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Apr. 9th, 2007 | 05:01 pm
posted by: lifesparkles in reflexologyroom

I was at a yoga workshop a while back, and the teacher was talking about the benefits of doing deep spine work and how safely working the back could greatly benefit the entire body. He began talking about a phenomena he called the healing crisis and how back work could greatly affect people and help people work towards deep healing and balance. Then he said he's known many people who try desperately to avoid such a healing crisis and shirk away from any and all intense (not bad) back sensations... and when working with these people, it was often helpful to slyly lead them towards deep healing by taking them through gentle spinal twists and avoiding the intense back sensations all together.

So this led me to wonder about the use of the spinal twist on the medial edges of the feet while doing reflexology. I've had a few people who did not want to have any kind of healing crisis (any healing??), and quite frankly, I wondered why they had even bothered to come to me at all. For example, the person who wanted me to completely avoid working on her kidney areas because she had once had kidney stones and didn't want to rock the kidney boat. So I wonder, would focusing more time on spinal twists and spine walking help more for a person like this? Seems like it could.

Yes, sometimes healing means admitting an area needs to be healed, and that can be scary... and therein lies the crisis. But isn't it worse to live with an open wound? Let it scab! Let it itch! Let it heal! Just because one might experience a moment of crisis doesn't mean one is destined to live an unbalanced and wound filled life. On the contrary. Recognize and rectify, I say. :-)

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trying to be happy

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from: aster13
date: Apr. 10th, 2007 07:51 am (UTC)
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*nods in agreement*

I find that Reflexology in general can often be fairly strong in promoting healing crisis to take place - sometimes i think when i treat people with massage first it can mitigate some of that effect, as i think the massage can prompt it a little more gently, but not always as deeply. (purely my estimate based on experience).

I don't know about the spinal twist etc promoting it especially.

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Lady Dawn the Formidable of New Invention

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from: lifesparkles
date: Apr. 13th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
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I can see that... how massage would sort of work the soft tissue of the body into readiness for receiving the benefits of reflexology. I think it can work the other way around too. :-) I ask my massage therapist to start off my massage with a little reflexology, and I find it really helps me relax and release tension and it seems to allow him to work me deeper and more effectively. Body work is really nice in how it all works together like that. :-)

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