History of the Metamorphic Technique
Metamorphic Technique has evolved from reflexology, through the work of Robert
St John, a well known naturopath. During the 1960's he discovered
that he could bring about significant changes by using what he termed
"Metamorphosis". He had become dissatisfied
with his general naturopathic practice because he had come to recognise that we create
our own stresses, which then causes our illnesses. His current methods of
treatment did nothing to alter the underlying patterns of internal stresses, and
therefore the results he achieved were temporary.
dissatisfaction with his work led him to explore Reflexology. He noticed that the
reflexology charts were all different, so he decided to do some research for himself. He created his own charts of the reflex points on the feet, as he
had found them. From here here he made the discovery that problems in the body could
be related not only to the reflex points on the feet, but also to
the corresponding area on the spinal reflex points. He
discovered that working the spinal reflex area alone was just as effective as working
the whole foot.
Robert St John began to
look deeper and observe the
psychological effects of his treatments. Whilst working on the heel area, he
noticed a corresponding association within the patient with what he came to call
the mother principle. He found that if there were blocks or imbalances in that
reflects the base of the spine, the sexual organs and the point of birth) then there were
also difficulties with either the relationship between the
patient and her mother, or with the mother principle within the patient herself,
i.e. the ability to express or to receive caring, nurturing and love. The mothering
principle reflects how we have been mothered, how we mother others and how we
mother ourselves, regardless of our sex. It also reflects our ability to be in touch
with reality, to be earthed, to be grounded.
found the mother principle around the heel area, he began to wonder if there was
a father principle. He discovered that if there were blocks on
the area around the first joint of the big toe, he also found corresponding
psychological difficulties with the father principle i.e. with the biological father or
any external authority figures. Later observations showed that this area may
also reflect difficulties
with expressing our own inner authority or fathering qualities, with
acknowledging and enacting our right to
be ourselves and even at a deep level, with accepting our right to be here at all.
recognised these psychological states, Robert St John
realised that there was a psychological map superimposed upon the physical reflex map. He then made
the most significant discovery of all. He found that between the father principle
reflected at the toe and the
mother principle reflected at the heel, lay another map, the time period of our nine months spent in the womb.
is at conception that the father could be said to be most active, as it is only
here that he fully participates in the creation of the incoming life. The
mother also participates at conception, but it is really at the birth that she
plays her most active role in the production of the baby. Between
these two crucial events, we have the gestation period, which in the Metamorphic
Technique is reflected between the areas of the father principle and the mother
principle, i.e. along the side of feet, hands and along the centre of the head. Therefore, when we work with the
Metamorphic Technique, we are actually working on the time structure during which all our
characteristics were primarily established.
Negative patterns we have held since conception onwards e.g. deep-rooted
fear and dread in a child who has
been conceived in rape, emotional patterns of feeling rejected and unwanted in
children born to mothers who have been refused abortions, the
impulsiveness and yet vulnerability and fear of consequences in those
born prematurely, etc., can all be transformed.
amazing claims have been made for this work, but it was one particular lady who
made Robert St. John realised its importance and that it was time for him to
make it public. She came to Robert
St John with her six week old Down's Syndrome
baby daughter. He gave the baby weekly sessions, and taught the mother how to
perform the technique on the baby at home every day. By the end of that
year all her symptoms had gone. The last to disappear were the slight slant of her eyes
and the bump on her neck. The extra chromosome which causes the syndrome had
not gone, but it was no longer operative.
the last 30 years Gaston St. Pierre, who studied extensively with Robert St.
John in the 1970's, has
continued the work which is now known as the Metamorphic Technique. He set up
the Metamorphic Association in London in 1979 to promote the technique
worldwide. He continues to train parents,
practitioners and teachers.
Although the technique itself is very simple,
the philosophy and
principles behind it can be a little more difficult to grasp. This, combined with
the fact that there have not been many teachers may be why the technique is not
as yet as widely known as other modalities. It does however claim some very famous and
inspirational followers, including Diana Cooper (International workshop leader
and author) and also one of the director of the Life Foundation – a wonderful
organisation dedicated to world peace and relief of suffering in war torn areas
through therapies and energy block techniques.
believe that the Metamorphic
Technique is the
choice of the future. When we are a little more ready to
accept the inexplicable, more open to energy medicine and more aware of our
spiritual inheritance and incredible human potential, then the Metamorphic Technique will
be as widespread, accepted and commonplace as
Aromatherapy is now.
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