Relaxing the Spinal Reflex
Spinal relaxation is a two-part technique. Hold the right foot with the left hand while using the right thumb and index finger. Starting from the inner edge of the heel, push with the thumb and then pull with the index finger along the edge of the inner foot up through the arch to the great toe. Continue with this push/pull movement back down to the inner edge of the heel and all the way up again, doing this three complete times. Use your body to give assistance with a rocking motion; this allows for more effective work.
What you will begin to feel is the actual relaxation of the entire inside edge of the foot, known as the
Place both hands on the inside arch, one next to the other in a grasping style. Both palms are cupping the arch as the fingers wrap around and rest on the top of the foot. Begin to twist each hand in opposite directions while staying directly on the arch line. Move the hands up the inner line as you continue twisting. The top hand moves right, with the bottom hand following. Wring and twist along this edge to the great toe and down to the heel three to four times.
The receiver will feel warmth spreading up the spine as the twist on the spinal reflex is performed. Give the person you are working on permission to share what is being felt. Throughout the session confirmation is important; the receiver will assist in this process. Watch the person for expression in body language as well.
Moving the body is essential in providing leverage and allowing strength of position to come from the body, not from the hands alone. Effective pressure is best derived from using the entire body. Pushing solely with the thumbs and fingers does not feel as good to the receiver or to the giver.