Reflexology and Feng Shui

August 27, 2012 by  
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“Feng Shui – Supporting the Body by Balancing the Room, What Every Practitioner Should Know”

Over and over again, I see clients who have chronic issues and wonder why, despite all of their hard work, their progress or recovery seems so slow.

Could it be that there is something else contributing to the issue that may be beyond the body? Can our body be affected by the things that surround us? And, if we’re so sensitive to our environments – could there be more to it than meets the eye?

These are all questions that Feng Shui can and does answer. The answer, of course, is – Yes!

For well over 5,000 years of observation and practice, Feng Shui has evolved into a sophisticated and complex system for supporting the living and working spaces so that our environments can also support us, or at least not hinder our lives while we inhabit them. It works for any room (as well as for large tracts of land, but that is a whole other subject).

Because of the length of the topic, I’ll stick with a few suggestions that you, as a practitioner or anyone who wants to uplift their environment, can do immediately.

Let’s start with your healing space, the room that you practice reflexology in.

1. Sit in the location of optimum support.

First, stand in the doorway of this room and look into it. Notice if the direction you sit while practicing is facing the door. If it’s your back that you would see (while sitting in the chair that you commonly use), it’s time to move.

The most auspicious direction to face, in any room for optimum health and success, is the direction facing the door.

But wait. You don’t want to be right in front of the door either. Too much energy is coming in there and this practice is all about balance. Instead you want to be situated in the opposite corner of the room, away from the door, but facing it.

You might think that this is the best place for your client to face. It is after all, their health that needs the support. And, yes, you’d be right but this room is your practice space.

It would be good to suggest that while at home your client is positioned so they face the door while sleeping in bed or at their office desk while they work.

Since this is your office or practice room (and they will only be visiting for an hour or so at a time), make it work for you. This way you’ll have the energy balance to best help all of your clients. (There’s a reason they say in an airplane, “put your mask on first and then help the person next to you”.)

2. Clear out the clutter.

Too much stuff – especially things that have not been used in a while (6-12 months) will create an area of energy stagnation in the space. You know what happens in the body if stagnation occurs… it can effect the lymphatic and circulatory systems and might even be life threatening.

This doesn’t mean that you have to throw out all of your things either. It’s all about balance, which is easier to maintain when energy is flowing, so don’t let the energy in your room drag you down.

3. Let nature flow.

Rooms can get stuffy especially when the temperatures are very hot or very cold. We tend to close everything up so we don’t waste electricity, but we might be blocking another kind of energy.

It’s important to let the air flow from the outside to the inside, and from the inside to the outside. In extreme temperatures, you don’t have to leave the windows and/or doors open for too long, but it’s still a good energy balancing technique to air rooms out on a regular basis, especially since you are working with many different people and issues in your practice…

Out with the old (and stagnant) and in with the new and fresh!

Have you noticed how all of these techniques occur in different forms in many different cultures from around the globe? I always take that as an excellent confirmation that they work.

Start with these three Feng Shui techniques and I’m sure you’ll notice a difference in the energy of the room right away.

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”

The Reflexology Professor’s 7 Top Tips for Talks – Positioning Yourself as an Expert

July 30, 2012 by  
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1. Start with a Plan

There’s a bit of work to do to get you started. First and foremost, you’ll need to know:

– Who is your audience?

Think about who your audience will be so you can customize your talk to be of interest to those listeners. It makes a difference if your talk is being given at a retirement community or at a conference for podiatrists.

– What will the topic be?

Sounds simple… and your answer is reflexology of course, but there are many aspects to this great modality and you’ll need to narrow it down to match your audience. Other considerations are the amount of time you have and what you want to accomplish in that time. It’s always good to talk from your own experience, so pick a topic that is not only relevant but one where you can offer some good examples and anecdotal information.

2. Time for Preparation

It’s not always possible to just show up and talk. Sometimes you have to co-ordinate some or all of the logistics too.

– Where is the talk to be held? Who is responsible for organizing it? Will they provide the audience or will you?

– Know how to get to your venue then arrive early. Know what’s expected of you and stay within your time frame.

When it comes to preparing the talk, one of the most often used formula is writing an outline and putting it onto cards and then using these to speak from. Another popular method is to write out the whole talk and then practicing the speech until you can do it without erring.

Try to avoid reading from a script, word for word (and with little eye contact with the audience). Equally disastrous is winging it and having no prompts at all. (Unless you are very well practiced.)

Mark Twain has been quoted as saying: “It usually takes me at least three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”

3. And Now for the Presentation

The most important thing to remember is to be yourself, (unless you’re a disorganized, disheveled mess – and then try to be someone else for the moment). Dress the part, maintain good eye contact with the audience, exude confidence and, laugh at your own mistakes.

You will have people with different learning patterns including visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Try to include all 3 into your talk.

The number one element is the visual – add some slides or images along with the talk. This is a great way to illustrate what you’re saying and most people will make the connections you are aiming at a lot faster with pictures.

Another important element is the auditory, both in what you say and how you say it. Practice your talk using “punctuation” by varying the speed, tone and volume of your voice.

But, don’t forget that what people are there for is the information you are about to provide. Again pick your topic and make yourself both knowledgeable and entertaining if you want to position yourself as an expert. Audiences will forgive the odd mistakes, but the impression will not be good if you come across as boring – nobody want to have their time wasted.

4. Crafting your Talk

This is really a basic concept, but sometimes reflexologists forget to start with the end in mind. What do you want the audience to walk away with? Be it a history lesson, a few easy to do techniques, or excitement about an offer you’d like to make – keep that in mind from the beginning.

Talks have a standard beginning, middle and end. Plan, prepare and then practice.

And, don’t forget to focus on the popular “radio station WIIFM”. Those letters stand for “what’s in it for me”. Remember it’s not all about you… it’s all about them, your audience.

5. Be Physical

On the physical aspect there are two main points I’d like to make. One is to prep like you’re training for the Olympics. If that sounds too dramatic, then just start the week before and take care of yourself. You’ve got it… get plenty of sleep… eat right… do some stress relieving exercises… (and/or meditate) so you have good physical and mental energy. It really does count.

The other hand when you’re giving your talk, remember to move a little, or even a lot. Use your hands (but don’t flail them about wildly). Walk towards your audience, or from stage left to stage right (and vice versa). If you’re presenting slides or powerpoint, remember to face the audience and not just the screen.

6. Practice, Practice, Practice!

Give your talk to friends and family. Give your talk in front of the mirror or to your cat. The more times you give it the easier and more relaxed you are likely to be. Joining a group like “Toastmasters International” or any public speaking organization will help. You might consider investing in a speaking coach to help you lose the ums… and ahhs…

7. Close with a Mission

After telling the personal stories, the humorous quips and fascinating facts, you might as well tell the audience what to do next. Too many speakers fail to do this one last and important step. Let your listeners know the next step, i.e., read this book… sign up for this workshop… see me after for questions or to schedule an appointment.

If you don’t give them this part, well you’ve served the apple pie without the cheese or the kiss without the squeeze.

Have fun and start planning.

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”

Sports Reflexology

June 29, 2012 by  
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Reflexology and Golf

Summertime, and the living is easy… I love that song. Along with summer comes all of the summer sports and golf is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is estimated that between 28 million to 35 million play golf worldwide.

In addition to the huge number of golfers, the standard of the game and the players has also gone up. It’s turned from being a leisurely afternoon game to high intensity competition. And, like any other sport, even golfers need to maintain their health and stamina – as they say, “a golf game starts from the ground up”. It’s especially important for a golfer to plant their feet firmly on the ground.

Stress and tensions that are held in the body can affect the quality of the game they play. It can lead to strains and injuries. An overdose of the game might be another reason that can lead to wear and tear on the body which can then further lead to unwanted injuries.

For a long time now, I’ve thought that opening a reflexology chair site at a busy golf course is a great way to introduce the health benefits of reflexology and also tap into a niche market for the summer season (here in Florida it’s year-round.

It’s so easy and much less hassle than other modalities because all the golfer has to do is to take off their shoes (and you can offer that service as an added, pampering bonus). Not to mention that golfers can be almost fanatical about their game and most will do anything and pay anything to improve their game.

Everyone knows that proper warm-ups and workouts are needed to maintain the body in good shape and prevent injuries. But golfers are not necessarily the most dedicated group for pre and post sport exercise. Reflexology is definitely an option which helps to fight back on injuries and strains. It’s been proved that reflexology helps to relax the body which can also increase flexibility and help to prevent further probable injury.

Here are some of the reflex sites that I commonly address for maintenance on possible strains and injuries common to golfers:

  • The area around the neck gets sore; this can be due to excessive force in hitting the ball. Paying attention to the 7 cervical vertebrae reflexes and the foot reflex for the trapezius is specifically helpful here.
  • Hands, forearms are another area prone to injury due to gripping and swinging of club all of which is very manageable with Hand Reflexology.
  • Elbows are the next area highly prone to injury due to the swinging of the club. You’ve heard of tennis elbow, well, if the pain is on the other side of the elbow, it’s referred to as “golfers elbow“. Any issue with a name like that… need I say more? And, yes we have an elbow reflex to work at the bases of the fifth metatarsals and metacarpals. Now is it’s time to shine!
  • For the lower body, which is susceptible due to the playing stance, reflexology can help to rejuvenate the entire body with special attention paid to the lower thoracic and lumbar vertebrae reflex area. In addition, the reflexes of the legs, hops and knees can be addressed.

So, if you want to add some extra income (and even learn a few pointers about the game) check out your local golf club and start swinging.


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 & Restless Leg Syndrome

June 18, 2012 by  
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Here’s a report from one of my students on her experience with Restless Leg Syndrome and her Dad.

“My most interesting experience I’ve had as a reflexology student are sessions with an elderly client, my father, age 76. He has many health issues but is no feeble senior.

He’s built like an ox and continues to have a lot of energy. Nevertheless, he needs many medications to keep him healthy.

The health problems he faces are high blood pressure, history of 2 heart attacks, remission of prostate cancer, urinary tract infections and incontinence. [ ] He is overweight and doesn’t sleep well as he stops breathing during sleep and has restless leg syndrome.

Reflexology, being a gentle form of accessing the body’s own healing abilities, gives me a way I can help my dad to feel better and help his body create a healing response.

The sessions we’ve had together follow a pattern. I start the session using relaxation techniques and within 5-10 minutes, he is dozing off.

During the session, his legs draw toward his chest, somewhat like he is riding a bike. I keep a hold of his foot at whatever spot I am at while his foot dorsiflexes away from me.

At this point, I use deep pressure at the solar plexus reflex and gradually the foot and leg release and return to resting position. I like to think of this a reflexology dance we go through!

It’s truly amazing to see how powerful the solar plexus reflex is in this case. No other reflex points seem to help as fast to calm the foot and leg.

While this is going on, my dad also “holds” his breath and then lets it out with a “poof” when the leg and foot relax. Because of this, I always detail his diaphragm and heart reflexes as they are working so hard.

The first session with my dad, I was a bit uncomfortable with the feet pulling away, as I wondered if this meant his body didn’t like reflexology.

Using the universal relaxing reflex point of the solar plexus makes all the difference, so I know I’m just helping his body to process the tissues and fluids being moved.

I now enjoy the sessions and look forward to them, knowing my dad sleeps more soundly after these.

He usually takes a nap after, and was not aware of his leg movements during the sessions.

I hope continuous sessions will help improve his ability to breathe easier and sleep deeper.

– Elaine T.

Wendy’s note:

Restless leg syndrome or RLS, is a neurological disorder that effects approximately 5 million adults and up to 1 million children in the US alone.

The hallmark of this syndrome is, as the name says, restlessness in the legs and sometimes described as a tingling sensation, or “irritability” of the legs along with an urge to move them.

These sensations usually come when the legs are at rest, so they can interrupt sleep or efforts to rest and relax.

Whether the RLS is constant or intermittent, temporary relief can come almost immediately when the legs are moved and are active.

With no specific known cause and affecting young and old, RLS often worsens with age. Some causes of RLS are thought to be symptoms related to diabetes, pregnancy and sometimes it’s also associated with anemia.

Be careful as a reflexologist that you are not diagnosing this or any other disease. If a client tells me that they have RLS, I ask them who diagnosed it. The source should be a qualified medical professional and not a neighbor or their uncle Bob!

Restless Leg Syndrome is different from Periodic Limb Movement. Although they share some similarities they are in fact separate conditions.

In addition to the reflexes that Elaine mentioned above, I would also include the following into my protocol:

The CNS Reflexes, including the Solar Plexus and Sciatic Nerve Reflexes

The Musculo-Skeletal System Reflexes, including the Diaphragm, Lumbar Spine, Sacrum, Pelvis and Leg, Hip & Knee Reflexes.

The Immune System Reflexes, including the Spleen Reflex (support for anemia).

– And any other reflexes that may be contributing, i.e., if there is diabetes (and it’s controlled), I’ll also include the reflex to the pancreas, etc.

Reflexology tends to work especially well with chronic conditions so it’s always worth trying. Keep good notes and share your experiences.
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”

15 Tips for Career Longevity

June 1, 2012 by  
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After practicing reflexology for 20 years, I’ve noticed a few things that work and a some that don’t. Today I’ve compiled a list of the most important things to do for career longevity.

I call it my “Reflexology Career Longevity Ergonomic Check List”. Take a look and see where you stand (or sit):

  1.  Are you sitting comfortably in your chair? Sounds simple, but I find a lot of students are so focused on their work that they loose track of good posture.
  2. Are you sitting half way between the front and back of the chair seat? This position will give you the maximum amount of room to turn or pivot in your chair.
  3. If you have a sore back or existing back condition, have you supported your back appropriately? This is the exception to the item above because you must support your back if that’s what it needs. Don’t forget that twisting your back is not an option and a chair with wheels may be necessary.
  4. Do you have your feet planted firmly on the floor? Hello. Put both feet on the floor for the best ergonomics and grounding. If you need a small stool, have one nearby.
  5. Is the table at a comfortable height? Is it approximately at elbow height? Table height will be different for everyone but in general don’t have your hands too high or too low when you’re working.
  6. Are your shoulders relaxed when doing the work? If they start to hurt, holding tension your shoulders while working is likely the culprit – pay attention to this especially if you have a previous injury.
  7. Are your wrists and hands aligned and in a comfortable “relaxed and straight” position? Remember to change hand direction and not use your dominant hand for all the work. Keeping wrists relaxed and relatively straight will minimize strain.
  8. Is there room at the end of the table for your arms to be supported? I like my clients feet on the table so I can rest my arms while working. If you like the feet off the table, well, I don’t know how you keep your arms up for 6 or 7 hours a day… if they do get tired, I invite you to try my method.
  9. Do you hold the foot with a loose, relaxed hand? When practitioners are just starting out there is a lot to pay attention to – okay, there is always a lot to pay attention to – and I’ve observed some students use a hold that I call “the death grip”. They are hanging on for dear life. Lighten up, especially while doing the relaxation techniques.
  10. Do you use a moderate touch while thumb-walking? There is a range of techniques and pressures and you need to know how to do them all because there is a time and a place for everything. However, there are many reflexologists who do just fine with the lightest of touch and others who have the physical strength and the inclination to go deep and stay there. Both of these styles and all those in between work, so use the pressure that will give you in the best ergonomics.
  11. Do you change postures regularly? Movement is so important. The more you can move the less apt you’ll be to stay in a position that’s not working for you.
  12. Do you take a break and stretch between sessions or at least once every hour? Those of you who do yoga know that when you do a twist or a stretch, you do a counter twist or stretch soon after. Because we often reach forward with our arms, a counter stretch and shaking out the arms makes sense too.
  13. Do you occasionally stand to work? I love to stand at various points during a session to get a better position for working and it reminds me to stay loose.
  14. Do you vary your thumb-walking to suit the angle or surface texture of the foot? Change directions and/or change hands so you can get deeper into the tissue from a different angle. This is not about pressure it’s about connecting with the reflexes.
  15. Do you insert relaxation techniques within the session for variety and ergonomic relief? I do this all the time. I call them desserts and before or after I detail an area, or if the client has felt some sensitivity, I reward them (and me) with a yummy relaxation technique.

I know you’re doing most of these things, but if you find even one item on this list that could be improved… well, my work here is done.

It pays to take care of yourself and your ergonomics. The reward can be a long and prosperous career.

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 Children with Developmental Delays

May 17, 2012 by  
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Practicing Reflexology with Special Needs Children – A Life Transformation

By Irene Mykoliw, OTR/L

If I am to summarize my experience in learning and practicing Reflexology in one expression it would be “wow and how amazing”, referring to the overall make up of the human body and of its own miraculous recovery process.

Background information:

I have a license to practice Occupational Therapy (also known as OT), an Allied Health Profession concerned with helping people of all ages to better perform those tasks that occupy their time. For children, this typically means playing and learning, as well as eating, dressing, grooming, relating and learning.

The OT objective is to assist in improving a child’s overall ability to attend, develop play, gross motor/visual/fine motor skills progressively, preparing them for academic challenges as they grow older…

When I ventured in working with the pediatric population, from 1993 ages 2 – 8 at a center based special education program until now, I noticed that children who had significant sensory processing interferences, due to a particular diagnosis, responded well to compression applied to their joints (one of the techniques OT use) and massage techniques to their feet and legs. They evidenced less agitation and increased calmness allowing some kind of therapeutic intervention to be done.

I attended a weekend reflexology workshop in 2002… finishing in March 2008 and what an enlightening and rewarding experience.

I began applying my learned reflexology techniques with my current young population (ages 2 to 3 ½ years) and thus experienced a profound inner change beyond my wildest dreams, especially with one little girl I will call Jay.

A Heart warming and moving Story:

From the time Jay arrived at the center all we heard were cries…

Jay has a compromised sensory processing ability. She had difficulty in transitioning from her parents, from one task to another, one place to another displaying crying and avoidance behavior, (either by closing her eyes, sliding down her chair, running to the door, or simply plopping her body to floor).

In the therapy room, Jay would cry and run from one area to another and to the door making displeased sounds.

I began trying basic [reflexology] relaxation techniques in November, which she seemed to tolerate for about 1 minute, when she allowed me to touch her feet with a playful approach of singing “tickle, tickle feet”, with a combination of other words.

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Practicing Reflexology with Special Needs Children: A Life Transformation

I continued to work on Jay for about two minutes incorporating joint compression techniques at the hips and knees. It was in 3rd week of February of 2008 that a shift began to occur. One day I heard her cry for most of the classroom time (1 hour and 1/2), because of a different program trial application the teacher was enforcing. She was scheduled to see me before leaving for home, the remaining half hour.

I looked at her and she looked very tired from her ordeal. Jay was brought to the therapy room and I placed her on a large round pillow. The only recourse I had was applying reflexology relaxation and thumb/finger walking techniques.

She allowed me to work on her, beginning with relaxation techniques without fidgeting. I noticed a change in her facial expression with a curious gaze and progressed with thumb walking doing a general session, tolerating 3 minutes.

I sensed tenderness in adrenal glands on both feet and eased up the pressure. She stopped crying and presented to be less agitated, by standing and walking around as well as interacting with toy[s] I presented.

The next day, I made a point to ask the staff how did Jay perform with her trials and they replied more responsive than ever.

I began to incorporate at least 5 minutes to both feet each time I saw her, 2 x weekly for approximately 6 minutes depending on her tolerance) for another 3 months and for 7-10 minutes the remaining months until August 29th when she graduated from this program.

The outcomes were amazing.

For 7 months I would know when Jay came into the building, hearing her unique crying sounds. One afternoon I did not hear her and asked a teacher in passing whether Jay was in. She was. And so, the next remainder months no signs of her crying were heard when she arrived.

Jay’s initial behaviors:

Jay presented with minimum eye contact, difficulty in transitioning from one place to another, from one task to another, avoidance by closing her eyes, sliding down her chair and/or running to the door, crying and resisted to sit for table top fine motor tasks.

Behavioral changes noted:

Jay made great eye contact, smiled, initiated climbing on obstacle course, allowed to be directed to tasks at the table and fine-motor activities, grasping markers and briefly scribbling, stacking shapes, tolerating sensory overload in a crowded room.

One day, she walked toward divider doors adjacent to another therapy room, pushed the doors ajar, walked into that room and looked at 2 therapists present.That is an incredible feat for her. (I can describe it like a person who is afflicted with agoraphobia opening the door to take a walk around the block without fear).

The ultimate highlight was at her graduation day at the end of August (she aged out from the Early Intervention Program and onto the next level, Preschool). With the little ones presenting a rehearsed song to their parents, Jay sat and took in all with a smile at first and then a punched looked due to sensory overload from all the happenings in the room. When the ceremony was finished, it was time for her session with me.

I no longer needed to guide her to begin an activity. She immediately went to a suspended swing sat down and slowly moved herself with her feet. As a therapist, I interpret this as self-regulating skill, ability to calm herself. (Prior all the calming was adapted externally by the team with various strategies). I sat down and began to apply reflexology techniques, but she pulled away gently, as if to savior her quiet moment). I respected her cue. (The room was quiet. I experienced such gratitude for this added tool to use in my profession, which Jay clearly benefited from).

Both parents presented a Thank You card reading: “Your work with Jay has made such a difference for her. We love the way she is so much more aware and interactive with people and the environment and ready to explore and be adventurous. It’s Wonderful to see. Many thanks”….

Summary:

This experience has impacted me deeply, witnessing improved behaviors and responses from other “little” clients. One child who had difficulty sitting still and attending, showed calmness for 2 minutes immediately and every session lifted his foot for me to work on his feet. He followed directions and sat for fine motor activities until it was time to leave.

The stories go on.

Although, sensory integration techniques serve the children therapeutically, I have observed that the effects of applying reflexology facilitated a quicker calming effect.

Without getting too technical, the children I work with evidence developmental delays due to a compromised nervous system for one unknown reason or another.They experience a high stress level, showing anxious behaviors and evidence being in a “fright or flight” mode, (the function of the sympathetic nervous system).

In applying reflexology techniques over a period of time, a change in their response to environmental and program demands are noticed by staff, eliciting a calming and attentive state (the function of the parasympathetic nervous system), which opens up for the learning process to occur.

My advanced studies in reflexology added another dimension in understanding the body mechanics, how the systems work, communicate with each other has sharpened my skills as a clinician. Reflexology is certainly complimenting my OT training contributing to a sense of being well rounded. The experience is priceless to observe the little relaxed expressions during their reflexology session and the growing changes that occur along the way.

I end this article with gratitude.

November 1, 2008

Wendy’s note:

All I can say is “wow and how amazing”. Thank you Irene.

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 Carpal Tunnel – What Every Reflexologist Needs to Know! Part II

May 15, 2012 by  
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Last week I wrote Part I of this article “Reflexology and Carpal Tunnel”

If you want to read Part I go to: www.ReflexologySuccess.com where past articles are available.

It’s what every reflexologist needs to know and included:
– Anatomy

– Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

– Causes

– Risks associated with the disease

– Diagnosis

This week I’ll continue with:

– Treatment

– Non-surgical treatments

– Exercise, and

– What Can Reflexology Do?

Part II

Treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome vary and should begin as early as possible, under a doctor’s direction.

Underlying causes such as diabetes or arthritis should be treated first.

If there is inflammation, applying cool packs can help reduce swelling.

Non-surgical treatments

There are a couple of homeopathic creams that might help the symptoms:

Brands like Traumeel (a calendula and arnica based ointment) and Topricin (with 11 homeopathic ingredients) have both shown effectiveness and are available in many health food stores.

In special circumstances, various drugs can ease the pain and swelling associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. NSAIDS such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonprescription pain relievers, may ease symptoms that have been present for a short time or have been caused by strenuous activity.

Alternative support therapies – Hand Reflexology, Acupuncture and Chiropractic care have benefited so me patients. (The problem could be caused or exaserbated by even a slight misalignment of the carpals)

Exercise – Stretching and strengthening exercises can be helpful in people whose symptoms have abated.

Doctors will sometimes suggest that one wear a wrist splint (can be purchased at most drugstores) to keep the wrist in a neutral position at rest. Splinting is usually tried for a period of 4-6 weeks.

What can Reflexology Do?

As a reflexologist, why would I even care about carpal tunnel syndrome if it’s not my job to fix it? Well, I do care, but my primary considerations are the reflexes.

Remember, if you or anyone you know even thinks they have this problem – it’s very important they get the appropriate medical attention.

And, I’m repeating myself here too – with any illness, stress is always a factor. Rest is important and the stress relief that Hand Reflexology brings is a wonderful component to any health maintenance regime.

If carpal tunnel is acute (meaning it hurts or it’s active now) you won’t want to work on the area directly.

There are a lot of things to know and even more to think a bout. Be very careful with any nerve impingement.

I’ve learned this from my own experience – nerves do not like to be irritated – because it just make them, well, crankier. Not good.

If you’re trained in Hand Reflexology you know that there are some very specific strategies to support the body in its own healing process.

And, what about the reflexes?

Good point. There are specific reflexes in the area and as a good reflexologist, you need to also be focused on the systems of the body.

Be curious about these reflex area – does the client also have sciatica? Do they have any reproductive or digestive issues?

Inherent in the Hand Reflexology techniques (I can’t say what others teach… maybe – not this much) are techniques that will let you work safely to relax the hand.

And, what if you don’t have this specific training? – I suggest that you work the good hand and the opposite foot – or the ears.

The benefits of reflexology can be nothing short of amazing.

And, it’s never been more apparen t than in the UK where an British media article from 2004 reports that; “According to a survey conducted on behalf of Yellow Pages…, the number of high street greengrocers has declined by almost 60 per cent in 10 years, while the number of reflexologists is up over 800 per cent.”

I rest my case.

As always, there’s so much more I’d like to share with you. I’ll be adding more great reflexology info
rmation in future newsletters.

Here’s to your good session (and business) health!

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 Carpal Tunnel – What every Reflexologist Needs to Know!

April 30, 2012 by  
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Every reflexologist needs to know about the carpal tunnel. It’s important because you’ll have clients that complain about it. Equally important – you want to avoid getting carpal tunnel syndrome yourself. And, if you already have it you need to be especially careful.

You’ve heard me say this over and over again – reflexologists don’t treat, don’t prescribe and don’t diagnose. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t know what’s going on.

Clients often hope that reflexology will be a magic bullet to their health woes. I can’t say it will be, and I can’t help but smile too.

Why? Because, most people report a reduction in pain and/or symptoms (for just about any condition in the body) with Hand Reflexology. That’s true for local issues on the hands too – even though they’re not our intended destination.

This is important – let me explain.

Carpal tunnel syndrome has probably been around since the beginning of time. It’s hallmark is pain and discomfort in the hand and even weakness in the forearm. The most likely cause is a nerve that’s being compressed in your wrist. As a medical condition, it can lead to numbness, wrist pain, parasthesia and weakness in the area.

There are 3 nerves that cross the wrist into the hand, but only two move through the carpal tunnel. One is the median nerve, which is responsible for sensation to the palm, the thumb and next three fingers (but not the little finger). This important nerve controls impulses to the muscles of the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to coordinate their movements.

Common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome are from irritation or thickening from injury or swelling in the wrist which narrows the tunnel. When this happens, it can cause the median nerve to be compressed.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

Most often the symptoms of carpal tunnel will occur only in the parts of the hand supplied by the median nerve which include the first three fingers and half the fourth but not the little finger. This is useful to know because if the little finger is not affected, this may be taken as a positive sign for carpal tunnel syndrome, and not ulnar nerve compression.

Reports are that symptoms start gradually and are described as a burning sensation or an itching or numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers. The thumb, the index finger and the middle fingers are also implicated.

Some symptoms to watch out for are:

Pain in the fingers (less commonly in the palm), weakness, numbness or tingling in the hand

Forearm, wrist or palm pain

Pain or numbness that intensifies more at night than during the day. Some have reported that the pain will wake them from sleep and require them to shake out their hand or rub it to get some relief.

An increase in pain the more the wrist or hand is used

Difficulty gripping things

Thumb weakness

Fact: The incidence of carpal tunnel is three times more likely to occur in women than in men (possibly because the carpal tunnel in women may be smaller).

Causes

The causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are thought to be due to repetitive motions, work conditions or a number of other underlying medical problems.

Other causes that could lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are:

Inflammatory diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis at the wrist

Diabetes or other endocrine disorders including hypothyroidism

Pregnancy

Wrist injury or fracture

Even alcoholism

Risk associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The following are risk factors associated with the development of carpal tunnel syndrome:

Intense or direct pressure to the wrist

Repetition

Compression or a blow of high force

A joint position that is awkward

Too much or prolonged vibration

Working for too long in a constrained position

Poor ergonomics

Diagnosis

If you, or your client has some or all of these symptoms – unless you’re a medical professional you cannot diagnose it.

In fact, when a client tells me they have carpal tunnel syndrome I always ask who made the diagnosis. It makes a difference whether it was a doctor or a specialist – or their aunt Betty or someone at the local gym.

There are a few simple tests that can be done to check general function of the wrist (you’ll learn those in the Hand Reflexology Workshop and more). This will help emphasize the importance for your client to seek the appropriate medical help.

Of course, early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid risking damage to the median nerve (which at some point may become permanent).

A doctor will examine the neck, shoulders, hands and arms to see if the patient’s complaints are due to an underlying pathology or to activities.

In addition to examining the wrist for signs of swelling, tenderness, heat or discoloration each finger will also be tested for pain and sensation and the muscles at the heel of the hand will also be tested for strength and examined for signs of atrophy.

The routinly used laboratory tests and X-rays can be instrumental in revealing underlying issues such as fractures, arthritis and diabetes.

Treatment… to be continued next week.

As always, there’s so much more I’d like to share with you. I’ll be continuing with more great Hand Reflexology information in the next newsletter.

Or, take the last spot in my 2012 Hand Reflexology Workshop.

Here’s to your reflexology health!

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”

Dr. Seuss Foot Quote

April 16, 2012 by  
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I remember one year, a student from my Foot Reflexology Professional Training Program gave me the gift of a book.

It was called “The Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss.

It’s a delightful little book and I recommend it as an addition to your reflexology library.

Well, this quote is not actually from the book I mentioned above, but I think that Dr. Seuss had a lot of wisdom to add to the feet and this is a great example.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

– Dr. Seuss
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 Meridians

March 26, 2012 by  
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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”

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