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Σάββατο, 3 Μαρτίου 2012

February Newsletter from RiEN

Letter from the Chair

Hello everyone



Firstly, apologies for this newsletter being a month late. 2012 got off to a flying start and so everything got rather left behind.



The saying for the year to date is ‘Apathy Rules’! There has been very little response, if any at all, from RiEN members on all requests sent out asking for information, volunteering, feedback on the website etc.



I’m sorely disappointed! There was a lot talked about at our AGM in Amersfoort saying how much needed to be done and what needed to be improved. The Board has been working hard to get as much of the ‘to do’ list done as possible. Input from members is required OUTSIDE of the AGM, the Board does not have all the answers and information it requires without answers from YOU!



The figures for the reading of the last RiEN newsletter are:

Number of Newsletters sent out 138

Number opened 68

Number unopened 68

Bounced 2



I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Luxembourg. Our next newsletter will be the last one before the AGM.



Best wishes

Louise







Research

Finding research in your own language

Now you have information on what research is (see last two newsletters) – it is time for you to try to locate good research in each of your countries. There is space on the website for you to upload this under your specific countries. It may be the case that there is no scientific research at all –or you may have lots. Remember we are very lucky in England that we have both America and Australia to add to our list and also other countries do make the decision to publish in English. But there are others that we have found – like the German paper you were provided with last year and a couple of Spanish ones too. If I can locate those from England, then you too can locate information from inside your own country. If you can’t find good scientifically published work upload the best of what you have.

So how do you start?

Do you have a library of all publications from your country? We are lucky and have the British Library. This collection is provided with a copy of everything published and can provide (for a fee of course) a copy for personal use to anyone that requests it. We in the UK can access these through our local libraries for about £5, it does take time though – up to three weeks. The key to this is that it is for personal use only – so we at the AoR cannot provide copies for our members.

If you do have this – can you search for reflexology? The search engines are often semi specific and may not recognise reflexology on its own – so it might search for it – but you get a mix of massage and all other complementary therapies publications returned. Or it might not recognise it as a word at all, in which case, try searching for CAM or complementary therapies. You may need to search through a long list discarding other therapies until you find a very small number of references to reflexology related publications. But these are worth gold in terms of supporting your members. If you do find references it is worth trying to contact the authors of the papers – they will often be able to provide you with a copy of the paper and it is worth having contact with these scientists. You never know – you could be the reflexologist they use on their next research study!

If you don’t have a national library – the next step is to research where medical people get their information from. An example of this is Pubmed, this is a medical search engine and this is one of those search engines that does not recognises reflexology specifically but lists other CAM therapies too. You might have something similar?

When you have located your research – the next job is to get a copy – which might cost money and then see if you can find someone to translate it. It doesn’t have to be translated but this would help all the members of RiEN. Then you can upload onto the website.

So how do you upload?

LOUISE SUGGEST INSTRUCTIONS OF HOW TO DO THIS IS INCLUDED HERE.

How do you start research?

This is a very large area for discussion but if you want to start doing research I would strongly recommend repeating research that has already produced a positive result – whether that be in your country or another. Repetition and reproduction are very important in research.

Research Surgery

Also don’t forget that you do have the chance to ask your RiEN research specialist questions, either by email or at the AGMs. You do however need to request a meeting and provide documentation (even if it is just a beginning of an idea) in advance.



Tracey and Leila

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AGM






It’s that time of year when amongst other things, the RiEN board are starting to organise the RiEN AGM, which this year will be taking place on Thursday 10th May at the Auberge de Jeunesse in Echternacht. Have you booked your accommodation yet? If you want to book into the Auberge de Jeunesse (dormitories) please use reference number 15552.





The European Foot Chart




There has been little or no response to Orlando Volpe of FIRP’s request for each country to send in a copy of their foot map so that he can create a RiEN foot chart. Even as a minimum we’d then be able to see what points everyone agrees upon and then see how different the other ones are. In order to move forward and for Reflexology to be taken seriously, we need to agree a foot chart. You can contact Orlando at orlando.volpe@alice.it.


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CONSTITUTION



3: OBJECTIVES


3.1 To encourage exchange of experiences and ideas between its members



3.2 To stimulate research in the field of reflexology and when appropriate and viable to initiate, support or sponsor research into any and all branches of knowledge which are relevant to the field of Reflexology



3.3 When appropriate to investigate setting guidelines for professional education in reflexology



3.4 To seek influence in the European Parliament on behalf of official recognition of reflexology as a therapy and profession by the governments of the European countries



3.5 To support in an appropriate manner countries setting up and developing reflexology organisations or training establishments for reflexology



3.6 To convene a regular European congress of reflexology.



3.7 To publish a register of names and relevant details of all organisations holding membership of RiEN.



3.8 To be a non-profit making organisation, non-political and non-denominational.



3.9 To explore and discuss the future development of RiEN

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RiEN Logo


No response at all from RiEN members to our request for a new logo for RiEN. Luckily Esther van der Haar stepped up and offered her son’s services! A big thank you to Esther and her son. You’ll be seeing our new logo very soon.





European Reflexology Day – held on the last Saturday of April

Una and Louise have been working together to get a European Reflexology Day pack together for RiEN members. RiEN member representatives can expect to receive an email from Una with the pack attached. You will also find the documents on the RiEN website in the members area.



EFCAM

As I said in the last Newsletter EFAM is going through changes, which will ultimately result in more EFCAM members participating and sharing in the workload and committee meetings. I’ll be attending the next EFCAM meeting in March and will be putting up copies of the Minutes (once agreed) on our website, along with copies of the president’s report.






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children first conference


The 7th European Reflexology Conference,


Children First is being held Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May. All RiEN members are entitled to a special discounted price, so please pass the information on to your Reflexology association so that members can benefit. The special price of 300€ is available until 2 weeks prior to the conference. For further information and the booking form please go to www.reflexology-childrenfirst.org





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Board positions available




The positions of Secretary and Treasurer will become available at the next AGM, so nominations please. The nominations need to be received by 10th April 2012. RiEN cannot function without a Secretary or without a Treasurer. If you would like information on the post or would like to nominate someone, please email sec.rien@gmail.com. The more nominations the better!


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WEBSITE


There seems to be some confusion over who updates member information on the website. This has been explained in previous newsletters but let me explain it one more time. The RiEN representative from each member organisation should by now have received a password from Arve vicechair.rien@gmail.comso that they can update their own information on the RiEN website. If the RiEN representative has not received a password, please contact Arve. No longer will you be depending on the RiEN Secretary to update your information, any delays and incorrect information will be down to you. Aliki edireflex@gmail.comand Kaja kaja@studio37.simay be able to help you if you ask them nicely!



Arve is still waiting to receive feedback from you about the website, so that it can be amended where necessary. Make his day by looking at the website and getting back to him with your comments.




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Membership Invoices

Heinrich has now sent out invoices to all membership organisations. Please make sure that your association has paid!



Member contact information


It is essential for the Board of RiEN to have up to date information to contact you on. With this in mind, the admin team of Anneke and Esther are responsible for keeping our mailing list up to date, so please send all changes of contact person, email etc. to admin.rien@gmail.com





Articles for the newsletter

If you have any articles or information that you’d like to share with RiEN members, please email chair.rien@gmail.com. The copy date for the next newsletter is 17th March 2012.