Introduction to full-body-reflexology - part 5 - by Arve Fahlvik

The term 'diffusion' are known from (among other areas) distribution of gas. Diffusion mean that gas spread from areas with high concentration of the gas to areas with low concentration. In reflexology we have a similar phenomenon, diffusion of tension. This reflexological diffusion occurs in two forms, local and global.

When you work on a reflex, for example by massaging it, the tension will release in the reflex and the body part reflected. Your client leave healed and happy. But after some time the client's problem return. What have happened?

Local diffusion
Scan an area of a body, and be aware of the location and degree of tension. Do some massage on a tender spot in the middle of the area. Repeat the scan when some time has passed. You will find, as expected, that that the massaged spot is less tender now. In addition to this you will probably find that also surrounding tender areas and spots now are less tender, even if they where not massaged.

If the initial spot is a reflex for the knee, you clients discomfort in the knee will disappear after some treatment. But after some time the client can again feel discomfort in the knee. This is because some of the surrounding tension has diffused to the treated spot. The client will probably not be aware of the reduced discomfort in the area surrounding the knee. Even if the clients overall tension is reduced, the problem might still exist.

This effect is called local diffusion.
After injury. After treatment. After diffusion.

Global diffusion
This knee problem exists not only in one reflexological system. If the knee reflex on the foot system is active, you can be sure there are other active knee reflexes on the body. By massaging the tension in the reflex point on the foot, tension in all other active knee reflexes will be affected to a certain degree.

When an active reflex is treated, the effect is local at first. Then there will be a diffusion in a similar way as for local diffusion. During some time the reflex worked on will receive tension from all other active “surrounding” knee reflexes.

Speed of diffusion
Bone change very slow. As a consequence, diffusion to and from bone tissue happens very slow. In contrast, skin tissue can change very fast, and diffusion to and from it is fast. These facts give us information about how the healing process will evolve.

If we treat 'skin' like tissue, we can expect that our manipulation will have fast effect on the area we work. But because of diffusion from more 'bony' tissue will happen during time, it can be needed to repeat the treatment several times to get permanent changes. When we are able to change more 'bony' tissue (muscles, cartilage, bone) by our treatment, the diffusion from softer tissue will be relative small. The diffusion is not capable of reversing the effect of our treatment, so there is much less need for repeated treatments.

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