Reflexology Today: The Stimulation of the Body's Healing Forces through Foot Massage

Reflexology Today: The Stimulation of the Body's Healing Forces through Foot Massage

by Doreen E. Bayly

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Overview

Stimulating the body's healing forces through massage of the reflex areas of the feet helps to increase blood circulation and relax tension in the nervous system. Reflexology encourages the whole body to renew itself so that all processes are working in harmony. As a diagnostic tool, reflexology reveals, by the tenderness of different parts of the foot, what organs or areas of the body are in a state of disorder.
Provides a list of ailments that respond to reflexology, including glaucoma, migraine, liver disease, cataracts, asthma, neuritis, shingles (herpes zoster), arthritis, and sinus trouble. And by stimulating the nervous and vascular systems, reflexology can do much to retard the ageing process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892812844
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 05/01/1984
Edition description: Original
Pages: 68
Sales rank: 1,105,765
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

A professional reflexologist, Doreen Bayly trained in America under reflexology pioneer Eunice D. Ingham, and has developed her own method of treatment, which is presented in this book.

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That Odd Mary Magdalene

It seems that even among Jesus’ disciples, Mary played a privileged role. Why, then, did the Roman Catholic Church feel obliged to almost entirely erase this female figure and her role? Was it because of a now proven anti-feminism that existed at the heart of the Church from the early Middle Ages? The Christian conception of femininity, which has certainly greatly evolved in the modern world, especially since the council of Vatican II, is due both to Greco-Roman legacy and to the Hebraic options. With the exception of the female characters of Genesis, who are gripping figures to say the least, the scribes of the Bible lowered the status of Woman by making her impure and thus not apt, for example, to play a sacerdotal role. The idea that Mary Magdalene enjoyed total equality with the apostles has never crossed the minds of Church theologians. Because priests are the legitimate heirs of the apostles, such a standing would make Mary Magdalene, on the one hand, a priestess—how horrible!—and on the other, one of those on whom the apostolic sacerdotal filiation was founded.

Yet, when Mary of Bethany washes Jesus’ feet and anoints him with precious perfume, which Judas, the group’s treasurer, believes could be put to a more profitable use, she and Jesus are enacting a kind of sacerdotal and royal ordination—with Mary serving as the priestess who performs the ritual.

Is it forbidden to think that Mary of Bethany, over the course of those long moments spent at the feet of the Lord, could have heard what he had to say or at least sensed the full scope of Christ’s mystery even if she did not grasp it in its entirety? Jesus persistently tried to lead his disciples to realize this—if only in the Fiat of the Transfiguration!—but their hearts remained curiously closed all the way to the end. Mary, however, did perceive and accept it. On that day she knew the moment had come to manifest this mystery in chiaroscuro. In a kind of prophetic intuition . . . Mary anointed the head of Jesus, recognizing and presenting him as King and Priest, and anointed his feet as Messiah sent from God.

Such a presentation obviously involves a rite of enthronement that can be performed only by a person vested symbolically with sacerdotal powers. Jesus was fully aware of this when he answered Martha’s reproaches by saying that Mary “had the best part.”

At that time there were two sites named Bethany: a town two miles east of Jerusalem, where Mary, Martha, and Lazarus lived; and on the left bank of the Jordan, at a ford just before the Dead Sea, where John the Baptist baptized. In addition, there was a place called Bethabara, “house of passage,” by the gates to the desert. John the Baptist and later Mary, each in their own way, granted baptism, initiation, the right of passage, or the means of crossing the threshold. The two Bethanys, then, seem to mirror each other. Magdalene extends the echo of her precursor, John the Baptist. One is a man clad in hides and the other is a woman clad in her long mane of hair. The chief difference between them is that John remains in a harsh and terrible place, screaming in Essenian rigor his curses and his calls to repent, whereas Mary in Bethany, on the opposite where all is blooming and gay, speaks of love and forgiveness and the transition from one world to the next. While Jesus received from John a baptism in water, he did not receive, as the ancient kings had, a consecrating anointing with oil. Just before his Passion and “baptism by spirit and fire”—the crucifixion—he received the perfumed oil from the female Magdalene. The old and ancient notion of the priest-king applies to Jesus, but this royal unction, let me repeat, can only be performed by a priest—or priestess.

The unction in Bethany is surely one of the most important events in the life of Jesus. Furthermore, this is what Jesus himself says to his disciples who are always more or less hostile toward the whims of Woman: He declares to them that this woman truly did “what she had to do,” and even adds, according to Mark 14:9, “In truth, I declare to you, everywhere the Gospel is to be spread, throughout the whole world, one will also recount, in memory of her, the deed she has done.” This is acknowledgment of an uncommon power possessed by Mary that went far beyond a mere gesture of female vanity, which is clearly what the first disciples thought it to be, and underscores the importance Magdalene was given in the very words of Jesus.

Why, then, was Mary Magdalene relegated to such a minor role in the evangelical tradition as revised and corrected by the Church Fathers? Is the Christian sacerdotal class ashamed to owe so much to a woman?

And I cannot forbear from asking myself: what has the memory of the Church done to these words of Jesus? Isn’t there something yet to be explored there? And wouldn’t this something be the consecration of a specifically female ministry of a prophetic and charismatic nature that Jesus would himself have recognized and proclaimed as existing in tandem with the apostolic and sacerdotal ministry? What a unique place woman would hold in the very heart of the Church if this was the case!

The question certainly has been raised—and it seems that Abbe Saunière may have answered it in his own way in the church of Rennes-le-Chateau.

Table of Contents

Reflexology Today
The Stimulation of the Body's Healing Forces Through Foot Massage
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
1. What is Reflexology?
2. The Structure of the Feet
3. How to Give a Treatment
4. The Glands
5. Disorders to be Treated Through the Big Toe
6. The Spinal Reflex
7. The Importance of the Thyroid and Parathyroid
8. The Head
9. The Heart
10. The Lungs
11. The Kidneys
12. The Liver and Gall Bladder
13. The Alimentary Canal
14. The Lymphatic System
15. The Nervous System
16. The Skin
17. The Female Reproductive System
18. The Prostate
19. Arthritis
20. Case Histories
Index
Charts

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"Reflexology Today by Doreen E. Bayly is a guide to the theory and practice of reflexology- the art of restoring the body to health through special massage techniques applied to the feet. The book provides a list of ailments that respond to reflexology, including glaucoma, polio, migraine, liver disease, cataracts, head injuries, asthma, neuritis, shingles (herpes zoster), arthritis, back injuries and sinus trouble."

"Reflexology Today offers an explanation of the theory behind the technique of foot massage as well as detailed descriptions of reflexological treatments for various diseases. Her book is intended for student and public alike, and includes full-color, fold out reflexology charts."

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