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percussion reflexology provided ... free.)
What does a hydraulic powered Caisson Drilling Rig
have to do with Percussion Reflexology? Well, when a Rig Operator
came into Afoot Connection for a treatment ... a not-so-strange
story unfolded. Here is that profound narration:
As Zachary directed percussion reflexology to the
Driller's K1 point with the Percus-O-Matic 'jackhammer' he excitedly
exclaimed: "That machine makes my right foot feel the
same as my left after I have put it up there on the hydraulic
line of my Rig. I stick my left foot up there all the time because
it is a convenient place to rest it ... right on that pounding
2" steel pipe ... right were it comes out of the hydraulic
pump. It feels just like a hammer impacting the sole of my boot
... feels really good. Matter of fact ... feels just like your
hammer machine there."
'jackhammer' delivered up to 10,000
impacts/minute to the plantar aspect of the foot.
Zachary had noticed during the preliminary interview
that all the complaints the Driller had annotated on his medical
history form were located on the right side of his body. As the
treatment progressed a simple deduction showed the reason why
the left side of his body was in a perfect state of health. It
was obviously due to daily percussion from the hydraulic line
against the bottom of his left boot. "Do you ever put
your right foot over on that line?" asked Zachary. "If
you could do that you wouldn't need to come see me any more. Save
yourself some time and money."
Graduates who possess a Jackhammer continue using it for
some reflexology applications.
"Well," explained the Driller,
"When I'm not feeling good ... I will try to put my right
foot over there, but it is pretty awkward ... bad angle. But I
see what you are telling me ... that the hammer-action of my caisson
hydraulic line is giving me percussion reflexology that helps
the left side of my body. Just like your jackhammer machine is
now helping my right side. So, if I want to cure my right side
... I'll be needing to get that right foot over on that hydraulic
line. Well, well ... thanks for the tip ... my friend."
The driller had intuitively tried to stretch his
right foot over to that hammering hydraulic line many times ...
whenever he felt out-of-sorts. His body instinctively knew his
cure was in the hammer-action of the pounding 2" hydraulic
line right where it came out of the power-pump. So, he paid for
a one hour treatment that day. A whole hour of percussion reflexology
with the infamous pneumatic "jackhammer" at 6,000
impacts a minute. He enjoyed it thoroughly because he left with
a smile on his face.
He had it all figured out. He would be able to maintain
the health on his weak right side ... preventing future disease
and even premature death. Well, that was 12 years ago and the
old Driller hasn't needed to come back for another "great"
treatment. He is still out there drilling holes to secure new
home foundations that would otherwise be placed on unstable soil
condition ... and getting daily reflexology too.
Vibration, by M.L.H. Snow, MD.
cable driven (left) and pneumatic powered (right)
percussion/vibration come out of the same machine.
(Courtesy: Meridian Institute)
Dr. Snow wrote in 1912: "The above machine
is a combination pneumatic and mechanical vibratory massage outfit,
which consists of a special motor that can be operated at any
speed from 200 rpm's to 6000 rpm's, two speed controllers, one
for the pump and one for the vibrator handle, a pneumatic pump
(right side) that gives a stroke from 0 to 11/4
inches, and a vibratory massage handle. In the handle is an air
port hole, which is covered by the thumb of the operator during
an administration, allowing him to control the escape of air.
"The cable powered hand piece (left side) is
provided with six attachments and the handle has a removable cap
and a device for regulating the strength of the vibrations. By
means of a two-speed countershaft it is possible to use any size
motor, water or electric. Of the numerous vibratodes made for
use with the apparatus are: a small rubber cone, a medium sized
soft rubber cone, an extra large one and two soft rubber cones
for special work. The vibratodes may be attached in a straight
line with the handle, or at right angles to it. The weight in
the cap-shield has a rotary motion which imparts a tapping motion
to the vibratode."
are used on the above machine.
(Courtesy: Meridian Institute)
"Necessity is the mother of invention," continued Snow.
"A demand for means of lessening the laborious task of the
therapist gave an impetus to an old subject. French, Germans and
Americans have accordingly invented and improved the wherewithal
by means of which the work could be better and more easily accomplished
by machinery, thereby saving the time, energy and patience of
the operator, and enabling him to give treatment with greater
precision as to stroke, and definite measurement as to speed.
The employment of the apparatus may or may not equal or excel
that of manual massage, according to the touch, knowledge, skill
and technique of the operator with each, and the adaptability
of the apparatus to the particular work in question."
Podiatrist Michael Berlin comes to MIR Clinic for
ReflexoCure with pneumatic powered "Jackhammer"
at Zachary's hand. This photo appeared in a 1992
Living Section of the Denver Post
Snow continued: "The numerous mechanical vibrators
of the present day differ in size, in form, in the motor power,
in the type of vibratodes; in the composition of vibratodes (metal,
hard rubber, soft rubber, spongy rubber), the kind of stroke,
(tapping or rotary/oscillation), and in the range of speed and
applicability. Some are much more meritorious than others. The
selection of a machine should depend upon the work to be done.
None of them are perfect, but all have merit. As Dr. George H.
Taylor [Massage] so aptly states, 'Mechanical impulse may
be so applied as to oppose the end sought, and actually to operate
in the direction of morbid activity, it may obstruct physiological
endeavor.' There must be such an adaptation of mechanical
processes as will successfully blend with the various physiological
electric Cascade triggered by use of percussion
machines like the Jackhammer or DRUMmer upon the
K1 has certainly demonstrated the health benefits of
MIR Student takes a 1 hour hike up
Double "O" Trail in Arches National Park.
She practices what MIR teaches.
Percussion to the bottom of the feet is as old as
a person walking or running barefooted across the lawn or along
the beach or up the sandy/rocky trail like MIR Student Gabriella
Gonzales Martinez shown in above photo. The alternating pressures
or impacts against the bare or moccasin clad foot encountered
from the rocks and twigs or even a goat head thorn will creates
a therapeutic bio electrical effect throughout the body according
to an Email from Indian Kamal kumar Agrawal of Raipur, India:
"When we walk BAREFOOT we develop Back-Pressure
which generates Electricity in the sole of our feet. This Electricity
charges our internal organs & endocrine glands in order to
keep them active & efficient. This Back-Pressure also helps
to raise the blood from the feet against gravity and back to the
Graduate Alfred Obes walks barefooted both summer &
winter in northern climate of North Dakota.
"FOOTWEAR diffuses the intensity of Back-Pressure (observe
& compare area of contact & angle of sole to the surface:
while walking with FOOTWEAR verses BAREFOOT walking). My observation:
FOOTWEAR decreases the performance level of internal organs &
endocrine glands. My opinion: FOOTWEAR is a contributing factor
to the present existence (disease state) of human-beings (Kamal
is a vegetarian and makes reference to the killing of animals
--- in order to make leather shoes --- as a moral deficit that
produces disease in the wearer).
WEARING OF FOOTWEAR IS ALSO THE PRIMARY REASON OF PODIATRIC
Chinese enactment of mallet percussion
to the bottom
of the feet.
Source: Raise The Red Lantern.
depiction of historical mallet percussion reflexology upon the
feet of a Chinese Landlord's wife is historically typical of numerous
cultures. Zachary witnessed this foot massage/ReflexoCure (reflexology)
treatment on the big screen in 1991 and returned the next day
in order to take these photographs: "The servant kneeling
on the floor used two hollow bronze mallets in a steady rhythm
of alternating impacts which targeted the Kidney One Meridian
Point. She slowly worked each foot from the toes to the heel ...
totally covering the plantar aspect of both feet. Then alternating
back and forth between them; first one foot and then the other.
was thrilled with this ancient under girding of my more modern
machine percussion techniques for foot ReflexoCure (reflexology)
... namely, the Jackhammer and our new and improved Dr. Riley's
Ultra Massager aka DRUMmer (note also Dr. Wittman's Reflex-O-Massager).
MIR is certainly in harmony with the worldwide history of ancient
foot ReflexoCure (reflexology) techniques."
Ultra Massager aka DRUMmer has ten reflex probe adapters. Eight
of these probe tips come with the Home Study Course and two are
reserved when the student reaches the Professional Level. There
are three Chinese Mallet tips: 3/4", 1", and 2"
in diameter. Each has its own unique feel and dynamic effect upon
the body. Compare the number of ancient Chinese Mallet impacts
of 240 per minute with the DRUMmer delivering at 4,400. Conclusion:
more impacts in less time with less effort and more results/effects.
receives DRUMmer action on her great toe.
She is the Director of the International Council of
Reflexology which has called a Conference
in Los Angleles, CA in 2009.
with 1" Chinese Mallet.
of the Percus-O-Matic Jackhammer occurred after the emergence
of Dr. Riley's Ultra Massager. The new DRUMmer unit weighed only
16 pounds and didn't require a compressor ... just plug it in
the wall outlet (120 or 240 volt). The DRUMmer also had a variety
of reflex tips ... ten as of 5-17-05 ... enabling the reflexologist
to access difficult reflexes such as the K1 meridian point. The
Jackhammer had just one 3/4" tip ... which did a great job
... but limited its applications.
Yamin Ansari opened a ReflexoCure Clinic in
Wazirabad, Pakistan. "DRUMmer forces my
homeopathic patients to get well."
I watched the
DRUMmer reflexology video more than 15 times. I wish to continue
my study of the video and way of teaching (which very, very
good) again and again when I move into my little clinic. DRUMmer
reflexology machine is the miracle of the modern Science technology.
It gives results on every body when I apply it as you demonstrate
in video. Every one gave positive feedback (feeling better)
after 5 or 6 minutes. I was surprised what a wonderful results
I pray to ALL
MIGHTY ALLAH: make me to be helpful to HIS human beings. I
will try my best to make a sweet smile to those who are worried
about their physical and mental condition.
for your greatest guidance ... Ijaz.
Dr. Snow has some good guidance
for all MIR Students: "In the adaptation of all machines
to therapeutics, the operator must consider many features other
than the directions generally given, for the relative strokes,
speed, and pressure of and with different machines vary. He
should always test the application of each particular vibratode
with varying degrees of speed and stroke and pressure on himself
at the same site he is to treat the patient; for without so
doing he cannot rightly appreciate effects or obtain the best
Academy of Reflexology owner Bill Flocco
receives a Percus-O-Matic machine for testing to
help him determine if it might be useful for
ReflexoCurist's with weak thumb joints.
History of the Percuss-O-Flex Machine
1140 Westgate Street
Oak Park, Illinois, 60301
Statement of the Percuss-O-Flex Device
contact with a mechanical percussion device was in 1949. In
the spring of that year we saw a "Percuss-O-Motor"
made by McShirley Products in Glendale, California. While the
company was still in business in 1973, they were no longer interested
in building the device. We have a total of 8-10 units in our
possession but have no idea how many the manufacturer may have
to employ our POM units until 1978 when the first Percuss-O-Flex
device became available. During this interim we received numerous
requests from individuals for percussion machines of their own,
so we began to formulate plans to build such a device since
McShirley Company had told us in 1960 that they had bowed out
of that market niche.
- Clement T. Wittman, DN.
we hired a design engineering firm, Electro-Technic Products,
and they produced the first prototype for testing in the fall
of 1977. We began manufacture and the first unit was sold to
a resident of Illinois in April 1978 and six more were sold
to friends and acquaintances that same year.
The first test marketing was done in January of 1979. Direct
mail was sent to 26,000 people in this test and 75-85 units
were sold through this effort. A second test mailing of 6,000
pieces was sent in October of 1979 and 33 units were sold. In
November 1979 an article appeared in Let's Live Magazine along
with an ad. This resulted in 350 units being sold. This was
a first national promotion of the Percuss-O-Flex device. Then
in February 1980, 77,000 pieces of direct mail were sent in
the first national direct mail campaign. To date about 170 units
were sold. In April 1980 a second ad appeared in Let's Live
Magazine and about 13 units were sold.
the last 30 years there have been over 5,000 different persons
on which the reflex percussion devices have been used for a
total of more than 75,000 occasions. Based on this experience
and the case histories and testimonials resulting from this
clinical study, we have seen measurable improvement in the health
of people with various disorders. These 5,000 case histories
provide the basis for supporting the results we feel the reflexology
percussion device can provide.
Clement T. Wittman, DN.
Dr. Wittman had raised the treatment occasions to
100,000 by the time of his death. He told Zachary that he had
asked the Japanese to enter a joint venture to improve and mass
distribute the Percuss-O-Flex machine, but they declined. However,
they liked the idea of the solenoid powered percussion device
and developed it on their own. Today this improvement (once envisioned
by Wittman) has become a reality with an even better redesign
engineered by the Taiwanese. MIR now imports these instruments
under the name: Dr. Wittman's Reflex-O-Massager. Clem would
be pleased with the percussive action of his new device shown
easily wields Dr. Wittman's
new & improved Reflex-O-Massager
as she hammers the K1 point.
Life only demands
the strength you possess.
Only one feat is possible---
Not to have run away.
Graduates from MIR
"The gateways to wisdom and knowledge
are always open."
To: MIR review committees
would like to introduce myself and allow the review committee
the opportunity to see how I plan to use my reflexology certification
in the future. I am currently a physicist at Carnegie Mellon University.
My research experience is extensive. My objective is to use my
experience in research in conjunction with my love of reflexology
I realize that some people enter my hair with healthy skepticism
I want to provide validation to those seeking scientific proof.
December, I applied to the Exercise Physiology Master's program
at the University of Pittsburgh. In January, I was admitted to
their program and given an advisor. My advisor, Dr. Duquin, has
received grants, since 1996, to study the physiological benefits
of massage. Hopefully, I will be able to learn how to evaluate
and analyze the human body and prove the physiological benefits
master's and Ph.D. clinical programs require separate applications.
I plan on completing the master's work in two years. After proving
my proficiency, I will continue as a doctoral candidate, another
three years of education.
have resigned from my instructional position at Carnegie Mellon
University to pursue my education as a full time student. My goal
is to work as a reflexologist and earn enough money to cover the
cost of my living expenses. Currently, I have contract with the
Carnegie Mellon University Health Center. My next step is to find
a place of my own where I can work on people who are not associated
with the university.
have thoroughly enjoyed studying under your program. I am excited
by the future and cannot wait to see what unfolds. Thank you for
taking the time to review my clinical studies, letters of recommendation,
and signing my logbook after validation of my hours.
Student Health Services
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