Guest PostBy Erin Christine Ockenfels~~Sole Coach
I'm going to get really vulnerable here for a bit. I want to illustrate the power of the feet and their ability to hold on to the pain of our traumas and the miracle of transformation and healing that takes place when someone creates a safe space for us to be heard. This story alone is why I'm so passionate about the work I do.
A year ago January, I called a male friend of mine that I've known for several years for a ride home from a pub. My usual 2 glasses of wine where hitting me harder than normal and it felt safer than calling an Uber. It wasn't. He raped me.
The top picture are my toes 3 days after that incident. They were inflamed, hot to the touch, they literally looked like they were bubbling over with rage, seething....
There's only 8 days between the pictures. It was during those 8 days that I attended several reflexology classes. During one class in particular, (Auriculotherapy, reflexology of the ear) I was asked to contribute my experience about something totally unrelated to this and I just kept saying how angry I felt but couldn't understand why.
My teacher/mentor Cheryl came over to me and somewhat like a playground bully, she began poking at me, egging me on, "Come on Erin, you want to hit me?" Now, Cheryl and I had developed a beautiful rapport over the course of my program so I knew I could trust her fully, even in the midst of this craziness. She grabs a bolster pillow to her midsection and keeps bullying me...the next thing I know I'm up out of my chair punching her with everything I've got, and then I'm kicking at her, screaming, a classroom of students looking on. At this moment I leave my body and am looking on in awe at the situation unfolding around me. I feel so much love and support. I suddenly am aware that I absolutely do not want to hurt this beautiful soul standing strong in my corner. I turn away from her and with my bare feet start kicking the wall. This experience lasts maybe 10 minutes, I don't know.
The bottom picture speaks for itself. This is the very nature of toe reading. Put simply, our toes hold the stories and traumas of our life. According to KC Miller, author of Toe Reading—Are You Walking Your Destined Path? and founder of The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, toe reading was revealed to her over the course of many years through various bodywork and energetic modalities. A trained toe reader is able to discern the patterns showing up in a person’s toes and ask focused, intuitive questions to help each person tap into their own inner knowing to create awareness for them in areas of struggle or confusion in their life. Toe readings have the power to free people from a lifetime of pain and struggle.
To learn more about Erin and toe readings click here.