By Sam Belyea a.k.a. The Foot Whisperer
Google defines eczema as: “A medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed, with blisters that cause itching and bleeding, sometimes resulting from a reaction to irritation (eczematous dermatitis) but more typically having no obvious external cause.”
Eczema is something I have been seeing pop up in my practice lately. Reflexology theory excels in the presence of eczema patches with dryness and irritation, or tiny bumps forming with dyshidrotic eczema. These patches are confined to a ‘random’ area with very specific borders or patterns. Some areas of the outbreaks can also be worse, cracking or opening, creating an even more focused definition of the eczema’s meaning according to Reflexology theory. This is where it gets SUPER fun.
When a condition is defined as having ‘no obvious external cause’, that is the purview of the Reflexologist. In Reflexology, everything is significant; even more so when symptoms are visually irritated and painful to the client. All we need to do is map the condition based on our training and experience, then we guide the client through a self-discovery timeline that matches with lifestyle stressors they report as happening at the same time. Once we find a concrete match, based on what the client is reporting physically, mentally and emotionally, implementable steps are taken to discharge the bottled up tension in the client’s nervous system.
Our nervous system is the circuitry of our physical body. The nervous system in charge of giving and receiving information, but is also in charge of storing previous experiences within the body. Based on where symptoms present, the adjectives clients use to describe the dis-ease and matching those words with lifestyle factors, a Reflexologist is able to accurately assess and help clients to discover what their body is trying to say through seemingly ‘random’ symptoms like eczema outbreaks.
Finding a Reflexologist who can do this is rare, which is why I’ve been asked to teach and start providing remote consultations involving reflex assessment. But, for my students and budding Reflexologists out there, it’s all about having a photographic image of the Reflexology map for the feet, hands, face and ears in your head at all times. That is a major factor in defining a true Reflexologist. Can they see the issues you are experiencing through your extremities and discuss lifestyle changes that would support your self-healing? Everyone loves to get a good rub on their feet/hands/face/ears, but what separates the beginners from advanced practitioners is in both technique AND assessment.
All too often, I hear clients report receiving Reflexology that hurts them or seeing someone claiming to do Reflexology that isn’t able to articulate feedback post-session. A good Reflexologist should do both, especially in the case of re-occurring outbreaks of eczema. If the feet are compromised from the irritation, the Reflexologist should be able to pivot and provide quality work on one (or more) of the other three extremities; likewise, with conditions on the hands, face and/or ears. The frustration that comes with a re-occurring skin condition, such as eczema, needs to be handled with compassion and true insight, not a fly-by-night foot rub and a generalized comment about ‘the liver’ (which is dangerously out of scope anyways).
Skin conditions can be easily mapped by a quality Reflexologist and its implications discussed with a goal-oriented attitude. Make no mistake, when the body manifests a skin condition repeatedly there is cause for professional intervention. Dermatologists, physicians and nutrition coaches can all be excellent resources on the road to recovery. Where a Reflexologist can step in is during non-intervention cases, when the skin condition is an irritation, but is still manageable. Then, the information and perspective a Reflexologist brings to the table can really move the needle for a client’s wellness goals.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a chronic skin condition (like eczema) on the feet/hands/face/ears and would like to set up a Skype consultation with Sam, feel free to schedule online at: book_appointment