Clinical Reflexology and Chi-Reflexology Training:
The Importance of Solid Foundations by Moss Arnold
There is just no way to condense the Clinical Reflexology and Chi-Reflexology training as there is a huge amount of new information provided. The best way to discover the difference is to purchase my basic Reflexology book or eBook, DVD and Foot Chart for everyone to read, as I call this “Clinical Reflexology” and it is the basis of Chi-Reflexology. It is also significantly different to reflexology as it is generally learnt. You can expand your learning, understanding and practical skills with updated training. There are so many basic aspects such as Holding the person, the Anatomical Reflection Theory, Techniques used, Clinical Reflexology and Chi-Reflexology Openings (rather than relaxers) and the Basic Rules of giving a treatment. In Chi-Reflexology, which has as its basis Clinical Reflexology and is an advanced approach that builds upon this foundation, the Chinese philosophy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is included to expand the theory and practice of Clinical Reflexology into a significantly more powerful treatment. Added are such aspects as sedation, stimulation, linking and balancing techniques, the Organ Chi-points on the sole of the feet, the Balancing Organ Chi sequence, and much more.
So what is Clinical Reflexology? It is designed for private Reflexology practice and is a consultation and treatment where the Reflexologist diagnoses through the use of the Anatomical Reflection Theory, treat specifically and accurately and balance. It is a wholistic, ethical approach to the science of reflexology, where one works with the body rather than against it and “works the body” rather than the feet. The training includes a re-examination of the basics and the development of a thorough theoretical understanding of the science of Reflexology, especially the Anatomical Reflection Theory. It is a consistent theoretical and practice approach, where basic rules of conduct are applied to the science of Reflexology such as Hippocratic Oath and your belief system; always support the person and never grab; balance your own actions; work across the body (left to right foot0 or both feet together rather than one foot then the other; never disconnect (walk around the body/feet, support and then work); etc. Everything about Clinical reflexology is designed to increase positive messages and decrease negative ones, resulting in a respectful method of working with the body. In Clinical reflexology the treatment of all reflexes are taught, so that the therapist can choose what to work, why and how, rather than repeat a learned sequence. Therefore each treatment is unique to the needs of the receiver: conscious decision making through knowledge and understanding. The artist Vs the Mechanic. The combination of knowledge (science) with intuition.
Chi-Reflexology is an expansion of these basic skills and the development of working with chi or energy through a variety of methods and techniques, including the Organ chi points, acu-points, meridians (energy pathways) and specific points of imbalance. As it is a point approach and not working whole areas, one needs to understand how the feet actually reflect the human body to be able to pin-point imbalances in the feet (thus the Anatomical Reflection Theory is used with energy points). I work a point approach for everything rather than a reflex area. It is much more specific and accurate and effective as a result. This needs to be explained and demonstrated and you need to understand. It is not just the acu-points in the feet but also the accuracy of location of imbalances that is involved. It is understanding the feet and the body through the feet first so that you can apply this knowledge to the human being.
In the Australian College of Chi-Reflexology, I teach Chi-Reflexology 1 Module (4 days) – basic Chinese philosophy and treatment techniques, Chi-Reflexology 2 Module (2 days) – diagnostic and balances, Chi-Reflexology 3, 4 and 5 – advanced Chi-Reflexology theory and techniques as well as the acu-points and meridians. Now this is after each of my students have done Reflexology I (2 days) and Reflexology 2 (7 days), which together comprises Clinical Reflexology. So my students do a total of 9 days training in Clinical Reflexology before I allow them to go on and do Advanced Reflexology approaches and/or Chi-Reflexology. In other words they have a very thorough grounding in Clinical Reflexology (diagnosing via the Anatomical Reflection Theory and treating with basic Reflexology). In Reflexology III (Advanced approaches) I cover Chi-Reflexology I (4 day) module and Chi-Reflexology II (2-day) module where the Chinese philosophy, basic chi treatment techniques, diagnosing energy imbalances and balancing the chi of the body are covered. So I cover enough of the basics and Chi-Reflexology to add it to what you do. If you want more, I cover more; but if you do not and this is enough for you then that is fine. I guarantee it will improve and expand your understanding and application of Clinical Reflexology.
So I hope this explains the difference between reflexology generally and Clinical Reflexology and Chi-Reflexology specifically. You can decide how much you want via this method and how detailed you want be with it. You can also decide what type of Reflexology you would like to do –
• Foot Massage
• Relaxation (Spa/Beauty Industries) Reflexology
• Clinical Reflexology and Chi-Reflexology
• Medical Reflexology
This training is both revolutionary and radial approach. Experience it and decide for yourself.
It is so important to realise that it is very difficult to cover a truly advanced approach without a solid foundation upon which it is based. There are so many examples (and aspects) I could quote here – suffice to say, what is your perspective of the feet? – is the sole the front or the back? Is the lateral – the outside of the body? Do you realise that the medial is actually inside the body and therefore other than surgery, Reflexology is the ONLY therapy that can work INSIDE the body. And all the major organs and structures of the body are bi-lateral (i.e. cross the body) and therefore are located down the medial aspects of each of the feet! etc. Also do you realise that Clinical Reflexology can access slices of the head and therefore INSIDE the head and brain. The potential is limitless and is currently untapped.
As a summary of all the above, the College offers the Diploma of Clinical Reflexology (recommended as first training undertaken) and the Diploma of Chi-Reflexology. The Diploma of Clinical Reflexology consists of Reflexology I, Reflexology II and Reflexology III (advanced approaches) and includes two Chi-Reflexology modules. The Diploma of Chi-Reflexology adds other more advanced techniques, approaches and knowledge to Clinical Reflexology and enhances this training while at the same time allowing for Chi-Reflexology to be done as a complete treatment in its own right, further enhancing the skills and options for treatment by the Clinical Reflexologist.