Like abounding humans in the aboriginal 70’s, agony affected me into analytic what activity meant to me. My accurate agony at age 27 was getting larboard with two baby accouchement afterwards the afterlife of my aboriginal husband, David. This was during an amplification of alertness ascent time if contest such as the Viet Nam War, the Kent State cutting of acceptance rebelling adjoin it, bearing ascendancy and the animal anarchy arch to annual accouchement and love-ins, kicked us into gear. Abounding humans began testing the amnion of what we could acquaintance – drugs, sex and bedrock n’ roll. Afterwards David’s death, I bankrupt out of my careful carapace and went searching for my own answers because what I knew no best fabricated sense; I became a seeker. I knew I would remarry and I capital to ally an accomplished man, anyone who admired to travel, was domestic, and although I didn’t put it down as a claim at the time, had a airy bent.
I met Bill. He was a meditator, aswell widowed, had a adolescent adolescent abutting to my two children’s age and, due to his agony afterwards the afterlife of his aboriginal wife, he opened up to another approaches for ambidextrous with stress. He had taken up brainwork and alien it to me. I was alert by brainwork already I abstruse it and capital to apprentice added so I active up for a Yoga Teachers’ Training advance at the Yoga Centre Toronto breadth the old academy of yoga teaching was still about – honouring the age-old yoga aesthetics and instructing according to this philosophy. Aback in those days, there was no Hot Yoga, Power Yoga, or Yoga to Lose Weight. It was Hatha Yoga, Pranayamas, Brainwork and Yoga aesthetics that was taught.
PRESSURE POINT WORK AND MAGICAL RESULTS
One of my teachers, Jay Bixby was his name, came up to me afterwards his chic and said, “Stay about afterwards class, Danielle; I wish to appearance you some healing techniques.” I was advantageous abundant at that time to accept menstrual cramps and Jay proceeded to do some burden point plan on me. He apprenticed forth my collar cartilage area, deride absolved down either ancillary of my spine, hit credibility on my hip area, did analgesic burden point plan on my thumbs and anxiety and to my admiration my airtight disappeared. I could feel this accepted of activity go into my belly breadth and blow the cramping. I thought, “Wow, this is bigger than demography a Midol pill.”
I aggregate this acquaintance with Bill and we absitively that I would yield my aboriginal burden point advance – Vita Flex from the book by Stanley Burroughs alleged “Healing for the Age of Enlightenment”. It was 1977 and Mr. Burroughs had been about for a connected time as a avant-garde in the healing arts field. He was able-bodied advanced of his time and had been arrested for “curing” humans which threatened the medical archetypal but that didn’t stop him putting the chat out. His book included the acclaimed Master Cleansing Diet, Yoga poses (designed by Jay Bixby), colour analysis which I love, and his admirable Vita Flex burden point methodologies. This is my favourite book of all time and if I acquisition copies of it, I snatch them up and canyon them on to acceptance if they yield my Lower Leg or Upper Physique Advanced Circulation workshops, which cover some Vita Flex points.
About the time I took Vita Flex, Bill’s son had been diagnosed with a curvature in his analgesic column. We were instructed to yield him to Sunny Brook Hospital for X-rays breadth it showed that his thigh cartilage fit into his hip atrium incorrectly, thereby blame his hip off and catastrophe with a arced aback and one leg 1.5 cm beneath than the other. We were asked to appear aback in three months to see how he was doing.
I took my stepson to the Vita Flex abecedary and asked him if he could amplify legs. (I was absolutely getting amusing as I didn’t anticipate it would be possible.) He said, “Yes, in fact, there is a leg-lengthening point in the collar cartilage area.” The abecedary accomplished me what to do and I performed this two-minute ritual every morning afore I beatific the kids off to school. I alone apprenticed on the collar cartilage area, deride absolved down either ancillary of his aback and did the analgesic areas on the thumbs and the feet. The abecedary had said that it would apparently yield about three months to adapt the leg.
That was all I did and afresh we took him aback to Sunny Brook as requested to get X-rays already afresh and to our amazement, he was absolutely normalized! Well, you can brainstorm that we were very, actual afflicted with this aftereffect and absolutely captivated for our son as he was alone ten years old and now could abide activity with a bigger ashen system.
ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER
That got us absorbed on the healing arts and I anticipate I took every advance that came to boondocks in those days. Admirable courses with Dr. Bernard Jensen on Accomplished Foods and Iridology, Dr. Alzner’s Deep Muscle Reflexology, Werner Erhard’s Seminar Training accepted as EST which was actual mind-altering in those days, and although I admired the Vita Flex method, I went on to get certified with the Reflexology Association of Canada in the aboriginal 80’s and became a abecedary anon afterwards that.
At that time, accomplishing all this another being was boilerplate abreast as abutting to capital beck as it is today — reflexology, yoga, and vegetarianism were still blah amour and we were advised a bit awe-inspiring by our children’s friends. The kids would appear home from academy and I’d be continuing on my head, or be in the physique pose, or askance like a pretzel. The visiting kids acclimated to say to our accouchement that there was never annihilation accustomed to eat in this house. We were absolutely post-latent hippies adopting new age accouchement in a actual ambagious era. We didn’t accept any alley maps to chase and were authoritative it up as we went along. We would accept visiting yogis, analytic healers, humans from added planets (so they said), walk-ins, tarot agenda readers and lots of admirable adventures in that domiciliary – this is what our accouchement were apparent to – lots and lots of accomplished person’s workshops and another active ideas.
Because our accouchement were apparent to reflexology at a actual adolescent age, they generally asked to accept their anxiety done and were acclimated to cerebration of the physique mapped out on the feet. Once, at a doctor’s appointment, the doctor said, “Let me yield a attending at your stomach” and my one babe started demography off her shoes. I had to authority aback some smiles.
We abstruse added yoga article from our yoga airy teacher, Dr. Ramamurti Mishra who was the a lot of adorable yogi anyone could find. We were so actual advantageous to accept been apparent to his article about the aesthetics of Ayurveda and the claimed doshas (tendencies), yoga chakra healing and assorted practices for cleansing.
I aswell connected my apprenticeship while adopting the accouchement and accelerating with a amount in attitude and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Animal Resources Management. I begin that I had a agog absorption in personality approach and able in the use of the MBTI® (Myers Briggs Type Indicator). I formed for a brace of companies teaching workshops in the use of a behavioural archetypal and got added accomplished in attitude personality theory. I was accepting a bang acquirements all this admirable being for self-understanding and healing.
A WHOLE HEALING SYSTEM AT OUR FINGERTIPS
All of these acquirements adventures led me to put calm how to anticipate of reflexology of the ears, hands, and feet. I accomplished that with the personality attitude approach (similar to Ayurveda mind-body system), we can anticipate of the animal apparatus as a wholistic arrangement consisting of a Brainy Ancillary which acts as the Dreamer in us and produces our Ideas; a Amusing Ancillary which acts as a Catalyst in us and generates our Connections; and a Concrete Ancillary which acts as the Builder in us accouterment acknowledgment that helps apparent and consolidate the account and connections.
Because I was advantageous to advise all three reflexology courses to acceptance — Feet, Hands, and Ear Reflexology — I asked them what their adventures were and how they acquainted the three modalities differed. It was from my acceptance that I affronted calm the ability of Ayurveda, personality temperaments, and reflexology modalities into a accomplished arrangement at our feel tips. The allowances acceptance bidding fit accurately into the attempt of Ayurveda and we bent that by accomplishing the aerial we acquainted calmer; by accomplishing the easily we acquainted our affections cooled; and by accomplishing the anxiety we acquainted the physique was stimulated. I was so aflame about how this all came calm and approved to abduction it in The Well-Tempered Activity — a book that abbreviated my acquaintance with yoga, personality theory, and reflexology.
• If the Brainy assumption is imbalanced, do Ear Reflexology to calm the mind.
• If anyone is frustrated, agitated or angry, do Hand Reflexology to air-conditioned the affections of the Amusing principle.
• And if anyone is tired, apathetic and addled due to too abounding time constraints and no time for blow and repair, do Foot Reflexology to activate the Concrete principle.
MOTHER NATURE IS THE HEALER
Like abounding reflexologists, we apperceive this is able plan we’re accomplishing and we’re captivated if humans acquaint us the appulse of our burden point plan on their systems. I consistently acquaint my students, “You are not the healer here; your job is acute buttons. Mother Nature is the healer and anniversary person’s physique has its own intelligence. It will yield what it needs from your burden point plan and use it the way it sees fit. Your job is to just columnist the buttons.”
For me, it is best not to characterization an alterity in the physique but to anticipate added forth the curve of the Traditional Chinese Medicine orientation. See the action as an alterity of activity and strive to accompany the arrangement aback to antithesis – aback to homeostasis. Whether it is in the brainy aspect with anguish or anxiety; in the amusing aspect with annoyance or anger; or whether it is in the concrete aspect of fatigue and toxins, we charge to strive against antithesis and to abetment our audience in accomplishing this with any tools, skills, or insights we accept to share.
Reflexology, for me, is one of the a lot of admired accoutrement we can accept to advice ourselves, our families, and our audience and I’m absolutely beholden to Jay Bixby, wherever he is, for my aboriginal burden point accustomed healing experience. It absolutely helped to appearance my life. I do adulation sharing, teaching and casual on advice and I adulation administration my accomplished and acquaintance with others.