Thai Foot Massage

I made my way to Kent to study TFM with Simon Piers Gall.  It was a great day but I came away unsure of how to implement this therapeutic approach into my practice.  It is very much taught as a routine and the teachings I have received bring focus to the individual.

I have incorporated some of the techniques into my reflexology sessions with mixed effect.  When I used the techniques on a long standing client last week, she left the room wired and jangled.  Gone was the meditative balancing power of reflexology.  I was not sure if this was the techniques themselves or my approach!  Today, a lovely friend and fellow practitioner agreed to a session of purely TFM.  I spent some time preparing for the session and halved the number of techniques employed.

TFM uses a short cigar shaped stick to work the reflexes on the foot.  I used it on the first foot, however, I wasn’t sure about using this tool.  On the course, I asked for less and less pressure and it was questioned if I was gaining any benefit.  I felt I was, I could feel a deep connection.  What was missing for me today, was the feedback I receive through my hands and fingers.  So for the second foot – no stick!  And guess what – a definite preference for receiver and practitioner.  The stick became a block between us.  This is perhaps because of my lack of confidence around its use but I do not feel inclined to practice in order to overcome it.

One difference cited between reflexology and TFM is the changes in pace.  There are more techniques to be used and the approach works from the toes up to the knees.  It really opens the body’s energy pathways and integrates the work on the foot with the rest of the body and mind.  The session had moments of relaxation and stillness and then stimulation.  The end result was deep relaxation whilst feeling energised.

I really enjoyed the session!  Looking forward to more!