We live in a complex world. Innovations in technology and communication expose us to an increasingly complex landscape that is changing more quickly than we can easily adapt to. Our biology is showing the effects of this constant assault. Our body-mind-spirits are fighting to adapt, to evolve, as we must; and that puts our systems under tremendous stress.
Clients today often present with a laundry list of conditions that may appear unrelated. Visits to medical specialists result in separate diagnoses and treatments designed to treat the symptoms individually. Certainly, a more integrative approach is needed for these clients. What to do?
I agree with Eric Moya, who wrote eloquently on this subject in the December issue of Massage Magazine, that we must honor the innate wisdom and resiliency of the human body and spirit to heal itself. I’m not responsible to heal my client; all I need do is provide a safe opportunity for that person to do his or her own work.
I am constantly reminding my students to keep it simple. Eager new reflexologists want to create a targeted session to address each of their client’s different health imbalances. I don’t think that’s necessary, possible, or the most efficacious approach.
Serving the depleted/exhausted client reminds me of a quote I read many years ago: “the more complex the disease, the simpler the remedy.” I am prompted to do less and just be more. To offer stillness, not “busy-ness”. An environment in which my clients can completely let go. A slow, loving full reflexology session designed simply to relax. Mindful, gentle contact on the solar plexus points along with deep, controlled breathing. And more stillness.
In a world that publicly celebrates personal struggle and achievement, I choose quiet relaxation, for I truly believe it is the basis of all health – body, mind and spirit. Namasté.