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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:39 pm 
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''Reflexology

A reflexologist applies manual pressure to specific areas on your feet or (less frequently) your hands in order to rebalance 'energy' in your body and stimulate natural healing processes. All parts of the body are said to be 'reflected' in the feet and hands and stimulating relevant areas is said to influence their corresponding organs and systems. Because the big toe 'represents' the head and neck, for example, working in this area is claimed to relieve migraine or headache.

A form of foot massage is depicted on Egyptian papyri, but the modern form of reflexology began with American ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr William H Fitzgerald, in 1915. Noticing that pressure on one part of the body seemed to produce a numbing effect in another, he introduced the idea of vertical zones of energy running from the head to the feet, not unlike the concept of Chinese meridians. Stimulation at any point on a zone could affect the organs, glands, bones and muscles along it.

An American physiotherapist, Eunice Ingham, took the idea of 'zone therapy' further in the 1930s, maintaining that all parts of the body could be treated by pressing certain areas of the foot. She coined the term reflexology and mapped the appropriate reflex points on the feet and hands. One of her pupils, Doreen Bayly, introduced reflexology to the UK in the 1960s, and its popularity has soared since as it is relatively easy to learn, simple to perform and usually agreeable to undergo. Reflexology is now used in some NHS cancer wards and hospices.

what it's supposed to do

Reflexologists believe that crystalline deposits of waste products, usually calcium and uric acid, accumulate around nerve endings on the foot and feel 'crunchy'. A swelling or sensation of 'squidginess' indicates a possible problem in the related zone. Working on a point helps crush the crystals and stimulate circulation so that the lymph system can more easily eliminate them.

Practitioners claim to help nearly all health problems, even emotional ones, as mental health is also said to be reflected in the foot. Apart from relaxation, reflexology is commonly recommended for stress, anxiety and stress-related conditions like insomnia and migraine, asthma, sinusitis, eczema, wound healing, back pain and general pain relief, PMS and other menstrual problems, infertility and constipation.

what happens

Treatment lasts about 45 to 60 minutes. You'll be asked questions about past and present health and lifestyle before you take off all footwear and make yourself comfortable on a reclining chair or a treatment couch with your feet raised.

Practitioners begin by examining the general appearance of your feet, noting their shape and condition. A dusting of talcum powder helps them use their thumbs and knuckles on the reflex points in a combination of massage, pressure and pinching, noting areas of pain or tenderness that call for extra attention.

A number of weekly treatments may be required. Most people find it relaxing, but occasionally symptoms may worsen before improving, which is said to be a sign that the body's natural healing processes are removing 'toxins'.

what's the evidence?

Very few large-scale controlled clinical trials have been carried out on reflexology. A 1993 American trial of 35 women found reflexology reduced PMS by 41%, and a Danish trial of 220 patients with migraine or tension headache, published in 1999, reported that reflexology relieved or cured symptoms in 81% of cases. But sceptics question the idea that specific areas on the foot are related to other parts of the body. In a small trial published in 2000, researchers at the University of Exeter found that reflexologists were unable to diagnose six common medical conditions when prevented from talking to patients.''

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:52 pm 
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Hi Pollen, are you a reflexologist?

Ive been very into it for years now, and been studying it at home, and using family to practise on. Im wanting to do the VTCT Diploma in Reflexology for a while now, so that i can get a certificate and hopefully get into hospitals, maternity clinics, health centers, beauty clinics, gyms etc...
Ive been doing some searches on the internet and the two nearest reflexology schools are in Blyth and Hexham. The one in blyth is every sunday for a year, which is good as it means steve will be able to have the kids rather than arrange childcare, but its

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:28 pm 
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Hi Heidi!

Yep - I am a qualified (VTCT or whatever it is hehehe) reflexologist although I'm not working at the moment!I do have a few years experience treating clients tho.

Training - ah....
When I first qualified the whole VTCT diploma in reflexology was done in a term (I did sept til Dec - money grabbing 'public' colleges!).Yep!And we all passed and the course produced some very good reflexologists, (albeit nervous at first after such a short learning time and despite nearly all having nervous breakdowns getting the work done in time!)
A few years later I did a 'holistic therapist' diploma (VTCT) at another college and part of this certificate included the reflexology module.I didnt have to take this,having already got it,however as I'm sure your aware there are many 'takes' on reflexology (just get 3 books randomly on it,a few of the points will be slightly different in all hehehe!)so I chose to do it to see how it compared with my take on it,and luckily had a nice teacher who let me (and it was very interesting and worthwhile as some of it was totally different and some of it obviously 'updated' in terms of presentation,'scientific' explanations,therapist 'tips' etc!)
This ran over the full 3 terms,we all passed and the course produced some very good reflexologists.
Both courses were freee to me at the time.
I have a mate who paid about

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Hi pollen...yeah thanks for that, i think i will do a bit of phoning around and see whats what. I wouldnt say i was shit hot lol...far from it. I really need to gen-up more on the anatomy and physiology side to it, and a little more on the business side. I cant believe you completed the course in a term....and heres the sunday course lasting all year!! id much rather try and complete it in a term...the sooner the better really lol

I know what you mean about the different takes on it. I must have about 10 books about it at home and each one is different - not much, but still different all the same. The three main books i tend to stick to are: 'Reflexology' (Susan Cressy), 'Reflexology - The definitive Practioners manual' (Beryl Crane) and 'Foot and Hand Reflexology' (Ann Gillanders).

Yep so i'll do a few phone calls and weigh up the pros and cons for all courses. i have checked 6 of the local colleges already but just on the websites to see whch courses they run, i havnt actually spoken to any tutors/reflexologists....worth a try innit.

Yes i'll certainly bear you in mind for a case study and anyone else thats willing lol, the more the better. Ive already got a few friends and family on the list. :lol:

If you have any useful tips pollen that would be handy :wink: or any old notes/info sheets etc. Oh and while i remember, did you have to buy your own chair/bed and stool etc? I already have most of the creams and essential oils etc

anyway, thanks for replying, at least i have someone to talk to now if i get stuck with anything. :)

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''I wouldnt say i was shit hot lol...far from it''

you've got the right attitude,passion,interest Heidi, and I suspect also a natural flair for tis kind of thing........add to that a bit more knowledge and a bucketful of experience; me thinks you soon will be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hey!Any questions(any time you want a chat bout i you dont want to put on here just PM me!!!!
I think I've got a lot of my old stuff...so any you want a look at give me a shout!Saying that though,when I start practising again I'll be rehashing a lot of my written stuff and the way I present it,take notes/my consultation etc as Bowen has given me a different perspective to this that I find very interesting and effective!!!

yeah...I got my own bed but mainly as I was doing a lot of massage too.Yep,its nice......but a comfy armchair and a couple of stools are fine too if your just practising....hang on til you start the course maybe before you buy a couch,see which type you like and also there may be discounts,people selling things cheap etc!Also if you maybe go on to study other things this might influence the type of couch you want etc.....so I'd hang on for that but thats jut me personallly!!!!!Get a nice wide,low one though...mines high and skinny and sometimes larger people aren't that comfy on it!!!!!

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