Thursday, May. 7th, 2009
Vol. IV, Issue 15
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- Feature Article: Reflexology for the Brain
- A Note from the Professor: Summer Artist in Residence
- Upcoming Classes: Teleseminar
- The Professor Recommends: The Foot Factor Program
- Marketplace & Helpful Hints: Your Question
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A Note From the Professor
Lots of happy feet in the world today… I've just started the first of my 2009 Professional Training Programs in Foot Reflexology.
It’s always such a treat to see dozens of students get excited about learning Foot Reflexology. This class is the introduction to the full 200 hour training program and we spent the whole weekend learning and having fun…
And, that’s just the beginning!
Over the next 9 – 10 months, there will be 8 weekends in total that we’ll spend together.
Another one of my other reflexology classes - Hand Reflexology - is finishing up this month.
And, my ever popular Face Reflexology class was just completed and, it too was a big hit.
Here’s what one Face Reflexology student emailed me to say:
“Monday night I slept like a rock! I haven't slept that well in years.
What is your availability for a tutorial?” – C. B.
I love hearing about the benefits and changes that reflexology effects in people’s lives. They can be big changes or small but it’s all about the quality of life.
On a personal note…
I’ve been accepted as an artist in residence in a program where I’ll be spending the summer painting.
Painting was my career, before reflexology, and I’m excited to get back into it.
It’s a blessing that reflexology has afforded me the time to do all the things that I love.
I’ll keep you posted as to whether I paint feet and hands:) (I actually did an early series of paintings depicting hands in a variety of gestures – maybe it was a premonition of a career yet to come).
Also, as I mentioned in my last newsletter:
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.
I asked you to pass the word along, and even thought I'm not there yet (well, it's only been a week) the sign-ups are rolling in – so, thank you and keep passing the word!
I mentioned that “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.”
Then I asked: “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 reflexologysuccess.com.
Someone wrote to me because they thought they had to pay for all this great reflexology information. I assured them that it’s the best reflexology deal in the world because it’s f*r*e*e.
Last but not least, I have my next f*r*e*e reflexology teleseminar coming up – it’s worth waiting for and you’ll get the announcement soon - so watch for it.
See you there.
Live Long, Reflex and Prosper,
Wendy I. Coad, "The Reflexology Professor"
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The Next Fr*ee Tele-seminar is Thursday, May 14th!
The FREE Reflexology Info Tele-seminar
Thursday, May14, 2009, 7pm.
I admit, I’ve been planning this “high energy” reflexology tele-seminar for a while now and I’m thrilled to bring you such fascinating and useful information.
Because I can’t get to all the people who might benefit from reflexology by myself, it’s rewarding to know that so many of my students are helping with my mission – to bring even more great reflexology and reflexology information to the world.
I’ve been teaching for so long now that there are literally thousands who have taken my workshops and/or lectures.
One former student, Irene Mykoliw, OT, has been using reflexology in her practice, working with babies with developmental and learning delays.
We’ve all heard of ADD, ADHD – well, you’ll get to listen in on a conversation with someone who is on the front lines.
So mark your calendar – Thursday, May 14, 2009
Reflexology for the Brain
How is it that you remember your dear ones, your way to the office, your shopping list and lot more? Why do your eyes blink, your stomach digest and your heart pump without you ever thinking about it? Where do dreams come from?
Your brain is in charge of these things and a lot more.
In fact, your brain is the command center of your body. It runs the show and controls just about everything you do, even when you're asleep. Not bad for something that looks like a big, wrinkly, gray sponge.
The human brain is the center of the human nervous system and is a highly complex organ. It has the same general structure as the brains of other mammals, but is over five times as large as the "average brain" of a mammal with the same body size.
How does it works
The central nervous system (CNS) is made of the brain and the spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system (PNS) is made of nerves. Together they control every part of your daily life, from breathing and blinking to helping you memorize facts for a test.
Nerves reach from your brain to your face, ears, eyes, nose, and spinal cord... and from the spinal cord to the rest of your body.
Sensory nerves gather information from the environment, send that info to the spinal cord, which then speed the message to the brain. The brain then makes sense of that message and fires off a response. Motor neurons deliver the instructions from the brain to the rest of your body.
The spinal cord, made of a bundle of nerves running up and down the spine, is similar to a superhighway, speeding messages to and from the brain at every second.
Your brain has many different parts that work together. We're going to talk about five key players on the brain team:
These key players are:
3. Brain stem
4. Pituitary gland
The Cerebrum (The largest Part)
The cerebrum makes up 85% of the brain's weight, and it's easy to see why. The cerebrum is the thinking part of the brain and it controls thoughts; learning, judgment, creativity and some emotions as well as your senses and your voluntary muscles — the ones that move when you want them to.
So you can't dance, hear, see, do math — or kick a soccer ball — without your cerebrum.
The Cerebellum's Balancing Act
The cerebellum is at the back of the brain, below the cerebrum. But it's a very important part of the brain.
It controls balance, movement, and coordination (how your muscles work together). Because of your cerebellum, you can stand upright, keep your balance, and move around.
So you can’t co-ordinate that dancing or soccer ball kicking without your cerebellum.
Brain Stem Keeps You Breathing — and More
The brain stem sits beneath the cerebrum and in front of the cerebellum. It connects the rest of the brain to the spinal cord, which runs down your neck and back.
The brain stem is in charge of all the functions your body needs to stay alive, like breathing air, digesting food, and circulating blood.
Part of the brain stem's job is to control your involuntary muscles — the ones that work automatically, without you even thinking about it.
There are involuntary muscles in the heart and stomach, and it's the brain stem that tells your heart to pump more blood when you're biking or your stomach to start digesting your lunch.
Pituitary Gland Controls Endocrine Functions
The pituitary gland is very small — only about the size of a pea! Its job is to produce and release hormones into your body to regulate all its functions - like the growth hormone and hormones responsible for sugar balance, and metabolism in body, to name a few.
Hypothalamus Coordinates Systems and Controls Temperature
The hypothalamus coordinates the messages and activities sent between your Central Nervous System and your Endocrine System (Pituitary) so that those instructions can then reach the whole body.
It also acts as your brain's inner thermostat (that little box on the wall that controls the heat in your house). The hypothalamus knows what temperature your body should be (about 98.6° Fahrenheit or 37° Celsius).
If your body is too hot, the hypothalamus tells it to sweat. If you're too cold, the hypothalamus gets you shivering. Both shivering and sweating are attempts to get your body's temperature back where it needs to be.
Things to keep your brain healthy
Is Reflexology Good For The Brain?
First of all, every cell in your body requires oxygen (about every minute) for normal function. That includes brain cells.
If reflexology can help improve circulation, the vehicle for getting oxygen to every cell in the body… well, I’ll let you connect the rest of the dots.
But reflexology offers even more than that obvious benefit.
Now, the most common brain issues that people deal with, on a regular basis, are headaches and migraines.
Of course, if you have a problem, you are always advised to see a doctor.
Headaches can have many causes – they can be caused by problems relating to stress, the spine, the digestive system, reproductive and endocrine systems – to name a few.
Although reflexologists don’t treat any specific illness, our work can have a phenomenal impact on reducing some of the symptoms that stress causes in the body.
Just by relieving the tension and possibly some of the trauma associated with whatever the system issue is, it’s certainly had a positive effect on many, many headaches.
Since the reflexology reflexes for the brain are found on the tip of the toes (the distal phalanx of digits 1-5) a reflexologist will always spend time detailing this area.
And, the brain is just part of the Central Nervous System – the other part of the CNS, as mentioned above, is the spine.
The digits and the medial aspects (the arch side of the foot and the thumb side of the hands) are some of the most efficient, effective and relaxing parts of the feet or the hands to work.
I often notice that my client will sink into a deep level of relaxation once I start working on these powerful reflex areas.
Most, if not all, of the chatter (and certainly most of the tension too) just seems to melt away when the digits become the area of focus in their session.
As an interesting note - something my instructor shared with my training class - was how she could never understand why her husband, who loved reflexology, did not like his toes worked on.
She finally thought to ask if he’d ever had a concussion at some point in his life - and was surprised to learn that as a child he’d had not one but three!
Now for anyone with sensitive toes – it does NOT mean a concussion was experienced, but in this case it made perfect sense to her.
As I mentioned, along with detailing the brain reflexes, I always add the reflexes to the rest of the Central Nervous & Peripheral Nervous systems - the reflexes to the spine - and the solar plexus and sciatic reflexes as well!
Enjoy the rest of your Reflexology Newsletter and, if you want to see some past articles go to my new website by clicking on the link below:
Here’s food for thought by Brain Tracey:
"There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing."
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Marketplace and Helpful Hints
More Support and Helpful Hints
Here’s an interesting question that came into my e-mailbox:
“I had my training last 2 years for a week in reflexology. My patient was diagnosed with normal pressure hydrocephalus, surgical is not anymore possible for her, though she can afford it. Three main presenting problem with her is her gait performance, urinary incontinence, and multi-infarct dementia with agitation. She was comatose, with lower limb edema, aside from her bronchial asthma diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperlipidemia. To make the story short everybody never expected her to survive now its been two years she is still alive. Nowadays only two problems remains to be solved is her gait performance and dementia without agitation, I am aware of this because of her NPH, I do reflexology with the permission from the family and I see results or some good signs after 2 months of using it.
Is there any reflex point that can stimulate the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid in the brain? she is elderly patient. I have searched the internet but no way to find.
I hope you can share me some ideas, I never lose hope that I can find a solution, it doesn't matter though she is old, it matters to me to help her.
Thank you so much for your time.
Good health, good reflex.
First, I love your passion for reflexology and your compassion for your client who has suffered so much and is so dear to you.
I always say, you must seek a doctor’s advice for questions pertaining to a client’s medical condition.
Having said that… I have not come across an exact reflex point for the one that is being asked about here: “a reflex point that can stimulate the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid in the brain”.
However, it’s agreed by many that inherent in our alternating thumb and finger walking techniques that circulation may be improved.
Could that also assist the flow of CS fluid?
I really don’t know for sure, but I do think of the body in a holistic way. By that I mean that:
a) no part of the body operates in isolation from the rest, and
b) all the fluid tides will be impacted positively by the reduction of stress.
The support that reflexology brings the body offers tremendous stress relief.
And, we know that stress relief may help the body in its own homeostatic normal functions.
In my Cranio-sacral Balancing training I learned that the fluid tides and especially the core tide – the cerebral spinal fluid – responds very positively to relaxation and stress relief.
If anyone of my readers has something to add or has heard of a specific point for the CS fluid, please email me and I’ll share it with you all.
I suggest you sign-up for the teleseminar next week. It’s free and we’ll touch upon information that may shed light on this subject as well.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your reflexology news. Please tell a friend to sign up so we can share the best with the rest.
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