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A WWII veteran with PTSD finds peace and comfort from physical touch, thanks to a reflexology appoin

09 Jan
A WWII veteran with PTSD finds peace and comfort from physical touch, thanks to a reflexology appointment with a gifted practitioner, arranged for him by his daughter..
After reading your book on PTSD and using the ideas in it to help my father, I wanted to let you know, how much my father was helped by physical touch, yesterday. I mean, the response was amazing. Tears, I could see, in his eyes. His eyes flooded with appreciation for the mercy being extended to him.

I suggested, for his birthday that I would like to bring him to a foot reflexologist. I did not push it.

Two days, later, he asked me about it, again, and expressed an interest in trying it. He has not been able to feel his feet for over a year, and yet he does not have diabetes or anything like that. The doctors don’t seem concerned, and, there isn''t anything they seem to be even trying to do about it. My father senses that this is not right, and it concerns him.

I won''t go into full detail here.. (whew!)-- I will say, though, again, that he responded amazingly well. The reflexologist attempted to ''explain'' to him the theory of how it worked, and what precisely she was doing, and he stopped her. He told her he would see by the results and did not need the philosphy or the theory.

Afterwards, at home, I showed him your book. He looked at it and then grew distant, and told me he appeciated the thought, but he has ''so much work to do''-- he didn''t have time to read just now. -- he would ''eventually get to it'' though-- Physical work, physical labor... even at age 82, keeps him going. He is made of steel, solid as an ox, even at age 82, held together by sheer will, force of muscle -- a true WWII Combat Vet-Survivor.

Now, on his own, he wants to make this a regular practice (he has the $$ and can include it in his budget.

Anyway, wouldn''t it be nice, if this service could be available to more? Human touch, physical, tender loving care, on the foot - at a healthy, ''safe'' distance...

Some ''cures'' are, yes, beyond words. And, yes, the feeling is completely back in my fathers feet-- first time, in a long, long time. This gives him hope... And, has increased his optimism. Again, he was ''touched'' in more ways than one. Great swells of emotion arose. The practitioner understood, and so did I--at least in part.

My father was able to ''pause'', take stock, to feel, to let his feelings arise - and all in a safe environment, beyond talk. And yet they chatted in a non-invasive, friendly, at ease way. I was so happy to have been able to give him this gift.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award