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  • Article as posted in the Reflexology Association of Illinois newsletter  by Helen Burns (12/05)


On November 5th & 6th, Birgit Farchmin and Helen Burns attended the Father Josef’s Method Reflexology (FJM) workshop held in Warrwick, Rhode Island conducted by Father Josef Eugster and Irina Breslav. This was billed as the last workshop Father Josef will be conducting in the United States. This was Helen’s second and Birgit’s third workshop on FJM.

R.A.I. sponsored one of the first workshops on FJM in June 2001 where we were introduced to this unique method of reflexology used so pervasively in the Far East. The theory was the same but the teaching has been refined since the 2001 workshop. There was a greater emphasis on the use of the tool (stick). Four years ago, Father showed us the use of the tool, but he said he relied upon his thumbs and fingers to do the work. In the intervening time, he has found that the great use of his hands has extracted a toll on his physical health. He now understands that using a tool can be of great benefit not only to the client, but also to the practitioner.

Father Josef does not treat disease but he treats the person. He never asks what is wrong with a client instead relies on what he learns about the client through touching the feet, observing their coloration, and analyzing their smell. He works within the philosophy of Chinese medicine, recognizing the body as an integrated whole. Using the 5 elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, he looks not to the form of an organ but to the function of the organ in relation to the whole body. Each participant was given color charts identifying the various reflex points. There are 83 identified reflexes on his chart and they are color coordinated to the colors of the five elements.

Father Josef stated that for good health, three things are necessary: Good sleep; Good appetite; and Good bowel movements. If one has these three each day, one will have good health. The five stages of disease are:
Itching, Soreness, Pain, Numbness, Paralysis. If a client is in one of the first three stages, Father Josef says he can cure them quickly. If a client is in stage four, he can help but it will take longer. For a client in stage five, he cannot cure them but he can relieve the pain and bring them comfort. In Taiwan, they have documented “cures” for common diseases. In the United States, we cannot talk of “cures” but we can recognize that we help the body to come back into balance. Good health is a body in balance.

Father Josef spoke of the evolution in the knowledge about reflexology. Reflexology has been used for thousands of years especially in ancient cultures as a health and healing practice. Modern reflexology is now learning what was known before. Reflex points have now been biopsed by Dr. J. Manzanares of Barcelona, Spain, who identified the reflex as containing three substances: nervous tissue, vascular matter, and connective tissue. When an organ is out of balance, that organ’s reflex will have substantially greater percentages of the nervous tissues than in a reflex of a healthy organ. The “Pain” sensation is a result of the excessive nervous tissue within the reflex of an out-of-balance organ. The stimulation through the pressure sends a “wireless” message to the reflected organ.

Out-of-balance reflexes will “React” to the pressure of a reflexology session. We were trained to look for the “Reactants” and to give that area greater attention. The three elements of every session should be:

• A Comprehensive session (work all the reflex areas)
• Using a Sequential technique (follow the protocol)
• To Normalize the Reactant matter through stimulating the tissue.

This is a brief summary of what we learned at the workshop. There were 36 workshop participants and we met wonderful reflexologist from New England and other parts of the country. This was definitely worth a beautiful weekend in November to attend. 

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Helen Burns