Reflexology and Meridians

March 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Articles by Wendy

I’ve been having so much fun and getting such a great response from my tele-classes that I’m expanding into offering longer distance-learning programs.

My first offering will most likely be my full Reflexology and Meridians workshop.

It takes a lot of time and effort to put everything into a video format, but I think that it’s well worth it, especially with a fascinating subject like meridians. It’s a subject, like reflexology, that has ancient roots.

And why would a reflexologist want to study the meridians?

Well, for one reason half of the 12 pairs of meridians in the body, begin or end on the feet and the other half begin or end on the hands.

Whether you know it or not, when you give a reflexology session, you are also covering many meridians.

If you’ve ever learned an oriental exercise (chi gong, tai chi) or bodywork technique (shiatsu, acupressure, anma) you know that the foundation of all of them, in their theory and practice includes the meridians.

Have you ever wondered, as you practice your reflexology, why you’re noticing something (especially on the top of the foot) that just doesn’t match your reflex map?

Welcome to “Meridian Land”.

You can ignore it and continue to do great reflexology, but by paying attention, you can combine the best of both worlds and offer even greater results to your clients.

And so, why wouldn’t you? The meridians are already there ready to access and add yet another layer of healing support to your session.

To give you an example, one of my favorite meridian points is “stomach 41”. It’s located at the mid-point of the dorsal ankle crease.

For a long time I felt that there was more to the “fallopian tube/vas deferens reflex” because so many clients who had no issues there, still responded to the reflex. Until I connected it to the meridians it remained somewhat of a mystery.

What does the meridian “stomach 41” support? Abdominal disorders, cramps, dizziness, headaches vertigo, ankle joints… for starters.

Now, you may already have some background in oriental medicine. I’ve had many acupuncturists take my reflexology classes and I will always acknowledge that the meridians and all that surrounds them runs much deeper and much more complicated than what I’m discussing here.

You can study the meridians and oriental medicine for years and still just be touching the surface.

But, I do believe that with the knowledge we have about the reflexes, and with some understanding of the meridians that are found on the hands and the feet, we can elevate our skills even higher.

And, that’s what I love about reflexology.

Enjoy your wonderful Reflexology skills.

© Wendy Coad

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 & Psoriasis

March 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Reflexology Tips

One of the things that I love about reflexology is that it is efficient, effective and it has a wonderful knack for reducing the symptoms of just about anything that ails you.

Take psoriasis, for example. Although reflexology is never considered a cure for any disease, many people have tried reflexology when all else failed. Reports indicate that it often helps.

As a skin disorder, psoriasis may appear as a red scaly rash, a patch of inflamed skin that is often too tender to touch. It can also have blisters or thick plaques that have a silvery shine.

Basically the normal process of skin renewal is on overdrive and new skin cells form more rapidly.

Now, we know that the skin is the largest organ for elimination. It’s through the skin via perspiration that many toxins are excreted.

You can also think of the skin as an organ of respiration because it allows your body to absorb or inhale and release or exhale.

Almost two square yards in size, it removes waste and toxins from the body joining the liver, kidneys, lymph, large intestines and lungs in this process.

If elimination is less than optimum in any or all of these organs, how is it not possible that the skin will reflect this in some way?

Of course stress is the number one factor in almost all pathologies so reducing stress is a great and efficient way to start.

What is my reflexology focus?

A good place to start is with a reflexology de-stressing protocol. Be sure to include the adrenal reflexes for their connection to stress reduction and additionally their help in reducing inflammation.

Next, detail all the other elimination organ reflexes: liver, kidneys, lymph, large intestines and lungs. Psoriasis can allow more calcium to be removed from the affected skin, so consider detailing the parathyroid reflexes for their support of calcium balance.

Don’t forget that the skin with psoriasis can be thick and hard and prone to cracking. You’ll need to avoid any open fissures or sores. If this occurs on the feet, you can work on the hands and vice versa.

The relief that reflexology can bring to people who suffer from psoriasis and its many underlying issues is just one of the reasons that I love what I do.

Enjoy your wonderful Reflexology skills.

© Wendy Coad

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 Zone Therapy

March 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Reflexology Tips

Here’s a recent video class I’d like to share with you. I know that the “overhead projector” is a bit “old school” but I do love to write on my maps, so I’ll likely keep using it… for now.

Click on the image or the links below to view the video.

Click on the video image above or click here to watch the video

Email your comments to me at info@reflexologyprof.com – tell me what you liked and any constructive comments.

Thanks and enjoy your wonderful Reflexology skills.

© 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.

To your reflexology success –

Reflex, Live Long and Prosper,

Creator of the Mega Reflexology Training

“THE FOOT FACTOR PROGRAM”

Reflexology and Morton’s Neuroma

March 7, 2012 by  
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After several weeks of discomfort involving a “burning/poking of a needle sensation” and “walking on marbles” feeling, my mother was diagnosed with Morton’s neuroma – an enlarged nerve between the 3rd and 4th metatarsals that’s become entangled enough to resemble a tumor.

The condition targets athletes mostly, but can also come from wearing high heels – – my mother does/did neither.

The podiatrist fitted her with an orthotic – basically a glorified metatarsal pad – which she was told to wear for a month before she felt relief.

Relief never came.

A shot was next. Again, no relief ever came.

Upon doing research for a more holistic approach to treating this seemingly unresolved condition, I came across an anti-inflammatory enzyme which yielded amazing results for other Morton neuroma sufferers: serrapeptase.

After checking with her pharmacist and primary care doctor, my mother began a dosage of one pill every morning. Having already been a patient of acupuncture, she went two times a week for three weeks then down to one time a week thereafter with the focus being on the neuroma.

In conjunction with these approaches, a weekly reflexology session began. The following maps out the protocol used:

Week 1:

Regular session, avoiding any pressure other than a gentle touch on the neuroma and any warm up techniques involving the metatarsal heads on affected foot. Emphasis on the spinal and sciatic reflexes.

Week 2:

Regular session with emphasis again on spinal and sciatic reflexes. This week applied a moderate pressure by a thumb walk around the neuroma, not directly on it.

Week 3:

Repeat of previous weeks on session. Moderate pressure by thumb walking around the neuroma. Moderate pressure on neuroma, with circular motion with light pressure.

Week 4:

Repeat of preview weeks on session with emphasis more on neuroma since more pressure can be had without much pain from client.

Thumb walked entire neuroma with vertical and lateral thumb walks. Thumb walk around the neuroma, then thumb walk diagonal and horizontal towards the lateral aspect of the foot.

Moderate pressure with a hook and back-up for several repeats, depending on pain tolerance. Finished with gentle circular motion and a thumb slide towards the lateral aspect of the foot.

Week 5 – Forward:

Regular session with more emphasis on the neuroma. Neuroma sequence as follows:

  • Thumb walk neuroma with upward and medial and lateral side walks
  • Rotation on the neuroma point (the very center of the neuroma) with pressure tolerable to a 3. Pause on point for a count of ten. Rotate on point for a count of ten. Repeat five times
  • Butterfly around neuroma (thumb walk with both thumbs walking on point alternatively – – fluttering effect)
  • Butterfly on neuroma in a lateral and vertical fashion with as firm pressure as tolerable
  • Thumb slides towards heads of metatarsals
  • Thumb slides towards lateral aspect of foot
  • Thumb walk neuroma
  • Medium to firm pressure on neuroma point for count of ten
  • Inversion – Eversion

Each week past the fifth week, the pressure used was more firm and became increasingly more tolerable by the client. The neuroma size began to shrink and may have moved to the fourth metatarsal, bordering the fifth (the possible effect of thumb sliding towards the lateral aspect of the foot).

Along with the daily wear of an orthotic shoe, my mother’s holistic approach of the reflexology as sequenced above, the daily dosage serraptese, and acupuncture began around November 20, 2011 and had the following results:

*By December 10, the burning sensation common with Morton’s Neuroma had subsided greatly, along with the feeling of walking on marbles. My mother, who had previously been unable to walk a mere two blocks to the supermarket, was at this point able to walk and do some grocery shopping.

*By January 1, 2012 she was able to take the train into Manhattan and walk around with very little pain at the end of the day in her foot.

*By January 29, I felt the neuroma “moving its’ way out” between the 3rd and 4th metarsals and felt smaller in size.

*On February 23, after a check-up with her podiatrist she was prescribed to “keep doing what you’re doing” – though he equated her healing with the orthotics and suggested she be the poster child for them. Ha!

– Elizabeth B.

Professor’s note: Thanks for sharing this with all!

© 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.

To your reflexology success –

Reflex, Live Long and Prosper,

Creator of the Mega Reflexology Training

“THE FOOT FACTOR PROGRAM”