Introduction to full-body-reflexology - part 1 - by Arve Fahlvik

My wondering
When I have been visiting conferences about reflexology in Europe I have always been wondering about the other participants focus on feets. During the years I have met a few working on the ears and a few working on the hands. I've heard that doing reflexology above the knees can be a reason for exclution from a british organisation. Do they beleve that feets have some cind of special properties that no other bodyparts of the body have? Are they blinded by the frames of the traditions? Is Fitzgerald to blame? Is Ingham to blame? Instead of digging in the history and trying to do antropological studies on reflexological culture I will try to describe the alternative. It is what I call body-reflexology. 'Body' because it is not limited to any parts of the body as in contrast to for example hand reflexology and foot reflexology.

Ok, then. A bit history can be on its place. I hope all of you have seen the picture of Fitzgerald's 'meridians'. This does not indicate that he gives any parts of the body have a special focus.

Special kinds of reflexology around the world today
Here is a list of several projection oriented reflexology systems. This was just a breaf overview, showing you that our body is bigger than the feet.

Is 1 = 1 ?
Do you remember Rubrik's cube? I will us it here as an analogy for the body. Most body's in the wold is like this one, a totaly mess.
Some of them gots bright ideas: A reflexologist can help. The average reflexologist do what he has been teached and is used to do, treats a reflexological system. The result can be like this, if the person is lucky and patient.
If the reflexologist is among the more educated ones, those who master several systems, the results can be much better.

The principle behind body-reflexology is not 'know one system more'. It is about knowing in general how the human body express its tentions and unballances trough reflexological systems, and using theese to heal the body.

There are actualy infinite number of reflexological systems. As you might observed from my list above, the systems are not only on the outside of the body. In general, one system is not better than any another, but in use on a specific body related to a specific problem one system can defenitly be much bether than other. The selection of wich system to use also depends on the fact that some system are more accessible than other. From my experience with body-reflexology I have unnumberable examples of clients having disorders that is not reflected in the groundsystem of the foot. The reasons for this is that the systems have different qualityes. One system is better than other on skin problems, anoter shows me digestion problems, a third works on psycology.

If you have many systems to test, your chances for reveal the problems of a body increase, and also your chances for healing the body. So, for the question in the heading, no, 1 system is not equal to 1 other system. In a future article I'll tell you why 1+1 is not 2.

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