Wendy Coad - Reflexology Secrets, Tips and Techniques
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Thursday, Mar. 12th, 2009
Vol. IV, Issue 8

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- Feature Article: Reflexology and the Adrenals

- A Note from the Professor: ARCB to Test Hand Reflexology!

- Upcoming Classes: Don't Miss Out!

- The Professor Recommends: The Foot Factor Program

- Marketplace & Helpful Hints:
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A Note From the Professor

It's been a lazy day on Miami Beach, although I did get my newsletter written. I find that just looking at the ocean calms my soul.

I'm soaking in a little R & R before going back to New York and a final round of workshops.

I‘m looking forward to teaching a dedicated group of students my fabulous Face Reflexology program... coming up soon.

It’s probably my most popular program because you can easily use it on your own face as well as using it to enhance your reflexology sessions.

Actually, you can create a full one hour session with just Face Reflexology alone. It’s actually relieved several of my clients dental issues (as several have reported with enthusiasm). It make everyone feel and look relaxed too.

So far, I’ve only taught one dentist (and one of his staff) and the rave reviews he gave were heart-warming to say the least.

Will I see you there? Last one for the year... maybe longer in NYC.

Don’t forget, if you’ve already taken my 200 hour Hand Reflexology Training program or even the Basic Hand Reflexology course, you could be eligible to test with the ARCB in their brand new National Certification in Hand Reflexology. Contact me so that you can complete your requirements and I can provide you with the appropriate documentation.

If you're not already an ARCB certified reflexologist - go to www.arcb.net and get the scoop.

They're not testing Hand Reflexology just yet, but will begin in the near future.

My popular Hand & Face Reflexology classes are happening April and May, 2009.

Last one until... who knows when. Don’t be sorry you missed it. See information below.

Live Long, Reflex and Prosper,

Wendy Coad

Wendy I. Coad, “The Reflexology Professor”
Creator the Mega Reflexology Training

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


Classes and Workshops

Hand Reflexology Workshop

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

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.

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.

Hand Reflexology Workshop

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

Location: Mid-town, New York City
No prerequisite.

To reserve your place click on this link:

Workshop No longer Available

Face Reflexology Workshop

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

Face Reflexology is 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.

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

Face Reflexology Workshop

Dates: Mondays (9:30am - 5:30pm), April 20 & May 4.
Location: Mid-town, New York City

No prerequisite.

To reserve your place click on this link:

Workshop no longer Available

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


If you’ve ever doubted what these two little “Endocrine System Glands” can do, just watch the news sometime.

Anytime you hear of some heroic headline – “Firemen Rush into Burning Building”, or “Mother Lifts Car off Trapped Child”… the adrenal glands are implicated (such as in acts of strength and stamina as well as the downright super-human).

Let’s take a look at these amazing organs of the body, and then we’ll talk about their reflexology reflex points.

The adrenal glands (also known as suprarenal glands) are the star-shaped endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are chiefly responsible for regulating the stress response through the synthesis of corticosteroids and catecholamines, including cortisol and adrenaline, respectively.

Anatomy and function

Anatomically, our adrenal glands are located in the abdominal cavity situated atop the kidneys, specifically on their anterosuperior aspect. They are also surrounded by the adipose capsule and the renal fascia. Found at the level of the 12th thoracic vertebra, they receive their blood supply from the adrenal arteries.

The adrenal gland is separated into two distinct structures, both of which receive regulatory input from the nervous system:

Adrenal medulla

The adrenal medulla consists of masses of neurons that are part of the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. Instead of releasing their neurotransmitters at a synapse, these neurons release them into the blood. Thus, although part of the nervous system, the adrenal medulla functions as an endocrine gland.

The adrenal medulla releases:
• adrenaline (also called epinephrine) and
• noradrenaline (also called norepinephrine)

Release of adrenaline and noradrenaline is triggered by nervous stimulation in response to physical or mental stress.

Some of the effects are:

• increase in the rate and strength of the heartbeat resulting in increased blood pressure;
• blood shunted from the skin and viscera to the skeletal muscles, coronary arteries, liver, and brain;
• rise in blood sugar;
• increased metabolic rate;
• bronchi dilate;
• pupils dilate;
• hair stands on end ("goosebumps");
• clotting time of the blood is reduced;
• increased ACTH secretion from the anterior lobe of the pituitary.

All of these effects prepare the body to take immediate and vigorous action!

Adrenal cortex

Using cholesterol as the starting material, the cells of the adrenal cortex secrete a variety of steroid hormones.
These fall into three classes:

1. Glucocorticoids (e.g., cortisol)

The glucocorticoids get their name from their effect of raising the level of blood sugar (glucose). One way they do this is by stimulating gluconeogenesis in the liver: the conversion of fat and protein into intermediate metabolites that are ultimately converted into glucose.

The most abundant glucocorticoid is cortisol (also called hydrocortisone).

Cortisol and the other glucocorticoids also have a potent anti-inflammatory effect on the body. They depress the immune response, especially cell-mediated immune responses.

For this reason glucocorticoids are widely used in therapy:
• to reduce the inflammatory destruction of rheumatoid arthritis and other
autoimmune diseases
• to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs
• to control asthma

2. Mineralocorticoids (e.g., aldosterone)

The mineralocorticoids get their name from their effect on mineral metabolism. The most important of them is the steroid aldosterone.

Aldosterone acts on the kidney promoting the reabsorption of sodium ions (Na+) into the blood. Water follows the salt and this helps maintain normal blood pressure.

Aldosterone also

• acts on sweat glands to reduce the loss of sodium in perspiration;
• acts on taste cells to increase the sensitivity of the taste buds to sources of sodium.

3. Androgens (e.g., testosterone)

The adrenal cortex secretes precursors to androgens such as testosterone.

In sexually-mature males, this source is so much lower than that of the testes that it is probably of little physiological significance. However, excessive production of adrenal androgens can cause premature puberty in young boys.

In females, the adrenal cortex is a major source of androgens. Their hypersecretion may produce a masculine pattern of body hair and cessation of menstruation.

Fight-or-flight response

The fight-or-flight response, also called the fright, fight or flight response, hyperarousal or the acute stress response. We react to threats with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system, priming the animal for fighting or fleeing. Thisactivation is associated with specific physiological actions in the system, both directly and indirectly through the release of epinephrine (adrenaline) and to a lesser extent norepinephrine from the medulla of the adrenal glands.

An “Adrenaline Rush” means an activity of the Adrenal gland in a Fight-or-flight response, when it is releasing Adrenaline (Epinephrine). A chronic hyper adrenaline is a common symptom of an anxiety disorder.

So much packed into such a small package!

And, what does it mean to reflexologists?

If you have a client who’s stressed, anxious, overworked, overtired or who just lives in New York City – you’ll probably notice a “change in tissue texture” around the adrenal gland reflex on the foot (it’ll likely be sensitive on the hand reflex area as well – don’t flex too hard there - rather work into the point gradually).

Well we know that stress is s big factor in our everyday lives, but when there’s added stress due to emotional issues, health issues, daily life issues… Now, who couldn’t use a little support.

Our first task is to find the reflex points:

On the feet the “Adrenal Gland Reflex” is located on the lateral shaft of the 1st metatarsal, close to the base. That puts it (vertically) between metatarsals one and 2 and (horizontally) approximately half way between the waist and the diaphragm reflex line landmarks.

Usually you can’t miss it. There’s often a BIG change in the tissue texture! Now, don’t think you’re dying if you find it to be sore on your foot.

Remember it’s a “call for energy” and not a verifiable illness.

However, it’s in your client’s best interest to spend a little TLC time on that reflex point. Roll into it or hold it steady. Is there one way that’s better than another to work that little point… probably, but it’s not because “The Professor” said so it’s what the tissue needs – so “listen” to the tissue.

I love to work on this reflex point and don’t be surprised if you notice it can even be found on other reflex zones.

What else can you do?

A big adrenal stimulator is caffeine. It’ll increase the release of our stress related hormones and it keeps the body in a continuous, and unnecessary, state of stress - which can stress the adrenals along with other organs and glands. If this goes on for too long, you’ll probably notice other symptoms like fatigue, irritability, allergies, sleeplessness and… and inability to cope with stress. Not fun.

Always check with a professional before treating yourself (and don’t even think about treating others unless you’re a doctor). Some self-help texts say that small amounts of licorice help by acting as a re-uptake inhibitor for adrenaline. But, too much licorice can increase other hormones, so only use in small quantities.

Other than reflexology, one of the safest and most effective ways to combat stress that comes to mind is meditation.

There’s much more I’d like to share on this topic, so look for the next installment, coming soon.

Here’s a quote by Rachel Carson, who sums up an important perspective for well being:

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

@ Wendy I. Coad


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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


Last week I talked about the “stress busting” effects of pure essential oils in particular: peppermint, lavender and rosemary.

Here are a few more tips that can make all the difference (in addition to reflexology of course:-) in supporting health and well-being.

1. In the theme of last weeks tip – remember that our sense of smell is the most primal and therefore goes deepest into our memory. That’s right, if grandma’s perfume reminded you or her nurturing touch, just smelling it will illicit that sweetmemory and emotion.

And, on the other hand, if you know someone you really didn’t get along with and they wore lavender, you might not be calmed by the aroma – and you might not even remember why.
Smelling any aroma that you love will make you... happy.

That’s true of fragrant flowers too, but you get a “2 for 1” here. Buy a bouquet and you can enjoy both the colors and the smell.

2. Next, it’s a well known fact that regular exercise is a great stress buster. It doesn’t need to be a 10 mile run – although that will get your endorphins going (but your knees might not be too happy).

Try a moderate exercise like walking. Better yet, a walk in a park or the woods, where there’s soothing colors and aromas (not to mention the cheery chirping of the birds) would be a great stress relieving exercise.

3. Laugh. How much did you laugh today, or this week? Just like movie “Patch Adams” confirmed – laughter can be a real cure to what ails you… or at least help relieve the stress.
Take in a comedy or a movie that makes you smile. It’s okay for it to be goofy – in fact, it’s preferred.

So, put the movies about the end of the world on hold and see a cartoon instead. They’re downright up-lifting. Anyone else see Wall-E?

4. Ahh... an Epsom salt bath (and, you can put a little essential oil in it too) will sooth away many a care and woe. Try your bath with dim lights and soft music.

And if you, or your client have smelly feet… this could also be a sign of stress.
As you read above, stress can cause all kinds of responses from the body, including overworking the adrenals. Our sweat glands can increase their production and that will create a perfect environment for bacteria to grow, especially on the feet.

Smelly feet can result from other issues too, but stress is definitely one to pay attention to. (Wearing cotton socks can be a great help.)

Try some or all of the suggestions above and see what happens. It won’t hurt and you’ll be helping your body stay happy and healthy.

You’ll love the calming energy and your clients will too!

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