Patricia Morrell, our founder, worked at a very deep spiritual level. Practitioners and patients alike may find that giving and receiving Morrell Reflex Touch enhances their own healing abilities, sometimes buried deeply until Reflex Touch unlocks the key. Many practitioners see the huge impact spiritual healing and knowledge has upon the physical body.
Reflex Touch Therapy, formerly known as Morrell Reflex Touch and Morrell Reflexology, was developed in the 1980s by Patricia Morrell. A successful businesswoman, mother and acclaimed psychic plus years running her own employment agency which involved dealing with people’s problems at a wide level. Patricia first came into contact with Reflexology when she sought treatment for intractable back pain when living in South Wales.
Whilst having, what was for her, a painful but beneficial treatment, Pat received an intuitive ‘message’ that she should learn from her experience of this treatment. She received further intuitive instruction to expand and develop a form of healing therapy that would be painless and more effective. Pat was able to carry out treatments that were far more advanced than the understanding of many conventional Reflexologists.
Pat went on to research and develop her own therapy technique, Morrell Reflexology (Reflex Touch Therapy), and the possibility of using it to diagnose, something that traditional Reflexology had previously not done. Through her links with Dr Nokes, Professor of Forensic Science, and Mr Mackie, a leading surgeon, she was able to run and complete two hospital trials – at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary and the Prince of Wales Hospital, both in South Wales.
In both trials the brief was to provide treatment to post-operative patients recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery that would stabilise blood pressure and offer pain relief. Both trials (one informal, one formal, and both had ethical approval and controlled conditions) produced results that showed Morrell Reflexology to be clinically safe, to balance blood pressure, to reduce the need for pain relief by up to 40%, and for patients to be ready and able for discharge from hospital between 3/5 days earlier than historically expected.
At one stage Pat was invited to take part in an experiment involving the Cardiff under- 21 football team, with Dr Len Nokes and his physiotherapist testing the diagnostic and recuperative capabilities of the therapy – it worked very well. HTV television went on to produce a television documentary on the subject of Pat and Morrell Reflexology. Featuring Professor Len Nokes and Cardiff University statisticians, the documentary showed that Pat was able to correctly diagnose a number of conditions using Morrell Reflexology than would be possible by ‘chance’ alone.
Pat went on to set up a training school in Chepstow, teaching many students Morrell Reflexology and a more recently developed therapy, Aqua Touch. She successfully ran the school until the late 1990s when she retired from teaching and moved to Essex with the intention of continuing to practise the therapy.
When she met Samantha Selby, a recently qualified Reflexologist, and agreed to teach her the technique, Pat was filled with enthusiasm for teaching once again. She decided to set up the Morrell School of Complementary Medicine in Essex. It had become obvious to Pat that the technique had naturally evolved into a therapy in its own right and became a recognised technique listed by The Institute of Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM) and The Complementary Medical Association (CMA).
Joanne Oliver was one of the last students to be taught with Pat in 2005. Joanne, already a practicing herbalist and intuitive natural healer kept in touch with Pat after she retired. Morrell Reflex Touch became very quiet for the next 6 years. However Joanne became fascinated and excited by the results she received with hundreds of clients combining Reflex touch with her knowledge of natural healing and herbal medicine.
From 2010 Joanne was approached to teach Morrell Reflex Touch herself and Pat Morrell gave her full blessing and support including permission to use her original content and maps. Joanne teaches the basic flow exactly as she was originally taught in 2005. Advanced work is based on the thousands of clients she has treated since 2005.
Reflex Touch Therapy is based on the original teaching that Joanne received and also her own (on-going) development of the therapy.