Your feet, his feat
Listen to my feet too... I.P.Bahl with his pet dogs at his Gurgaon residence. Photo: R.V. Moorthy.
A FEW days were left for the marriage of young Kishan, a doctor in Delhi. But to the utter shock of all at home, he suddenly developed acute sciatic pain that restricted him to bed. He could neither sit nor stand. Someone suggested Kishan consult "an old man" in Gurgaon for the ailment. And soon, that old man came to see him. Within 20 minutes, Kishan was walking freely!
A miracle, isn't it? But then, 83-year-old I.P. Bahl can relate similar stories of ailments and his instant cure. A doctor from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences was also brought in an ambulance to his Gurgaon house in a similar condition. Bahl relates how he asked him to sit on a sofa but the patient couldn't. He was laid on it with the help of two associates. Twenty minutes of treatment later, he walked up to the ambulance, without any support.
Bahl, Founder President of the All India Association of Acupressure and Reflexology, treated them with foot reflexology, which he defines as a therapy that tells the relationship between feet and the body.
"The foot is the reflex part of the whole body and each organ of the body has a separate reflex point. These reflex points are the repair kit for the body. When these points are pressed, the corresponding pain in the body vanishes, be it cervical spondylitis or any other kind of pain," enlightens Bahl.
Now known as "the pioneer of methodological reflexology", this retired Deputy Controller of Stores from Indian Railways learnt this science in 1987 because he was "destined to learn it". His late wife as he says, "was a volunteer guinea pig for his initial practice/experiments." Soon, his command over the therapy saw a beeline of doctors and others learning from him. Says the veteran lacing it with humour, "I never studied even science to save my life, but now senior doctors are my students. God has been extremely kind to me; maybe His computer has gone wrong somewhere!"
And Bahl is returning this kindness by teaching the skill to students at the Blind Relief Association free of cost, so that "they could find a means for graceful living after they leave the school."
"They have admirable concentration and memory, and are more receptive than their sighted counterparts," he comments. Bahl has so far completed two-month courses with two batches of eight students each, and is now going to start the third one.
Teaching them, he adds, wasn't easy, as it needed two sighted people; one who is being experimented on and another to learn it by seeing. And it also required some reading to learn technical terms. So Bahl divided his huge foot reflexology chart into 13 parts. To make the charts touch-sensitive, he used cords, laces, pulses, buttons, cloth piece and bits of plastics. Now BRA has turned them into Braille diagrams.
But now, age and countless patients have restricted Bahl to examine only "complicated" cases. For others, he sends his students. Bahl also has a book to his credit, titled "Listen To Your Feet", the Hindi version of which is expected to be published by Hind Pocket Books within one month.
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