By Maite Hernández
Editor's Note: Flower essences have remarkable benefits for bodily pain when used in topical applications or taken internally. Below is a brief report from Maite Hernández of Madrid, Spain, originally published in Spanish in Red Floral Bulletin #19 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Ms. Hernandez is a flower essence therapist who uses massage and reflexology in her practice. She highlights a segment of her ongoing therapy with a young man, showing how key flower essences relieve his bodily pain, and also addresses underlying emotions that are at the root of his outer condition.
Treating Intense Pain
Edgar is a 23-year-old patient who has come for a consultation due to pain in his shoulders, wrists, and knees. During the interview, I ask him about his lifestyle and activities. He tells me he's a university student involved in soccer, swimming, and other sports training requiring significant exertion. He has suffered from tendonitis and other injuries that were treated with standard medicine.
I begin the massage and am surprised at the overall tone of the foot, where there is much hardness and little flexibility. Edgar reacts with pain when pressure is applied on the shoulder, knee, and ankle reflexes. When I ask whether these are old sprains, he confirms that they are, and is surprised at the precision of my therapy.
As we proceed with the massage, I inquire about his financial situation and about the circumstances regarding an injury to his right knee. Edgar shares memories of his stay in England and his difficulties in making ends meet, which coincide with this injury. In reflexology, this particular zone is typically associated with money and the father archetype an image from which Edgar has tried to distance himself to avoid his feeling of personal pressure and inadequacy.
Edgar's Emotional Background
As our conversation continues, we discuss Edgar's way of fighting and confronting life. He is an outstanding student, responsible and self-demanding. However, his family situation is difficult due to chronic illnesses suffered by both his father and his brother. Edgar is struggling not to pull out of classes at the University of Madrid. I massage the foot plexus generously; there is a good deal of accumulated tension, and I soon begin using flower essences to assist my therapy. In selecting the remedies I let the emotional reading of his foot and my dialogue with the patient guide me.
Edgar reported that his pain gradually ceased. He came back 10 days later in a better mood and more relaxed. During the second session we talk about his issues with authority and some aggressive encounters he has had in the street. I question him about his former pain and he says he feels better. However, I note that the muscle tone in his back is generally stiff. My interpretation is a certain mental rigidity. During the massage, I return to the same flower essences used in the prior treatment Dandelion, Elm, and Aloe Vera.
I use a pendulum diagnosis to assess Edgar's energetic state and whether to continue with Aloe Vera, Dandelion, and Elm. Other essences that I will be considering for Edgar in the future are Beech and Rock Water these two essences also effectively address many soul issues that result in muscular rigidity and contractions, as well as other loco motor apparatus dysfunctions.
I am happy to report that in a few months Edgar greatly improved and was successfully back on his life path.
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