The following is an excerpt from Dr. Daniele Lo Rito's Bach Flower Massage,
the only book to our knowledge that deals extensively with how to use flower
essences in a massage or body work practice. It is reprinted with the permission of
the publisher, Healing
Rock Rose is indicated for those who, when faced with difficulties, perceive that they are not
integrated, that the soul is not able to synthesize the spirit with the body. The spirit is seen as
detached from the physical being, and the individual panics. Unable to listen to the advice of others,
she can no longer see or manage to speak, but remains paralysed, with no visible way out of her predicament.
It is indicated for persons who easily fall prey to fears induced by outside agents, for children
panicked by TV coverage of a flood, for example, or for students who freeze during oral exams
and go dumb or are seized by panic during class essays and cannot write a word.
Rock Rose is the remedy of choice for persons suffering from specific and extreme trauma:
a natural catastrophe such as flood or earthquake, accident, or news of terminal illness in
a loved one. It is useful for those having trouble returning to the body after general anaesthesia, for people
in coma, and for individuals who remain disoriented following surgery.
Some points on the body where it is useful to apply Rock Rose during massage or body work:
Bilateral wrist zone: oval area located just below the fold of the wrist on the left
and right arms. Massage: light.
Right hip zone: an area one inch in diameter located over the right hip joint on the horizontal
line passing above the pubis. Massage: light.
Lower right leg zone: rectangular area located on the inside front of the
lower right leg, beginning four finger widths above the upper corner of the inside ankle bone
and extending six finger widths upward and around the shin to end five finger widths past
the midline. Massage: light.
Right foot zone: an area 3/8 inch in diameter on the top of the right foot, located
two finger widths below the bend of the ankle to the inside of the axial line. Massage: light.
In serious or more complicated cases, it is advisable not to massage the skin zone directly
with the flower essences right away, in order to avoid violent therapeutic reaction. It is better
to begin with compresses or daily applications of a cream made with the essence for a week, building up to
an eventual massage.
Note: For another of Dr. Lo Rito's articles, see Olive
in our archives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Daniele Lo Rito, MD, was a practicing physician
before discovering the healing potential of flower essence therapy and
devoting himself to it full time. He is an expert in working with the
body to treat psychological trauma. He practices in Italy.
This article is an excerpt from his excellent guide for the bodyworker, Bach Flower Massage,
©1997 by Daniele Lo Rito. The book contains portraits of the uses of each of the 38 Bach Remedies
and specific application points for their therapeutic usage in
massage and other forms of bodywork. It is reprinted with
permission of the publisher,
Healing Arts Press, an imprint of Inner
Traditions, Rochester, VT 05767.
The World Wide Essence Society does not mean to imply any recommendation of nor give certification to any individuals or companies above. This article is provided purely for informational purposes. We ask consumers to make their own determination as to quality of the services and products offered above. This article is not meant to be advice, and the information is not meant to replace medical or psychological treatment.