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Παρασκευή, 30 Αυγούστου 2013

Στο βασιλικό αιματολογικό - ογκολογικό κέντρο προσφέρεται Ρεφλεξολογία

The Queen's Centre for Oncology and Haematology opened at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham.

Emma had hoped to be well enough to attend the concert, but died in June, aged 43, after battling breast cancer.

Steven said: "Primarily, the event is to celebrate five years of The Queen's Centre, but it is also to raise money for the complementary therapy programme.
"The programme is a wonderful thing – they do all sorts of different therapies for patients, which go hand-in-hand with the medical treatment.
"It helps you cope with things a lot better.
"Emma had reflexology, where they massage parts of your feet relating to different parts of your body.
"She'd been very tired with some of her treatment, but after the reflexology she was walking on air."
A range of therapies are available, including different forms of massage.
Steven said: "I don't think some people know what it is, or understand why patients need it, so hopefully the concert will raise awareness too."

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Τρίτη, 27 Αυγούστου 2013

Vets try alternative medicine to treat PTSD, brain injuries

“There is a big need, it is a valid way to not take as many narcotics,” she said. “We need to look at alternatives. I have learned that our veterans are wanting that, and they’re open to that.
“I think we realize that we just need some more resources, that the model of care has evolved. We need to look at the whole person and in order to do that we need more choices. We need more aspects of care that maybe 10, 20, 30 years ago seemed a little out there or not well researched,” Davila said, “but the research is showing that this is beneficial and with the way things are going, we can do a lot of good for our patients without medication.”
Davila said the alternate treatments not only address the symptoms of combat trauma but also ease the transition back into day-to-day life.
“I’ve heard from multiple sources that they need alternatives to their care,” she said. “Whether you’re a nurse, a physician, whatever it may be, you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t focused on the patient, and patient-centered care is basically just putting the veteran at the center of their care, finding out what their values are, what matters to them, what they want.”

Κυριακή, 25 Αυγούστου 2013

All CAM therapies to be made available on the NHS

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Από την συνέντευξη του, απόσπασμα...

It has been shown scientifically that in continuous touch of one person with another, as in reflexology (or acupressure, cranio-sacral therapy etc) the brain wave frequency of both the ‘healer’ and ‘healee’ (client) resonate at the same rate. This rate has been calculated at 7.86 Hertz (Hz). This happens to be the frequency between the Alpha and Theta rhythms when ‘true’ resonating healing commences to take place. There is a definite ‘shift of emphasis’ that occurs when both reflexologist and client are in this mode. This ‘shift of emphasis’ may occur during any continuous ‘hands on’ therapy such as cranio-sacral therapy, reiki, magnetic healing or acupressure. It has also been demonstrated that this is also the frequency of the Heart chakra.

Πέμπτη, 22 Αυγούστου 2013

Εκπαίδευση στην Ρεφλεξολογία

Ο Σεπτέμβρης είναι ο μήνας όπου οι ενδιαφερόμενοι θα αρχίσουν να ψάχνουν ποιο/ποια εκπαίδευση θα ακολουθήσουν και σε ποια "σχολή".

Οι προοπτικές, υποσχέσεις, φιλοδοξίες μεγάλες και πολλές όπως και οι παγίδες εξάλλου.

Στατιστικά >70% όσων παρακολούθησαν εκπαίδευση στην Ρεφλεξολογία έχουν αποτύχει, προσοχή στο πως επιλέγετε και κυρίως ΤΙ επιλέγετε και ποια "σχολή"!

If the profession of massage is going to thrive and be an active participant in the healthcare community, either allopathic/traditional, alternative or hopefully both, some serious changes must be made in our educational system and they must be things that improve educational outcomes. Otherwise, we will be in a continuous down trending decline.

We need better screening of students, more honesty in marketing and trained, professional educators in the classrooms. This must start with the adoption into state laws or rules of teacher training standards for massage school instructors, phased in of course, but as quickly as possible. We need comprehensive teacher training programs and to bring them about we need the commitment and financial support of the major membership associations.

Δευτέρα, 19 Αυγούστου 2013

An Interview with Spiros Dimitrakoulas

An Interview with Spiros Dimitrakoulas from the Reflexology Academy website. Visit here.

Spiros is the founder and originator of Orthopedic Reflexology (OR). He is the former President of the Hellenic Association of Reflexology (HAR) and the current newly elected Chair of RIEN, Reflexology in Europe Network. He teaches at Natural Health Science School in Athens Greece, and regularly travels to the UK to deliver his OR courses at Reflexology Academy. Spiros is coming to London to teach Orthopedic Reflexology Level 1 on the 28th & 29th September after he presents at the ICR (International Council of Reflexologists) Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. In the light of the growing recognition of Orthopedic Reflexology, I thought it would be of interest to ask Spiros the following Questions. Read on and enjoy!

What was your first introduction to reflexology?

I was playing handball at a competitive level back in 1992 when at some point during our training season the team was treated (mostly for myoskeletal sports injuries) by a general physician who integrated reflexology in his general practice. Though I was never injured to the point of experiencing a treatment, the great results on my team players were surprising. This was especially noticeable on my brother who suffered until then from persistent migraines which miraculously disappeared. It came to my attention that the physician needed a driver, and as I was unemployed at the time I became his personal chauffer. After a couple of months, due to him having to attend to an outside emergency, I started doing the preliminary foot procedures on a disappointed waiting client, to keep her "busy". I applied the techniques that I had observed the doctor doing in his treatments. After a while the doctor walked in and was very surprised and pleased by my initiative. He then offered to "train" me, one thing led to another, and I ended up working at his very busy practice until the year 2000 attending to his patients under his guidance.

When, where and why did you study to become a reflexologist?

I became aware of reflexology training courses in 1999. I chose Natural Health Science (NHS) in Athens to pursue my training after evaluating all my options. The NHS school was the best choice, and this is where I have been teaching Reflexology for the last five years. I chose to study Reflexology in order to gain a solid base to be efficient and give the most benefit possible to the clients that trusted in me. Empirical knowledge is valuable but academic is also. As for choosing the profession of Reflexology, it has come naturally to me, I like that without any personal effort people enjoy and appreciate what I love to do. It has changed my life to the better.

Who or what has been your biggest influence and inspiration in your work as a reflexologist?

I would definitely have to mention two exceptional teachers of mine, Physiotherapist Nico Pauly (Belgium - Nerve Reflexology) and Dr. Alexandros Tilikidis (Greece – TCM-Hippocratic Medicine). But it is the clients, the recipients of Reflexology that influence and inspire our work. So the more work, the more inspired I am.

How did Orthopedic Reflexology (OR) originate?

I had known for a long time that Reflexology history, before Dr. Fitzgerald, was either invalid and/or not referenced. The existing history is mostly anecdotal if not a product of imagination. I always wondered if Hippocrates (or other ancient Greeks) had documented the use of what is known today as Complementary Alternative Methods (CAM). It all began in 2007 when studying the Hippocratic corpus I found references to "anatripsis - rubbing" of the feet in order to affect the body. This was topped off by the writings of the Roman Celsus found in the encyclopedia On Medicine (25a.d.). There he clearly describes the practice of "rubbing" the limbs, in order to rid the head and body of "residues". What is also fascinating is that he mentions twice the use of cross reflexes and referral areas which are used broadly by Reflexologists. Maybe this is why we read in Christine Issle's book a quote from Dr. Riley, "The Science (Reflexology) you are here getting into is as old as Egypt. It was known to the ancient Egyptians and Grecians and to ancient Arabia". Inspired by this I started investigating further putting my findings to the test, mostly in the fields of my own work in Sports and Pain Clinics.

How does Orthopedic Reflexology differ from mainstream reflexology?

I do not consider the differing modalities of reflexology separate. OR compliments the existing knowledge by also explaining what is already being done on the feet by experienced Reflexologists. Through this added knowledge the practical application is more focused and refined. For example Dr. Fitzgerald's zones and the Chinese meridians are still there, but next to them are also Hippocrates Meridians. These concepts are "alternative" expressions of the western concept of fascial continuities (myofascial meridians). It does not really matter which school of thought you belong to, we are all working on the same structures, the name just changes. In the OR approach you gain an assessment tool to use; these are the structures of the foot, especially the intrinsic muscles. This area of anatomy has been neglected or not given the appropriate emphasis in our basic training as reflexologists as it is so hard to learn. This is why it was imperative to devise an easy for all to understand training module on these muscles. Obtaining an efficient knowledge of the foot muscles (and bones, ligaments, tendons) guarantees you will effectively work on the "reflexes" because this is where they are located. As reflexologists we already know where the reflexes are, now we know our muscles; all that is left is to apply Hippocrates directions on "anatripsis - rubbing".

Can you clarify on the term "anatripsis - rubbing"

The commonly used term today to describe the manipulation of muscles and connective tissue using various techniques (thumb walking included) is "massage". Remember that Eunice Ingham initially named her method the Ingham Reflex Method of Compression Massage. Because the origin of the word is lost between the French, the Arabians and the Greeks I have chosen to use the word that Hippocrates uses in his corpus and this is "anatripsis". The word "rubbing" is added to clarify; one could use the word friction also. What is worthy of noticing is that there is a common misunderstanding that "anatripsis" means to rub in the direction of the heart, this is partially incorrect. The prefix "ana-"reveals that there is a two directional movement involved.

What are the benefits of integrating Orthopedic Reflexology into general reflexology practice?

All methods promise better results of more work and less strain on the Reflexologist. This cannot be true; it does not work like this for everyone every time. We are all different and we need to find the "Best Reflexologist" we can be. Orthopedic Reflexology fundamentally recognizes the uniqueness of every therapist, of every client and of every individual therapeutic session. Orthopedic Reflexology training encourages and cultivates confidence, so the practitioner can evolve to be the best he or she can be. For example "Spiros the Reflexologist" can become a fairly good "copy" of his tutor but inside him lays the potential to become the reflexologist he is meant to be which is unique to him. Why settle for less?
In OR we gain the historical knowledge through Hippocrates, the Father of western medicine, which has proven extremely helpful when lobbying to Doctors and medical professionals. Knowledge of Hippocrates meridians assists in the initial evaluation of the client, thus in stimulating the appropriate reflexes effectively. OR can be added for around ten minutes to the beginning of a general treatment. This will allow the Reflexologist to approach the reflexes more efficiently and to relieve the feet themselves, resulting in immediate client satisfaction every time.

What is your personal experience of working with OR?

The theoretical background of OR is the solid ground I stand on, this knowledge enables me to successfully promote reflexology to the medical profession. Promoting reflexology in this way has led to several successful initiatives of bringing volunteer Reflexologists into three major hospitals in Greece.
I have two different offices where I sustain successful practices (cities of Athens and Argos). However one of my best experiences in my work was last year as the team Reflexologist of the Diomidis Argous Handball team. You see, though they won the Greek and European championship which was a great accomplishment and got all the attention, for me their achievement meant something else. Sports at a competitive level are very demanding and athletes at this level are exposed to many myoskeletal injuries. Having the opportunity to attend to these athletes in an integrated medical setting taught me many things. First of all due to the limited time for every athlete, I had only ten – fifteen minutes at my disposal to offer a treatment to every player. OR definitely was the element that allowed me to be efficient enough in this limited time frame. In sports, generally practitioners are concerned with the myoskeletal injuries, but what about the organ issues, should they not be worked? In this case they were, and classic Reflexology was also applied. Bottom line, all year the players had many injuries, but not one player lost a single game and the medical costs of the team for that year went down 50% on average.

Has your past involvement with the Hellenic Association of Reflexology and now as the newly elected chair of Reflexology in Europe Network, made an impact on your own work and views as a Reflexologist?

Very much so! Associations are a lot about "politics", simply put. And even though most of the time this involvement offers no benefit to the practical application of Reflexology, it has a lot to offer on personal influence. Through these positions I get to meet and exchange experience with so many different people around the world, their experiences, problems, solutions become mine, and possibly mine becomes theirs. There are so many different approaches to Reflexology around the world; it is great to have access to learn more about them.
In the past it was difficult to be a practicing Reflexologist in Greece, in order for me to assure I will always work I felt I had to do my share to positively expand Reflexology in Greece and build its deserved good reputation. With the valuable presence and participation of my Greek colleagues we have proceeded together in the best direction forward. My ambition now is to do the same on a European level. Boy, do we at RiEN have surprises for you!
On a strictly personal point of view and NOT that of RiEN, I am not satisfied with the way Reflexology education and regulation has evolved in some countries. It seems that the more "officially accepted" it gets, the more regulation and scrutiny it undergoes. However, our simple and safe method is gaining, one pair of feet at a time more acceptance every day, thanks to the passion and commitment of every individual Reflexologist. This commitment is what leads the medical community to take initiatives to integrate Reflexology in their setting and/or conduct research.

Τρίτη, 6 Αυγούστου 2013

Υγεία - Ευεξία στον χώρο της εργασίας

We read this early in the morning,

"Top UK Companies Including PWC, Accenture and Shell Turn to Workplace Massage to Motivate Staff

Wellbeing therapies can benefit your company. On Site Massage Co provides a range of cost effective answers. "

...and were wondering if there are goverment initiatives of this sort in your country also?

"Many successful companies now recognise the need to improve workplace well-being and are joining a new government initiative. The Health, Work and Well-being initiative aims to protect and improve the health and well-being of working age people and promotes the positive links between health and work."

So the UK goverment is "heading in the right direction",
"The 2013 Budget announced that employers could claim tax relief on expenditure up to £500 on health-related interventions recommended by the service. The Treasury has published a consultation on the implementation of this health-related interventions tax relief (21 June to 16 August 2013)."

The government wants to make the exemption simple to administer, to encourage employers to engage with the well-being of their employees and fund treatment to help them return to work after a period of ill-health. It is therefore intended that where a health-related intervention is recommended by the new service and the employer meets the cost, relief will be due for any method of payment. This will include where the employer pays a third party provider directly for treatment arranged by an employee, arranges and pays for treatment on behalf of an employee, or reimburses an employee.
Where an employer funds such interventions, the expenditure, up to a cap of £500, will be exempt from income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs).

Should spirituality be integrated into medicine?

As she takes on board how the US, UK Brazil and Canada have introduced spirituality to their medical curricula, we discussed how complementary and alternative medicine is a step ahead. "They've always been patient-driven".

There's progress towards integration though. Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth already have a complementary centre for oncology that sits inside the cancer word, where massage, Reiki, reflexology are practiced.

By all accounts, we could be seeing a transformation in how we do medicine in the next 10 or 20 years. There's a change coming to the sick room.
Read the whole article here

Σάββατο, 3 Αυγούστου 2013

Έρευνα για τις ΣΕΘ, να συμμετάσχετε.

The research survey is exploring the attitudes, perceptions, and practices of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners regarding their role in their client's health behaviours.

The on-line survey takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and your responses will be anonymous.
Link to the survey site here:

You might want to read it once before answering.

Contribute, together, we make Reflexology stronger!

Definition of Reflexology by RiEN

At our last AGM in Athens, we proceeded with moving towards a European definition of
Reflexology. There was no conclusive agreement on the changed definition of the current definition of Reflexology. The closest agreement was

“Reflexology deals with the principle that there are reflex areas on the feet which correspond to different parts of the body and is a method that affects these reflex areas to attain wellbeing”

The majority of members agreed this needed to be revisit...ed as some felt it was too vague.

We post it in order to both inform you (the European Reflexologists) of it, and to provide a stimulus for discussion amongst ourselves!

Note: This definition is not absolute and will be revisited in the future. None the less, it is, at/for the moment, something we have agreed on a preliminary level which is very important considering the diversity amongst all of us.

RiEN Board

An Hypothesis from RiEN


1st - The topic for our 2014 conference is ‘From the top of your head to the tip of your toe’
This can include, amongst other things, proposals having to do with pain.
It is interesting that ...research into Reflexology has shown it “positive” in the management of pain and stress.
Take into consideration that the previous statement is also verified by a just recently prepared paper “Reflexology Research to date” that was, and will be used, by the RiEN representative at EFCAM. This paper was prepared by one of RiEN’s top research group members, Tracey Smith FMAR BSc (Hons) Association of Reflexologists UK. (Thank you Tracey – Good work!) This paper too will be accessible shortly in our members area on our webpage.

2nd – Initially inspired by this week (22-28 July)
being National Pain Week In Australia…. (We have connections everywhere.)

3rd - ...and reading this interesting paper, “Targeting Cortical Representations in the Treatment of Chronic Pain: A Review”

4th – It has come to our attention that “strategies” are needed to affect cortical plasticity that is clearly important in chronic pain states in order for the patients to gain rehabilitation.
Simply put: Chronic low back pain is represented in the homunculus much larger than its representation should have been.
Reflexology wise what can we do/try?

5th – We then remembered an article from Arve Fahlvik - Norway, and former RiEN board member. He very correctly reminds us of something only natural to Reflexologists, the representation of the cortical homunculus created by Wilder Penfield.
Arve states: If you can use a projection to release tension in the shoulder, it should be possible to also use a projection to release the (shoulder) tension in the brain. If you are only familiar with the projections on the feet or hands, you can find it (homunculus) directly under the nail. This is a good projection of it.
Read the whole article here:
5th – Arve is the representative of our Norway RiEN member Norske Naturterapeuters Hovedorganisasjon – NNH. You can read up on them from our members page here:

6th - ..just kidding!

Isn’t networking fun.
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One clause of the health law in particular -- Section 2706 -- is widely discussed in the alternative medicine community because it requires that insurance companies "shall not discriminate" against any health ...provider with a state-recognized license. That means a licensed chiropractor treating a patient for back pain, for instance, must be reimbursed the same as medical doctors. In addition, nods to alternative medicine are threaded through other parts of the law in sections on wellness, prevention and research.

"It's time that our health care system takes an integrative approach ... whether conventional or alternative," said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who authored the anti-discrimination provision, in an e-mail. "Patients want good outcomes with good value, and complementary and alternative therapies can provide both."

The physiological basis of reflexology and its use as a potential diagnostic tool.

The physiological basis of reflexology and its use as a potential diagnostic tool.
Denise Tiran , Harry Chummun
School of Health & Social Care, University of Greenwich, London, UK