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Τρίτη, 16 Ιανουαρίου 2018

10th European Conference of Reflexology in Portugal 2018

Interessieren Sie sich für Reflexologie in der Sportwelt? 25.-27. Mai in Fatima Protugal auf der 10. RiEN-Konferenz Ich werde mit euch erzählen, was ich von der Arbeit mit Star-Athleten wie Alexandros Alvanos gelernt habe.
Ich danke ihm und allen anderen großartigen Athleten für ihr Vertrauen und ihre Unterstützung!
Information / Anmeldung hier
Are you interested in learning about reflexology in the sports world? 25-27 May in Fatima Protugal at the 10th RiEN conference I will share with you what I have learned from working with star athletes like Alexandros Alvanos.
I thank him and all the other great athletes for their trust and support!

Τρίτη, 9 Ιανουαρίου 2018

Reflexology Top 10 for 2017

Looking back at 2017 one would say that it is not easy to conclude if 2017 was a good, average or bad year for Reflexology. Yes our method is continuing to be “on the rise” but at a steady pace this year. 
In 2017 we read good publications in the media about it, Holland especially was a surprise this year. We noticed it being utilized more and more and even in new areas, there were also important additions in research which is always good. 
2017 was definitely facial reflexology year, a lot of action in this direction.

Regarding training we noticed in many countries more and better of it but also “downsizing of training” in a few cases. Online training in Reflexology is expanding but this is happening generally in education, sign of the times I suppose. 
Groupon deals almost disappeared, which we approve of, and we also noticed more and more professional Reflexologists around the world, China is definitely still leading the way. This year we read that a report exists about the foot massage market!
There has also been progression in the area of regulation, mostly from the USA but European countries are expected to pick up, hopefully in 2018.

Unfortunately 2017 shall also be remembered as the year “war on cam” began. I am not referring to articles written by scientists or skeptic journalists, these we have gotten used too, I am referring to government policies.

10. Footwear in general and medical footwear, gadjets and other devices, two luxurious cars included were all Reflexology orientated. This is a huge market and one is to question, "Do they believe what they say about the benefits of Reflexology or is it just a sales pitch"? They best footwear to take advantage of Reflexology our your bare feet, use them. They are more economical also.

9. Facial Reflexology got a lot of attention this year around the world. The amount of seminars and approaches, plus the publicity prove this. This is noticeable because after the feet, ear reflexology or hand reflexology for years were more popular. Not this year! It was to be expected, many good reflexologists have been working in this field for quite some years. I expect this field to expand even more. Well done.

8. Plato said that "Only the dead have seen the end of war". Not much has changed from his time, of the lucky ones who survive warfare, many returning home are now mentally challenged and go through posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) . The American army is determined to take care of it's soldiers and so are other motivated people. They will utilize CAM modalities if they have too, reflexology included... 

7. Reflexology is off the bench and in the court! 
It's been gaining popularity slowly but more and more by the year. In 2017 we were happily surprised by two examples of athletes, especially because they are high performance athletes. One is Polish voleyball player Anna Werblińska who got treated during the game with ear reflexology. And the other example is that of Hungarian handball player Laszlo Nagy, the latter receives very often and shares his satisfaction on social media regularly. This is one area where Reflexology has not yet established a solid presence, we expect to see more in the future.

6.  War on CAM...

Statistics state that CAM is used mostly in countries of one of two categories,  either countries with very bad economy-poor countries, or countries with booming economy, very good economy, rich countries! It would seem the latter is no longer true. There were very few countries (despite common belief) that offered CAM though their national health system, for Reflexology this was very rare, only a couple of examples existed and under very specific circumstances. These ruling goverments in 2017 decided to cease offering such service through their NHS and in Alberta they cut these services from private insurance also. 
The image is worse for products of homeopathy and Bach remedies. 
At the same time a opioid epidemic has exploded in the western world and it is costing a lot, a lot regarding goverment money and citizens quality of life. With communication and dialogue I am sure a solution can be found. 
...maybe we should call in the army? 

5.  Regarding research one stood out and it was not in Reflexology. In November a paper was published with some great findings leading to groundbreaking results. This research has to do with massage, but one of their findings, the groundbreaking result one, has to do with the approach Eunice Ingham, founder of reflexology called "referall areas" the evolvement of which would be the concept of cross reflexes.
The research was conducted at Coloroda State University and you must read their announcement here
Eunice Ingham was definetely ahead of her time, maybe one day researchers will find something groundbreaking to announce for reflexology?

4. Regarding Reflexology regulation it seems the picture around the Italy (2016).  It seems that the saying "what goes around, comes around is true. Because Reflexology and all other CAM have not proven through research to be of benefit nor have they any proven scientific basis, non medical therapists may practise them. 
world is slowly clearing up. In the US the states of New York, Nebraska, North Carolina and Washington have proceeded in this direction, great news. In some EU countries there have been issues with other professions (physiotherapists and aestheticians) claiming that Reflexology should be practised only by them!

3. Reflexology training for the blind is growing all around the
world! In India exists a Blind football academy where The players will be given vocational skill training in computers and foot reflexology to ensure a parallel source of income when they are not engaged in matched, especially for those who do not end up successfully in pursuing football as a profession”.
The Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association offered a six-week reflexology training course for six blind and visually impaired women.
In Saudi Arabia  the goverment with private partnership are opening ten reflexology centers for the blind. 
In Borneo the non-governmental organisation Sabah Society for the Blind is running a reflexology center as part of income-generating project.
Alexander Salon has many branches and has also joined hands with a blind school to train 15 blind people on reflexology and it will provide them employment in its own spa and also help them find jobs.

2. Congratulations to Hanne, well done, much respect!
Hanne Marquardt, reflexology pioneer was honored September in Berlin by invitation of German President Steinmeier. She was invited to attend an event in the Berlin Castle. This annual event is arranged once a year to honor German citizens for their accomplishments. Marquardt was honored for her 23 years of social work in Armenia where she had opened a school for Reflexotherapy of the Feet (RTF) in 1993. This was in response to times of great medical and ecological need after Armenia suffered a very heavy earthquake. In addition Hanne was also honored for her 8 years of voluntarily teaching in the then separated East Germany. She traveled to attend the party with Johanna ,her eldest granddaughter, and her 4-months old great granddaughter little Lillie.

Marquardt quoted in the article "I am happy to be here, but I do not care that much about me. It is important to me that this therapy (Reflexology) receives such a special recognition."

1. At No1 is the humble and not so glamorous story of Monica, a South Sudanese refugee who runs five massage and reflexology centres in Kakuma refugee campKakuma, Kenya's second-biggest camp located in the country's northeast near the border with South Sudan, is home to 154,947 refugees - the luckiest of whom may receive massages services alongside counselling sessions. 
Besides taking care of them, she trains them also in these methods making the centre a empowering safe haven.
Monica and her colleagues try to help with emotional problems, stress and muscle tension due to stress. But even more importantly...

"It's all about self-worth. 
To be tended like that shows them 
they are worth being taken care of"

Have a great 2018 everyone!

Σεμινάριο Ρεφλεξολογίας Ηράκλειο Κρήτη

Το Κε.Δι.Bι. Μ 1 ΚΕΠΑΝΣΗ διοργανώνει δύο σεμινάρια Ορθοπεδικής Ρεφλεξολογίας και Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Ιπποκρατικής Μάλαξης στις 29, 30 και 31 Ιανουαρίου με τον Ρεφλεξολόγο κ. Σπύρο Δημητράκουλα.
Δηλώστε συμμετοχή στα (Τ) 2810 263833, 2810 285982 και 2810 263803.
Τα σεμινάρια θα προσδώσουν γνώσεις και επαγγελματικά πλεονεκτήματα στους συμμετέχοντες στον πλέον περιζήτητο τομέα της Ρεφλεξολογίας.
Η Ιπποκρατική Ανάτριψη/ Μάλαξη στο σύνολο της αποτελεί ένα ολοκληρωμένο σύστημα το οποίο θα προσδώσει στους συμμετέχοντες, νέες γνώσεις οι οποίες θα συμπληρώσουν τις ήδη υπάρχουσες για τους πιο έμπειρους. Ενώ, για τους νεότερους θα αποτελέσει μία ιδανική εισαγωγή στον κόσμο των ενεργειακών και συμπληρωματικών θεραπειών.
Το σεμινάριο Ορθοπεδικής Ρεφλαξολογίας είναι μετ’εκπαιδευτικό για ρεφλεξολόγους αλλά είναι κατάλληλο και για δια χειρών θεραπευτές όλων των μεθόδων που επιθυμούν να εμβαθύνουν τις γνώσεις τους προς αυτή την κατεύθυνση.

Τετάρτη, 29 Νοεμβρίου 2017


This protocol is inspired by: Marie-France Muller (the French reflexologist)

Areas selected support relaxation, psychological balance, brain balance, revitalization
WHEN? Next time you cuddle.
HOW? Take a few breaths to relax/ground, prepare yourself:
• Use a bit more pressure than petting but ease if needed.
• If pet pulls away, do next reflex area but return
later - going with the pet’s flow, respecting the
animal's comfort zone, but aim to do all
• Do about 10-12 passes (going back and
forth) totaling 4-5 seconds on each "reflex
area" as marked on image:
1.area where ears are attached to face.
2. ear tips
3. across forehead
4. along nose
5. just below nose (turn finger sideways)
6. third eye (above and between eyebrows)
7. end session at area where ears are attached to face; gently
remove hands.

ENJOY, Birgit and Mowgli
• Empowers, relaxes pets and enhances bonding with their parents/caregivers - especially if done DAILY.
• Long term effects if done more frequently throughout the day in times of increased stress.
• The face is a microcosm of the entire body; by working on specific areas (called reflexes) on the face, the
body's systems rebalance (HOMEOSTASIS) resulting in (like foot/hand/ear reflexology) relaxation and wellbeing. Modern Reflexology was developed by US physicians.

Birgit Nagele is an ARCB nationally certified reflexologist, yoga teacher, and Mowgli's mom, based in NYC.
• Mowgli formerly Tiki is a rescue labrotti (NSAL) and recipient of daily reflexology since 2009.
21st century living throbs with INTENSITY often resulting in STRESS. In the long run it can lead to chronic tension. Pets pick up our imbalances and may additionally have stress due to genetics, possible abuse by puppy mills, previous owners, medical challenges, age. 
This is an invitation to get you started with Reflexology; both you and our animal friends will benefit.
Many thanks to Raul Penaranda Marie-France Muller (Facial
Reflexology A Self Care Manual) Rod Figaro
Mowgli 🐾 🐕 .
(May 6ER4Dogs help de-stress, rebalance-use daily, often if needed,but keep it short and sweet.). Please, consult a vet for medical issues.
Copyright © 2016,2017 Birgit Nagele,ARCB,LVCY,TSY Permission is hereby granted to reproduce this, as long as the content is unchanged, for non-commercial purposes only.

Τρίτη, 7 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Reflexology in New York City - Sarah Jessica Parker level!

In 2010 I remeber reading a very interesting article where the famous actress from the tv serial Sex and The City shared some personal tips.

The article was titled  SJP Shares Her Top Beauty Must Haves

In that article she recommended "Angel Feet" a Reflexology service  in the heart of the West Village on beautiful, tree-lined Perry Street. Her exact words were (I loved the bold letter part)...

Her beauty indulgences:
"Every now and then, there is this place called Angel Feet [I go to] that's amazing. It's a reflexology place. I don't know about any of that — that doesn't really matter me. The fact is that someone will rub your feet for an hour. I don't care what they find out about my insides, or different organs. That goes in one ear and out the other. The fact of the matter is that they will rub your feet for an hour. You just have to find the hour. It's not inexpensive, and it's not highway robbery. It's right in the middle there. It's worth every penny, I will say!"

Expensive designer shoes like  Manolo Blahniks, Christian Louboutins and Jimmy Choos can have quite an effect on your feet!

Fate would have that last week while in NY, for a Orthopedic Reflexology course hosted by the New York State Reflexology Association, I was to visit a board member at her office which was the "former" Angel feet!
For me this was great because I was very interested in seeing and feeling the reflexology service SJP or Carrie Bradshaw so willingly recommends on any given occasion.

Once at the office, and a bit early I entered a truly zen area, the secretary knew who I was and politely offered me to have a seat. To be honest I preferred to wait outside since it was such a nice day and Perry street is beautifull.

After a few minutes owners and fellow colleagues Denice Kondik (NYSRA board member) and Jessie Meegan greeted me 
with much warmth. A wonderfull discussion followed with cappucino and proseco 
and a lot of Reflexology talk on all levels. 

I took note of the difficulties that exist in order to practise reflexology on a 
professional level but also the many benefits mentioned. There exist in NY as 
in many places around the world legal issues regarding the practise of reflexology.
Also of interest is that in all of NY only one reflexology school exists!
My two colleagues are very experienced and have been practising 
many years. During our meeting I felt their confidence, strength and true humble 
nature. I regret that I did not have the time to take up to their invitation to 
exchange treatments and ideas. Definetely next time!

The original owner passed away a while back and our two colleagues have 
taken over the buisness. The name of the establishment now is Perry Street Reflexology.

Of course I enquired about SJP, and Jessie has treated her hundreds of times, together they have a long client list of other well known celebrities also. Their professionalism did not allow them to get into details, something that I apreciated and respected.

But they showed me where Carrie's first apartment was in the series, the building with the famous stairs is 66 Perry Street, N.Y.C (West Village,
Manhattan), and thus we had a beautifull picture. Right across from their reflexology office! Interestingly enough many people were there taking pictures also.

Next time you visit New York visit Perry Street (Reflexology) if it's good for Sarah...

Πέμπτη, 12 Οκτωβρίου 2017

Σεμινάριο Ρεφλεξολογίας

ΝΕΑ ΗΜΕΡΟΜΗΝΙΑ 18-19 Νοεμβρίου
Η Ρεφλεξολογία είναι μία απλή (συμπληρωματική)
μέθοδος με εντυπωσιακά αποτελέσματα.
Στις 18-19 Νοεμβρίου θα μοιραστούμε μαζί σας τις βασικές
αρχές που την διέπουν για να την αξιοποιήσετε συμπληρωματικά όπου χρειάζεται.
Στην περίπτωση έγκαιρης προεξόφλησης ισχύει έκπτωση 30%

Τετάρτη, 27 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

Διήμερο Σεμινάριο Ρεφλεξολογίας

Η Ρεφλεξολογία είναι μία απλή (συμπληρωματική)
μέθοδος με εντυπωσιακά αποτελέσματα.
Τη μία στιγμή μπορεί να την διδάσκω στο Άργος σε αθλητές
για να έχουν εργαλεία ώστε να φροντίζουν τον εαυτό τους η 
τους συναθλητές τους.
Και την άλλη στιγμή να την διδάσκω στην Τουρκία σε Φυσιοθεραπευτές και Ιατρούς για να θεραπεύσουν τους ασθενείς τους.
Στις 14-15 Οκτωβρίου θα την διδάξουμε σε όλους
για να την αξιοποιήσουν όπου χρειάζεται.

Στην περίπτωση έγκαιρης προεξόφλησης ισχύει έκπτωση 30%

Κυριακή, 24 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

Multiple Sclerosis and Reflexology

The results of a survey investigating the use of complementary and alternative therapies by people with MS highlighted reflexology as one of the most popular therapies used by people with the condition.


Réflexologie à l'hôpital

Sinusitis and Reflexology Research Tromso

To investigate the effect of alternative treatment

"We must stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics," says Professor.

Next week, a project will begin to determine if using foot therapy can dampen the symptoms of sinusitis.
The work will take place at Nøtterøy Nursing Center, in collaboration with a physician from Vestskogen Medical Center. All of this will be governed by the research community from the University of Tromsø.

National Geographic Magazine March 1932

The National Geographic Magazine March 1932 describes how important the feet are and their association with the rest of the body.
Sounds a lot like Reflexology, Orthopedic Reflexology!
"Pain in the foot, leg or other parts of the body will follow pressure of displaced bones against sensitive nerves."
"Stubborn cases of headache, backache, continued fatigue, poor circulation, indigestion, unruly nerves, spinal disorders, neuritis, rheumatism or pain often mistaken for kidney trouble may have their origin in the feet."
"When a foot is unable to carry its load uncomplainingly, knees, hips and spine suffer the consequences. A straight body, having good posture, is rarely found above weakened or distorted feet."

Τετάρτη, 20 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

Εκπαίδευση Ρεφλεξολογίας στην Θεσσαλονίκη

Μία πρόταση για τους φίλους στην βόρειο Ελλάδα που αναζητούν ολοκληρωμένη εκπαίδευση στην Ρεφλεξολογία.

Ο Ιωάννης Ντόβρος υπήρξε σπουδαστής μας και χαιρόμαστε για την πρόοδο και την διαδρομή που διαγράφει.


Πέμπτη, 24 Αυγούστου 2017

Εισαγωγικές Ομιλίες 2017 Natural Health Science

Εισαγωγικές Ομιλίες 2017
Η NHS σας καλωσορίζει στο νέο παράρτημα της σχολής στο Περιστέρι (Παναγή Τσαλδάρη 10 & Θισβής, 4 μόλις λεπτά από τον Σταθμό Μετρό Αγίου Αντωνίου) και σας καλεί να παρακολουθήσετε τις εισαγωγικές ομιλίες για τα νέα μαθήματα που θα διδαχθούν αυτό το ακαδημαϊκό έτος.
Παρακολουθήστε τις ομιλίες, ενημερωθείτε για τα σχετικά μαθήματα και το περιεχόμενο που θα διδαχθείτε και λάβετε μέρος σε αυτά που σας ενδιαφέρουν.
Σημαντική σημείωση για τις μελλοντικές εξελίξεις στο χώρο των ΣΕΘ:
Ο εκπαιδευτικός οργανισμός N.H.S. λειτουργεί με άδεια
από το Υπουργείο Παιδείας -ΕΟΠΠΕΠ ως ΚΕ.ΔΙ.ΒΙ.Μ.1-2

Πρόγραμμα Ομιλιών

Πέμπτη, 17 Αυγούστου 2017

Auricular reflexology in Poland!

Anna Werblińska, member of Poland women's national volleyball team and Polish club KPS Chemik Police , twisted her ankle during the Orlen finals in 2016.
The team therapist "treated" her ear!
The article closes by stating "Although the method seemed strange, it apparently helped. Werblinska returned to the second set!"

Τετάρτη, 16 Αυγούστου 2017

Even TCM is seeing a decline in its usage..., in China!!!

The new legislation will aim to raise the status of TCM by
requiring local governments to launch TCM institutions in all medical centers, increasing funding for its development, and widening the scale of TCM education.

Το επάγγελμα του Ρεφλεξολόγου στις ΗΠΑ

Reflexology careers have been gaining in popularity for the past 25 years and
continue to grow today. With the current wellness boom in the United States, reflexology has earned a place at the forefront of alternative therapies for its effectiveness in reducing stress and relieving a number of common health problems, including chronic pain, allergies and digestive issues.

Reflexology school programs generally take between six and twelve months to complete and involve 150 to 300 hours of study combined with hands-on practice. Some schools offer online as well as traditional classroom programs to meet course work requirements.
You can expect tuition for a reflexology education program to cost approximately $1,500 to $3,500. As part of your education, you will also need to purchase a massage table or reclining chair, which typically costs $200 to $500.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for massage therapists is $37,180. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.

A new Reflexology device has been created in Mexico by the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN).

Plantilla basada en reflexología alivia problemas de columna y pies
Una plantilla de descanso llamada TecnoFit, basada en reflexología podal, puede ayudar a solucionar problemas de la columna vertebral y el dolor de pies, informó hoy el Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN).
La plantilla proporciona pulsaciones o masaje en diferentes partes del pie, con lo que alivia diferentes malestares, según las estudiantes del Centro de Estudios Científicos y Tecnológicos (Cecyt) 12 que han desarrollado la nueva plantilla.
El mecanismo del aditamento tiene pulsadores que están conectados con un cable a una caja reguladora, en la que se activa un interruptor para iniciar la sesión de descanso y aplicar la presión en puntos específicos.
Si el masaje se da en el dedo gordo del pie, aliviará los dolores de cabeza y el cerebro; mientras que si se aplica en el metatarso o planta del pie se relajarán hombros, pulmones y espalda, dijeron.
En el arco del pie, la plantilla será eficaz para distender la espina dorsal; en los cuboides, que son la parte lateral del talón, ayudará a los riñones y en el talón relajará pies, cadera y rodillas.
La plantilla está basada en la reflexología podal, una técnica terapéutica que estimula puntos sobre los pies, denominados zonas de reflejos y que producen efectos específicos en otras partes del cuerpo.

Fotografía cedida por el Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) donde se muestra una plantilla de descanso llamada TecnoFit hoy, martes 25 de julio de 2017, en Ciudad de México (México). EFE/IPN/SOLO USO EDITORIAL (EFE)

Reflexology in Israel

Israel’s health care system covers Reflexology...
Most everyone is covered for most things; common prescription medicines are inexpensive, and some alternative treatments such as reflexology are covered,” says Alan Abbey, Director of Internet and Media at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Call for abstracts - RiEN conference

Until September 15th!

Reflexology for the blind in Arabia!

With the blessings of the ministries of labor and tourism at the grand opening of the first

reflexology center.
To be honest I am not surprised, considering the published research coming from the middle east.

Princess Diana loved Reflexology

Princess Diana loved Reflexology, she was also very close
and trusted her reflexologist Chryssie Fitzgerald. What a coincidence with Dr. Fitzgerald!
Chryssie was trained by Anthony Porter.
Chryssie also sold through an auction the letters the Princess had written to her, after her death of course...

"She spent years looking for answers, and seeking comfort. The comfort came from an endless round of therapies to which she became attached, from hypnotherapy, acupuncture and osteopathy to reflexology, shiatsu, deep-tissue massage and even regular colonic irrigation.
One way the princess tried to alleviate her blues was by taking up kickboxing. For months teacher Keith Rodrigues, whose wife Chryssie Fitzgerald was Diana’s reflexologist, would visit her once a week at Kensington Palace. She sparred with him wearing huge 16oz gloves. It was her way of working the anger and frustration out of herself. And does this now not sound hauntingly familiar?"

Daugaard: Massage therapists shouldn't need licenses

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Thursday the state should take the Trump administration's advice and begin rolling back occupational licensure requirements, and the
best place to start is with massage therapists.

“I honestly am not worried about somebody rubbing my muscles so hard that they’ll injure me or that they’ll need a license to protect me from them,” Daugaard continued.

Lazlo Nagy loves reflexology!

Lazlo Nagy is considered one of the best handball athletes and among the 100 most important people around the sport.
He also trusts Reflexology in order to be the best.

Latin America is going strong on reflexology and other CAM

Tai Chi, meditación y reflexología se suman a
los tratamientos tradicionales en los hospitales

Las principales ciudades del mundo, entre ellas Buenos Aires, comienza a incluir estos opciones de salud.