How Metamorphic Touch evolved from Reflexology
At the end of world war two, a British naturopath called Robert St. John discovered a new healing modality which used firm pressure along points on the feet, to bring about wellbeing in the whole body. He trained in Reflexology, and found it incredibly powerful and effective. However, noticing that not all Reflexology maps were the same, he set about creating his own. For this, he used his experience with clients, his intuition, and a pendulum.
The spine expresses the whole of who we are
In the course of his research he discovered that whenever he found a congested area on the foot, the points which corresponded to the spine would also show signs of stress at the same level. This crucial insight led him to change the very nature of his approach, which he started calling Spinal Reflexology. Now he would simply focus on the spinal points for the whole of the session.
All levels of our being are affected
The feedback was impressive, with one intriguing and unexpected result. Out of around 20 clients who received this spinal treatment, half would mention having had feelings about their mothers afterwards. Some reported suddenly missing their mothers. Others felt long surpressed emotions towards them. Some had a new longing to become a mother, whilst still others became aware of resentment around their own role as a mother.
The cells anchor all our patterns
St.John understood that the cells of the body anchor all the energetic patterns which shape who we are. When we touch points on the side of the heel, it evokes all things relating to the mother. He noticed that clients with hard skin there often appeared ungrounded, unable to nurture themselves, or seemed to have unresolved issues with their mums. Some were stuck and not moving forwards in their lives. It was as if somehow, the mother transmission was incomplete.
With these new insights, he understood that the work addressed more than just the body, but now evoked the emotional level as well. Now that he had located the mother point, where was the father point? This he discovered on the side of the first articulation of the big toe. Hard skin there seemed to express unresolved issues with the father and with outside authority, or not having fully taken on one’s own authority.
Father: conception – Mother: birth
St.John also felt that the father point represented the one moment in time when a man participates in the creation of life: conception. The mother point became known as the birth point. The spinal line, that bony ridge that stretches along the inside of the foot, embodies our journey in the womb. This is where we establish the blueprint for our life to come. During gestation, when mother has a shock or stress, it is the beginning of an energy pattern which we will experience as a life challenge or life lesson, a theme which serves to reveal our purpose.
Prenatal Therapy: healing on all levels
St.John now called this work Prenatal Therapy and practitioners abandoned the reflexologist’s firm touch for a much lighter stroke along the spinal line, now referred to as the prenatal line. At times, when they came accross a ‘disturbance’, evidence of a pattern affecting the client, they would send intention, colour and healing.
Manifestations at the top of the foot evoked patterns around the client’s sense of self, limiting beliefs and behavior, and feelings of not belonging. The lower foot reflected patterns around opening to the world, being seen, relating to others and moving forwards. Clients reported amazing changes in their lives. For some, it was greater emotional balance. Others who had been stuck for years suddenly found a way forward. Many manifested love, health, and purpose.
Only your life force can transform you: Metamorphosis
But St.John noticed that whilst dramatic changes were taking place, in some cases the old ways would return. “What can I do to create a permanent shift?” he asked himself, until finally he saw that ‘he’ did not have the power to transform the client, only their own Life Force could bring about permanent transformation. He renamed the work Metamorphosis, and no longer focused on perceived “problem” areas. By uniformly stroking all the points on the feet, hands and head, it allowed the clients innate intelligence to grow them in whatever way was most appropriate.
Metamorphic Technique: touch & detachment
Gaston Saint Pierre, a long term student of St.John’s took the practice one step further. He added the proviso that one should always remain detached and never seek to influence, direct or heal. Just as the seed knows exactly how to grow into what it wants to become, so do we. We seek only a catalyst and a ground free of direction, a free space in which our inner knowing can evolve us. The power of Life within can transform all the places where we have resisted the inner transformational flow that is our true nature.
After training intensively with Gaston Saint-Pierre and teaching all around the world for over a decade I changed the name of the work to Metamorphic Touch to reflect my new insights and new ways of working. Metamorphic Touch is easier to learn, and can be used alongside other modalities.
The simplicity of loving touch
The Metamorphic Touch is as simple as breathing, the touch of grace, a deep trust in the wisdom of Life. People learn to give themselves sessions, to work on children, partners, friends and family. Pregnant women use it to transform so that their unborn child need not repeat the patterns of past generations. Practioners offer this unique catalyst to their clients: not healing, therapy or massage, but a space in which transformation can happen. A Metamorphic session is a Yes to the intelligence of Life and an catalyst to the life force within.
Much love, Dominique
In 2004, I began training in Metamorphic Technique with it's founder, Gaston Saint-Pierre. I became a practitioner, then a teacher in 2006, which led me to run workshops all around the world. I then created Sacred Life Alchemy, the Co-Create with the Field Manifesting Process, and Heart Listening, three profound healing systems to transform your reality into more of what you want. In 2017, I renamed my teaching Metamorphic Touch to reflect the new insights and perspectives I bring to this approach. Metamorphic Touch is a powerful healing modality to transform your life.