Wendy Coad - Reflexology Secrets, Tips and Techniques
 
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Thursday, Apr. 9th, 2009
Vol. IV, Issue 11

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- Feature Article: Hand Reflexology and Carpal Tunnel

- A Note from the Professor: NEW Reflexology Success Blog!

- Upcoming Classes: Face Reflexology & Hand Reflexology – only 2 spots left

- The Professor Recommends: The Foot Factor Program

- Marketplace & Helpful Hints:
Protect your Hands

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A Note From the Professor

As I told you last week, I've been working on a couple of projects that I'm so excited about. I've dedicated the past few years to bringing an ever wider audience the most amazing information about reflexology.

I have a new vehicle now and even though there’s more to do (there’s always more to do) I just can’t wait to share it.

And, you’ve asked for it – more information, more articles, more videos, more pictures, more products, more workshops, more reflexology everything – all in one place.

So, here it is....drum roll please...

My NEW Reflexology BLOG

Reflexology Blog

You can see the whole thing at:

www.reflexologysuccess.com

Remember to come back and read the rest of your newsletter.

Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell everybody.

In fact if you love reflexology, you’ll want to shout it from the highest tree.

And that’s just one of the amazing things I’ve been cooking up.

The other one is top secret.

You’ll hear about it soon too, I’m just working on a few of the finishing touches.

Stay tuned...

Wow, last weekend I taught two Reflexology workshops at the American Massage Therapy Association’s NY State Conference.

Lots of people attended – including Dr. Kathleen Doyle from the NY State Board of Education. She was a good sport and we practiced all our techniques on her feet. I heard that she will be retiring soon so we wish her well and look forward to the next generation of state administrators.

Still on a 'high note' from my workshop presentation, I'm pumped about my upcoming HAND REFLEXOLOGY & FACE REFLEXOLOGY workshops.

Don’t forget, this Hand Reflexology Training Program gives you eligibility to take the exam for ARCB National Certification. It starts in just over a week and there are only 2 spots left.
Don’t get left behind.

Click here for more info

See you there.

Live Long, Reflex and Prosper,


Wendy Coad

Wendy I. Coad, "The Reflexology Professor"
Creator the Mega Reflexology Training
“THE FOOT FACTOR PROGRAM“

Email: info@ReflexologyProf.com
Call (800) 875-1773 or (646) 456-0000


 

Classes and Workshops

Hand Reflexology Workshop
2 Spots Left, Will You Be One?

Fridays (6-9pm), Saturdays (9:30am - 5:30pm) & Sundays (9:30am - 5:30pm), April 17, 18 & 19 and May 15, 16 & 17.

I have just 2 hand reflexology clients and those few sessions generate between $1000 & $1500 of income per month.

Hand Reflexology is the most effective, least expensive, easiest way to add value to your session. Create a full ONE HOUR SESSION dedicated just to the hands OR, a full ONE HOUR SESSION on the hands alone.

I’ve dedicated the past many years to helping reflexologists (and even those who have NO prior training) to learn how to practice Hand Reflexology with accuracy & confidence...even if you're already practicing, you'll learn a whole lot more.

Hand Reflexology is hands-down (pardon the pun) the best way to improve your reflexology efforts, generate more business and add variety to you sessions.

Location: Mid-town, New York City
No prerequisite

YES, this class will give you what you need to apply to be tested for NATIONAL CERTIFICATION in HAND REFLEXOLOGY

No other training program offers this much information.

To reserve your place click on this link:


Click here for: Hand Reflexology Workshop


Face Rejuvenation Reflexology Workshop

Mondays (9:30am - 5:30pm), April 20 & May 4.

10 minutes of Face Reflexology a day will not only improve your look and help you feel better – it brings all the great benefits of reflexology to the head and that’s just got to be great for the brain...

And your clients will love it too!

Face Reflexology is one of my most popular continuing education workshop because the benefits are, well… right before your eyes.

But that’s not all, although it’s fabulous to have your face looking refreshed and youthful, just like all of our wonderful reflexology techniques there's a map of the whole body on your face.

You can use these amazing techniques for the rest of your life – to give your own face a "lift" or to help clients with all the balancing effects of reflexology – relaxation, improved circulation, stress relief.

One of my clients found it to be most helpful for preparing for dental surgery – actually, his dentist cancelled the procedure because the problem had resolved itself!

You’ll learn how to create a full ONE HOUR SESSION dedicated just to the FACE OR, a how to combine it with other forms of reflexology.

This program was developed over many years (and my 5,000 hours of bodywork training) while working with clients.

Students who have taken the class report they use it and their clients love it. Face Reflexology is another powerful way to generate more business and add variety to you sessions.

Location: Mid-town, New York City
No prerequisite

There’s no other training program like this, anywhere.

To reserve your place click on this link:

Click here for: Face Reflexology Workshop

Wendy Coad PO00104 is approved as a provider of Continuing Education Units by the American Reflexology Certification Board. This course qualifies for the ARCB CEU requirements.


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Feature Article

Reflexology and Carpal Tunnel

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 it yourself. And, if you already have it you need to be especially careful.

You've heard me over and over again – I say that we 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 will experience a reduction in pain and/or symptoms with Hand Reflexology. That’s true for local issues on the hands - even though they’re not the intended destination.

This is important – let me explain.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is pain or weakness in your forearm and hand caused by pressure on a nerve in your wrist. It is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to paresthesias, numbness and muscle weakness in the hand.

The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.

The carpal tunnel - a narrow, rigid passage way of ligament and bones at the base of the hand - houses the median nerve and tendons.

Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed.



Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

Symptoms most often occur in the parts of the hand supplied by the median nerve: the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger.

If your little finger is not affected, this may be a sign that the condition is carpal tunnel syndrome, because the little finger is usually controlled by a different nerve (the ulnar nerve) than the thumb and other fingers.

Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers (especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers).

Carpal tunnel syndrome is often the result of a combination of factors that increase pressure on the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel, rather than a problem with the nerve itself.

Some other symptoms are:

Fact: Women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, perhaps because the carpal tunnel itself may be smaller in women than in men.

Causes

The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes might be due to work conditions or due to underlying medical problems.

Other causes that could lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are:

Risk associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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

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 permanent damage to the median nerve.

A physical examination of the hands, arms, shoulders, and neck can help determine if the patient's complaints are related to an underlying disorder or to daily activities.

The wrist is examined for tenderness, swelling, warmth, and discoloration.

Each finger should be tested for sensation, and the muscles at the base of the hand should be examined for strength and signs of atrophy.

Routine laboratory tests and X-rays can reveal diabetes, arthritis, and fractures.

Treatment

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 some patients.

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?

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 about. 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, usually - 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 apparent 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 information in future newsletters or take my last 2009 Hand Reflexology Workshop.

Click here for: Hand Reflexology Workshop

Here’s a quote that’ll take your breath away:

"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self."

-Aldous Huxley

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The Professor Recommends

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Now, my 18 years of knowledge has been compiled into a comprehensive training that’s perfect for:

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Marketplace and Helpful Hints

Protect Your Hands

Question: What can I do about cracks in my skin around my thumb nail?

Oooo, I’ve been there, it hurts (and it’s very annoying).

First you must understand that if there is any breach of the skin it is dangerous for both you and your client.

Why?

Because your skin is a barrier, a protective shield between the outside and the inside of your body. Any compromise creates the possibility for a threat from infection.

You must be very careful and you must protect against this. That’s why those little cracks, apart from being annoying, need to be dealt with.

And, it’s not just cracks - paper cuts and even hang-nails – any issue where the skin is no longer intact is a problem for reflexologists.

If you’ve tried to put a band-aid over the tip of a finger you know that it just doesn’t work. They slip and slide and feel like you’re wearing a shoe on your thumb.

“Finger cots” – a latex sheath for just one finger, and available at most drug stores – are not much better. Any amount of lotion used on the foot or hand will make them slip and slide.

The best solution is a drug store item called: “New Skin” or “Liquid Bandage”.

This is a liquid that’s been used in hospitals and actually coats the skin with a ‘fabric-like’ protective layer. It reminds me of nail polish, but it’s made to be put directly on the skin (don’t try nail polish – you don’t want that stuff seeping into your skin).

Remember to always follow the instructions on the label.

These products have saved me from having to work with a painful skin break or worse yet, having to cancel a session.

I’m not an expert on the ingredients of these items so try to avoid dry skin in the first place thereby minimizing the need.

But when I’ve needed it – I haven’t found anything better.

Hope this helps. Usually these problems are worse in the winter and happen less in the summer when the air humidity is much higher.

Have a question? Send it in to "Ask the Professor" info@reflexologyprof.com

Here’s a quote from Louis Nizer:

“When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.”


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Live Long, Reflex and Prosper!

Enjoy.

Wendy Coad

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