World Reflexology blog based in Athens Greece by Spiridon Dimitrakoulas, Orthopedic Reflexologist.
"All people should learn the art of medicine, Hippocrate, especially those who are educated and have experience with words, because this is beautiful and at the same time usefull in life." Democritus
Google Website Translator Gadget_________ ATTENTION "Αγγλικά" is ENGLISH !!!!!
In the early hours of Wednesday 18 July 2018, the 199th day of the year, I lost my dad Anthony Larkin where he was in the intensive care unit in University Hospital Waterford. The above is a poem I read to him to send him comfortably on his way.
He carved his own niche in the world being one of the key players and trailblazers in reflexology and reiki in Ireland and cited in many reflexology books internationally, helping so many people with their health, and teaching so many more across the country. He was also a well regarded Chiropodist and chiropody was a love of his going back many years. He was technology mad and loved keeping in the know with the latest Nikon cameras and Apple gear.
He has been the best, thoughtful and understanding dad anyone could ask for. Daddy was a character, full of wit and ways with words. He was brazen and would say anything to anyone. His stories often seemed exaggerated but we're learning that the more the exaggerated they sounded the more true they actually were. Everyone has an Anthony story and if you have any to share we would love to hear them. Comment below (please note it's public) or message me privately.
He was renowned for his choices in food and a visionary when it came to trying to communicate what he wanted to restaurant staff. This included his mantra when requesting no garnish
"I want steak and chips, no slurry or silage, not even flowers on the plate."
RIP Anthony Larkin 'the foot man' 1945-2018. Far too young to go so quickly.
Just at the moment when most are shouting against the pseudosciences , the Official College of Nursing of Barcelona launches a complete program of " natural and complementary workshops " for health personnel. Fourteen courses that aim to bring attendees to practices such as reiki, reflexotherapy or floral therapy for 9 months. https://www.redaccionmedica.com/autonomias/cataluna/la-enfermeria-barcelonesa-confirma-su-formacion-en-pseudoterapia-hasta-2019-9628
"We found that adaptive learning with the hand affects cerebellar–motor cortex connectivity, not only for the trained hand, but also for an untrained leg muscle, an effect likely related to intereffector transfer of learning."
"The measurements from these subjects showed that the connectivity between the cerebellum and the motor cortex changed not just for the areas of the motor cortex that controlled the right hand, but also in the areas known to control the right foot." https://www.sciencedaily.com/releas…/2017/…/170330132415.htm
A heartbreaking story between a thirsty for love daughter and her successfull yet imperfect father.
During the last year or so of his life, she was there as his health faded. She’d given up on the possibility of some kind of “grand reconciliation,” but you get the sense from her writing that she still loved her father, in spite of everything.
Three months before he (Jobs) died and during one of her numerous visits to his death bed, the Brazilian Buddhist monk by his side possibly suggested the means of redemption.
Hippocratic Anatripsis (rubbing – kneading) is a Two Day Massage Training Course following the principles as taught by Hippocrates and Galen. During this training practitioners will learn to work along the pathways of the four Hippocratic veins (meridians). Of these four main pathways, three of them travel along the myoskeletal system and one along the viscera. They are intertwined (connected and interconnected) not only amongst themselves, but also with the nervous system and have an effect on our thoughts, emotions and energy centres (as described by Plato in the dialogue Timaeus).
This training will focus on the practical hands on techniques, mostly with the recipient fully clothed or at times partially draped. Hippocrates and Galen describe many mediums to use with Anatripsis, all result with a unique effect. This will be discussed during the course. For the purpose of this two day training,and the comfort and ease of the participants, we will also learn how to be efficient utilizing the medium of cloth. In addition, part of the course will also include learning more on the nervous system and on the treatment of chronic and unresolved pain.
This training day is open to both reflexologists and massage therapists alike who wish to complement their existing skills. For those who have already trained in Orthopedic Reflexology the pre-existing knowledge and practical approaches taught will now be applied to the rest of the body. It is also suitable for those looking to expand their work in the area of sports, with the elderly, or in any target group that has an objective difficulty in undraping.
The techniques that will be taught have been utilized by Spiros successfully in his private practice, the Athens Classic Marathon, the Aretaieio Hospital pain clinic (Athens), and was considered the main factor for the successful outcome of the Diomidis Handball team (Argos-Greece) winning the Greek championship and the European Cup in 2011/12.
Walmer College Dublin RahenyOct 20th and 21st 2018 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com London: Columbia Hotel, 95-99 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NS Course Date: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December 2018 Link: https://www.reflexologyacademylondon.com/courses/cpd-advanced/hippocratic-anatripis-massage
In the Orthopedic Reflexology approach, besides Eunice Ingham's expalnation on how Reflexology works (crystal formation/ circulation obstruction), we examine and study other possible mechanisms for the effect of reflexology.
One such possible mechanism might be what is known as regional interdependence, especially for persistent and chronic pain cases. These are the cases the vast majority of reflexologists face in their every day practise.
Simply put, regional interdependence is the concept that seemingly unrelated impairments in a remote anatomical region may contribute to, or be associated with, the patient’s primary complaint. Current research has shown that regional interdependence can be affected not only by other regions in the musculoskeletal system but impairements from varying body systems and regions. It is important to remember, that regional interdependence is different than referred pain.
With respect to reflexology, the ankle joint is a mobile joint and it correlates
Illustration property of Adam Thomas for Balacing touch
(reflexology) to the hip joint which again is a mobile joint. If the ankle joint from mobile becomes immobile then other joints will possibly be effected. The trained reflexologist will pick up this immobility (crystals, calcifications, nerve endings) and with skill and patience try to benefit this joint working out the "findings" and possibly correcting the mobility which in turn will have a positive effect on the hip joint.
If you would like a more simpler explanation, maybe these lyrics from The Skeleton Dance will help...
The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone.
The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone.
The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone.
Doin’ the skeleton dance.
This video is also helpfull, take notice that the description stops at the ankle joint, ...me wonders if the alteration between stable and mobile joints continues way down to the phalanges.
The school which will be based at the Trust’s Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, but also at Rudding Park, will deliver courses in complementary therapies.
He said “The reflexology treatments that Denise received from Julie allowed her to not only have a physical but also a mental break from dealing with cancer. “She came home usually exhausted but the next day, and several days after, having been able to sleep properly she was more her old self and a wife and mum not an ill lady with cancer. “Really it was the only time she was able to sleep properly and then eat proper portions and enjoy her food again.
During their royal visit to the Sir Robert Ogden Centre, Denise had the chance to tell Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall about the benefits of complementary therapy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen performing some stretches and yoga poses in his new fitness video. He can also be seen doing foot reflexology path, an exercise that helps to improve health and well-being.
An estimated 1 in 5 women surviving breast cancer will go on to develop breast cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL). There is a gap in the literature capturing experiences of people living with BCRL who use complementary therapies.
Materials and methods
Data were collected from 26 participants via a semi-structured interview. Questioning centred around their personal experiences of living with lymphoedema, and their use of reflexology lymphatic drainage.
Four main themes emerged which comprised physical and psycho-social impacts of lymphoedema, experiences of physical change, and the return of optimism. RLD treatment was considered pleasant and non invasive, and the reduction in swelling helped with pain and mobility.
The main conclusion from this qualitative evaluation was that participants perceived benefit on physical and psychological levels. Participation in the study appeared to help re-engagement with normal life. Further research is needed to quantify the changes in these parameters.
For the 3rd time Orthopedic Reflexology training will be offered to international students in Greece. Our two previous venues were in Tolo/Argos Greece. This year we are moving to Athens and taking the date venue to the end of summer... at least for most of you, because in Greece summer lasts long. It is a great oppurtunity to combine a vacation in Greece with one of the most popular and successfull reflexology trainings offered at the moment. The adress of the venue will be in the Nea Smirni area near the center of Athens. There are plenty of airbnb at great prices nearby. I can help you out with this also. The dates of the course are 31st of August 1st & 2nd September 2018 between 9:30 am - 16:30pm. This gives you more then enough time for sight seeing or enjoying the sea in Greece's capitol. During your 3 day course my full attention will be at you the participants so as to accomodate your visit and you get the most out of it! If you wish I will guide you personally in the afternoon and evening so to make sure you get the most from your visit to Athens. A visit at the Acropolis museum along with a small sight seeing tour will be organized. In general for those who like, we will spend time together after the course and most likely with other Greek colleagues. (Admission fee's to museums and meals are at the participants expense.) At this time of the year the sports teams will be getting ready for competition that will begin in September, it is most likely that we will have more then enough of them to practise on! Orthopedic Reflexology Course Fee: 380euro/320euro* *(Early Bird Course Fee until 10th July 2018included as a gift will be the "cup of greed of Pythagoras", organic beeswax handmade by me and the OR training DVD!)
For persons who have already completed the OR training but wish to attend a 50% discount applies.
Coffee, tea, fresh fruits will be offered at the breaks and are included in the course fee.
For enquiries or to book your place please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer school 2016
Summer school 2017
Orthopedic Reflexology is about utilizing the experience one has obtained in discriminating the reflex areas or the condition of the foot's tissues and then applying the correct technique, the proper amount of pressure for the appropriate amount of time, to achieve the "medium" as taught by Hippocrates in order for nature to heal. Orthopedic Reflexology practitioners use the condition of the tissues of the feet as a guide. Anatomical charts to understand the reflexes, zones, meridians and fascia, as well as to effectively manipulate the feet.
Orthopedic Reflexology will teach the theory and practical approaches of Hippocrates and Galens guide on the effects of "rubbing" – Anatripsis; the four meridians of Hippocrates, Orthopedic reflexology maps, understanding pain and a deeper exploration of the history and origin of reflexology and the "science" behind it. In Orthopedic Reflexology we also learn how to assist many local foot problems such as halux valgus and hammer toes, which in turn affects and helps treat disorders of the myoskeletal system and the internal organs.
Orthopedic Reflexology is based on the teachings of Hippocrates, the father of western medicine.This regards the art of rubbing - Anatripsis. Hippocrates wrote small concise passages on rubbing which he considered easy to learn and apply. Scattered in the Hippocratic corpus many references to rubbing (and of the feet) can be found.
During this 3 day instructive course you will be taught the anatomy of the feet which will include the four muscle layers, connective tissue e.g plantar fascia and retinaculum, the location of the bones of the feet and the route of the tendons and peripheral nerves entering the feet. Participants will be taught how to effectively treat all these structures, and make correlations within their existing knowledge and integrate the new techniques into their own existing practice.
The basis of the training is learning the theoretical and practical approaches of Hippocrates and Galen on the effects of "rubbing" – Anatripsis, as they have been handed down to us from their original books. Hippocrates describes in detail four main “veins” that are considered the forefather of the Chinese meridians. The Hippocratic veins will be outlined theoretically in detail, and approached practically until the knee and elbow respectively. During the course attention is given to understanding modern concepts of pain and the “science” behind Reflexology and utilizing this knowledge in our every day work. The history and origin of reflexology is reviewed.
Upon completion of training in Orthopedic Reflexology participants will have the capacity to alleviate complementary to standard care of local foot problems such as hallux valgus and hammer toes, which in turn reflexively affect and help treat disorders found in other parts of the body.
Please note - Orthopedic reflexology is open to all, not only reflexologists. Therapists who are new to working the feet will notice the differences, and body workers can integrate the techniques learnt immediately into their practice.
- if you ever wanted to specialize in the lower limbs (anatomy physiology), - if you ever wondered why what you already do with Reflexology is helpful, - if you wonder why you are NOT helping, - if you ever wanted to be introduced to the sphere of Greek medicine
This course is for you!
The majority of the course is focused on the practical applications of the Orthopedic Reflexology techniques. There are many structures in our feet and each one requires a unique technique.
Orthopedic Reflexology 3 Day Course
• Hippocrates and Galens guide on the effects of "rubbing" Anatripsis • Anatomy of the foot • Hippocrates 4 pairs of Veins (meridians) • Muscle chains/ Zones/ Chinese meridians/ Nerve pathways • Orthopedic Reflexology Maps • Hippocrates Holistic approach • The 'science' behind reflexology • Effective techniques for local foot problems such as hallux valgus and hammer toes • Explain Pain-understanding the modern concepts • Referenced Reflexology History - Why is this important for the outcome of your treatment and for our future as a profession?
Students will receive the Hippocrates corpus in digital form, the four Hippocratic meridians and many other resources which can be used for reference purposes and for personal marketing.
If you sprain an ankle or break a wrist this summer and cannot use one of your limbs, the muscles there will weaken and shrink — unless you exercise those same muscles in your other limb.
According to a fascinating new study, working out the muscles on one side of our bodies can keep the muscles on the other side strong and fit, even if we do not move them at all. The finding has implications for injury recovery and also underscores how capable and confounding our bodies can be.
First Lady Emine Erdoğan, who is known for her personal support for traditional and complementary medicine, is the congress's honorary president.
In a keynote speech at the congress, First Lady Erdoğan said traditional and complementary medicine is not an alternative to modern medicine, rather, as its name imply, complementary.
"Medicine is as old as humanity but the problem is that modern medicine has severed its ties to the past and ignores this vast experience.
"The importance of the field has come back under the spotlight recently. Ignoring the tradition or belittling it is an outdated approach," she said, adding that the colonialist approach in the world "unfortunately saw the path to the future in ignoring the past of nations."
"We will be providing, on the NHS, patients with yoga, with demonstrations and education on healthy eating, Ayurvedic diets, and massage including reflexology and Indian head massage. And all this will be subject to a research project led by Westminster University, to find out whether the English population will take to yoga and these sorts of treatments.
"Whether they will be helped by it and finally whether it will reduce the call on NHS resources leading to less GP consultations, hospital admissions and operations."
From 2016 she opened Nine Family Reflexology and she will be opening a new branch in Green Mall Pramuka Square.
When asked why she chose the reflexology business, Liliyana said that because of the athlete's world she came close to these massages.
"So the athlete should be happy to be massaged, and I like to undergo reflexology treatment, I know how to massage well and make the body more fresh," she said.
Liliyana Natsir an Indonesian female badminton player who specializes in doubles. With one gold and silver from Olympic Games and four gold medals at BWF World Championships, she is regarded as one of the greatest mixed doubles players of all-time.
It is a very sad time when a loved one is nearing the end of their life and their journey on Earth is about to conclude. It is a difficult time to go through, and our lives are never the same once they are gone.
Reflexology and Aromatherapy can be used as a loving and effective treatment when a life is about to end.
When I was Chair of RiEN I was in favor of the no regulation, when I was Chair in Greece I had the same opinion. Two years ago I was saying the same when some Greeks had the idea of being regulated, ...fools!
Now read it here...
"But in the case of reflexology, horse massage or a farm labor contractor there isn’t a public safety concern. If someone is bad at performing these trades, their work will speak for itself and that person’s work opportunities will shrink until they are pushed out of the market."
Foot massage in some countries is associated with trafficking, this is a good example.
For those interested in the politics, this is a great example, especially because it gives the association strength.
In California, certification is voluntary, meaning it is not required by the state; however, according to CAMTC’s FAQs page, ” … many cities and counties have replaced their requirement for a city massage permit, usually issued by the police or sheriff’s “department, with a requirement for CAMTC certification.”
ΠΑΟΚ, εν όψει των πολλά υποσχόμενων τελικών του πρωταθλήματος της Α1, κόντρα στη νυν πρωταθλήτρια Νέα Ιωνία.
Ειδικοί επιστήμονες βρέθηκαν στη Sports Arena του Δικέφαλου, προσφέροντας τις υπηρεσίες τους στις παίκτριες της ομάδας, που ζητούν… ρεβάνς από τη Νέα Ιωνία, μετά τον χαμένο τελικό του Κυπέλλου Ελλάδας στην Κοζάνη
Αναλυτικά το δελτίο Τύπου του ΑΣ ΠΑΟΚ «Οι κορυφαίοι ρεφλεξολόγοι στην Ελλάδα, οι οποίοι ασχολούνται με αθλητές ως επί το πλείστον του χάντμπολ, επισκέφθηκαν το PAOK Sports Arena την εβδομάδα που διανύουμε και προσέφεραν τις υπηρεσίες τους στις αθλήτριες του ΠΑΟΚ REDLED.
Τα κορίτσια του Δικεφάλου είχαν την ευκαιρία να «ανανεωθούν» και να χαλαρώσουν μέσα από τις υπηρεσίες που προσέφεραν οι κκ. Σπύρος Δημητράκουλας, Πάνος Νικολόπουλος και Δημήτρης Καπετάνος, που σίγουρα θα τους φανούν χρήσιμες ενόψει των κρίσιμων αγώνων play-offs, οι οποίοι θα κρίνουν τον τίτλο του πρωταθλητή.
Άλλωστε, μία ομάδα που λειτουργεί σε επαγγελματικά πρότυπα, φροντίζει να δίνει σημασία και στην παραμικρή λεπτομέρεια!
Το τμήμα χάντμπολ γυναικών ΠΑΟΚ REDLED ευχαριστεί τους προαναφερομένους ρεφλεξιολόγους για την άψογη συνεργασία με τις αθλήτριές μας!».
Ο λαός μας λέει σοφά "Μάθε τέχνη κι άστηνε κι αν πεινάσεις πιάστηνε."
Ξέρουμε καλά στο NHS ότι πολλοί από εσάς που τελειώσατε την διετή εκπαίδευση σας στην ρεφλεξολογία την αφήσατε στην άκρη για διάφορους λόγους.
Αρκετοί από εσάς κατά καιρούς μας λένε ότι θέλουν να ασχοληθούν τώρα αλλά διστάζουν διότι έχει περάσει καιρός, και ίσως να μην τα θυμούνται ή χρειάζονται μία κινητοποίηση, μία ανάφλεξη για να ξεκινήσουν.
Για αυτά τα άτομα σχεδιάσαμε σεμινάρια (Back to school!) που θα σας βοηθήσουν προς αυτή την κατεύθυνση. Δηλαδή, σας προτείνουμε ένα μονοήμερο σεμινάριο όπου θα καλύψουμε τα βασικά στην χαρτογράφηση του ανακλαστικού χάρτη και θα θυμηθούμε όλες τις τεχνικές, που είναι και η ουσία της εργασίας μας. Φυσικά και θα λύσουμε τις όποιες απορίες υπάρχουν.
Το 1ο σεμινάριο θα πραγματοποιηθεί 17 Μαρτίου σε πολύ προσιτή τιμή, και εισηγητής θα είναι ο Σπύρος Δημητράκουλας την ημέρα εκείνη.
Πληροφορίες και κρατήσεις θέσεων
στην γραμματεία της σχολής 2109825025 www.nhs.gr
Οδηγός μας για αυτήν την ημέρα θα είναι η ίδια η Γιουνίς Ίνγκαμ, μέσα από το όχι και τόσο γνωστό 3ο βιβλίο της. Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο πρόκειται για ομιλία που πραγματοποίησε κατά την διάρκεια σεμιναρίου της στο ξενοδοχείο Κονραντ Χίλτον 7 Δεκεμβρίου 1958.
Ορίστε και ένα παράδειγμα...
Ποιο το σημαντικο ανακλαστικο σημείο κατά Ίνγκαμ? Η ωμοπλάτη που βρίσκεται ανακλαστικά?
Stories the feet are telling. Eunice D. Ingham
Αντανακλαστικα σημεία για την υπόφυση. Σελ.10
...εχοντας αυτο κατα νου, το πρωτο μερος που εξετάζω οταν ερχεται καποιος σε μενα ζητωντας βοήθεια, ειναι σε τι βαθμο υπαρχει ευαισθησια στην περιοχη σχετικη με τον αυχενα. Στην περιπτωση που υπαρχει αρκετη ενταση στον αυχενα, γνωριζω οτι εχει μειωθει η αιματωση του εγκεφαλου σε καποιο βαθμο, και εχοντας αυτο κατα νου και η υποφυση θα υποφερει σε κάποιο βαθμο, έτσι δεν ειναι? Δεν θα μπορέσει να λειτουργήσει 100% ο συγκεκριμένος αδένας εαν εχει μειωθει η φυσιολογικη ροη αίματος προς εκείνον. Να θυμαστε λοιπόν, οταν σας επισκέπτεται κάποιος, σίγουρα θα εργαστείτε στην έξω επιφάνεια του μεγάλου δαχτύλου προς το δεύτερο δάχτυλο όπου και βρίσκεται η αντανακλαστική περιοχή για τον αυχένα.
Σελίδα 53 Τώρα, μιλώντας για αυτή την περιοχή η οποία είναι πελματιαία και κάτω από την περιοχή που οι άνθρωποι παρουσιάζουν κότσι, θα αντιμετωπίζετε ένταση στις ωμοπλάτες και για οποία συμφόρηση στην ανώτερη θωρακική περιοχή η οποία και πιθανόν να ευθύνεται για την διαταραχή του θυρεοειδή σε αυτούς τους ασθενείς. Να θυμάστε όταν θα εργάζεστε με περιστατικά θυρεοειδή, θα σπρώξουμε το πόδι πίσω, θα εργαστούμε βαθιά στην άρθρωση του μεγάλου δαχτύλου σε κάθε πόδι επειδή έχει δύο λοβούς ο θυρεοειδής, ο δεξιός λοβός στο δεξιό πόδι και ο αριστερός λοβός στο αριστερό πόδι.
In English names for fields of study, the suffix -logy is most frequently found preceded by the euphonic connective vowel o so that the word ends in -ology.
-logy is a suffix in the English language, used with words originally adapted from Ancient Greek ending in -λογία (-logia). The suffix has the sense of "the character or deportment of one who speaks or treats of [a certain subject]", or more succinctly, "the study of [a certain subject]" for example "the study of reflexes.
So reflexology is "the study of reflexes".
Did ancient Greek physicians understand and study reflexes? Hippocrates did!
"The body is a single unit and consists of identical parts, but without them having the same arrangement, both small and large, both those below and those above. And if one wants to take the smallest part of the body and cause harm to it, the whole body will feel this injury, whatever it is, and that's because the smallest part of the body has exactly what the largest has. This smaller part, whether it feels pleasurable or unpleasant, will pass it on to his or her relative part so the body feels pain and pleasure because of the smaller part, because in the smallest part there are all the parts, and they convey what they feel to their relative parts and announce everything."
On the Places in Man 1. Hippocrates
Το σώμα είναι ένα ενιαίο σύνολο και απαρτίζεται από όμοια μέρη, χωρίς όμως αυτά να έχουν την ίδια διάταξη, τόσο τα μικρά όσο και τα μεγάλα, τόσο αυτά που βρίσκονται κάτω όσο και αυτά που βρίσκονται πάνω. Και εάν θελήσει κανείς παίρνοντας το μικρότερο μέρος του σώματος να προκαλέσει βλάβη σε αυτό, ολόκληρο το σώμα θα αισθανθεί αυτήν την κάκωση, όποια και εάν είναι, και τούτο γιατί το μικρότερο μέρος του σώματος έχει ότι ακριβώς έχει και το μεγαλύτερο. Αυτό το μικρότερο μέρος, ότι και εάν αισθανθεί, είτε ευχάριστο είτε δυσάρεστο, θα το μεταβιβάσει στο συγγενικό του μέρος έτσι το σώμα αισθάνεται πόνο και ηδονή εξαιτίας και του μικρότερου ακόμη μέρους γιατί στο μικρότερο μέρος υπάρχουν όλα τα μέρη, και αυτά μεταβιβάζουν ότι αισθάνονται στα συγγενικά τους μέρη και αναγγέλλουν τα πάντα. ΠΕΡΙ ΤΟΠΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΚΑΤ’ΑΝΘΡΩΠΩΝ 1. Ιπποκράτης
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 http://10theuropeanconferencereflexology.com/
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!