Plato, the Part and the Whole

According to Plato, "the part can never be well unless the whole is well." Health is a tapestry through which all the threads of our lives are woven -- our state of health influences every part of our life -- work, play, relationships, etc.

Plato, Reiki and Reflexology

This is why I think so many of my clients have found Reiki and reflexology beneficial. The body has an astonishing innate intelligence and healing ability, and both Reiki and reflexology provide support and help the body find balance. Neither Reiki nor reflexology spot treat specific issues/illnesses, which is why sometimes when you come to me with a specific issue I might end up working on different areas of the body than you might expect.

Again going back to Plato, he gives a good example of this: "I dare say that you have heard eminent physicians say to a patient who comes to them with bad eyes, that they cannot cure his eyes by themselves, but that if his eyes are to be cured, his head must be treated; and then again they say that to think of curing the head alone, and not the rest of the body also, is the height of folly. And arguing in this way they apply their methods to the whole body, and try to treat and heal the whole and the part together."


Taking this a step further, while Reiki and reflexology can be helpful when treating a specific health condition, neither is a bottle of aspirin waiting on a shelf for you to get a headache. In addition to being available when you aren't feeling well, Reiki and reflexology can enhance your life by keeping you at the peak of your energy and creativity. They are a preventative measure to help you ward off illness and fatigue, not to mention reducing the ever-pervasive stress we all experience, so you can maintain an optimum state of health.


Take a minute to think about your physical and mental health. Is there one thing you could do to make a positive difference? I realized a while ago that 9 times out of 10 my clients know what's best for them, rather than any suggestions I could make. (It's just sometimes we don't follow our own advice!)

See if you could do 10% of that one thing, that way it's not overwhelming and more doable. (E.g. If you think you should meditate every day for 1/2 an hour, then try meditating 3 minutes a day. You can increase the time once it's become an established habit.)

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