As a foot zone practitioner, you have probably heard the saying “Intent overrides Technique”. One day I overheard one of our students tell another student that it didn’t matter if she did the foot zone technique properly, or was trigging the foot zone signals in the correct spot, or even really knew anything about anatomy and physiology because “Intent overrides technique”. She felt that all a person has to do is say in one’s mind, “I intend for this person to be whole.” I was shocked! It made me think of the scripture “Faith without works is dead”. We can have the best intentions in the world, but it is not until we put in the work that we see results. What she didn’t realize is that if she is relying strictly on “intent” she would rob herself and her clients of a more powerful foot zone.
Let’s look further into what is “Intent” and what is “Technique”, at least in the Foot Zone World.
“Intent” as a noun is purpose, objective, goal or target. As an adjective, it means to resolve or be determined to do something. Notice it is not a verb (action). It needs work or action to go with it. Spiritual definition; Intent is to see it as your desired goal.
The definition for “Technique” is a way of carrying out a particular task, especially the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure. It is a skill or ability in a particular field. To have an excellent technique is to be proficient, talented and competent. It requires work and practice.
Words that describe “work” are labor, toil, exert, effort, industry, service; And the definition for “work” is to engage in an activity involving mental and/or physical effort to achieve a purpose or result.
A foot zone student’s intent should be to take one’s training seriously and to perfect skills to become a proficient practitioner. This includes learning about all 4 bodies of health; spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. Each Foot Zone Training Program has a unique way for teaching each of these four bodies. And the UFZA has established that one of the main criteria for foot zoning is for a practitioner to know the workings of the human body by studying and having ample understanding of anatomy and physiology.
Although Dr. Charles Ersdal taught the foot zone technique as a physical “technique”, he was also very clear that a practitioner needed to be in great spiritual, emotional, mental and physical condition, because the foot zone is an exchange of one’s energy. And if the practitioner is in a poor place with any of these four bodies of health, it can have an adverse effect on the client because the client has submitted to the practitioner’s energy field as an authority.
What about a foot zone that is done energetically or by proxy? When one preforms a foot zone in this manner it is just as important that the practitioner use technique and skill as much as intent to perform an energetic zone. Once again it is more powerful when you know what you are doing at all times as apposed to just zoning a memorized pattern.
Let’s use other industries as an example of “technique vs. intent”. We would never go to a doctor and have surgery performed if the doctor’s motto was “My intent overrides my technique”. (In other words: “I really don’t know what I am doing because I have not put in the work to studied or perfected my surgical technique and skills, but my intent is that the surgery will go well.”) Oh, my goodness! No! We would expect a surgeon to have great technique and skill. And with that skill he or she would intend to perform surgery for our best outcome. What if he or she did not know exactly how to access your gallbladder and preformed surgery on the wrong side of the body? Would they be successful in removing your gallbladder?
What about a beautician? What if he or she only used intention and not technique to cut hair? What if while you were in the hands of either of these professionals, and you saw that they were constantly referring to their books because they didn’t have the proper knowledge and skills down to preform their job? Would any of us have any confidence in what they were doing?
Can anyone rub our feet and have it feel great? Yes, but if we want a foot zone, we will seek out a professional, someone who obtained the essential training to perform the zone properly. We will choose someone that understands the four bodies of health as well as anatomy and physiology. We will choose someone that knows what they are doing at all times. If we were to ask them, at any point in the foot zone, “What are you doing or working on?” they could answer us with confidence. They could educate us on the functions of the human body. Now, as we all know, we cannot diagnose, prescribe or prognosticate, but we can educate our clients about how an area of the body works and functions, or how emotions affect the human body etc. For example: As a practitioner is working the 12 cranial nerves, if he or she understands the emotions attached to each nerve, as well as the innate function of each nerve, the intent of each cranial signal will be stronger because the practitioner has more information to give to the intent while performing the proper technique on each cranial nerve.
We should constantly be striving to prefect our skills and add to our knowledge. I have been zoning for nearly 12 years and my business partner, Amber Jensen, who was trained by Dr. Charles Ersdal himself, has been zoning for almost 25 years. Yet, we are still striving to learn more and prefect our skills.
Both Amber and I constantly ask ourselves questions that are designed to help us and our students take stock and evaluate how proficient we are as Foot Zone Practitioners.
- “Am I content in my foot zoning skills and technique?”
- “Do I know what I am zoning at all times?”
- “Do I feel like there are some holes or something missing in my foot zone or training?”
- “Do I know enough anatomy and physiology to feel confident to educate my client about how their body functions?”
- “If a client asks me what I am doing at any point in the zone, am I able to give them the correct answer with confidence?”
As professional Foot Zone Practitioners, we want to maintain a high standard of professionalism and let others know our industry is a very viable and powerful technique for helping one’s health to become whole and maintain that wholeness. This is why intention and technique are equal and need to be incorporated together. Each of us has a love for the foot zone, and so much to offer by using our gifts and talents. As each of us continues to learn, we have more to impart to our clients, and to each other. My “intent” for choosing this topic is to hopefully invigorate the mind and heart of the foot zone practitioner to never stop learning, and to always increase their knowledge and “technique” in this industry so that the “intent and technique” of each practitioner is as powerful as can be.
Sharla Pearce, CFZP –Sharla currently serves as the UFZA Historian and is co–‐owner of Wellness Life Zone, Foot Zone Academy, along with Amber Jensen and together are the creators of the Gemi Zone Technique.