Reflexology & Psoriasis

March 26, 2012 by  
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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 –

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Creator of the Mega Reflexology Training

“THE FOOT FACTOR PROGRAM”

Reflexology and Zone Therapy

March 8, 2012 by  
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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”

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.

To your reflexology success –

Reflex, Live Long and Prosper,

Creator of the Mega Reflexology Training

“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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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 Three-Step

January 18, 2012 by  
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When a client comes for a session, you shouldn’t have to convince them that your work is good. But you do have to go the extra mile to build “credibility” so they can immediately trust you.

One of the easiest and most direct ways to do this – and grow your practice by leaps and bounds – is to feature the following 3 things that I do. Some of you may feel like they’re a given, but many practitioners completely forget to use them in their practice

You can never generate too much trust and satisfaction. In fact, if you enjoy getting bodywork as much as I do, you’ve probably noted the best practitioners use these simple techniques over 80% of the time! And that’s for good reason… they are hands-down the BEST way to gain instant credibility. So listen up and use them well!

There are 3 things you can do to ensure your clients success, and … also, ensure that you’re successful too.

1. Set the stage for a RESULTS-ORIENTED session.

The most effective sessions are results oriented. That is, they are set up to measure the results your clients have gotten. Be sure to include a measure for the desired result to get you client’s attention and dramatically increase their response.

Lame result measure: completing the whole session and then only asking at the end, “How are you feeling?”

Awesome result measure: check in at the beginning of the session by using a scale (or other reference) for what they are experiencing in the moment. I sometimes have my client close their eyes, so they can really notice. Then I ask my client, “What are you noticing?” and, I ask for a reference point on a scale of 1 – 4.

After the session, I ask again, “What are you noticing right now?’ and then reference the scale again. Now we can compare the differences before and after the session.

Of course, a few people are just not “noticers” and that’s okay too.

2. Include information that the client has given you.

Have you ever gone for bodywork or a massage for a particular reason? Maybe your shoulder hurt or you have a pain in your side? And, they’ve worked all around, doing the session their way, when all you want is some attention paid to the area you pointed out at the beginning! You wait and… you wait.

Yah, right! I’m sure they’ll get to my real problem… meanwhile you’re dying of suspense.

Use the information that the client has already given you with their health history. Go there early in the session. Change your usual pattern, or at least tell your client when they can expect some attention in the place they need it the most!

The more you engage your client the more they believe you’re interested in helping them. Include the area, the reflex, the site of discomfort reflex, etc… It’s important to let them know your work is geared toward them.

3. Use homework or self help to give the client the opportunity to participate more fully in their own wellness.

Give the client some useful tips or even better, homework to carry them through the week until you see them again. This will get them engaged in their own healing process.

Don’t worry, it won’t make your great Reflexology sessions obsolete. A lot of people just want to relax and let someone else to do the work. That’s why there are jobs for Reflexologists!

If you have trouble getting your clients to notice the great experiences working with you, or using your services, don’t get mad at them. You just have to educate them.

It’s rare that a client knows what to look for or what to expect. Give them the tools to monitor their own progress. Giving them even the simplest suggestions will add tremendously to the benefits of their experience. Gets them off their butts and works every time! 🙂

© Wendy Coad

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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”

Foot Factors From Around the World

December 31, 2011 by  
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  1. The first place I looked for a custom that involves the respectful touching of feet was India. Steeped with ritual and ceremony, it has long been practiced that children bow down to touch the feet of their grandparents or of their elders. This practice is followed by either a blessing or a hug by the elder as an acknowledgement of the respect and love they feel.
  2. In the Native American culture, drums were played with the feet. The Aztec and Hopi Indians used hollowed logs with wooden coverings that when danced upon would resonate.
  3. African and Indian cultures, along with others, have a tradition whereby a specialist is called in to paint intricate designs on the hands and feet of the wedding party. This custom is thought to bring good luck to the bride and groom and to ward off evil.
  4. In Asian cultures, depictions of the footprint of Buddha carries great spiritual meaning. As many as 65 symbols for devotion can be found in these carvings and paintings. The central image on the foot is that of a wheel with 8 spokes. Each spoke represents part of the eightfold path to enlightenment.  It’s interesting to me that this symbol is in the same location as our reflexology “Solar Plexus” reflex. I’ve always felt that there is a lot of wisdom and spiritual connections in this potent point.
  5. A ritual that is said to originate as a hospitality practice in ancient times was the custom of foot washing. Even the kings of europe engaged in this practice in the royal courts up until the 20th century. Washing the feet of guests was once a common practice and has endured in religious ceremonies to the present day.
  6. Sumo wrestling is an ancient Japanese practice which dates back many thousands of years. Seeped in ritual that is said to originate with the Shinto religion, the wrestlers perform a foot stomping ceremony (Shiko) to initiate the event and salt is then used to purify the ritual.
  7. My favorite is practiced by mothers around the world. I call them the first reflexologists, naturally. Yes, it’s mothers and sometimes fathers, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins and babysitters who have all found that “one common denominator” when communicating with babies.

I’m talking about the ancient practice of “this little piggy went to market” or whatever else it’s called in as many languages as there are cultures.

Where would we be as a species without the delightful and spontaneous practice of playfully pressing and gently squeezing babies toes? This is something that comes as naturally as rocking them in a cradle. We’ve all done it and all had it done to us.

But, think about it for a minute. What reflexes are being supported and stimulated here? You got it…. the CNS. And what is expanding exponentially as babies grow and learn. Right again! It’s their brain and nervous system (along with all other parts of their bodies).

I think that moms just “get it”, and their preliminary efforts at reflexology can and do have a positive effect. Why else would it be practiced everywhere, ever since time or toes began.

So, there you have it. I invite you to celebrate your (or someone else’s) feet for the next 7 days or seven weeks (or 7 minutes) by foot bowing, dancing, foot painting, solar plexus holding, foot washing, foot stomping and please, don’t forget to wiggling those toes.

Happy New Year from the Reflexology Professor!

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 4 Most Powerful Relaxation Reminders…I Create for my Clients and Myself.

December 20, 2011 by  
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As Reflexologists we have powerful reflexology “tools” at our disposal that offer our clients deep relaxation and relief from stress. And what happens to our bodies when we’re relaxed and DE-stressed. We feel better. Our bodies can return to balance faster. Our healing processes are supported.

Is that enough? It’s a lot already. But what if you had an opportunity to offer even more relaxation, with minimum effort. That’s right – almost nothing more for you to do.
Here are “the 4 most powerful relaxation reminders I create for my clients…and for myself.”

  1. Consider THE VISUAL – You want the surroundings for your clients and for you to be relaxing, calm and peaceful. In my office I have lots of fabrics, calming images, sculpture and curtains (which hide some of my storage, for me a necessity for reducing the distractions and for my clients it eliminates any visual clutter).  You can work in an office, your home or a rented space but keep the area of your work visually calm and soothing.  How can you do this at home or if you share a rental space? An inexpensive solution is to use screens and/or curtains to separate living and working areas in your home.  In a rental space, bring some fabrics and pin or drape them to set the tone and offset that office feeling. A silk fabric or a beautiful floral banner can fit nice and lightly into any Reflexology travel kit.  This creates a memory or reminder for relaxation.
  2. Consider THE AUDITORY – Have a pleasant sounding environment. This too can create a memory or reminder for relaxation.  Try a cascading fountain or a sound machine that produces gentle nature sounds. Music-only tapes and CD’s that have soothing melodies are great. Remember it’s best if there are no words to the music.  Why no words? People naturally go into their heads when they hear words. Some songs might have sad memories attached, which is another reason why “neutral” works best.  And…REMEMBER that for people who work in the music business, any music might put them in work mode. Often they’ll request silence.  Sound can be powerfully relaxing or a stress trigger. Bottom line – offer the option and let the client choose.
  3. Consider THE TACTILE – This is what we do. We create a relaxing touch experience for our clients. It’s touch that’s safe, compassionate and therapeutic.  The tactile can also be represented in color and the textures of our table linens: sheets and coverings.  Again, this creates a memory or reminder for relaxation.
  4. Consider THE AROMATIC – First, choose whether to work with aromas or not. If your space has any kind of odd or musty smell then the choice has already been made for you! If you can’t move, AROMA INVIGORATE!  Did you know that several common essential oils are anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-fungal AND anti-biotic. Remember that around cold season!  Did you know there’s no standard to the essential oil industry? All essential oil products differ. Some of the “best” blends can have other oils added (still pure and natural, but you’re paying a lot for common vegetable and nut oil extenders). You need to research and trust your distributor.  For those who choose Aromatherapy, your session space should have a pleasant supportive aroma. You can change the mood of the session, i.e. uplifting, calming, healing, etc. … with your choice of pure essential oils.  The mere whiff of the pure and natural essential oils that I use, “evokes a little bit of Wendy Heaven”, as one of my clients described it.  Several clients, whenever they enter my office, say they immediately feel relaxed. That’s before I’ve done anything!  Remember my reference to Pavlov? Well, my clients senses are reminding them of the previous sessions and how relaxing and good they felt.  I choose to work with these powerful healing tools because of their versatility in my sessions.  My clients draw real benefits from this. They can also be reminded and brought back into relaxation at any point afterward, just by carrying an essential oil previously used in the reflexology session.  It’s true that some clients will request “no aroma” at all. In this case, it’s easy to keep your space neutral since aromas diffuse quickly. Only a very, very few clients won’t be able to tolerate any aroma. And in fact, I don’t have any such clients.  I LOVE working with AROMATHERAPY.  I carry 2-3 essential oils with me at all times. They’re in small bottles and they’re life savers.  Where have they saved me most often? On airplanes, on the streets of New York City and in taxis and subways. I know it’s so pedestrian (no pun) but more than once, I’ve reached for an oil and saved my nose and sanity!

Want to learn more? Everything you need to know is in my Aromatherapy Training Program, and it starts this spring 2012!


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”

10 Interesting Things About the Feet

December 12, 2011 by  
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FYI – my 2012 Reflexology Tele-seminar Series is almost ready to announce. You’ll see it here soon.

  1. On average, in a lifetime, a person will walk between 125,000 and 250,000 miles. The first one adds up to more than four times the distance around the world and the later is the distance from the earth to the moon. No wonder we need to take good care of our feet… so they can take care of us and last a lifetime.
  2. The skin on your soles is up to 20 times thicker than the skin on any other part of your body.
  3. When you run, the pressure that is applied to your feet is four times greater than your normal body weight.
  4. Ever notice the shoes you just bought that felt right in the store feel tighter when you get them home? It may be because the shoe stores put a plush carpet down to make everything feel more comfortable. But also, our feet will swell slightly during the day and by afternoon they are up to one size larger than they were in the morning (that’s a 5% increase in volume). So, if you bought your shoes in the morning they may not feel as comfortable by the end of the day.
  5. And, between our two feet, one foot will be a half to a full size larger than the other (at any time of the day).
  6. Our feet contain approximately 250,000 seat glands. These glands can excrete a cup of moisture in a day. (That’s why it’s so good to wear cotton socks and breathable footwear.)
  7. Our feet stop growing when we hit our teen years and the last bone in the foot to mature fully is the 1st metatarsal.
  8. Shoe sizes were first “standardized” in the 14th century by King Edward II who declared that the diameter of a grain of barleycorn would be the measure for one full shoe size. We still use this system!
  9. In about 20 % of the population the second toe is longer than all the others.
  10.  The 52 bones in a pair of feet represent a quarter of all the bones in the body.  That’s a lot to articulate about.

Now, I’ll leave you with a sign that was spotted outside of a Podiatry office window:

“Time wounds all heels”.

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,

Creator of the Mega Reflexology Training

“THE FOOT FACTOR PROGRAM”

Reflexology 3 Easy-Pay Solutions

December 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Reflexology Tips

When I first started my practice I took payment for reflexology sessions in cash or checks. It was easy and people always had one or the other.

That was a while ago.

Then, as soon as I found I could get one – I applied for a credit card machine. I went through the long application process and set up a credit card merchant account.

And, I was happy with the ease and convenience but it did cost me monthly to maintain it – even if I didn’t use it all the time.

The best part about taking credit cards is that it makes it easier for clients to pay. This is true whether it’s a lot – many hundreds of dollars for a 5 or 10 session “Wellness Package” or just a little, like adding an extra half hour onto their existing session. (It also eliminates the need for clients, who have no checks and too little cash, to go to the corner ATM and run back with their payment.)

Now people are using their debit and credit cards even more.

Here are the 3 things that every Reflexologist will want to consider as options for payments:

  1.  Accept “Paypal” payments. You probably have a Paypal account, especially if you shop online. It’s free, not difficult to set up, and most people already use it for internet purchases. All you need to do is set up your account to accept payments and have your clients pay the funds for the sessions.You can direct clients to use it for larger payments like multi-session packages. This works best for payments in advance (rather than after the reflexology service has been provided).
  2. Set up a merchant account. In the past I’ve had various types of these accounts – one from a financial institution and the other from an internet provider. These take time to navigate, require a business bank account and charge you monthly for services plus a percentage of the amount charged (usually between 2 & 3 percent). I’m happy I’ve had mine all these years, but their costs have deterred some Reflexologists.
  3. Now we come to what I think is a great solution. It’s the newest in e-commerce and if you have a “smart phone” and want to take credit card payments you need to check it out. There are services like “Square” that are catering to businesses large and small with a transaction speed that’s all of 30 seconds.

The credit card “swipe” attachment to your phone is the size of a postage stamp and it opens in a program that is so simple to use and it takes no time at all. I bought mine at Apple but you can find them at Radio Shack and even Target.

The purchase cost is minimal, no need for a business bank account, plus there are no monthly charges. Payments go into your bank account in a few days and the fee that is taken from each transaction is about the same as other methods. It’s been more than worthwhile having it for my business.

It’s up to you to decide how you’ll take payment for your reflexology sessions, but remember, the easier you make it for your clients, the better.

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”

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