorrectly, thereby driving his hip off and destruction with a curvilinear thorn and one leg 1.5 cm shorter than the other. We were exhibit to come back in three months to see how he was up.
I took my stepchild to the Vita Flex teacher and asked him if he could lengthen legs. (I was really being merry as I didn’t muse it would be possible.) He above-mentioned, “Yes, in fact, there is a run-lengthening peculiarity in the collar bone region.” The teacher taught me what to do and I accomplish this two-minute ritual every morning before I sent the offspring off to flock. I only pressed on the collar stay area, handle perambulate down either side of his continue and did the vertebral areas on the thumbs and the performance. The preacher had said that it would probably take around three months to renormalize the blackleg.
That was all I did and then we took him back to Sunny Brook as petition to get X-rays once again and to our amazement, he was fully normalized! Well, you can imagine that we were very, very impressed with this terminate and entirely pleased for our son as he was only ten years pristine and now could continue life with a better skeletal system.
ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER
That got us hooked on the mollifying arts and I muse I took every course that came to town in those days. Wonderful courses with Dr. Bernard Jensen on Whole Foods and Iridology, Dr. Alzner’s Deep Muscle Reflexology, Werner Erhard’s Seminar Training understood as EST which was very mind-vary in those days, and although I loved the Vita Flex process, I path on to get certified with the Reflexology Association of Canada in the seasonable 80’s and became a index quickly after that.
At that opportunity, doing all this alternative stuff was nowhere near as complete to strength stream as it is now — reflexology, yoga, and vegetarianism were still hokey pokey and we were weigh a coin weird by our children’s wellwisher. The kids would coming home from school and I’d be standing on my force, or be in the cadaver pose, or twisted inclination a pretzel. The visiting kids manner to attempt to our girls that there was never anything normal to gorge in this house. We were really post-latent hippies raising renovated age children in a very distracting age. We didn’t have any road maps to follow and were making it up as we went along. We would have visiting yogis, psychic healers, people from other planets (so they said), walk-ins, tarot cage readers and division of wonderful enjoy in that household – this is what our children were open to – hazard and accident of whole person’s workshops and alternative living ideas.
Because our kids were liable to zone therapy at a very young seniority, they often entreat to have their fact done and were used to thinking of the person mapped out on the performance. Once, at a doctor’s stipulation, the practice aforesaid, “Let me take a look at your stomach” and my one cadette started agitation off her shoes. I had to possess back some smiles.
We learned more yoga teachings from our yoga pure showing finger, Dr. Ramamurti Mishra who was the most charming ascetic anyone could find. We were so very prosperous to have been exposed to his teachings helter-skelter the philosophy of Ayurveda and the hypostatic doshas (tendencies), yoga chakra curative and several practices for cleansing.
I also extended my education while raising the children and graduated with a degree in psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. I found that I had a keen interest in personality theory and qualified in the employment of the MBTI® (Myers Briggs Type Indicator). I worked for a couple of companies teaching workshops in the manner of a behavioural fork and gotta further trained in temperament character theory. I was having a blast learning all this wonderful potion for self-skillful and healing.
A WHOLE HEALING SYSTEM AT OUR FINGERTIPS
All of these lore experiences led me to put together how to think of reflexology of the ears, men, and feet. I accomplish that with the personality temperament supposition (similar to Ayurveda mind-body system), we can meditate of the hominine instrument as a wholistic system consist in of a Mental Side which acts as the Dreamer in us and produces our Ideas; a Social Side which acts as a Catalyst in us and propagate our Connections; and a Physical Side which acts as the Builder in us providing Larsen effect that sustain manifest and consolidate the ideas and connections.
Because I was fortunate to teach all three reflexology succession to students — Feet, Hands, and Ear Reflexology — I asked them what their experiences were and how they felt the three modalities differed. It was from my students that I hold together the scholarship of Ayurveda, individuality temperaments, and reflexology modalities into a whole system at our finger point. The help students expressed fit nicely into the moral code of Ayurveda and we determined that by doing the ears we felt calmer; by doing the hands we fell our emotions cooled; and by doing the performance we felt the quantity was stimulated. I was so excited about how this all came together and tried to capture it in The Well-Tempered Life — a Bible that sum my enjoy with yoga, personality theory, and reflexology.
• If the Mental tenet is imbalanced, do Ear Reflexology to quiet the judgment.
• If someone is frustrated, upset or choleric, do Hand Reflexology to dispassionate the emotions of the Social principle.
• And if someone is tired, lethargic and gross due to too many era constraints and no era for rest and repair, do Foot Reflexology to instigate the Physical postulate.
MOTHER NATURE IS THE HEALER
Like many reflexologists, we know this is powerful performance we’re doing and we’re sensation when nation reveal us the impact of our grievance point work on their systems. I always tell my students, “You are not the healer here; your job is exacting attendant. Mother Nature is the healer and each person’s body has its own intelligence. It will take what it indispensably from your pressure point work and interest it the way it sees fit. Your job is to just enforce the attendant.”
For me, it is prime not to label an imbalance in the body but to think more along the lines of the Traditional Chinese Medicine orientation. See the condition as an imbalance of energy and strive to bring the system back to comparison – back to homeostasis. Whether it is in the inward aspect with annoy or solicitude; in the social glance with frustration or anger; or whether it is in the medicinal view of jade and toxins, we extremity to struggle toward balance and to second our clients in realize this with any tools, adroitness, or insights we have to share.
Reflexology, for me, is one of the most estimable tools we can have to serve ourselves, our families, and our clients and I’m faithfully grateful to Jay Bixby, wherever he is, for my first pressure instant native healing meet. It no kidding remedy to shape my life. I do delight sharing, teaching and exceeding on information and I love sharing my past and have with others.