humble the tool
when praised for what
the hand has done.
Dag Hammarskjold, 1956
of MIR Research & Development
Richard Long presents an assortment of
wooden tools he crafted for students from
local tree branches (1997). You too can
make your own wooden reflex probes.
The purpose of a probe in reflexology applications
is to act as an extension of your thumb or finger. A wooden probe
has some advantage over steel because it will resonate the vibrations
of crystalline debris as it is broken up in the subcutaneous tissues.
Mildred Carter agrees that the probe may be necessary for some
reflexology practitioners either to preserve their finger joints
from injury or to reach into the deeper reflexes. She says, "My
REFLEX PROBE acts as a strong finger for those who have tired,
sore or weak hands and fingers. It gives added endurance so that
you can extend a treatment and double the benefits of improving
circulation so the body can heal itself."
The question of recipient injury from the misuse
of a probe has been raised by some hands-only professionals, but
a little common sense will go a long way to help prevent any unnecessary
tissue damage. Mildred herself has given us some guidelines in
her writings: "The REFLEX PROBE is beneficial for working
deep reflexes, and for those hard-to-get-at areas, such as between
toes (and fingers), and the spot where the toes meet the foot
(and fingers join the palm)."
Mildred Carter & Zachary share a moment.
Banquet at 1989 Reflexology
Conference in Toronto.
Carter's Probe Instructions
- Apply steady pressure into your selected reflex point. Slowly
rotate the PROBE in a rolling, circular motion.
- Use the rounded end to reach in between toes and fingers.
Also use the gentleness of the rounded end on very sore reflex
- Gently rotate the PROBE on a tender reflex button for a
few seconds, then continue on to other reflex areas. When
you return to the tender button later, you will probably notice
that a lot of the tenderness is gone.
- The smaller end of the PROBE can be used to reach deeper
reflexes such as the pituitary gland reflex in the thumb and
big toe. And where the skin is thicker such as around edges
of the feet, and heels of the hands.
- Another method is to press your PROBE into a reflex button
and pull downward or push upward (a technique also taught
by Eunice Ingham). Use this technique around the heel area
where skin tissue is harder.
Mike Mulqueen is tutored by
Dr. Long at MIR Clinic. Mike is rolling
the edge of a specialty probe across
the end of the great toe to activate
reflexes for the Brain area.
Fr. Josef Eugster primarily uses his thumb and index
knuckle to give a reflexology treatment. After lubricating the
foot with a thick lanolin type cream he is able to slide into
the targeted reflexes very effectively. His strong hands don't
require the use of a probe, but he recommends and sells a probe
developed by one of his students who wanted to prevent the development
of a callus on his index knuckle. Josef's student was a concert
pianist who wanted to protect his joint cartilage from injury.
"Put your heart, mind, intellect,
even to your smallest acts.
This is the secret of success."
– Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Fr. Josef's wooden probe.
The probe tip demonstration by Fr. Joseph in photo
to the left is firmly pressed into the targeted reflex with left
thumb. Simultaneously the right hand gently grips and rotates
the probe. This rolling-pin action of the small probe tip reaches
deeply into the reflex point and can be extremely painful to the
recipient as it a creates a direct current of injury which in
turn signals the brain, triggering it to release the direct current
DC of Regeneration
the healing current
of the DC of Regeneration from
the brain into the gallbladder is triggered by
direct current of injury initiated on gallbladder
reflex of ear, hand or foot. The superconductor
is insulation sheath surrounding nerve fiber
(reflex theory given by Zachary Brinkerhoff in
1991 based on research of R. O. Becker, MD).
Ella displays Cyclomassager Probe.
Zachary was taught by Eunice Ingham Stopfel to use
a "pencil eraser probe" during her 1967 Seminar held
in Denver, CO. By 1968 he had converted his Mobile Sharpening
Shop into a Mobile Massage Zone Therapy Clinic (see photo below).
He equipped it with a handy "vibrating probe" similar
to the unit purchased by Ella Lebsach from Eunice in 1962. "I
used the probe end of my new Niagara Cyclomassager on every customer's
feet. I contacted most major reflexes on the foot with this oscillating
probe during a treatment, but my primary focus was the Solar Plexus
and pituitary point, " he said.
takes a break to sight a sextant during '69 season.
are very capable of exacting a strong direct current of injury
through pressure on the affected reflex point. It may become necessary
for a hands-only practitioner to step up to a wooden probe or
a knuckle if soft touch reflex stimulus fails to trigger activation
of the body's self-healing processes. But you must prepare the
recipient for the jolt of pain that could occur when you make
your probe/knuckle-thrust into the selected reflex/meridian point.
Pamela Adamek (pictured above) has experienced dramatic
success with a recipient in her Belize Clinic. Pamela has utilized
the Beamer III-3b; DRUMmer; wooden and piezo-electric probes.
"We are making even more progress since changing Shirley's
diet. I advised her on Professor Arnold Ehret's mucusless diet
healing system - and she is following it. When she left the hospital
her prescription was not available at the drug store, so she is
not presently under medication."
"The mucusless diet healing system is fantastic
and we are putting it to the test. I have been (unintentionally)
in the transition diet for the past 6-9 months. For the last six
days I've been on the edenic diet 100% - as endorsed by Prof.
Ehret. It's amazing. I don't feel hungry nor weak, but I look
horrible. The skin on my face is sagging right now, but I hope
to carry through and experience what he promised."
"Shirley's edema has gone down considerably
- the skin looks more loose and is not so flakey (as shown below)
since I encouraged her to rub coconut oil on the area (and drink
it as well)," related Pamela.
Above two photos show earlier stages of Shirley's treatment.
Steel ReflexoCure Probe
above Acu (meaning needle) pressure device has been designed with
a small ball on the end of the probe in order to prevent puncture
of the skin. It has proven ideal for activating the smaller reflex
& meridian points in the ears, fingers and toes.
steel probes were specifically designed for working with the smaller
reflex points found within the auricular (outer ear) and have
also been efficient in finding similar small points located in
the fingers and toes. Hisham Al Jaser (photo) was impressed with
the specificity of the ear probe and its reflex activation ability
when Zachary demonstrated the tool during tutoring at the Institute.
"Very good, Very good," said Hisham when a sensitive
reflex was located and pressed.
This Ear Chart is included
in the MIR Home Study Package.
we see a section of the auricular from MIR's Ear Chart so you
can get an idea how the reflexology points are apportioned. Note
the location of the heart point which is identified as #100. These
points can be activated with the SS Acupressure Probe, Laser
light pen, or finger pressure. Vicks or Mentholatum is a good
ointment to use on your finger tip so that you can slide into
the more obscure regions of the auricular. You can also use a
pinching action with the fingers, but on areas like Heart #100
you can take the index finger and push straight in. Mildred Carter
recommended using your finger nail (on self treatment only) to
more accurately locate the point (pain will be felt when you are
on the bulls eye).
Flocco Ear Reflex Point Chart
Randomized controlled study of premenstrual
symptoms treated with ear, hand and foot reflexology.
test points used on ear:
ovary, uterus, pituitary, solar plexus,
adrenal gland, kidney,sympathetic
nervous system, and
Chinese shen men.
Flocco & Zachary meet again in 2004 at RAA Conference.
Terry Olson and Bill Flocco PMS study was published in Obstetrics
& Gynecology in December 1993. Zachary's interest in Zone
Therapy of the Ear Points began in 1968 during his study of Dr.
Joseph and Elizabeth Ann Riley's Home Study on Zone Therapy. He
was excited about Flocco's published study which had opened the
door for Ear Reflexology to finally gain acceptance in the profession.
So he stood behind Bill's effort to dispel the objections of some
reflexologists concerned about infringement into the profession
initially presented the study in 1994 at the charter conference
of Reflexology Association of America held in St. Louis, Missouri.
He stated, "Since publication of the PMS study we have continued
to analyze our data and found it was better than we originally
thought. Some of our results were as high as 95% effective."
This percentage is in agreement with Chinese studies which also
show reflexology as 95% effective.
set up the use of only the finger and thumb in his PMS control
study protocol. He used these human appendages to probe, find
and create the needed pressure on the targeted ear, hand and foot
reflexes. Why not the more accurate SS Acupressure probe for the
ears? Well, Bill is a hands-only reflexologist so he is morally
and ethically limited in choosing the study's reflexology stimulus
applications. However, his associate Terry Olson, Ph.D. does employ
an electro puncture machine with a fine brass probe for ear point
activation in his own studies and practice.
Bill's associate, Dr. Olson, also teaches the use of this closed-loop
direct current machine in his Ear Electro puncture Classes. MIR
likewise teaches the use of direct current micro amp reflex stimulators
in the Full Spectrum Reflexology Method. MIR's approach includes
all viable techniques in ear reflexology: finger probe
pressure, stainless steel probes, micro amp& piezo electricity,
low level laser, infrared lamps, and the touch of believing prayer
with the finger or palm upon the auricular of both ears simultaneously.
For your free copy of Olson& Flocco's
PMS study send a 9" SASE to MIR.
Mildred (who has also studied Dr. Riley's Zone Reflex)
acknowledges that finger pressure, ear clamps and use of a fingernail
are not adequate to locate the nearly 120 acu points on the auricular
of the ear. However, an acupuncturist is able to both locate and
create needle puncture on all known points and so is the reflexology
practitioner who uses the pictured Acu (needle) pressure (small
ball-shape on end prevents puncture) device. Some micro amp electrical
devices are equipped with brass probe tips (Terry Olson's) designed
to locate and also painlessly stimulate these very small ' buttons'.
Of course an efficient technique is developed only after sufficient
experience has been logged. These ear reflex points can be worked
either alone or in conjunction with the feet and/or the hands
(as in the PMS study).
The probe will slowly become a sensitive extension
of yourself as you continue to gain experience in its many applications.
It is not an instrument of destruction or torture, but a means
of activating health and healing under your control.
placed the shuttle
in your hand:
Somebody who had already
arranged the threads.
Dag Hammarskjold, 1956
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 of reflexology.
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
1060 Morewood Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Fax (412) 268-6357
is what you're
capable of doing.
what you do.
how well you do it.
...... Lee Holz
I see the
can make my DREAM
the JOURNEY begin!!!
USA STATISTIC: The PUBLIC
CITIZENS RESEARCH GROUP reports that 95% of prescription drugs
on the market today are not effective for the conditions they
are prescribed according to the governments own standards.
However, recent Chinese clinical studies have confirmed that
Reflexology is 95% effective (based on 3 categories: very
effective, effective, ineffective) in treating a broad spectrum
of diseases. MIR advocates using Full Spectrum Reflexology
as a PREVENTIVE ... not as a LAST RESORT to cure a chronic