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An Artist’s Experience of Reflexology

BY KAREN BALL

Most people recognize reflexology as an enjoyable way in which to improve physical health. I’d like to relate the experience of one graduate of theTherapeutic Hand & Foot Reflexology Professional Certification; an artist and massage therapist who was pleasantly surprised to discover that reflexology delivered much more than physical relief for her. The comments below were submitted as part of her overall feedback of the program (published with her consent).

“As a massage therapist, I am always looking for ways to enrich my client’s therapeutic experience. I knew reflexology would be a valuable addition to my practice since a major roadblock to healing is often a client’s inability to let go of tension. With these ideas in mind, I decided to enroll in Karen Ball’sTherapeutic Hand & Foot Reflexology Professional Certification training. The following paragraphs describe my experience receiving my session from Karen during that training.

I had been under a lot of stress in my life and had been experiencing visual migraines: brilliant, multihued bands of color flashing at my periphery, especially when rotating my head quickly. I wondered how or if reflexology would affect this.

As the session unfolded, the deep relaxation became a portal into an even deeper state approaching the hypnagogic experience. The hypnagogic state is a deep transitional state between sleeping and wakefulness, often accompanied by vivid, dreamlike imagery. For a visual artist, hypnagogic imagery is a rich source of inspiration and a way of communicating with the deepest expressions of the psyche.

My consciousness began to weave into unconsciousness as Karen worked on my left foot. When she moved to my right, I noticed that my toes were especially sensitive. That’s the last thing I remember before dissolving into the psyche’s gallery of liquid imagery. There, I drifted onto that dusky limbic edge where the veils between consciousness and unconsciousness are thinnest.”

In the next couple of paragraphs (omitted here) she described – and later painted! – the visual images she experienced during this session. She concludes with…

“As the session neared completion, my experience was accompanied by a sensation of fizzing, carbonated energy bubbles cleansing the dorsal areas of my feet. This sensation channeled upward through my legs and had an integrating effect on the total body. The level of relaxation was deeply profound. I “awoke” from the session feeling rested and rejuvenated.

The meaning of these images is both profound and illusive to me. They reflect a visual/kinesthetic language that is not easily transcribed into words. An artist doesn’t make these images meaningful, they come imbued with meaning. They have a cellular motility like a vitally morphing liquid screen. When fishing in this deep pond of the psyche, one discovers an experience that is both releasing and inspiring. I discovered that reflexology is one door to this healing experience.

Oh, and no more migraines!”

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COLOR THERAPY

COLOR THERAPY
From the beginning of time, people have recognized the healing power of colour. If you lookthrough a prism you will see that everything in the world is surrounded by colour. We alldepend on light for our existence, without the sun for example we would have no plants togive us the nutrition which we need, we would have no trees to absorb the toxins andproduce oxygen. As we get and maintain our health from the sun, we also benefit from theinterrelated element of the light which is the color. Each colour affects the brain differently. For example the very bright, intense hues and shiny colors affect the most primitive, deep part of the brain known as the “limbic system.” Somepeople see the color red when they are angry and this reflects the connection between thephysical reaction to colors and emotions.Colour therapy involves the use of energy vibrations of color in treating specific ailments andhelps in balancing the natural rhythms of the body through identifying what color the bodyfeels a need for, to create a balanced energy level. Every colour has its own therapeutic value and each one can be used to treat a particularphysical or emotional problem resulting from an unbalanced level of vital energy. There aremany ways of working with colour; the most effective is to place the treating color either overthe whole body or on a particular spot that is suffering from a disease. Another method is forthe colour practitioner to simply lay a scarf with the color needed for healing, on the area tobe healed.
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The body should start to change its energy to match the vibrational energy of thehealing colour allowing for a more balanced state.Chakra ColoursThere are different colors and complementary colors. For example red has a complementarycolour green, yellow has a complementary of violet etc. Usually the practitioner uses the coloralong with its complementary to ensure the Chakra (energy centers) of the body are wellbalanced.There are seven main chakras, each one is located in a specific part of the body. The body isdivided into a right side and a left side, starting at the base of the spine and going up in avertical line to the centre of the head (some people regard the crown charka as the first one).Each chakra is associated with a particular organ/gland and color. The Base charka is relatedto the legs, feet, large intestines and reproductive organs and has the color red. The sacralcharka comes next with its orange color; it is found in the pelvic area just below the naveland is the body’s sexual energy centre, associated with the liver, pancreas, spleen, kidneysand bladder. Above the navel comes the solar plexus chakra with its yellow color whichrelates to the stomach and the functioning of the nervous system where a person oftenexperiences feelings of grief or depression when there is a deficiency in that chakra. The heartchakra comes next and is located at the centre of the chest. It rules feelings of compassion,emotional balance and has the color green. Throat chakra is at the front of the throat and isconnected to the thyroid gland which controls the body’s metabolism, this charka has thecolour blue and is the centre of speech, communication and self expression.
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An easy way to balance out a deficiency in that charka is to wear a blue stone or scarf aroundthe throat. The sixth chakra is the brow charka (located between the eyebrows) which isassociated with the pituitary gland and which controls the body’s hormonal production. Thischakra has the indigo color and when it is in a good state, it allows people to develop their personal intuition. Crown chakra has the colour violet is connected to the pineal gland and is the centre of spirituality.Clothesanother form of simple colour therapy that can be implemented by everybody is in the clothes we wear. Our wardrobe should contain all colours. If the wardrobe is mostly in one or twocolours, that certainly indicates an unbalanced state of the body. The addition of other colors which the body needs will help it maintain a balanced state of health. You don’t have to usethe colours you dislike in clothes but they can be included in your accessories for maximum benefit of their energy which will be absorbed through the body. Disliking a colour also indicates a certain state of mind, for example, if you dislike red it means there is anger or frustration in your state of mind. Yellow means disappointment or thefeeling of powerlessness. Green means loneliness and rejection. Brown indicates the longing to feel independent and black means that you long to control and you don’t want to give upyour personal power. Having a favorite colour also reflects a state of mind. For example, people who like blue are gentle and friendly. It also means that other people feel comfortable around them and theycare about other people. However, they can pass through stages of depressions every no wand then.People whose favorite colour is orange tend to be cheerful and can express themselves well.They are organized and think logically more than emotionally, however, they are prone to have digestive problems.Other ways to use color therapy is in the food we eat and the furniture at home. If you feel aneed for a certain color try to eat a vegetable or fruit from the same colour. You can alsouse a pillow or bed sheet in your room in the colour you feel you need in order to give yourbody the specific energy needed from the healing color.
Nada Rashed, CAM Healer
Contact Nada:
Nada.ignite.your.life@gmail.com

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