By Sam Belyea a.k.a. The Foot Whisperer
So, I totally get why some Reflexologists and clients insist that deeper is better, it’s how they are trained. Pain can be felt easily and there is a ‘grin and bear it’ type of attitude associated with this level of practice. The East also supports this theory with their culture. I personally have experienced the opposite.
My clients hated the overall depth of technique I was taught in school. It invaded their sense of comfort, but I persisted because that was how I had been trained. Deeper was better and nothing less would stimulate healing. After enough clients starting to cross their arms in defensive posture, not getting the results they hoped for and then eventually not coming back, I got nervous. Then and there I decided to adjust my techniques to fit the comfort level of my clients. Soon, I noticed a fascinating phenomenon: my clients were reporting greater results.
The first thing I noticed was a deeper relaxation during the session, which was obvious to see from their drool and hear from their snoring. Following that was stomach gurgling, facial itching, muscle twitches, breathing changes, tears spontaneously coming from the eyes and even a physical sensation of pain movement out of the body. All which lead to the moments where the clients who stuck it out with me would tell me ‘That feels amazing, keep doing that.’
So, I had to conceit that my teachers were wrong. There was in fact a way to stimulate the body with a light/medium pressure that was pleasant to the client and produced the desired results of the work. My clients weren’t lying to me, the results they reported couldn’t be faked and the referrals of their friends and family were certainly financially real to me.
I was at a crossroads that culminated in me taking my own path. I now based everything I did on what I was being taught by the practice of Reflexology itself. I’ve come to know Reflexology as a real, tangible presence in my life that guides and advises me on how best to serve my clients. I feel Reflexology at work when I am providing sessions and when I am teaching my students. Like a muse who motivated by the accurate channeling of their inspirational gifts, I am also eager to witness the beauty that follows from the ‘Spirit of Reflexology’s’ guidance.
Reflexology and I’s partnership has taken me into places that run directly contra to current beliefs about how Reflexology is practiced. This is a scary and unsettling place to find one’s self. However, I feel the glowing presence of Reflexology guiding my efforts. I continue to base my work on the breathtaking results I have produced with its help.
There is a sobering fact that as of this time I’ve only done 3874.5 hours of Reflexology which is just over a third of the 10,000 hours reportedly needed to be a master at a craft. However, I have been shown so many amazing things about how the body works, how Reflexology works, what makes healing happen and how to instill these lessons in others. The continuation of this process fills me up beyond words.