A quote in the article that I wrote about in Reflexology and Osteopathy? brought a smile to my face. Credited to Dr. Fred Mitchell, DO, in a forward he wrote to one of the seminal books written on osteopathy, Mitchell states, “Bizarre combinations of reflexes may be impossible to explain with our present knowledge. Treat what you find…not what you are looking for!” [i]
I couldn’t agree more. I repeatedly instruct reflexology students to find reflexes to work with their hands, not their memory of the location of reflexes. Treat what you find, rather than set out on a “search and destroy” mission for some reflex associated with your client’s health complaint. Instead, meet your client in the tissue, practice stillness and awareness together, and then watch the real magic occur!
[i] An Endocrine Interpretation of Chapman’s Reflexes by The Interpreter, 2nd edition, pg. iv.