There are many types of energy work or complementary therapies out there.
Shiatsu, acupressure, reflexology, emmett technique, acupuncture, myofascial release and so on….
All different approaches yet all in one way or another working with the energy meridians. In the case of acupuncture and acupressure that’s obviously the case but to a lesser or greater degree so are most of the other modalities.
In reflexology the use of energy meridians, acupuncture points and 5 element theory forms a large part of the work of Inge Dougans, Father Josef Eugster and Moss Arnold to name just a few high profile examples.
But as a newly qualified reflexologist you might find that this aspect was hardly touched in your initial training as not all reflexologists are interested in this approach.
So where do you go to find out more.
If you are lucky you will live near the aforementioned reflexologists and perhaps attend further training. But what if that isn’t an option for you.
Then a good place to start if you want something to whet your appetite is the work of Dr. Daniel Keown, an emergency doctor, acupuncturist and author of The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine.
Not only does he explain Qi and how it works but he gives a thorough look at some of the main energy channels in the body and explains how they relate to eastern and western medicine. There is very little about individual acupuncture points in this book – it is more about how the Chinese theories of 2000 years ago can be shown to relate to the development of the human embryo. For those of us unused to Chinese medicine and uncertain whether or not this is relevant for us today this book provides a justification for further study. Well worth a read.
Here is Dr Daniel Keown explaining how the bladder channel was developed.
Further reading: Note Links for Father Josef Eugster’s book can be found here