Wendy Coad - Reflexology Secrets, Tips and Techniques
 
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Friday, Apr. 17th, 2009
Vol. IV, Issue 12

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- Feature Article: Reflexology - What, the Neck?

- A Note from the Professor: 2009 in 2009! and the Next Teleseminar

- Upcoming Classes: Face Reflexology

- The Professor Recommends: The Foot Factor Program

- Marketplace & Helpful Hints:
More Great Neck Support

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A Note From the Professor

I have a mission this year - to deliver great reflexology news to at least 2009 people by the end of the year. I’m calling it 2009 in 2009.

Right now about a thousand folks from around the world are getting the latest reflexology information.

And, that’s a lot of people who know and love reflexology. But, I want the news to reach even more. I want reflexology to inspire, motivate and challenge twice this number at least.
Will you help?

Well then, tell all your friends and relatives - acquaintances as well – everybody’s welcome!

Send them this free newsletter and tell them to sign up for it (I can’t do it for you) or send them to the website www.reflexologyprof.com or the new blog www.reflexologysuccess.com

Reflexology Blog

Wow, thanks for all the great feedback on my last newsletter. Lots of people wrote to say that they learned something that they hadn’t known before.

And, that makes it all worthwhile.

Today and tomorrow, I’m getting ready for my upcoming classes – Hand and Face Reflexology. As I prepare, I love to review the mountain of material that I’ll be sharing with you there.

There’s room in the Face Reflexology class but the Hand Reflexology class is sold out.

Click here for more Face Reflexology Workshop info

Last but not least, I have my next teleseminar coming up - I’m just putting the finishing touches on the announcement - so look for it… coming soon.

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“

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Classes and Workshops

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 - What the Neck?

Cervical Vertebrae

The vertebral column (also called the backbone, spine, or spinal column) consists of a series of 33 irregularly shaped bones, called vertebrae.

These 33 bones are divided into five categories depending on where they are located in the spine.

The first seven vertebrae are called the cervical vertebrae.

neckLocated at the top of the spinal column, the cervicals form a flexible framework for the neck and support the head.

The first cervical vertebra is called the atlas and the second is called the axis. The atlas' shape allows the head to nod "yes" and the axis' shape allows the head to shake "no".

The next twelve vertebrae are called the thoracic vertebrae. These bones move with the ribs to form the rear anchor of the rib cage. Thoracic vertebrae are larger than cervical vertebrae and increase in size from top to bottom.

After the thoracic vertebrae, come the lumbar vertebrae. These five bones are the largest vertebrae in the spinal column. They support most of the body's weight and are attached to many of the back muscles.

The sacrum is a triangular bone located just below the lumbar vertebrae. It consists of four or five sacral vertebrae, which become fused into a single bone. The sacrum forms the back wall of the pelvic girdle and moves with it.

The bottom of the spinal column is called the coccyx or tailbone. It too consists of 3-5 bones.

Anatomy of cervical vertebrae

In humans, and almost all other mammals, there are seven cervical vertebra, which are labeled C1 to C7. Anatomists divide them into two regions: the upper cervical region (C1 and C2), and the lower cervical region (C3 through C7).

Three cervical vertebra have a unique anatomical structure and have been given special names. C1 is called the atlas, C2 the axis, and C7 the vertebra prominens.

Atlas (C1)

The atlas, or first cervical vertebra, is so named because it supports the globe of the skull. Its appearance is quite different from the other spinal vertebrae.

Most notably it has no body or spinous process, but instead consists of a ring of bone made up of two lateral masses joined at the front and back by the anterior arch and the posterior arch.

Axis (C2)

The axis is the second cervical vertebra. Its most distinctive feature is a blunt tooth–like process, called the dens (Latin for "tooth") or odontoid process, which projects upward. The dens provides a kind of ‘pivot and collar’ allowing the head and atlas to rotate around the dens.

Typical cervical vertebra

The bodies of these four vertebrae (C3-C6) are small, and broader from side to side than from front to back.

Vertebra prominens (C7)


The most distinctive feature of the C7 vertebra is a long and prominent spinous process.

Common Problems of the Cervical Spine

Neck pain - When the joints between the bones are narrowed by trauma, prolonged wear and tear, or immune system attack (body's normal defenses), it causes the vertebrae to grind against each other, creating pressure and stress on localized nerves, muscles, and tendons.

In turn, this causes pain and other symptoms in the damaged area, as well as to the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers.

Cervical Spondylosis is a degenerative disease of the cervical region of the spine. The spine is made of blocks of bone, in-between them cushions of cartilage and elastic tissues are present called inter-vertebral discs which act as shock absorbers, but when the space between the cervical vertebrae narrows, nerves are compressed and causes pain. This is called Cervical Spondylosis.

Helpful Hints for Neck Pain

What Can Reflexology Do?

Interestingly, of all the locations for applying our reflexology skills, Ear and Face Reflexology have been found to be the best application sites for issues involving the spine.

But, for now I’m going to focus on the feet and the hands - where the reflexes to the spine are located along the medial or radial edges.

Along this edge as you imagine the part of the spine that’s closer to the head, you’ll also be moving closer to the toes and the fingertips.

In fact, the reflex to the cervical vertebrae, or neck is found on the great toe (hallux) and the thumb (pollux).

More specifically, the reflex to the cervicals is on the medial aspect of the proximal phalanx of the hallux and the radial aspect of the proximal phalanx of the pollux.

(If you’re asking yourself “what does that mean?” then you need to come to class and learn the standard anatomical language of the body. All reflexologists need to know how to talk to other health professionals – and anatomical language is the most universal form used.)

The atlas (C1) is found at the level of the interphalangeal joint – the first knuckle – the one that’s closest to the nail.

And, the vertibeae prominens (C7) is found at the level of the metatarsalphalangeal or metacarpalphalangeal joint (MPJ) – the largest knuckle beneath the big toe or the thumb.

Check it out. See what is going on in this area of the foot or the hands. If there are visual signs in the area, or if your client reports an issue, you can certainly be curious.

Remember it doesn’t automatically mean there’s a problem in the area that’s reflexed to the body – we are not able to diagnose.

But, I’ll always work on the area in and around the neck and shoulder reflexes in a very detailed way if neck pain is reported (check the reflexes for the trapezius and work it thoroughly too).

Now, neck problems are not issues just for our clients. As practitioners, we need to keep good ergonomics to avoid getting soreness or exacerbating existing issues we might already have there.

Another suggestion is to offer our fabulous “range of motion” (ROM) tools. And, don’t just share them with your clients – practice them on yourself too.

Performing gentle joint movements is a powerful support to any structure of the body. In fact they’re so helpful – I’m going to write a whole article on them soon.

I have a few other hints that you’ll find further along in my newsletter in the “Helpful Hints”.

As always, there’s so much more I’d like to share with you. You can find out much more in my last 2009 Hand Reflexology Workshop – last one in 2009.

Click here for: Face (Rejuvenation) Reflexology Workshop

Here are some powerful words by Carlos Castaneda:

"The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same."

@ Wendy I. Coad


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The Professor Recommends

the foot factor training programEven if you already know reflexology (or, you’d like to learn more), you’ll love the Reflexology Professor’s ”all-in-one” Foot Factor Program” designed just for you.

It’s a goldmine of information, techniques and visuals so you can resource the most important techniques – and learn a few new ones.

- It’s The Most Valuable Information a Reflexologist Can Have - All In One Place -

Take that quantum leap and enjoy the best that reflexology knowledge and wisdom can bring.


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

  • Reflexologists who want to deepen their knowledge,

  • Anyone interested in beginning a career in Holistic Health,

  • Reflexology students who need a great review of their course materials,

  • Having everything in one place,

  • Reviewing things you might have forgotten,

  • Being able to view, over and over, all the techniques on DVD

  • Having audio CD's of in class lectures

  • Nurses, Podiatrists, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapist, Physical or Occupational Therapists, Estheticians, Nutritionists, Bodyworkers and more...

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Marketplace and Helpful Hints

More Great Neck Support

Here’s a some additional support for your clients (and you) that will double your success in soothing tired necks.

If your client has a tired neck, you need to make sure, while they’re resting on the table or in the chair, that their neck is supported.

You’ve probably seen small pillows that are filled with buckwheat or small beads. They’re called “neck pillows” or “cervical” pillows. Some are shaped in a curve to fit nicely around the neck.

They really are a great support for the neck and might be better than a regular pillow or no pillow at all.

But, how would you know which is best for your client?

Well… ask them.

I usually say, “I have a pillow that’s designed to support your neck. Would you like to try it?”

Then, I say “if you want to change it to something else, just let me know.”

See what’s happening here? You put your client and their needs in their control and you let them know that they can change their mind, and that’s okay too.

But here’s an even better tip on the neck support pillow.

They’re made to be heated and placed under the neck. I have a small microwave in my office and I put the pillow in for just a minute or 2. It only needs to be slightly warm and NEVER hot.

Always test the temperature of any heated item that will be placed on or near the body.

You’d be surprised how long the pillow stays warm – up to 45 minutes for some types.

Now, what happens as you work your reflexology magic on their hands or their feet or face or ears - there’s a mild heat soothing and relaxing their neck area.

It never fails to soften even the sorest of necks because it’s warm, relaxing and comforting.

In addition, if your office or work space is a little cool, your client will usually feel the temperature to be much cooler than you do. (That’s because you’re working and your movement keeps the blood flowing and warming your body.)

So, while they’re resting and experiencing the temperature as cooler, the heat from the pillow will likely keep them much more comfortable.

Clients love it and will feel additional benefits from your work. It’s a win - win situation:)
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Live Long, Reflex and Prosper!

Enjoy.

Wendy Coad

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