LOOK, … listen and feel

Being a Cranio-Sacral Reflexologist gives me the opportunity to use my senses in a different way than I did as a Registered Nurse and as a Massage Therapist. Yet I am able to draw on my experience and training in those professions as I evaluate each client. Each and every client who comes in for a session (unknowingly) allows me to look at their body in many ways during that session. During a portion of the time we spend together I am using my senses, and treating your senses via your cranial nerves! To explain this further, let’s start near the beginning, actually using cranial nerve II (the optic nerve). Looking at the feet is my first step.

The feet can “talk” in many ways.  Looking at the feet of a client (or your own) you can tell many things about the health and wellness of the body attached to those feet.  Taking the time to cleanse the foot and really look at the skin and nails is the cover of the book, the  beginning of the story, so to speak.

During a session I am noticing nail coloring, thickness, and texture. Looking at the skin and between the toes. Noticing where any callouses are located, any possible bruises, or discoloring of the skin are all documented.  These seemingly “normal every day wear and tear” type changes may be seen as insignificant to many.  To a professional reflexologist these are clues to what is going on inside the client’s body. It’s time for an example, take a look at the picture above.

It is interesting how the foot (in the image above) can tell us a few things: first of all = an obvious injury. However, to a professional reflexologist (using their sense of sight only) there is more information to take note of at session time.   Thanks to my varied training, I documented this injury  (which is a fracture of the proximal phalanx) indicating a possible “break” in trust and relationships.  This is based on the toes and area of the foot involved in the fracture and subsequent soft tissue involvement.  There is also a connection with the neck and lateral chest area (pectoral muscles and possibly the scapula itself);  definitely a shoulder issue is going on in this person’s body. As the injury healed the ecchymosis (back and blue area) expanded to the dorsal foot (top of the foot).  Adding this information to the story, a reflexologist realizes a connection to the lung as well – a connection to grief and loss in eastern medicine.

Using your visual sense to really LOOK at someone’s foot can reveal a multitude of information!