How do the police catch a burglar unless the person is caught in the act? Well, if the unlucky intruder wasn’t practicing “safe stealing”, ie. not wearing gloves, it’s likely that the police will rely on fingerprints left at the scene of the crime to match to criminals with prior history of breaking the law.
Fingerprints, something that develops in utero at about eight weeks, are entirely unique to each of us. By the time a baby is full term, and well into her adult life, the tissue on the pads of the digits develops a complicated, one-of-a-kind pattern made up of whorls, loops and arches.
Have you ever wondered what years of practicing reflexology or massage might do to your fingerprints? I recently got to find out first-hand (pun not intended – ah, maybe it was!).
As part of the national move to eliminate human trafficking from the United States, the state of Florida required that all licensed massage therapists be electronically finger-printed by the end of this month. (In Florida, one must hold a massage license to practice reflexology.)
The poor woman trying to capture my prints had quite the time. It took numerous attempts before she was successful. After the third stab at it, she asked, “What do you do for a living?” When I told her that I have practiced reflexology since 1983, she replied, “Ah, that explains it. You’ve worn your fingerprints down to a point where they are nearly unattainable.”
Have any other bodyworkers experienced anything similar when getting fingerprinted? Do tell. Maybe we can all team up to form a nationwide gang of thieves!