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
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Τρίτη, 20 Δεκεμβρίου 2011
RiEN December Newsletter
Dear RiEN members
It gives me much pleasure to be able to announce that after a lot of hard work by Arve the new RiEN website is up and running. We’re updating information as fast as we can.
This new site is easy to update and very cost effective! Please go to the article by Arve
for details on how you can update your own organisation’s information. What a great
gift to end the year with – a user friendly website!
Apologies to you all for the delay in sending out the last newsletter, this one comes hot on
its heels and on time. I’ve got some fascinating statistics about our last newsletter that was
sent out via mailchimp:141 newsletters were sent out, 4 bounced due to incorrect email addresses,
66 were opened, 71 unopened as of 25 November!What can I say!
In this newsletter we have some excellent contributions by members. Is there something you’d like
to share with RiEN members? If so send in your article for the Newsletter. Together let’s make the
Newsletter the voice of members. Let’s use it as a way to keep up to date several times a year rather
than trying to catch-up once a year at the AGM.
Have you booked your accommodation yet for the 2012 AGM and the Conference in Luxembourg? If not I recommend you do so before space runs out! There’ll be elections coming up at the next AGM for the posts of Treasurer and Secretary, see below for more information. Whilst Una is on holiday, I’ll be looking after her inbox. Best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a fabulous 2012
Finding Scientific Research
From the last newsletter you now know what research is and isn’t. But how do you find it?
It is always useful to know what research has been carried out regarding reflexology in your own country, to do this you need to carry out a literature search of your specified topic/area of interest, to determine any previous positive or negative research published. It is important to define where you look however as there will be lots of information on the web that will not be of the same standard as described last time.
Where should your search begin?
A large number of electronic databases now exist which greatly simplify the search process and enable you to access references and specific articles related to your area of research.
Traditional print sources such as books, journals, directories etc. are obviously still useful, but the advent of the internet has made research information readily available from across the world.
There are many indexing and searching strategies employed by electronic databases to find what you are looking for on the world-wide web. This wide variety of access methods can prove to be tricky when attempting to isolate specific data on a specialist subject, and it can be rather like looking for a ‘needle in a haystack’!
For instance, if you just entered: ‘search for: “Reflexology” ’ in your internet service provider’s ‘Search Box’ you could be presented with a thousand and one web sites which happen to have the term ‘Reflexology’ somewhere in the title e.g. books, merchandise, charts, organisations etc. Some of these sites may be of use, but most will not, and you could spend hours sifting through them all.
This is where subject search engines come in! By choosing an appropriate subject search engine you immediately pinpoint what you really want.
So search engines enable you to narrow-down your search to onlyinclude those areas of interest which match your research needs, and to enable you to by-pass the many thousands of sites that are totally irrelevant. The best search engines for finding scientific research into reflexology are the medical search engines or portals. These will be the ones that Doctors and scientists use but beware– not all will specifically recognise reflexology as a search term and you can receive a list of many thousands of irrelevant scientific papers.
In the UK we have a national library that holds all publications produced in the UK. This library, the British Library (http://direct.bl.uk) also recognises reflexology as a search term and so will provide a list of scientific research. This list has been the basis of the research list that the AoR holds for many years. Unfortunately, the electronic listing only holds up to 7 years worth of data and so inevitably the older titles fall off the end of the list. The AoR list has research going back to 1993 because we have been compiling it from the information available over the last 10 years.
Tips for finding research in your country
· Start today: the earlier you start the longer your list will be.
· Do you have a national library?
· Do they hold all publications?
· Can you access the scientific journals through the internet?
· If so – try searching for reflexology – if you get a list of irrelevant research then reflexology is not recognised.
· If you get a list of relevant research – then look at the journals – are they peer reviewed?
· If they are then well done! You have started your research list for your country.
If you don’t have a national library then the search becomes more difficult. You may have to find specific journals that publish CAM research and just keep an eye on them for reflexology publications.
RiEN will be providing space on the website for the uploading of such lists in the near future. It would be great if you could get hold of the full study and get a translation of the research – like I provided at the meeting last year of the German research. Buying research papers can be expensive however, especially if you download them from the internet. Again in the UK because we have the central library we can get our local libraries to order the research from the main one. It is a much cheaper but much slower method but it does mean we can get hold of the full research papers.
Documented Reflexology History
Spiros Dimitrakoulas – Hellenic Association of Reflexologists
Two years ago, I began systematically to research ancient Hellenic medical texts to support my interest in the creation of an original Ancient Hellenic “Massage” modality. My intention was/is to learn and to put the possible modality deservedly among the other hundred or so v ariations of massage.
“It was impossible that Hippocrates did not use massage as a means to heal”, the only question was, had he documented it?
It turns out that I was correct, and my persistence has been rewarded up till now with two documented passages that include specific instructions on “rubbing”, and many references of Hippocrates advising its use scattered in the Hippocratic Corpus.
Fate would have it, that in order to study and understand Hippocrates approach to “rubbing” (trip-sis), I would have to read books that where written five centuries after his time in the capital of the empire that conquered his country, Rome.
Thanks to the writings of Romans and Greeks (Celsus, Galen, Asklipiadis, Philostratus, Stephanus) Hippocratic medical knowledge, was spread out to the Roman Empire and the Middle East, where it evolved and was preserved so we can study today.
Somewhat hidden amongst general instructions on “rubbing”, Reflexologists will find interesting the presence of specific references to “rubbing” of the limbs accompanied by the effects they produce in each situation. The resemblances between the goal of the practice of Reflexology and that of the previously mentioned instructions Celsus records in the book, De Medicina, are striking!
Reflexology has changed and evolved a lot since Eunice Ingham’s time, and many more changes and challenges are in front of us. For example, in many countries Reflexologists are subject to scrutiny for health claims or suggestions they make. Is it not important that we have a valid documented history also? I find it very unfortunate to read in published research papers that Reflexology is 2000 years old, in another 4000 years old, that it originated in Asia or Egypt. As for Asia, there are no reliable references to support this claim, and unfortunately according to Egyptian academic cycles, only we the Reflexologists believe that the well-known hieroglyphic is proof of Reflexology. Personally, I still believe it is!
We are all part of RiEN, we have many things in common, one is that we are all European and thus everyone’s medical system more or less has been influenced by Hippocrates school of thought. I do not intend to belittle anyone’s contribution to Reflexology, everyone is needed, but also valid facts are needed to stand on and proceed. Europe and the world in general is going through economic turmoil, I think some added solid ground will do all of us some good, especially if we restrain unsupported references that the best Reflexologists are from Asia because that is where it supposedly began.
In research circles, a lot is said about placebo and the influence of the individual’s belief system on the outcome of any treatment. Do you know in which European country homeopathy is most effective? The answer is Germany, why? Because its modern founder is Hanneman who was German, the same applies to acupuncture, guess where in the world it is most effective? …..easy wasn’t it? Do you think as European aborigines it is in our (clients) favour to support and promote this righteous history claim?
Finally I would like to share with you that in Greece, Reflexologists have been accepted to work voluntarily in a University Hospital’s Pain Clinic in Athens (Aretaieio Hospital)! I was happily surprised to see their (the doctors) positive – consensus reaction when I mentioned the passages from Celsus book, De Medicina, in the introductory presentation I gave them.
Please feel free to share the following information with your members, or publish it in your associations magazine, newsletters, websites etc. everything is copyright free, as is “true knowledge”.
Following is the text with the immediate passages of interest in bold letters, after that is an introduction to Celsus and the book De Medicina, following that are the links to take you to the online sources (books) copyright free!
p176-177 14Now concerning rubbing, Asclepiades as if he were the inventor of the practice has treated it in his volume, entitled "Common aids," at such great length, that, though making mention only of three such aids, namely, Rubbing, Water-drinking, and Rocking, yet he has taken up the greatest part with the first-named subject. Now on such matters recent writers ought to have credit where they have made discoveries, or where they have rightly followed others; yet we must not omit to attribute to their true authors teaching found among the more ancient writers. 2And it cannot be disputed that Asclepiades has taught when and how rubbing should be practised, with a wider application, and in a clearer way, although he has discovered nothing which had not been comprised in a few words by that most ancient writer Hippocrates, who said that rubbing, if strenuous, hardens the body, if gentle, relaxes; if much, it diminishes, if moderate, fills out. It follows, therefore, that in the following cases rubbing should be employed, when either a feeble body has to be toned up, or one indurated has to be softened, or a harmful superfluity is to be dispersed, or a thin and infirm body has to be nourished.3Yet when examined with attention (although this no longer concerns the medical man) the various species of rubbing may be easily recognized as all dependent on causing one thing, depletion. For an object is toned up when that is removed, which, by its presence was the cause of the laxness; and is softened when that which has been producing induration is abstracted; and it is filled up, not by the rubbing itself, but by the nutriment, which subsequently penetrates by some sort of dispersal to the very skin itself after it has become relaxed. 4The cause of the different results lies in the degree.
Now there is a great difference between anointing and rubbing. For it is desirable that even in acute and recent diseases the body should be anointed and then gently stroked, but only during remissions and before food. But prolonged rubbing is unsuitable in acute and increasing troubles, unless it be in madness to procure sleep.5Yet a prolonged illness and one declining from its primary vehemence loves this aid. I am quite aware that some say that the need for any aid is during the increase of diseases, not when diseases are tending to end of themselves. But this is not the case. For a disorder, even although it will end of itself, may be expelled yet more speedily by adopting the aid. 6An aid is necessary on two accounts, both that health may be regained at the earliest possible179 moment, and that what remains of the disease may not again become exacerbated from however slight a cause. Possibly the disease may have become less grave than it had been, yet is not completely got rid of, but some remnants of it persist, which the application of a remedy disperses. 7But while rubbing is r ightly applied after a disorder has been lessened, yet it should never be applied whilst a fever is increasing: but if possible after the fever has entirely left the body, or if not, at least when it has remitted. Sometimes, moreover, rubbing should be applied to the body all over, as when a thin man ought to put on flesh; sometimes to a part only, either because weakness of the limb actually rubbed demands it, or that of some other part.(referral – cross reflexes) 8 For both prolonged headaches100 are relieved by rubbing of the head, although not at the height of the pain, and any partially paralysed limb is strengthened by itself being rubbed. Much more often, however, some other part is to be rubbed than that which is the seat of the pain; and especially when we want to withdraw material from the head or trunk, and therefore rub the arms and legs.(Reflexology) 9Neither should we listen to those who would fix numerically how many times a patient is to be stroked; for that is to be regulated by his strength; and if he is very infirm fifty strokes may possibly be enough, if more robust possibly two hundred may be made; then an intermediate number according to his strength. Hence it is that the hand is to be passed even fewer times over a woman than over a man, fewer over a child or old man, than over a young adult. 10Finally, if particular limbs are rubbed, many strokes are required p181 and forcible rubbing; both because the body cannot be as a whole quickly rendered weak through a part, and it is necessary that as much as possible of the diseased matter should be dispersed, whether our aim is to relieve the limb actually rubbed, or through it another limb.(referral – cross reflexes) When, however, general bodily weakness requires that the rubbing should be applied all over, it should be shorter and more gentle, just to the extent of softening the skin, so that the body may be more easily capable of forming new material from food recently consumed. 11As I have stated above (II.6.7), a patient is already in a bad way, when the exterior of the body is cold, whilst his interior is hot and there is thirst. But even then rubbing is the only remedy; if it draws the heat outwards into the skin, it makes possible an opportunity for other treatment.
Through long contact with Greek culture, and their eventual conquest of Greece in 27 B.C. the Romans absorbed many of the Greek ideas on medicine.
Aulus Cornelius Celsus(ca 25 BC—ca 50) Roman encyclopaedist.
Celsus gathered extensive writings from the Greek Empire, translated them into Roman, and compiled their vast knowledge into an encyclopedia entitled De artibus (A.D. 25-35). Originally, this great work contained five books on agriculture, and other books of unknown length on military science, government, history, law, philosophy, rhetoric, and medicine. The only books to survive, however, were The Eight Books of Medicine, or De medicina libri octo, the most comprehensive medical history and detailed description of medical and surgical procedures ever produced by a Roman writer. They were also the first translation of Greek medical terms into Latin terms that have remained standard in medicine for 2000 years!
De Medicina draws upon knowledge from ancient Greek works, and is considered the best surviving treatise on Alexandrian medicine. This work covers the topics of diet, disease, pharmacology, therapy and surgery.
Celsuswas a strict adherent to the teachings of the great Greek physician, Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), and some historians believe much of De medicina's contents came from a vast collection of writings of the school of Hippocrates. In fact, in De medicina, Celsus references some 80 Greek medical writers. His medical philosophy was also influenced by Asclepiades, who established Greek medicine in Rome.
The original work was published some time before 47 CE, and it consisted of eight books. The subject matter is divided as follows:
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It has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the
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has expired. Whether a book is in the public domain may vary country to country.
Public domain books are our gateways to the past, representing a wealth of
culture and knowledge that's often difficult to discover.
EUROPEAN FOOT REFLEXOLOGY MAP
As you will have noticed in the last newsletter, I am involved in creating
a European foot Reflexology map. The aim of having such a map is to have
one universal document for foot Reflexology and to show it to the political
and medical world. This has been done for example with the acupuncture map.
As you well know all countries in Europe have their own map. Furthermore,
in many cases, there are many other private maps.
There is no problem with this, every one of you can continue to use the
map you like in your own practice, but, with regard to the profession of
foot Reflexology, we need to be united and show that we have a common
foot map. I strongly believe that this can help us to get recognition for
our profession. From a commercial point of view, we, as RiEN would
also have the possibility to publicise our European map in all countries.
Now, to help me in starting this job, I need your collaboration.
The European map I have in mind will be in English. (Then, those who
want to can translate it into his/her country language). I kindly ask all of
you to send me by e-mail the map you are using in your country in
pdf format. This map has to be translated into English before sending it to me.
On my side, I will send all of you the FIRP map that we are translating
into English. To do this, we have provided the executable files of our map
to a company who work in translating documents. By using the executable
files, they can work directly on the map by simply replacing the Italian
name with the English one. The cost is not high at all.
Once I have collected all the maps, I will start my work comparing them
and I will contact all of you personally via Skype to talk about the map
I know this will not be an easy job, but, if we are able to drop through
the windows our ego, we may join in a short period (next AGM meeting)
to have a common document which will represent all of us.
Please if can you can provide me your with your maps translated into English by January 31, 2012.
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RiEN AGM 2012 – Thursday 10th May - LUXEMBOURG
The venue is booked for next year and will be taking place at the Auberge de Jeunesse in Echternach, Luxembourg.
If you want to book into the Auberge de Jeunesse (dormitories) please use reference number 15552.
7th EUROPEAN CONFERENCE - CHILDREN FIRST - 11-13 May 2012 - LUXEMBOURG
Who would like to host the 2013 AGM? Offers/suggestions please.
This month’s snippet is on Elections
There are 2 posts on the Board to be voted for at the 2012 AGM,
Treasurer and Secretary. The protocol that needs to be followed
according to the Constitution (a full copy of the Constitution and Appendices
can be found on the RiEN website) is:
a) Nominations for specific Offices of the Board must be given in writing
to the Secretary, no later than five (5) weeks prior to the date set for the
Annual General Meeting.
b) in the event that no nomination is received by the due date in respect
of one of the signatory or other designated offices then exceptionally
nominations may be taken at the Annual General Meeting.
c) Nominations may only be made by Full Members of RiEN.
d) The Secretary shall confirm with all nominees their willingness to
stand for the position for which they have been nominated and in the
event of their acceptance said nominee shall be required to supply to
the Secretary brief details of themselves for circulation to the members.
In addition, the nominee shall sign a declaration of intent to abide with
the aims and objectives of the Reflexology in Europe Network to confirm
their commitment to donate sufficient time to fulfil the position of an
elected Executive Committee member and to accept and abide by
the working practices and precedents of RiEN.
e) The qualifications for membership of the Board are set out in
Appendix 3 of the Constitution, which Appendix shall be considered
to form an integral part of this document and the Constitutionand
Objects contained therein.
f) Board members are elected to office for a two (2) year term of office.
To serve on the Board any person must
1. have been nominated in accordance with the procedure set out in
item 8.4 of the Constitution.
2. Be prepared to sign a Statement of Intent to abide by the
Aims & Objectives of RiEN and to work to further enhance
the standing and development of RiEN nationally and internationally.
3. Be prepared to accept and abide by the working practices and
4. Be prepared to confirm their commitment to donate sufficient
time to fulfil the position for which they have been nominated
To serve as an Officer of RiEN any person must
1. Have been nominated in accordance with the procedure set out
in item 8.4 of the Constitution.
2. Be prepared to sign a Statement of Intent to abide by the
Aims & Objectives of RiEN and to work to further enhance
the standing and development of RiEN nationally and internationally
3. Be prepared to accept and abide by the working practices
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