Sometimes I am asked if it is better to be quiet or if talking has a negative effect during a reflexology session. I like to say it depends on the person and how they are currently feeling in their body and in their life that particular day. Within five minutes some are snoring, others talk the entire time. Both to a certain extent have the same effect on the nervous system. Our mental, emotional and spiritual health are equally as important as the obvious physical one that shows up in the mirror. Stored emotions, past trauma, and stories we carry have as much to do with our health as diet and exercise. Part of the responsibility of any sort of health or healing practitioner then, is to be as present as possible and hold space for the client or patient. So a client talking throughout a session, letting go of things verbally, can be much a part of the healing process.
Through my own experience, I feel the most beneficial state to be in is what I like to refer to as the “sweet spot!” It is the reason why I love reflexology so much. Having access to the nervous system can quickly calm and create the perfect environment for healing to take place. Meditation has been found to be so beneficial simply because we are connecting our minds with our bodies. We are estimated to have around 50,000 thoughts a day, many the same repetitive ones. So, much of our time is often spent with our minds outside ourselves- planning, worrying, escaping, thinking. By listening and taking notice to our body and our breathing during a session, we enter a space where intuition and healing can flow more freely, as if taking a kink out of a garden hose. The cool thing about the nerves and meridians that run from our head to our toes, is that many times sensations can be felt streaking up and down the body, a helpful tool in being able to tune in and be with ourselves….how cool!
Falling asleep is another interesting state. Often when a client is sleeping during a session, and while going over a certain reflex on the foot, the reflexive area on the body may twitch or jump. This will hardly ever happen when in an awake state. Like a flip of a switch, a level of conscious awareness seems to let go. I think its the same one that prevents us from picking our nose in public, but on a more subtle level. So I feel sleeping is also effective in this way but….
In conclusion, I feel that the “sweet spot”, the fuzzy grey area spent floating in between sleep and wakefulness brings the most profound effect in general, but everyone will respond how they need to during a session, and will benefit in whatever state of alertness they are in or need to be for that certain day or time.