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Τρίτη, 5 Απριλίου 2016

Adele and reflexology

Then I had reflexology and someone was shining lights on my feet and I was like, ‘This is awkward’.“But when I left I was skipping down the street like I was walking on air.
“So I’m becoming a hippy, I’m going to become a witch.”

Think intrinsic mucles, one more time.

And as my tutor Nico Pauly (MNT-NR) says "if it fires, it wires!".
According to a review published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing several sensory interventions (Reflexology included!!!) appear to have significant effects in patients with dementia.
There were 8 categories of sensory stimulation interventions: music, light therapy, acupressure/reflexology, massage-aromatherapy, and doll therapy/pet therapy/toy therapy, the Sonas program (a multisensory stimulation program involving cognitive, sensory, and social stimulation, including all 5 senses), and Snoezelen therapy.
"It is important that nurses become more aware of the use of sensory stimulation approaches as an integrated part of nursing care since the different sensory stimulation interventions can make a huge difference in a person's life," the authors write. "However, it is important that research on sensory stimulation interventions are of high quality to be able to deliver evidence-based practice within this field."

I stated during my presentation at the recent ICR conference in Sheffield 2015: Since intrinsic muscles are associated with fine movement and with the developement of higher brain centers during developement it is exactly these muscles on which reflexologists work on that have the most potential to alter these brain maps that contain our body image.
It's like formatting your computer, or rebooting your phone.

My presentation titled “Throw away” Energy and Reflexology charts for a while. Let’s have a good look at feet anatomy and the physiology of what we are doing!
by Spiros Dimitrakoulas, Orthopedic Reflexologist (OR)
Here you may find the whole presentation:

Reflexology in Lisburn’s Midwifery Unit

"I would definitely encourage other mums to consider using Lagan Valley Midwifery Unit.
"The unit has such a relaxed home from home feel to it.
"The staff were just fantastic not only to myself but to my husband Matthew and the care that I received was amazing.
"I was also impressed with the alternative therapies available including reflexology which was such a benefit to me during my pregnancy."

Easy ways to ease chronic pain

Reflexology Treatment. Learn it, use it, it helps. The feet and ears are easy to massage and while the specific techniques are more pressing than massaging, do what you can, but use this as a pain treatment.

Δευτέρα, 28 Μαρτίου 2016

Reflexology: Emerging Evidence Points to Health Benefits

She (Gwen Wyatt) also said: “Personally, I have
been privately hired to come to hospital settings for reflexology
for cardiac, stroke, and other health problems, by physician
prescription, with positive outcomes. I see reflexology
becoming a utilized tool anywhere within health care, sports,
dance and work settings where relaxation and/or restoration
are needed.” Wyatt contributed that, in the future, she hopes
to see integrative therapy centers that include reflexology
services become incorporated into hospitals and health care
agencies. “Reflexology is ideal for such integration since
it is noninvasive, and soothing, and has an evidence base,”
Wyatt said.


Another article supporting my hypotheses presented at the recent ICR conference in Sheffield.
I stated during my presentation at the recent ICR conference in Sheffield 2015: Since intrinsic muscles are associated with fine movement and with the developement of higher brain centers during developement it is exactly these muscles on which reflexologists work on that have the most potential to alter these brain maps that contain our body image.
It's like formatting your computer, or rebooting your phone.
My presentation titled “Throw away” Energy and Reflexology charts for a while. Let’s have a good look at feet anatomy and the physiology of what we are doing!
by Spiros Dimitrakoulas, Orthopedic Reflexologist (OR)
Here you may find the whole presentation:…/my-ppt-presentatio…
Reflexology for central nervous system (CNS) sensitization, preprioception, intrinsic (reflexology) muscles
CNS sensitization is the situation where an individual has pain lasting longer than 3-6 months and that can last for years. There is no injured tissue, healing times have surpassed, and thus there are no true noxious stimuli - nociceptive input. A sensitized patient actually feels pain; it is not from the periphery anymore but rather from within the CNS, “it’s in their head”! Due to the presence of pain, a lack of movement will follow with the hope that this strategy will generate less pain. This lack of movement will tend to blur the CNS maps (homunculus) also called sensory motor amnesia SMA. Common areas for SMA are the feet, hip joints and upper thorax. On the basis of experiments, many experts believe that gaps, smudges, or other inaccuracies in the body maps can be a significant contributing factor in many chronic pain conditions, and that fixing these problems is a potential way to cure pain.25
Characteristic of these patients are increased sensitivity to light, touch, noises, pesticides or temperature. Sleep disturbances, swollen feeling, tingling numbness and/or poor concentration have shown to be associated.
Proprioception is the brain’s ability to sense the relative positions and movements of the different body parts. The key to understanding proprioception is the body maps. Each part of the body has a separate area of the brain dedicated to moving and sensing that body part. So, we have feet, and we have virtual feet in the brain – parts of the brain that represent the size, shape and position of the feet. When mechanoreceptors in the feet are stimulated by a mechanical force (reflexologists hands), they send a signal through the nervous system to the part of the brain devoted to sensing that part of the body. Research has found that plantar massage and joint mobilization of the feet and ankles has a positive impact on balance in the elderly. 31
Movements that are most likely to lead to changes in the quality of the maps are movements that are curious, exploratory, novel, interesting, rich in sensory input, slow, gentle, mindful, non-painful. Ingham – small creeping movement. 26

Παρασκευή, 25 Μαρτίου 2016

Johan Cruyff believed in Reflexology

Johan Cruyff passed away, may he rest in peace.
I always found interesting his trust and passion for Reflexology.
Reflexology was a part of his foundation in Spain the reflexologist in charge is Joaquim Muñoz.
At this link you can watch and listen to him speaking about Reflexology.

The foundation information were Reflexology is listed

Τετάρτη, 9 Μαρτίου 2016

Ανακοίνωση Σεμιναρίου Ορθοπεδικής Ρεφλεξολογίας.

"Δεν έχω ανάγκη από συμμετέχοντες, έχω ανάγκη από φιλόδοξους και αφοσιωμένους σπουδαστές."

Σάββατο, 20 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

Τετάρτη, 17 Φεβρουαρίου 2016


...έψαξα να βρω μαντινάδες*
Αυτή την Τετάρτη 24/2/16 θα βρίσκομαι στο Ηράκλειο Κρήτης με αφορμή τις Εβδομάδες Γνώσης (SEMINARWEEKS) του Εκπαιδευτικού Οργανισμού ΙΙΕΚ MORFI και ΚΕ.ΔΙ.ΒΙ.Μ. 1 ΚΕΠΑΝΣΗ.
Στους σπουδαστές αλλά και στους απόφοιτους θα παρουσιάσω δύο ομιλίες.
Η πρώτη θα είναι η ομιλία που έκανα στο Παγκόσμιο Συνέδριο Ρεφλεξολογίας ICR το Σεπτέμβριο του 2015 στο Σέφιλντ, με τίτλο:
"Αφήστε στην άκρη για λίγο την ενέργεια και τους χάρτες Ρεφλεξολογίας.
Ας κοιτάξουμε καλύτερα την ανατομία των ποδιών και την φυσιολογία σε αυτό που κάνουμε."
Η ομιλία αυτή εκπροσωπεί την προσέγγιση της Ορθοπεδικής Ρεφλεξολογίας.
Η δεύτερη ομιλία μου θα είναι ουσιαστικά ένα σεμινάριο/μάθημα όπου θα μας απασχολήσει το νευρικό σύστημα και ο πόνος.
Θα μας δοθεί και η ευκαιρία να σας μιλήσω για την Νεύρο - Ρεφλεξολογία, αλλά και να εξασκηθούμε σε διάφορες πρακτικές τεχνικές για την αντιμετώπιση του πόνου.
Θα χαρώ να δω παλιούς συναδέλφους αλλά και να γνωρίσω νέους.
Οι ενδιαφερόμενοι μπορούν να επικοινωνούν με τον οργανισμό και να κλείνουν τη θέση τους στο σεμινάριο στο τηλ. 2810263833.
*Με αφορμή το ζήτημα του πόνου που θα μας απασχολήσει την Τετάρτη έψαξα να βρω Κρητικές μαντινάδες που να μιλούν για τον πόνο.
Η έρευνα μου με οδήγησε στο συμπέρασμα ότι οι Κρητικοί δεν νιώθουν πόνο, τουλάχιστον "σωματικό πόνο" άξιο μνείας στις μαντινάδες τους.
Το εντυπωσιακό είναι ότι έχουν αρκετές ερωτικές μαντινάδες και οι περισσότερες μιλούν για συναισθηματικό πόνο, τι άλλο θα έκαναν?
Ενημερωτικά, ακριβώς τα ίδια εγκεφαλικά κέντρα που ερμηνεύουν και "νιώθουν" τον σωματικό πόνο ενεργοποιούνται όταν βιώνουμε εμπειρίες συναισθηματικής απόρριψης...
Αυτά από κοντά όμως (φέρτε και τσικουδιά), μέχρι τότε...
Τα μαύρα ρούχα τα φορώ γιατί πονώ και κλαίω
πονώ γιατί σε έχασα κλαίω γιατί δε φταίω.
Σα θες ν' αστράψεις ουρανέ κάνε το σα θα κλαίω
τα βάσανα μην ακουστούν που σαν πονώ θα λέω.
Τρέχω όντε βρέχει να βραχώ ν' αφήσω και το δάκρυ
να ξεχειλίσει μην το δουν στων αμαθιών την άκρη.

Σάββατο, 13 Φεβρουαρίου 2016


Wyatt’s previous research has shown reflexology, a deep pressure technique applied to specific areas of the foot, to be highly effective in managing symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue.
“What we found was after four weekly sessions of reflexology, patients reported a significant decrease in feeling short of breath,” she said. “We also discovered that patients could function better on a daily basis and felt more active.”
During the study, a trained friend or family member will provide both therapies in the homes of more than 300 patients suffering from breast, lung or colon cancer.
“Many caregivers are willing to assist in this way and will be taught by trained providers on what to do when administering both techniques,” Wyatt said. “For example, with reflexology, there’s a check list of 10 steps to follow that ensures specific reflexes are stimulated with the proper amount of pressure and time.”

Ριλαξίνη Relaxin

Pregnancy may increase a woman's foot size, a change that appears to be permanent, according to a new study.
But why?
It's supposed to relax the ligaments in the pelvis among other things, but are there not ligaments in the feet also?
Yes, many actually!
What about the boys, do they have relaxin, and what for?
In men, relaxin is secreted from the prostate gland and can be detected in the semen, but is not generally found in the blood circulation. The role of relaxin in men is less clear. However, there is evidence that it may increase the movement of sperm cells in the semen.
I believe the boys contribute highly in pregnancy by offering generously their relaxin for the first months of pregnancy and when there is no pregnancy they contribute in womens beauty!
There is some evidence that low levels of relaxin may contribute to a condition known as scleroderma, where the skin thickens and hardens. This is caused by the development of fibrosis and scarring on the skin.
Men care about womens beauty...
Extra tip: In 2010 designers came up with a running shoe for women which adapts shape to suit their hormone levels. It was the Asics GEL-KAYANO 16

Cross reflexes, referral areas and diagonal reflexes

We have cross reflexes, we have referral areas and we have diagonal reflexes.
I have discussed these relationships in my presentation of the ICR conference 2015.
Read it here:
Here is a nice article discussing the anatomical relationship in one example of diagonal reflexes.
Piecing It All Together
So what do we know? We know that the right side of the patient’s Gmax is slightly slower in terms of its firing pattern and that this muscle plays a role in the force closure process of the SIJ. This tells us that if the Gmax cannot perform this function of stabilizing the SIJ, then something else will assist in stabilizing the joint. The left latissimus dorsi is the synergist that helps stabilize the right Gmax and, more importantly, the SIJ. As the patient participates in running, every time her right leg contacts the ground and goes through the gait cycle, the left latissimus dorsi is over-contracting. This causes the left scapula to depress, and the muscles that resist the downward depressive pull will be the upper trapezius and the levator scapulae. Subsequently, these muscles start to fatigue; for the patient in question, this occurs at approximately four miles, at which point she feels pain in her left superior scapula.

Fascia and Reflexology

It gives me great satisfaction and pleasure to read articles like this one "Fascia and Reflexology" that support one of the reasons Reflexology is an effective modality for the whole.
I am also proud that key elements of this article have been also presented through the Orthopedic Reflexology approach.
The feet are a whole old world, it is waiting to be discovered and in our Orthopedic Reflexology training we will rediscover this world.

According to Julie Day, a physiotherapist working with the Stecco group in Italy: “The fact that the superficial fascia and the deep fascia almost fuse together in the soles of the feet and the palms of the hand could be an explanation for why working deeply in these areas, as in reflexology, can affect areas that are distant from the area we work on.” Julie said that she had often used plantar reflexology in the past and but, at that time, had not found any plausible anatomical explanations for its effectiveness. Reflexology is a relatively easy technique to learn and it can either be incorporated within a massage session or as a specific session apart.
According to Dr. Ida Rolf in “Rolfing and Physical Reality”: “The meridian points and reflex points in the feet are most likely end-points of myofascial strain, the result of imbalance which transmits its difficulty in compensating pattern through the body to the surface. Fascial planes may be the route of mechanical transmission of pain.” She also mentioned “Foot reflexes are peaks of strains. They are nothing mystical; they are where strain goes in the foot. If you are relieving strain above the reflex points (for example in the ankle and shin) you will relieve those points of strain in the sole of the foot. When a weight goes down and dies in some place, it becomes a reflex point.” And “I think that many if not all reflex points in the foot are simply points where gravitational strain inserts and comes together. They are the end of the line we call balance”
In most parts of the body, the superficial fascia is an elastic connective tissue layer surrounded above and below by adipose tissue. However at the palm and sole of the foot, the skin is tightly bound to the underlying tissues to prevent or restrict movement (Figure 2) . If movements were allowed to occur here within fascial planes, then the hands or feet would not been able to have a firm grip. The retinacula of the retinacula cutis layers in the palms and soles are much thicker. They bind the superficial fascia to the deep fascia and adipose tissue is sparse beneath the skin. It is even absent at the finger creases on the palmar sides of the interphalangeal joints, so that the skin immediately covers fascial tendon sheaths (Benjamin, 2009). See also Figure 2 and Figure 3 of Mike Benjamin’s article The fascia of the limbs and back . (The article also provides a thorough anatomical view of the fascia of the hands and feet). Pavan et al. (2011) studied the mechanical properties of the plantar aponeurosis.

Qi Blood TCM and Western Anatomy/Physiology

I love coincidences, do you?
...ohhh and it seems that the Chinese are right again...!
Qi "lives", is transported through blood...
"it is at the extremities (Jing-Well points) that the Qi changes direction" (TCM theory)
Curiously, however, the perforating veins in the foot lack valves and thus do allow bidirectional flow. (Western anatomy/physiology)
The direction of flow in the 5 Shu-Point theory
is not as important as the quality of energy described at each of the points. The Jing-Well points, for example, are situated on the tips of the fingers or toes, where there is little flesh. The Qi here is shallow and narrow, yet
dynamic, pouring forth like a spring or a well. The volatility of the Qi at these points is emphasised by the fact that in the theory of the circulation of the 12 channels,
it is at the extremities (Jing-Well points) that the Qi
changes direction and where Yin and Yang channels
transform into each other.
Curiously, however, the perforating veins in the foot lack valves and thus do allow bidirectional flow. According to Meissner et al. (2007), the calf muscle pump is the most significant and has the largest capacitance, but is primed by muscle pumps in the foot.

Τετάρτη, 27 Ιανουαρίου 2016

Φιλόστρατος και η χρήση της σκόνης στην Ιπποκρατική Ανάτριψη

Η συμβολή του Φιλόστρατου (220 - 230 μ.χ.)...
"Από τα είδη άμμου, η αργιλώδης μπορεί να καθαρίσει και να απαλλάξει όσο χρειάζεται από τα περιττά, η οστρακώδης είναι ικανή να ανοίξει τους πόρους που είναι κλειστοί και να αφήσει τον ιδρώτα να τρέξει, η ασφαλτώδης να ζεστάνει τα μέλη που έχουν πάθει ψύξη, ενώ η μαύρη και ξανθή άμμος, σαν το χώμα και οι δύο, είναι ότι πρέπει για να μαλάξουν ένα σκληρό μέλος και να το θρέψουν.
Συγκεκριμένα , η ξανθή σκόνη δίνει στιλπνότητα στο σώμα και όμορφη εμφάνιση, όταν καλύπτει το δυνατό και γυμνασμένο σώμα.
Η σκόνη πρέπει να σκορπίζεται πάνω στο σώμα με χαλαρό τον καρπό και ανοιχτά τα δάχτυλα, για να το ραίνει ελαφρώς μάλλον παρά να το πασπαλίζει, έτσι ώστε να πέφτει πάνω στον αθλητή μόνο η λεπτή σκόνη."
Φιλόστρατος Γυμναστικός 56
56. La poussière boueuse est capable de déterger et de mettre dans un état moyen ceux qui se trouvent dans un état exagéré; la poussière des poteries est capable d’ouvrir les pores et de faire transpirer les parties obstruées; la poussière bitumineuse réchauffe légèrement les parties refroidies; la poussière noire et la jaune sont toutes deux terreuses et bonnes pour malaxer et favoriser la nutrition; la poussière jaune rend aussi les athlètes brillants et agréables à voir, comme s’ils avaient un corps issu de bonne race et bien soigné. On appliquera la poussière avec un poignet souple, les doigts étant écartés, en aspergeant plutôt qu’en saupoudrant, afin que la poussière la plus fine tombe sur l’athlète.
56. Κόνις δὲ ἡ μὲν πηλώδης, ἱκανὴ ἀποῤῥύψαι καὶ ξυμμετρίαν δοῦναι τοῖς περιττοῖς· ἡ δὲ ὀστρακώδης ἀνοῖξαί τε ἐπιτηδεία, καὶ ἐς ἱδρῶτα ἀγαγεῖν τὰ μεμυκότα· ἡ δὲ ἀσφαλτώδης ὑποθάλπειν τὰ ἐπεψυγμένα. Μέλαινα δὲ καὶ ξανθὴ κόνις, γεώδεις μὲν ἄμφω, καὶ ἀγαθαὶ μαλάξαι τε καὶ ὑποθρέψαι· ἡ δὲ ξανθὴ κόνις καὶ στιλπνοὺς ἐργάζεται, καὶ ἡδίους ἰδεῖν, ὥσπερ εἰ γενναίῳ τε καὶ ἠσκημένῳ σώματι. Ἐπισκεδαννύναι δὲ χρὴ τὴν κόνιν ὑγρῷ τῷ καρπῷ καὶ διεστῶσι τοῖς δακτύλοις διαῤῥαίνοντα μᾶλλον ἢ ἐπιπάττοντα, ἵν´ ἐς τὸν ἀθλητὴν ἡ ἄχνη πίπτῃ.

Ελαιόλαδο και κηραλοιφές!

To ελαιόλαδο και οι κηραλοιφές τις χαρακτηρίζουν το στοιχείο της "φωτιάς".
Στους αθλητές (και στους μη αθλητές) θα μάθουμε να τις χρησιμοποιούμε προς όφελος τους.
Στο ιστορικό σύγγραμμα Κύρου Ανάβασις του Ξενοφώντα διαβάζουμε ένα πολύ ωραίο παράδειγμα.
"Ξύπνησαν οι στρατιώτες ένα πρωινό όπου είχε προηγηθεί έντονη χιονόπτωση τη νύχτα. Οι στρατιώτες που ξύπνησαν μέσα στο χιόνι άρχισαν να γκρινιάζουν, ο Ξενοφώντας άρχισε να σκίζει ξύλα για να ανάψει φωτιά, και τότε παραδειγματίστηκαν οι στρατιώτες και άλλοι άρχισαν και εκείνοι να σκίζουν ξύλα και άλλοι να αλείφονται με λάδι και λίπος ώστε να ζεσταθούν."
Ξενοφών 4ο βιβλίο 4ο κεφάλαιο 11

Να πούμε εδώ ότι και ο Πλάτων στο διάλογο Μενέξενο 238a μας περιγράφει πως το ελαιόλαδο είναι αναλγητικό (πόνων αρωγή)!

Παρασκευή, 15 Ιανουαρίου 2016

NICE are planning to remove Complementary Therapies from their guidelines.

 3,258 supporters have signed the petition up until now, with over 10.000 reflexologists in the UK this is not showing concern, is it?

NICE (the National Institute For Health & Care Excellence), are planning to
remove Complementary Therapies from their guidelines.
Wendy Finke PRM (Professional Reflexology Chair) says "Very early in my career as a Reflexologist I had the privilege to be asked to treat the mother of a friend who was suffering terminal cancer. There is no doubt in my mind that the treatments helped enormously, she told me that the only time she was pain free was on the days that I treated her. Because of this her quality of life was enhanced"

Most people have known a friend or family member who has or is suffering from cancer.

Please stop their chance of benefiting from Complementary Therapy being taken away from them.

Τετάρτη, 13 Ιανουαρίου 2016

Σεμινάριο Ιπποκρατικής Ανάτριψης στον Πανελλήνιο

Έναρξη σεμιναρίου Ιπποκρατικής Ανάτριψης στον Πανελλήνιο (Αθήνα, Κυψέλη)
Οι αρχές του Ιπποκράτη, Γαληνού και άλλων σχετικά με την τέχνη της Ανάτριψης εφαρμόστηκαν στα γυμναστήρια της αρχαίας Ελλάδος και σε εκείνα της Ρωμαϊκής αυτοκρατορίας.
Αυτή τη φορά θα ακολουθήσουμε στην εκπαίδευση μας αυτό το δρόμο.
Οδηγός μας θα είναι η γνώση που μας έχουν κληροδοτήσει οι Έλληνες πρόγονοι μας.
Εμείς θα εστιάσουμε στην ευεξία και υγεία των αθλητών, θα αποτελέσουμε το συμπληρωματικό εργαλείο της υπάρχουσας Ιατρικής ομάδας του συλλόγου.
Και αν αυτό είναι αρκετό θα απολαύσουμε επιδόσεις και τη νίκη!
Τιμή και δόξα στους αθλητές!
Για πληροφορίες καλέστε με στο 6936163040,
στην σχολή Natural Health Science 210.9837344
και στο σύνδεσμο…
Η εγγραφή σας θα πραγματοποιηθεί στην σχολή NHS και όλα τα μαθήματα θα πραγματοποιηθούν στο γήπεδο του Πανελληνίου (Κυψέλη), κάθε Δευτέρα 16:00μμ έως 20:00μμ.
Ο ελάχιστος αριθμός συμμετεχόντων στο σεμινάριο ορίζεται στα 10 άτομα.
Ξεκινάμε 25 Ιανουαρίου.

Κυριακή, 10 Ιανουαρίου 2016

Right side VS left side of the body.

The right side of the body is considered masculine and the left side feminine? Who began this theory?

Hippocrates did!

The left side of our brain controls our masculine, analytical aspects so it represents our logical mind, our mental drive and our physically active side. This is reflected in the right side of our bodies.

The right side of our brains controls our feminine, creative aspects so it represents the creative and emotional side of our personality. This is reflected in the left side of our bodies.

38. If, in a woman pregnant with twins, either of her breasts lose its fullness, she will part with one of her children; and if it be the right breast which becomes slender, it will be the male child, or if the left, the female.
Aphorisms Part 5.

"Nothing is as healing as the human touch". Bobby Fischer

Ο σκακιστής Μπόμπι Φίσερ - Bobby Fischer το 1972 κέρδισε τον Μπορίς Σπάσκι στο Ρέικιαβικ της
Ισλανδίας στον αγώνα σκακιού που ονομάστηκε “Match of the Century”.
Ήταν εκκεντρικός, παρανοϊκός, θυμωμένος και ένιωθε άβολα με την αναγνωρισιμότητα που συνόδευε τα πρόωρα κατορθώματα του.
Προς το τέλος της ζωής του μας παρέδωσε ένα απόσταγμα γνώσης και ουσίας, μάλλον επειδή εκείνος το στερήθηκε πολύ.
Σύμφωνα με τον Ψυχίατρο Μάγκνους Σκούλασον - Magnús Skúlason ο οποίος είχε περάσει ένα ολόκληρο βράδυ στο πλευρό του...
"Κάποτε, προς το ξημέρωμα, ξύπνησε και είπε ότι πονάνε τα πόδια του και μου ζήτησε να τα μαλάξω. Εγώ προσπάθησα πολύ, και τότε ήταν που είπε τα τελευταία λόγια του σε μένα και από όσο γνωρίζω, σε οποιονδήποτε.
Ανταποκρινόμενος στα χέρια μου που ήταν στα πόδια του μου είπε,
"Τίποτα δεν είναι τόσο ανακουφιστικό όσο το ανθρώπινο άγγιγμα".
Ο Σκούλασον, ο οποίος πίστευε ότι το ανθρώπινο άγγιγμα ήταν κάτι το οποίο λαχταρούσε ο Φίσερ όλη του τη ζωή, μου είπε ότι είχε εκπλαγεί από το πόσο του έλειπε ο Φίσερ τώρα που είχε φύγει. Ο ψυχίατρος δυσκολευόταν να αναφέρει ότι παρά τις τυραννικές τάσεις του, ο ιδιοφυής ερημίτης μπορούσε μερικές φορές να εκπέμψει τρομερή ζεστασιά. Όλοι σε όσους μίλησα στην Ισλανδία οι οποίοι τον είχαν γνωρίσει είπαν το ίδιο πράγμα.
Just before Fischer died, Skulason spent an entire night by his bedside. "Once, towards dawn, he woke up and said his feet ached and asked if I could massage them. I tried my best, and it was then he said his last words to me and, as far as I know, to anybody. Responding to my hands on his feet he said, "Nothing is as healing as the human touch".
Skulason, who said he believed the human touch was something Fischer had craved all his life, told me he was surprised at how much he missed Fischer now he was gone. The psychiatrist was at pains to note that, for all his tyrannical tendencies, the hermitic genius could sometimes exude great warmth. All those I spoke to in Iceland who had known him said the same thing.