General Interest - Three days in Warburton with Father Joseph

For those of us that have admired the work of the tireless reflexologist Father Joseph Eugster the 3 day workshop offered by the A.S.R.R in the Father Joseph method of Reflexology (FMJ) was a great opportunity to learn from the man himself.

For over 30 years Father Joseph has been living and working in Taiwan alleviating the suffering of his parishioners with reflexology, also working with Mainland Chinese News of his work on feet spread through Asia and he has become a household name among Chinese communities around the world.

In this work shop Father Joseph helped us to understand how his new method differs from his early work. FJM has developed from over more than 25 years of research, clinical experiences, repeated experiments and discussions with experts from all over the world.

Father Joseph explained how the new approach is based on Yin-Yang and the Five Elements Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine and how by working within the clients pain threshold, it is an effective treatment, although a departure from his old style Taiwanese Reflexology that worked under the premise "the more painful, the better". We all found that although the pressure is still firm, it is bearable and very effective.

The use of a training DVD was an invaluable aid to fine tuning our technique during the workshop, developed by Father Joseph's long term friend, colleague and co-author of his new book Dr. Eugene Gheng, the DVD is a must have for anyone wanting to explore this valuable method of Reflexology.

The use of Reflex Tools was another highlight of the workshop, although I had seen these tools and experimented on myself and also my family members, I have never felt confident to use them in practice. My thoughts have changed greatly, these tools when used appropriately help to save the practitioners finger joints due to inappropriate pressure applications and are a splendid idea. Father Joseph also pointed out that some nerves in the fingers are closely related to those in the eyes and excessive stimulation and pressure exerted on the hands, knuckles and fingers can critically affect eyesight of the practitioner. I have now used the Reflex tools and FJM on my clients with very good results plus better access to some reflex points and due to the lighter touch no complaints.

Another interesting concept we covered in the Workshop was to take a look at the work of J. Manzanares MD. Dr Manzanares has done biopsies of the deposits a reflexologist can feel when he explores a foot, and compared them to a biopsy of tissue in an area where there was not a deposit. Put simply he found no crystals but more nerve fibres in the deposit areas, what a dept we owe those brave soles that had the biopsies. Dr Manzanares has published his findings in Principles of Reflexology by J. Manzanares MD.FMJ Foot charts are colour coded to fit with the Yin-Yang/Five Element Chart and are easy to follow, allowing simple homework techniques to be given to our clients. A quote from Father Joseph: Our slogan: Learn reflexology skill to reduce the health care bill!

Many thanks to the ASRR and Inner Heath Centre for a very rewarding, very informative workshop, over 15 years of Reflexology and I am still thrilled to learn more.