All the Answers (or, Just About All of Them)

February 27, 2012 by  
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The other day I told you about one of my favorite books, “The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook”, by Clair Davies. I have 3 copies of the book because I use it often and don’t want to always have to carry it with me in case I need it. Yes, it’s that useful.

Well, move over Clair Davies, there’s a new book in town.

It happened recently when Martha, a former student and colleague, slid a package across the table at the coffee shop and said, “I think you’ll like this”.

I opened the wrapping and found a book.

I looked at it as Martha explained how fascinating the material was and how much she’d learned reading it.

It’s not that I don’t like reading. I read all the time, but it’s mostly manuals and workbooks on reflexology and bodywork. This book had no maps, and for a moment I thought that it would be hard for me to find the time.

Well, the time came on a recent trip. I was going to New York City to graduate my latest and greatest, a legion of brand new Foot Reflexologists.

I consider myself to be the Johnny Appleseed of reflexology. Since I only have two hands and there are only so many hours in a day, my mission is to teach others – like planting seeds so that the world will one day have reflexology sprouting at every corner.

Up at 3am to catch the 6am flight, I thought – this book doesn’t stand a chance against the nap that I feel coming on right now.

I should have known better. Martha is a very thoughtful person – as in both – kind and deep thinking. She wouldn’t give me a book that wasn’t the kind that would answer all the questions to the universe.

At least that’s what I now think, because this book does that. (Okay, I may exaggerate… but only a little.)

In addition to giving the answers to what makes us tick… if you want to know what reflexology can do, how reflexology can help, why we find reflexology so beneficial, not just to our clients but to ourselves (as in when we give a session, we get a session), I highly recommend this book. I’m not quite finished it, but so far it seems like it does, in fact, have all the answers.

Not only did it keep me awake as the airplane droned through the sky at 6am, 7am and 8am, but I read it in the cab and on the street until I got to my office door. I can’t wait to finish it because then I can start to read it again.

The book is “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge, MD. You can go to your favorite bookstore or book site or click here to go to Amazon.com

Thanks Martha.

© Wendy Coad

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.

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“THE FOOT FACTOR PROGRAM”

Flat Foot Boogie

February 22, 2012 by  
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Dear Wendy,

When and if you get a moment could you say something to me about fallen arches (…the left one).

… discovered it was the author of that whole on-going adventure in December with my.. knee. Is there hope?

– Barry

Hi Barry,

Glad to hear that the mystery is solved, sorry about your foot though.

I knew someone with flat feet who got his arches back through exercise. As I recall the exercise centered around toning the “tibialis anterior” (toe raises) and lengthening the “peroneous longus” (rolling onto the outside of your feet).

There’s a lot implicated in fallen arches. Bones cannot stay in or out of place without the help of the ligaments, tendons and muscles that surround them.

Ligaments, once overstretched don’t often go back to their original length, tendons maybe a little bit, but muscles have a lot of potential because of their elasticity.

I think that’s your best bet – exercises and also check for trigger points in the “peroneus longus” which is along the outside (lateral side) of your calf.

He did say that this was a daily exercise an that his arch stayed intact throughout the day, but if he had a particularly long day on his feet that his arches would again be flat by the time he got home in the evening. He did swear by this technique though.

If you don’t already have Clair Davies book “The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook” – time to get it, along with a tennis ball.

Also, if the [person] that helped you discover this problem is a physical therapist or kinesiologist, get them to help you with the whole picture. You can see that there might be other issues further up the system.

In my opinion, there’s definitely some work that can be done here to reduce the effects.

Best,

Wendy

I didn’t go into detail in my response, but the “peroneus longus” and the “tibialis anterior” both attach to the base of the 1st metatarsal and come from different directions.

They come together they form a “stirrup” on the plantar arch that helps support the integrety of it’s structure.

As my reflexology client, of course I’d be mostly curious about his digestive system and if there have been any change in patterns there.

© Wendy Coad

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.

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Reflex, Live Long and Prosper,

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“THE FOOT FACTOR PROGRAM”

“Reflexology Booster”

February 16, 2012 by  
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This is an illustration of one student’s experience, reported after the 2011 Reflexology and Gemstone Therapy workshop.

Case Study – Gemstone Healing

Right after I took the Gemstone class I worked on a reflexology client I had been seeing regularly for diabetes control and stress.

This client is not on medication but he strictly adheres to a diabetes prescribed diet. Despite that, his feet were always ice cold even after I did an hour of reflexology on him.

I had two large citrine crystals which are recommended for diabetes. I put one in the center of the mandala we had done in class and surrounded it with stones for stress reduction.

The other crystal I gave to the client to hold in his left hand and put a malachite stone, good for stress reduction, in his right hand.

I worked for a half hour on his left foot. As I was moving to his right foot my arm brushed against his left hallux [big toe] and I noticed it was extremely warm.

This was in marked contrast to the other times I had worked on him when as I stated, his feet always remained cold. I worked on the right foot for an equal amount of time but at the end of the session that foot remained cool, though not as col d as previous sessions.

To conclude, the foot on the side where the citrine stone was held was markedly warmer than ever before while the other foot, on the side with the stress stone was not as cold as previously, which I ascribe to the effect of the mandala, but nowhere near as warm as the left foot.

Since then, whenever I give a reflexology session to this client I put a citrine crystal in each hand. Both his feet respond to this and in fact, the normal every-day temperature of his feet has dramatically improved.

– Lili H.

Nice work Lili!
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”

Can I Call Myself an Expert?

February 6, 2012 by  
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Over and over again I hear from my students “I’m not sure I’m good enough yet to…..”

You can pretty much fill in the blanks:

…really help people

…charge much for my sessions (it doesn’t matter what the amount is, you know it’s not about that).

…set up a professional practice.

These are people afraid to step outside of their comfort zone because they think….

Yep, another “fill in the blank”___________.

What’s important here is that they think it.

Okay, while you’re waiting for something to happen – another degree, another certification, a blessing from the universe, recognition from whomever, you’re wasting valuable time.

Stay with me on this: Your attitude here is what’s keeping you from moving forward and adding unnecessary stress to your life!

No matter what level you’re at, and I mean this, in fact I tell all my students, there are still plenty of people who need exactly what you do at exactly the level you currently do it.

Now repeat this 7 – 10 times because that’s a very real statistic. It’s how many times a person has to be told something before they even begin to hear it.

But I’ll give that one topic it’s own article.

Now, it’s VERY important, I repeat, it is VERY IMPORTANT to know that you are the expert in what you do if you know more than the other person in the room.

And you do. You’ve trained and if you’ve been trained by me, you’re darn good. Most of you come out of the program with extraordinary skills.

How do I know that? Because I taught you and I’m an expert. So you can claim your expertness by association. I mean that.

Once you get over whatever is holding you back, you will find that claiming your expertise will get you more respect, get media attention, get paid more, and there will be less resistance to following your recommendations and the price that you ask.

And, you’re worth it.

Don’t wait for your client to tell you about your range of expert qualities. You need to act it as if it were true. And remember, it is!

Okay, now how many of you had a doubt there, just then. What was your “script” telling you? Was it saying, no, it “ain’t” true. What does she know….

A very wise homeopath, who made tons of money and whom everybody loved once told me, “Well Wendy, sometimes you just have to ‘fake it ‘til you make it”.

Now he was my homeopath and I was paying him a ton of money and I loved him, and I truly believe that he helped me a great deal, but I wish he hadn’t been the one to tell me that. But, IT WAS TRUE – AND THAT ALONE WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY I EVER PAID HIM.

My point is that everyone, no matter how knowledgeable, has some idea about their shortcomings. This is not what you want to highlight. Focus on the fact that you know plenty and instead of waiting for someone else to tell you, you want to know it yourself from inside.

Hear me now: You do not need anybody’s permission to believe you’re the best at what you do! In fact, here are a few things I inform my students if they are expressing doubt about their “qualifications” to do reflexology and charge well for it.

In the eyes of your clients, customers, and the media, you can call yourself an expert if you can answer yes to these questions…

1. Do I Know More About Reflexology Than You do?

Yes, yes and yes, you’re going to know more. Do you know everything? No, but nobody does and there are at least a couple of BILLION people who know a whole lot less than you.

When I first created my training program, I wouldn’t say I was an expert in reflexology. But by studying reflexology in depth to work with my own clients and then to share that information with my students, I’ve narrowed it down to a science and now I can share this great information with anyone who wants to hear it.

You can make a good living just helping people remember what they already know about their health issues. Remember they’re always going to be the expert on their body and they already have a lifetime of trying things out.

And something has worked better than anything else. How about asking what has helped them in the past and get them back on the path… along with all the stress relieving benefits of your fabulous reflexology.

(See – You didn’t have to be the encyclopedia on the topic of their health, just a good listener.)

All you need to know is about your reflexology.

2. Have I Done What I’m Telling Others to Do?

Every one of my students has a story about reflexology. I do too (another article). You simply CANNOT go through the whole program without reflexology changing your life in a positive way.

You’ve experience the before and after of reflexology.

You’ve known someone in class who had a breakthrough and acknowledged that reflexology was instrumental, if not the one thing, in supporting that positive change.
You’ve even received reflexolo gy from people who weren’t that well trained (remember your fellow students in the beginning of the program) but none of you quit because your partner wasn’t up to speed. In fact you still had improvements and breakthroughs and moments of pure bliss. Your body never forgets and somewhere behind there your mind knows this too.

If you’re not getting regular reflexology sessions and paying for them then you’re giving a “do as I say and not as I do” qualifier. It’s no wonder if you’re feeling insecure.

Be it once a week, once a month or twice a year, you must “research the field” and do your own homework. It’ll reinforce how good you are and it can teach you a few new techniques that’ll make you even better.

3. Did I Tell You I’m An Expert?

Well, if you didn’t, then how are they going to know? Is someone else going to come along and tell them? Mom perhaps?

Remember that Muhammad Ali became known as “The Greatest” because he himself said it was so? Yes, and — he kept saying it, and eventually everyone else did to! I imagine he believes it to his very core (and I believe it too) and that was how he laid the track that the universe delivered on.

Here’s the Bottom Line… It’s up to YOU.

Don’t forget, your clients, and customers will virtually always accept the position that YOU choose, it’s the one you choose for yourself and present to others.

Never lie, and don’t claim to be what you’re obviously not, but….

There are still plenty of people (and I mean no end to the supply) who don’t have the skills you do and who need exactly what you have to offer at exactly the level you are currently at.

Trust me on this one.

And remember, ALWAYS PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD.

© Wendy Coad

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“THE FOOT FACTOR PROGRAM”

Airplane Reflexology

February 6, 2012 by  
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Here’s my favorite ”5-Step Airplane Reflexology Sequence”. I use it and it helps every time:

1. First, get a glass or bottle of water from the stewardess and settle in. Dehydration is one of the main factors contributing to airplane discomfort and jet lag! My favorite seats on an airplane are the aisles because I continually drink liquids (especially important on long flights).

2. Carry a small bottle of lotion (less than 3 ounces so I can take it through security). Take out the lotion and apply a small amount to the hands as part of the “warm-ups”. I work the lotion onto the dorsum, up the forearm, between the fingers and into the webs. This alone will get the blood flowing.

3. Next, work the fingers with alternating thumb and finger walking – like a pinching motion on either side of the digit. I prefer working from tip to base, again to support the “venous” return. I detail the area around the nails and finger tips.

4. Starting on the palm, thumb-walk in any direction – the one that has the most ease. I’ll definitely work more on the reflexes to the immune system; spleen, thymus and lymph (both axillary and groin) reflexes.

5. Last but not least, the dorsum. I work with a one finger-walk technique around the knuckles and then combine several fingers to “walk” the last few passes across the metacarpals an up the wrist.

Finish it up with a cradling of each finger in the opposite palm. This technique is used as a calming sequence for all the digits. To end, I hold the solar plexus points.

In the past, I’ve written about giving a woman, who was sitting next to me on a plane having a debilitating PMS attack, a soothing hand reflexology session. (You can go to my reflexology blog www.ReflexologySuccess.com to find the article and others that are archived there.)

I must confess that I’ve even given myself a foot reflexology session (working through my socks) while flying the friendly skies. Not to be done by the very shy – it did generate some lively interest from my fellow passengers. One person said that they’d become a client if they lived closer to me and all the stewardesses swooned each time they passed by.

(I too became the client of reflexologist who was giving someone foot reflexology in the public mineral-water pool at a national park. Talk about a great way to demonstrate your skills, I booked a session with her on the spot and go back regularly when I’m in the area.)

Once the plane reaches its cruising speed and the computers come out, I often look around at the business people with their laptops open, crunching the numbers as the plane soars.

I think about how lucky I am to be a reflexologist. I too am conducting business analysis, but mine is such a pleasure and so good for my health. In addition I carry all the tools I need with me where ever I go. There’s really nothing better.

© Wendy Coad

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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”