Three Times Three
Three is a very powerful number. Three is the flat dimension of the shapes of a diamond, a pyramid, and a tepee. Many sacred symbols consist of three shapes, colors, or sizes. The number three has many meanings: harmony, completion through harmony, and the birth of harmony. The number three also stands for the beginning, the middle, and the end.
In reflexology, you will often do each move within a technique three times. With the application of three, you are sure each movement in the process is complete.
Using Three as a Guideline
Reflexology is an energetic touch therapy. Many people receive comfort and relief through healing touch. Each move within the techniques is applied with compassion. You reflex an area until you feel a response from the recipient. At times you may feel the reflex “give” as the skin beneath your finger or thumb relaxes. Sometimes there is a pulsation from the area of reflex. Or a reflex may “push” you away, a statement by the reflex to move on.
A thumb or finger walk of an area is usually repeated three times. As you become more proficient, you will not need to use the three, but in the beginning the number three is a great supporting guide.
Feeling these responses comes with practice. The better you become with the art of reflexology, the easier it is for your hands to read the feet. As you are learning to intuitively connect and communicate with the feet, you need a guideline for the number of times to reflex each area. For instance, you will generally hold the areas you hook into for a count of three.
Demonstrating the Power of Three
The spinal reflex demonstrates the power of three perfectly. Look again at the foot. Imagine a line running straight down the edge of the foot from the toe to the heel. Do not curve the line; let it be straight. Now imagine another line lying on top of this line, running from the toe to the heel. Then imagine another line on top of these two lines. You have created a stack of three lines.
The bottom line runs straight to the heel. The next line has a slight curve to it. The third line follows the arch and then arrives at the heel. Each of these lines is part of the spinal reflex. As you learn the technique for this area, repeat each step three times, which will make it three times three.