Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
LLEWELLYN JOURNAL
Article Topics
List of Articles
RSS Data Feeds
Mission Statement
Use of Our Articles
Writers' Guidelines

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

July/August 2014 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Journal
Print this Article Print this Article

Discovering Reflexology

This article was written by David Vennells
posted under Health & Healing

My first experience of reflexology, as a patient, was when I was in my early twenties. I had heard of it before then but, as with most healthy people who do not have a direct interest in health or healing matters, I really had no idea of what was involved. Certainly if I had remained healthy, I would not have made an effort to find out more about reflexology, discover its benefits, become a reflexologist, and write Reflexology for Beginners. It is funny how things work out!

Before I decided to try reflexology, I had been very ill for four years with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). During that period, I spent most of my time lying down or being pushed around in a wheelchair. The medical profession identified the condition and told me that it was the result of a serious virus compounded by stress at work, stress at home, and stress in-between. However, they were unable to offer any practical help or treatment. This in itself was a shock, as I was brought up believing that doctors are generally able to cure or at least help in some way.


Discovering Reflexology
After four miserable years, especially for my family, a friend gave me an article on reflexology. I thought that I should give it a try—I had nothing to lose. I found a qualified practitioner listed in a local directory. From the first treatment, I found that my symptoms began to improve, my energy returned, and I started to feel more relaxed and optimistic about life. After years of ill health, this was a wonderful experience, almost like being reborn.

Every week I looked forward to the treatment, which in itself is a lovely experience. I have sensitive feet anyway, and I remember as a young child my mother stroking my feet when I was upset. This always seemed to quiet me down, which was good for me and good for her.

Without any doubt reflexology set me on the road to good health and inner well being. Although I would not like to go through such an illness again, I do feel that I learned much from that time and the way my life has developed. As a result, it has more than compensated for the distress and discomfort I experienced. I feel that I was put back on track. Being ill gives us time to think, and it often forces us to look at ourselves and our lives in a new light. It also helps us to understand what it is like to be ill, and this gives us empathy and compassion for others who are suffering. Understanding and developing these qualities are invaluable for therapists and anyone interested in healing/helping others.


Spiritual Healing
Some of the most enjoyable, moving, and fulfilling reflexology treatments I have given have been at a hospice for cancer patients. If there was any doubt in my mind that reflexology was just a physical treatment without a spiritual aspect, this was completely dispelled following these experiences. Many times I felt that the healing being received was from beyond the physical realm, especially on those patients without long to live.

I also learned that the true meaning of healing is much more than just promoting good physical health. Letting go of your own worries, trusting in a positive outlook, directing your life towards benefiting others, and improving and understanding yourself is the path to inner peace. Developing such good inner qualities are the basic ingredients of good health and a happy life. Without this, good physical health is almost meaningless. So reflexology is a healing technique for body, mind, and spirit. The effect of reflexology on the mind and spirit is often immediate or occurs at least within the first few treatments. Whether this improvement is carried over into the physical body depends upon many factors that are detailed in Reflexology for Beginners.


Tibetan Buddhism
While I was training to become a reflexologist, my teacher told me of a Buddhist meditation center in the English Lake District called Manjushri Centre. I went to stay with a friend in order to learn a little more about meditation and simply have a weekend out of the city. This was the beginning of a fascinating journey into the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Much of what I have gained from studying Buddha’s teachings and practicing meditation has helped me to gain a clearer and deeper understanding of how we can use reflexology to cure and prevent illness. I have found the Buddhist explanations on the cause and cure of disease, the nature of the mind, and the path to true freedom and happiness to be flawless. It is very practical and of great benefit to me as a reflexologist and simply as someone interested in being happy. Much of this timeless wisdom is included within Reflexology for Beginners because self-understanding is a wonderful basis on which to begin helping and healing others.


Wonderful Experiences
I have had so many wonderful experiences with reflexology. Reflexology for Beginners contains a whole chapter of case studies and testimonies to the healing power of this very special therapy. It makes reflexology simple to learn and perfect, and it gives the reader the opportunity to start practicing within days. If there was just one person in every family or group of friends who was capable of giving a reflexology treatment, the world would be a much happier and healthier place.

David Vennells
David Vennells (Manchester, England) is a Reiki practitioner and a teacher. He first experienced Reiki after suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for four years. In a very short time Reiki greatly improved his mental and physical condition and general...  Read more

RELATED PRODUCTS

Bach Flower Remedies for Beginners
Bach Flower Remedies for Beginners
38 Essences that Heal from Deep Within
David Vennells
$14.99 US,  $16.95 CAN | Add to Cart
Reflexology for Beginners
Reflexology for Beginners
Healing Through Foot Massage of Pressure Points
David Vennells
$13.95 US,  $15.95 CAN | Add to Cart
Reiki for Beginners
Reiki for Beginners
David Vennells
$14.99 US,  $16.95 CAN | Add to Cart

Please note that the use of Llewellyn Journal articles
is subject to certain Terms and Conditions

In western ceremonial magick, there is often a tendency to view a magickal operation as something that is at odds with the natural order of the universe. This is very much the core of the western mindset, where nature is something external to oneself to be "conquered." Human individuality and the Will of the magician are thought to be somehow... read this article
Casting a Circle for Clairvoyant Readings
The Moon and Rainfall
6 Truths About Enlightenment
High Magick & Initiatic Orders
Planetary Meridians: 10 Gateways to Empowered Intuition

Most recent posts:
Traveling with Spirits
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Gregory Peters, author of the new Magickal Union of East and West. I enjoy traveling, and will fly...

Treatment Vs. Self-Medication
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jean-Louis de Biasi, author of Secrets and Practices of the Freemasons, The Divine Arcana of the Aurum...

Cards of Endings
In tarot, many cards seem to share meanings, or at least aspects of meanings. For beginners this can be frustrating. One way I encourage people to...





Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological Calendar Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological Calendar
82nd Edition of the World's Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar

By: Llewellyn
Price: $14.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2015 Daily Planetary Guide Llewellyn's 2015 Daily Planetary Guide
Complete Astrology At-A-Glance

By: Llewellyn
Price: $12.99 US,  $14.95 CAN
Llewellyn's 2015 Sun Sign Book Llewellyn's 2015 Sun Sign Book
Horoscopes for Everyone!

By: Kim Rogers-Gallagher
Price: $11.99 US,  $13.95 CAN
Llewellyn's 2014 Herbal Almanac Llewellyn's 2014 Herbal Almanac
Herbs for Growing & Gathering, Cooking & Crafts, Health & Beauty, History, Myth & Lore

By: Llewellyn
Price: $10.99 US,  $12.50 CAN
$2.75 US,  $3.13 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2015 Moon Sign Book Llewellyn's 2015 Moon Sign Book
Conscious Living by the Cycles of the Moon

By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $13.95 CAN