… was just three days old, when he stopped breathing. His life was saved by quick-acting paramedics, who whisked him to the hospital after connecting all kinds of electronic gadgets that took over the respiratory function of his young lungs.
I met the child two days later, when his parents asked me to visit in the hospital. The medical personnel wanted to keep the baby on life support for 30 days. The parents didn’t. (There are unwelcome side effects to doing that.) They wanted to give his little lungs another chance – while under the careful observation of the pediatric ICU team.
At the parents’ request I performed a very short reflexology session. Seeing the immediate results on the high-tech monitor was – well, jump-for-joy elating.
As I explained to the eager parents, the brain, not the lungs, regulates breathing. It was the young boy’s brain that was just a little “slow” to assume its responsibility of communicating with the diaphragm, the primary muscle that allows the lungs to draw air into the body. (We later learned that this is not uncommon with newborn infants.)
Using my baby finger – the fifth digit – I gently made contact with the brain, diaphragm, lung and bronchial foot reflexes, with a focus on the brain. The increase in the baby’s intake of air was remarkable. I showed the parents where to touch their number one son’s feet and left them with instructions to do so for five minutes at a time, several times a day. They brought their beloved boy home two days later.
Have you ever had the joyous privilege of giving reflexology to a newborn?