Wendy Coad - Reflexology Secrets, Tips and Techniques
 
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Thursday, Mar. 26th, 2009
Vol. IV, Issue 9

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- Feature Article: Reflexology and the Digestive System

- A Note from the Professor: Free Tele-seminar Tonight!

- Upcoming Classes: Face Reflexology & Hand Reflexology – Last Chance - Don’t miss out!

- The Professor Recommends: The Foot Factor Program

- Marketplace & Helpful Hints:
More Interesting Digestion Factoids

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A Note From the Professor

Will spring ever, well... spring?

It's been cold here in New York and the Northeast. I'm not sure what happened to that groundhog, but he sure didn't want to come out and play this year.

There is something to celebrate however - congratulations to all 27 students from 2008's Reflexology Certificate Training Program. The program ended this past weekend. I’m already missing the fun and the learning we've had throughout our reflexology journey together.

Every one of you have been trained very well and can claim to be amongst the top reflexologists in the country.

My next programs are Face Reflexology and Hand Reflexology – you can read more below.

Free Tele-seminar Tonight!

I've had a lot of questions asked about the new Hand Reflexology test that the American Reflexology Certification Board is about to launch.

Even if you’re not already an ARCB certified reflexologist – you can still listen in tonight to get the scoop.

If you want to hear the most recent updates, then you’ll want to be on this special tele-seminar happening tonight, Thursday, 3/26 at 7:30pm.

On the call, ARCB Board member, Annalise Evenson and I will talk about the progress – the what, how why and when - of the soon to be instituted testing for Hand Reflexology for National Certification.

We'll talk about:

1. The prerequisites for ARCB Hand Reflexology Certification, (i.e., is this separate or all together with the Foot Reflexology Certification?)

2. How many hours of training are required to apply to be tested for National Certification in Hand Reflexology.

3. What do students need to know to prepare to take the ARCB Hand Reflexology Exam?
And, lots more...

I suggest you write your questions down so you can ask "the expert" during the Q & A.

If you take your reflexology seriously, you won't want to miss listening in on all the details.
It's all happening this Thursday, March 26th at 7:30 pm Eastern.

Tele-seminar is no longer available

National board certification is the highest standard to which you can achieve in reflexology in the USA and I encourage every reflexologist to strive for the best.

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.

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

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.

To reserve your place click on this link:


Workshop is 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.

To reserve your place click on this link:

Workshop is 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

REFLEXOLOGY and the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Before I get to the reflexes, I want to talk a little bit about the digestive system as a whole.

The best place to start is with the first step in the digestive process.

Believe it or not, it happens before you even taste your food. Just by smelling the aroma of mom’s homemade cherry pie or thinking about how delicious that salad is going to be, you start salivating — and the digestive process begins, preparing for that first scrumptious bite.

The food we consume is the fuel for our bodies, and its nutrients give our cells the energy and substances they need to operate. But before food can do that, it must be digested into small pieces the body can absorb and use.

About the Digestive System

Our digestive system is a wondrous series of organs and glands that processes food. In order to use the food we eat, our bodies have to break the food down into smaller molecules that it can process; it also has to excrete the waste.

For the most part, our digestive organs (i.e., the stomach and intestines) are tube-like and act as containers for the food as it makes its way through the body. The digestive system is essentially a long, twisting tube that runs from the mouth to the anus, plus a few other organs (i.e., the liver and pancreas).

The Digestive Process (Movement of Food through the System):


I'll be talking more specifically about each organ of the Digestive system individually in future Reflexology Newsletters, but let me briefly go through the organs involved: The digestive process begins in the mouth.

Food is partly broken down by 2 processes – the mechanical process of chewing and by the chemical action of salivary enzymes (these enzymes are produced by the salivary glands and break down starches into smaller molecules).

On the way to the stomach: the esophagus - After being chewed and swallowed, the food enters the esophagus.

The esophagus is a long tube that runs from the mouth to the stomach. It uses rhythmic, wave-like muscle movements (called peristalsis) to force food from the throat into the stomach.

This muscle movement gives us the ability to eat or drink even when we're upside-down.

In the stomach - The stomach is a large, sack-like organ that churns the food and bathes it in a very strong acid (gastric acid). Food in the stomach that is partly digested and mixed with stomach acids is called chyme.

In the small intestine - After being in the stomach, food enters the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. It then enters the jejunum and then the ileum (the final part of the small intestine).

In the small intestine, bile (produced in the liver and stored in the gall bladder), pancreatic enzymes, and other digestive enzymes produced by the inner wall of the small intestine help in the breakdown of food.

In the large intestine - After passing through the small intestine, food passes into the large intestine. In the large intestine, some of the water and electrolytes (chemicals like sodium) are removed from the food. Many microbes (bacteria like Bacteroides, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Escherichia coli, and Klebsiella) in the large intestine help in the digestion process.

The first part of the large intestine is called the cecum (the appendix is connected to the cecum and the ileocecal valve – connects the ileum to the cecum). Food then travels upward in the ascending colon.

The food travels across the abdomen in the transverse colon, goes back down the other side of the body in the descending colon, and then through the sigmoid colon.

The end of the process - Solid waste is then stored in the rectum until it is excreted via the anus.

How is the digestive process controlled?

1. Hormone Regulators

The major hormones that control the functions of the digestive system are produced and released by cells in the mucosa of the stomach and small intestine.

These hormones are released into the blood of the digestive tract, travel back to the heart and through the arteries, and return to the digestive system where they stimulate digestive juices and cause organ movement.

2. Nerve Regulators

Two types of nerves help control the action of the digestive system.

Extrinsic, or outside, nerves come to the digestive organs from the brain or the spinal cord. They release two chemicals, acetylcholine and adrenaline.

Acetylcholine causes the muscle layer of the digestive organs to squeeze with more force and increase the “push” of food and juice through the digestive tract.

The intrinsic, or inside, nerves make up a very dense network embedded in the walls of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon.

The intrinsic nerves are triggered to act when the walls of the hollow organs are stretched by food.

Digestive System Problems

Nearly everyone has a digestive problem at one time or another.

Some conditions, such as indigestion or mild diarrhea, are common; they result in mild discomfort and get better on their own or are easy to treat. Others, such as inflammatory bowel disease, can be long lasting or troublesome.

Keeping Digestion on Track

The kinds and amounts of food a person eats and how the digestive system processes that food play key roles in maintaining good health.

Eating a healthy diet is the best way to prevent common digestive problems.

What can reflexology do?

You can see from the information above, the digestive system is a vital and complex system that involves the whole body – digestive organs, nervous and endocrine systems.

Now we know where the digestive system is in the body - let’s review the location of the reflexes on the feet.

Bilaterally, the digestive system reflexes occupy the area on the plantar surface of the feet, between our reflex landmarks of the diaphragm line and the pelvic line (exceptions are the esophagus and sigmoid colon reflexes).

If you follow the bones – the digestive system reflexes are superficial to the shafts and bases of the metatarsals and all of the bones of the mid-foot (the 3 cuneiforms, navicular and cuboid bones).

And, just as these organs are located on the left or right sides of the body, the reflexes will be found on the corresponding left or right foot. As above, so below.

I’m always on the lookout for changes in tissue texture in the soft arch of the foot. I call it the “belly of the foot” because that’s where the “belly” or digestive reflexes are mostly located.

The mere size of the digestive system reflexes on the feet, proportionately give feet a winning edge for addressing the digestive system there.

But even though the feet have the space advantage, the other reflexology areas (hand, face and ears) are better for other reasons - like a deeper relaxation response – so don’t count them out.

If I’m not detailing a specific digestive organ reflex, I keep the techniques general.

Thumb-walking the 5 zones from the pelvic line to the diaphragm line, essentially addresses the digestive system reflexes “en mass” (the sigmoid colon and rectum reflexes dip into the heel on the left foot).

Now, as a reflexologist it’s always a relief to me that we don’t treat, diagnose or prescribe.

But, as we know, everything in the body, all our systems and processes are affected by stress and not in a good way.

I know from the vast amount of research that’s out there now – reflexology can profoundly affect the parasympathetic nervous system and has the greatest potential to reduce stress.

It’s useful to “listen” very carefully to what the feet will tell you here. Any changes in tissue texture found on the arch will add the digestive system to my menu of reflex areas to detail in the session.

And, for self-help, the access we have to the “soft belly” or arch of the foot is such that it’s almost made to rest our hand and scoop into it.

Even a few minutes of general work can make a difference. But, when you detail the specific reflexes research proves that our effectiveness can increase threefold!

Key steps for your digestive health

It’s important to keep in mind that we are what we eat. Choosing the right food and eating in a calming environment is ideal.

These tips will help you maintain better digestive system health:

There’s so much I’d like to share with you on this topic, so I’ll be adding more future newsletters.

As Charles T. Copeland once said:

"To eat is human, to digest divine."

@ Wendy I. Coad


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The Professor Recommends

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Marketplace and Helpful Hints

More facts about the digestive system

Factoids:

Here’s some food for thought from Frances Moore Lappe: “The act of putting into your mouth what the earth has grown is perhaps your most direct interaction with the earth.”


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Live Long, Reflex and Prosper!

Enjoy.

Wendy Coad

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