Reflexology Event – THE Check List

October 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Articles by Wendy

When you’re just starting out in reflexology, this is a great way to hone your skills and build your client base…

Offer your reflexology at a conference, a corporate event or a health fair.

There are plenty of people there who want your service, but you’ll be wasting your time if you don’t plan ahead.

Early in my career, I did lots of these events, and I still have a handful of clients who have come to see me ever since.

It took me a lot of trial and error before I came up with a checklist. If you forget any of these items, you do so at your own peril.

I gathered all the materials I needed and kept them in a “kit” by my door.

When the phone would ring, I’d just need the time and location. And, then when I was about to leave for the event, I’d grab my case and would rest assured that I had everything I need.

You need to talk to the organizers to find out what they want you to do, whether it’s: 5 minute, 15 minute or 30 minute (etc.) sessions. Find out how long you’ll be working and then divide the session minutes by the length of the day and that’s the maximum number of sessions you can do.

Rest up the night before, it might be a long day.

Here’s my fail-safe “event check list”:

1. Fill a small pump bottle with your favorite lotion – no need to take the jumbo size – unless you’re working on a small army.

2. Take rubber or latex gloves – the kind you can get at the drugstore – and put as many pairs as you think you’ll need. You’ll need the gloves if there’s no hand washing facilities nearby. There will always be a bathroom, but sometimes it’s so far away, and for 10 minute sessions, a 15 minute hand washing break is not going to work between each guest.

3. Have a hand sanitizer packed. There are times when you’ll want to use it, so have a small bottle ready.

4. Bring your business cards! Oh how many times did I go without them and would kick myself all the way home. You can print your own with on “Avery Business Card” paper you can buy at Staples. Or, you can go to www.VistaPrint.com and get 250 business cards for free. Just make sure you order these at least a week in advance… rush orders are not free.

5. Have a sign in sheet. This is maybe the most important thing you pack! You want people to sign in so you can them if they give you permission. How do you get permission? Ask them. Tell them to call you if they have any questions or tell them “I’ll give you a call or send you a card with some reflexology follow up information… if that’s that okay?”

6. Have some tissues and/or paper towels handy. You never know when you’ll need to clean up a lotion spill or remove some “sock bunnies” from the toes or blow your nose. You might even offer a tissue to your client if your fabulous “sinus magic” techniques produce the desired effects.

7. Have a pillow-board or a small “boogie-board” (the small version of the kind of foam board you use for floating in the pool). You’ll need something to put over your knees unless you want to lug a big table or chair there and back.

8. Carry a clip board and some pens. Make it easy for them to give you their contact information.

9. Have your schedule ready for additional sessions.

10. Don’t forget to bring some gift certificates. One year I did more business with gifts than with follow-ups. Mention the next significant holiday…

In addition:

– Don’t forget – the magic is in the details

Be attentive and listen for what your clients needs.

– Be clear about your reflex location.

Never work beyond your client’s pain threshold.

– Even in a crowd, hold the healing space as sacred.

Enjoy your wonderful reflexology skills.

Wendy Coad – Online health and reflexology expert and the “Reflexology Professor” publishes the popular “Reflexology Secrets, Tips and Techniques” weekly email newsletter to subscribers from around the world. If you’re ready to enjoy health, express creativity, gain knowledge and skyrocket your reflexology or holistic health career, get your FREE tips now at http://www.ReflexologyProf.com and join us at the top right corner.

To your reflexology success –

Reflex, Live Long and Prosper,

Creator of the Mega Reflexology Training

“THE FOOT FACTOR PROGRAM”

Reflexology and Hammer Toes

October 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Reflexology Tips

In reflexology, my attention is focused on the whole body and not just the foot, but a lot of people suffer from foot pathologies that are hard to miss.

One such foot problem is hammer toe, so if you or your clients are suffering from hammer toe syndrome, this article is for you. I’ll guide you through the problem and also suggest ways to help with the symptoms.

What are hammer toes?

Hammer toes are a relatively common problem in which one or more of the smaller toes become unnaturally bent at the first joint nearest the long bones of the foot (proximal interphalangeal joint). This can become quite painful and gradually it might result in other problems like corns and even bursitis.

One of the causes of this deformity might be hereditary, but if this were truly the case, the hammer toe would probably have been there since childhood. More likely the cause is the accumulation of years of a different type of condition – the one we create ourselves known as… tight fitting shoes!

There are other causes that might lead to hammer toe such as arthritis or excessively arched feet. Generally more women are found with the problem than men, but women tend to wear tighter shoes with raised heels which will, in addition, create a gripping action with the toes and thereby bending them further. Personally, I think that the wrong shoe fit is a major cause of the problem.

How it affects people?

Because many people will have the problem over a period of time without any discomfort it usually isn’t even noticed until it’s too late – and by then the damage is already done. Once there, a hammer toe can cause pain and discomfort, make walking uncomfortable and make shoes harder to fit.

How to get rid of hammer toes.

The best solution is to avoid wearing tight shoes. Go for perfect fit so that you’re comfortable and don’t have to face the issue of having hammer toes. But, I’ve had clients actually tell me that they won’t give up their tight, sky-high-heeled shoes – to which I’ve (half-joking) said, “…and that’s why there are jobs for reflexologists.”

One way to correct the problem is to go for a surgery which is effective but it is definitely not the only solution.

There are several exercises that may help to reduce the symptoms such as:

stretch the toes manually. This is where many of our reflexology relaxation techniques such as toe rotations, and the reflexology thumb and finger walking techniques as applied to the toes can help to relax them – all while addressing the powerful reflexes that are found in the toes.

place a towel on the floor and use just the toes to bunch it up, pull it towards yourself or pick it up. This is thought to straighten and strengthen the toes.

– although there are commercial aides, like little bandages or braces, that you can find to help keep the toes straighter, there’re not nearly as effective as avoiding the problem in the first place.

In the end the benefits of all efforts, including reflexology, may be temporary if the foot is put back into too narrow or small a shoe. And, some people will even have a problem in the opposite direction – shoes that are too big. If they aren’t a lace-up shoe the foot will slide into the end of the shoe with every step and cause the hammer toe to be reinforced as well.

Prevention is the best medicine so get into some good shoes and give your toes a break before they break you.

Enjoy your wonderful reflexology skills.

Wendy Coad – Online health and reflexology expert and the “Reflexology Professor” publishes the popular “Reflexology Secrets, Tips and Techniques” weekly email newsletter to subscribers from around the world. If you’re ready to enjoy health, express creativity, gain knowledge and skyrocket your reflexology or holistic health career, get your FREE tips now at http://www.ReflexologyProf.com and join us at the top right corner.

To your reflexology success –

Reflex, Live Long and Prosper,

Creator of the Mega Reflexology Training

“THE FOOT FACTOR PROGRAM”