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                                 THE BRITISH REFLEXOLOGY ASSOCIATION                                                              EDITOR’S LETTER                                            CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
                                             Administration Office:                                                                                                                          The BRA AGM is to be held in London on
                                                                                                                                  ‘Communication’ - I have been thinking about the
                                Monks Orchard, Whitbourne, Worcester WR6 5RB
                                                                                                                                  ‘word’ and ‘action’ of the word communication.             Sunday 8th May and I hope many of you are
        Tel: 01886-821207 / Fax: 01886-822017 / Email: / website:
                                                                                                                                  How the meaning appears to have ‘changed’ so               considering attending the meeting and lecture day
                                     PRESIDENT: Princess Elaine Galitzine                                                         much over the years. At one time it involved sitting       being held that day. The AGM is an important
                                    FOOTPRINTS EDITOR: Diane Morgan                                                               and writing, then some progressed to using the             part of the functioning of our association and also
                                    186 Fosse Road North, Leicester LE3 5ES                                                       typewriter (manual and then electric). Later we saw        a good opportunity to come along and meet up
  Tel : 0116-2337729 / Mobile: 07759 219249 / Email:;                       the advent of the computer, followed rapidly by the        with colleagues - so do please support us.
                                           BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2010/2011)                                                         laptop. Today we have phones that send and receive
Jackie Baillie (Kent)            Nicola Hall (Worcs)         Jessica Murray (Hants)           Angela Schroeder (Kent)
                                                                                                                                                                                             In order to try and reduce costs, details of the
                                                                                                                                  emails whilst we are on the move, so that the art of
Daphne Foster (London)           Philippe Mathon (London)    Kenneth Rock (Herts)             Co-opted:                           communication has become so much easier….. Or              AGM have this year been sent out by e-mail
Linda Gilling (Herts)            Diane Morgan (Leics)        Roberta Sale (London)            Roxanne Win (Berks)                 has it? It never ceases to astound me how many of          rather than post to those for whom we have e-mail
                                                                                                                                  my emails remain unanswered, just a simple one line        addresses. We will be using e-mail as much as
CHAIRMAN: Nicola Hall
                                                                                                                                  answer would often suffice and would make me feel          possible in the future as this does help
The Bayly School of Reflexology, Monks Orchard, Whitbourne, Worcester WR6 5RB.
Tel: 01886-821207 / Fax: 01886-822017 / Email:                                                             appreciated. We all know that change is essential - it     considerably to save the association money
                                                                                                                                  is the natural way of life. Change can be                  particularly with the ever increasing postal
VICE CHAIRMAN: Kenneth Rock                                                                                                       positive/productive, or it can be negative/destructive.    charges and also it is also much quicker to e-mail
26 Sheredes Drive, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8LJ. Tel: 01992-463588 / Email:                            How change presents itself and is then implemented         information rather than having to print pages out
TREASURER: Philippe Mathon, 15 Brecon Road, London W6 8PY.                                                                        in one’s own personal life remains a ‘personal             and put them in envelopes. I know some
Tel: 07734 080 024 / Email:                                                                        responsibility’ and each of us are able to direct any      members may not be so keen on these changes but
LECTURE DAY CO-ORDINATOR: Philippe Mathon, 15 Brecon Road, London W6 8PY.                                                         change in a positive direction. So, my advice to each      I hope that you will appreciate the reasons for
Tel: 07734 080 024 / Email:                                                                        of you is to let ‘positivity’ be your keyword and          these changes.
MARKETING AND SALES CO-ORDINATOR: Linda Gilling                                                                                   remember these two forces are just opposite
                                                                                                                                                                                             Within this issue of Footprints there is an article
51 Boundary Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 4EG. Tel: 01707- 891919 / Mobile: 07752 919771                            polarities and of course - one always has the choice
                                                                                                                                                                                             by Hazel Russo from CNHC regarding
Email:                                                                                                   to remain in the neutral/non active state.
                                                                                                                                                                                             advertising. I would urge all of you to read this
RESEARCH CO-ORDINATOR: Roxanne Win, Maidenhead. Berkshire.                                                                        Spring is in the air and with it the country side has      carefully. Complementary therapists are coming
Mobile: 07710 301792 / Email:                                                                       already started to change. There are buds appearing        under continual pressure at the moment from
                                                                                                                                  on bushes and trees, the brave daffodils and other         individuals determined to make life difficult for
B.R.A LECTURE DAYS 2011                                                                                                           spring flowers are beginning to force their way            us. I find it hard to believe that individuals can
                                                                                                                                  through the hard cold earth to bring colour back into      spend time trying to find fault with others but
Sunday 8th May         AGM Lecture Day – Adapted Reflextherapy in Spinal Pain                                                     our grey world. Spring is such a wonderful time
                       Lecturer : Gunnel Berry                                                                                                                                               there are some strange individuals about ! Why
                                                                                                                                  filled with promise, or at least it is for me. I hope it   they have to show such venomocity towards
                       Venue : Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum, London SW7                                                    is for you!!!!!
Sunday 3rd July        Regional Lecture Day – Cancer                                                                                                                                         complementary therapists is surprising but we
                       Lecturer : Edwina Hodkinson                                                                                I would like to thank all those who have sent me           have to accept that not everyone is supportive of
                       Venue : Holiday Inn Express Leeds Armouries, Leeds                                                         articles for inclusion in this edition of Footprints and   the excellent work done by very many
Saturday 15th October  Autumn Lecture Day – An Introduction to NLP                                                                hope that many of our members will follow their            complementary therapists. If any member is
                       Lecturers : David Holmes and Robert Russell                                                                lead and send me something for inclusion in a future       targeted about their advertising and wants to
                       Venue : Park Crescent Conference Centre, London W1                                                         edition.                                                   discuss this further then do please contact me. I
EXHIBITIONS/CONFERENCES/SEMINARS 2011                                                                                                                                                        have been advised by CNHC that at the time of
Saturday 7th May       5th Children’s Complementary Therapy Network (CCTN) Conference                                                                                  Diane Morgan
                                                                                                                                                                                             writing, 85 reflexologists on the CNHC Register
                       Venue : Birmingham
                       Further details :
                                                                                                                                  INDEX…….                                                   (not just BRA members) have had complaints
                                                                                                                                  Page 3            Editor’s Letter/Chairman’s Report        made about their advertising. Be careful about
16th/19th September    International Council of Reflexology (ICR) Conference
                                                                                                                                  Pages 4/5         Regional Lecture Day Summary             what you say and write about reflexology and
                       Venue : Castro Verde, Alentejo, Portugal                                                                   Page 5            Article – ‘Susan – A Case Study’
                       Further details :                                                                  Pages 6/7         Report – Maternity Reflexology
                                                                                                                                                                                             hopefully you should not have any problems.
                                                                                                                                                    Conference - 6th/7th November 2010       I apologise to members that there have been
COPY DEADLINE DATES FOR ARTICLES FOR INCLUSION IN FOOTPRINTS:                                                                     Page 8            PGICH Report                             ongoing problems in being able to access the
                                                                                                                                  Page 9            Article – ‘Spotlight on Advertising’     members zone of the BRA website. This has been
    January edition – last copy date 15th November                   April edition – last copy date 15th February
                                                                                                                                  Page 10           Linda’s Page
    July edition – last copy date 15th May                           October edition – last copy date 15th August                 Pages 11 /12      Bayly School Student Case Study
                                                                                                                                                                                             very frustrating and although as I write this report
                                                                                                                                  Pages 13/14       Letters from the Members                 the problems have not been resolved, I hope that
           FOOTPRINTS ADVERTISING RATES                          Publication of articles in this newsletter does not imply that                                                              they will have been resolved by the time this
                                                                                                                                  Page 14           Book Review
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                   Quarter Page: £35.00                                                    the B.R.A.                             Pages 16/17       Article – Legal Expense and BRA          Office if you are still having problems.
     Linage: £5.00 first 20 words, then 10p per word              Advertisments and articles for Footprints should be sent to
                 (name and address free)                                                                                                            Insurance Scheme
                                                                 the Editor. Articles may sometimes have to be held over to                                                                  I look forward to seeing many of you in May.
   10% discount available for series of 4 or more adverts.                                                                        Page 18           Association Information
                                                                                be included in a future edition.
                                                                                                                                  Page 19           BRA Merchandise                                                           Nicola M Hall

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Spring Lecture Day – Saturday 26th February 2011                                                                 We have been for many years trying to simplify
                                                                                                                 wordings and get insurers to be much more
                                                                                                                                                                           Continued from page 7… a strongly opposing
                                                                                                                                                                           view. Moshe explained more in depth his
Korean Hand Reflexology with Jong Baik                                                                           transparent with the way policies are written, but        intervention with a woman with oedema and a BP
                                                                                                                 they have very good reasons for having a variety of       of 190/115, after which research was discussed at
Summary by Philippe Mathon, Lecture-Day Co-Ordinator                                                             trigger dates for a claim to be dealt with. We are        length. Does it need to be via double blind trial?
                                                                                                                 trying to change these types of wording but it is a       Do we need a university degree in complementary
We had a fairly good turnout on our first lecture       two micro-meridians: the ‘A line’ (the Conception        long process as these are typically the way that these
day of the year. The event was taking place in the      Vessel or Ren Mai in traditional acupuncture),                                                                     therapies or is this only relevant for teaching? Is
                                                                                                                 types of policy wording are traditionally written.        reflexology any nearer to being accepted? There is
Park Crescent Conference Centre in London on            which is comprised of 33 points in the mid-line of
26th February. 29 people had booked a space for         the palmar surface of the hand, and the ‘B line’         A recent common question is to do with Advertising        a big difference between the ‘old days’ and the
                                                                                                                 Standards. You need to be careful about this in your      excitement we now have of finding our level with
the day (19 BRA members and 10 non-members).            (the Governing Vessel or Du Mai), 27 points on
                                                                                                                 practice. The Anti-CAM lobbying groups are                standards and research. The Japanese contingent
                                                        the dorsal aspect of the hand.
Our speaker for the day, Jong Baik, started his                                                                  focussing on what Natural Medicine Practitioners          was asked to share their published research in
lecture by briefly explaining the possible              We also learned on how to locate the major               say about themselves either publicly or in private        English. A good basic training was felt to be 360
underlying working theory behind Korean Hand            organs: liver, spleen, gall-bladder, heart, etc.         with clients. You should therefore review your            hours with 7 modules. Learning is lifelong – is it
Therapy (KHT).                                                                                                   literature carefully. Make sure you are not implying      necessary to specialise? The forum was slightly
                                                        One of the main advantages of the therapy is that        you can solve chronic or acute conditions even if
The KHT theory was originated, studied and              it can be taught to patients: a simple pressure can                                                                negative in some ways but it was certainly a
                                                                                                                 you know you can. Make sure your information is
developed by a Korean acupuncturist called Dr           be applied on any of the relevant reactive site(s) to                                                              healthy discussion.
                                                                                                                 clear, fair and not misleading. Check your websites
Tae Woo Yoo around 1971. Jong explained the             relieve or lessen acute pain.                            are free of any potentially “misleading” information      I felt the conference was well put together and
correspondence theory from a KHT viewpoint,                                                                      to attract people to come to you.                         varied enough in its speakers, although I’m not
which is fairly different to the Bayly method:          •   KHT is also very appropriate after a 'normal'
                                                                                                                 Business issues such as contractual agreements,           sure I learned much to change the way I already
                                                            foot reflexology session, especially if using
Right hand:                                                                                                      business disagreements, contract disputes and             treat clients. It’s always good to try to widen one’s
                                                            some of the other tools used for that therapy:
                                                                                                                 advertising contraventions may not be covered under       knowledge base and it made me think seriously
•   1st finger (thumb): left leg and foot,              •   Press pellets: they are made of aluminium
                                                                                                                 your policy, just the free legal advice over the          about training in maternity reflexology. At the
•   2nd finger (index): left arm and hand,                  (can also be silver or gold but they then need
                                                                                                                 phone. Risk Management therefore has to be the            very least, meeting new people and networking is
•   3rd finger (middle): head, neck, trunk,                 to be used with care by someone                      order of the day.                                         helpful and affirming and the venue was
•   4th finger (ring): right arm and hand,                  understanding their uses) plate with one or                                                                    excellent.
                                                                                                                 From “the sense about science” website – ‘Sense
•   5th finger (little): right leg and foot.                more protrusions. They should be applied on
                                                            the painful areas or on the areas you want to        About Science’ receives frequent calls about science
                                                                                                                 in complementary and alternative medicines (CAM)
The opposite for the left hand:                             treat for specific conditions. It is believed that                                                             Continued from page 5 … have a whole hour, where
                                                                                                                 so we have extended our expert base in this area. We
•   This is based on the correspondence theory,             its high conductivity acts to adjust the ionic
                                                                                                                 have commitment from a number of leading                  she could talk, download her problems, and be
    the principle is to identify and stimulate the          imbalance of the body. Pellets tend to be left       scientists to provide evidence-based information on:      listened to. I must admit, I didn't do much talking at
    location of particular points and areas on the          on the patient between 3 and 6 hours. It is best     homeopathy, acupuncture, aromatherapy, magnet             all, because I felt that to listen to her and her
    hands that correspond to the problem area in            not to use them on patients with ME. Some of         therapy and a range of other subjects. Please             problems was what she needed more than anything
    the body (same principle as the Bayly                   the pellets have one single bump, others have        contact us on the number below if you are looking         else.
    method).                                                several in order to cover larger areas.              for help, and we’ll do our best. Our scientists are       Susan continues to have regular reflexology sessions
                                                        •   Hand rollers: spiky bars that you rub in             compiling materials for a resource on this webpage’.      and still has serious problems with the family health
The palmar side of the hand corresponds to the
                                                            between your hands (repeat 10 to 20 times) to        We should not fear investigation – the fact that there    issues, but is now to able cope with whatever
anterior side of the body, where all the 'solid'
                                                            stimulate blood flow in the hand and stimulate       is a vocal lobby against what you do also speaks for      comes along with the knowing that she can talk
organs are represented. You could also use the
                                                            most of the palmar micro-meridians in one go.        its’ success - but trust in your skills and experience.   and I will listen – and that is so important for a lot
dorsal aspect of the hand to stimulate the solid
                                                            Stimulating the hands with the hand rollers (or      If not making claims about your clients health, you       of people today.
organs but it is better to use the palmar side first.
                                                            simply by rubbing the hands together, less           are certainly entitled to comment about success in
                                                            effective but sometimes more practical) will                                                                   Of course, we all know that Reflexology is a
The dorsal side of the hand corresponds to the                                                                   reducing stress and promoting their wellbeing, The
                                                            make the body warmer. Jong explained the                                                                       ‘brilliant therapy’, but the stuff that goes with it is
posterior side of the body. The main structure of                                                                feedback from the client is more valuable than a
                                                                                                                                                                           just as important. A quiet, peaceful space, some
the body that corresponds to that area is the               essential need for the body to remain at the         randomized controlled trial into Reflexology and
                                                                                                                                                                           'empty' time – with no’ to-do's’, a sympathetic ear,
spine.You can stimulate points using your thumb             right temperature: the body temperature              whether the points in the foot correspond with
                                                                                                                                                                           permission to relax and unwind, these all combine
and fingers, using press pellets or a probe but also        margin is relatively narrow. 37C (98.6F) is the      pathways to the brain or not, so if possible getting
                                                                                                                                                                           with our reflexology to make a difference in
using acupuncture needles.                                  normal body temperature; at that level, your         client to confirm improvements and positive
                                                                                                                                                                           someone's life. It is such a privilege to be able to do
                                                            immune system is strong and you are                  comments themselves in a feedback form is all
Although the above principles seem very similar                                                                                                                            this.
                                                            emotionally stable and in good mood. When            useful evidence.
to the Bayly method, KHT is much more complex               the body temperature falls to 36 degrees, the                                                                  Answers to Question Time on page 15
                                                                                                                 I hope this article has been informative - we have
as it utilises the concept of acupuncture meridians         body would shiver to produce additional heat.        every confidence that the Natural Medicine and            1. sinuses, 2. sino-atrial node, 3. synovial,
within the method. They are called 'micro-                                                                       Wellbeing Movement will go from strength to
meridians' - 14 of them and hundreds of points,         When it drops to about 35 degrees, excretion                                                                       4. sclera, 5. scaphoid, 6. Sjogren’s syndrome,
                                                                                                                 strength, especially as patient led healthcare is being   7. systole, 8. scoliosis, 9. stapes,
just as for more traditional body acupuncture.          function would start to go sluggish, autonomic           more and more available through proposed changes          10. subclavian.
We spent most of the day on the point location of                                                                in the delivery systems. We shall see!

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                 Legal expenses and your BRA Insurance Scheme                                                       nervous system would show signs of malfunction             and pains she had been experiencing for about a
                                                                                                                    and a person become hypersensitive AND the                 year. I felt so sorry for her. She was obviously one
             by David Balen Managing Director, Balens Insurance Brokers                                             body environment is conducive to cancer growth.            of those people who put everyone else's concerns
We regularly are told by clients they didn't know we     (rather than another individual) of breaking the Law,      Jong was very keen for us to understand that               before her own, but had at last determined to do
covered so many extra things in our specialist           the burden of proof is higher for this type of             cancer came from cold inside the body and that             something to help herself
packages! The purpose of this article is to you give     situation (beyond all reasonable doubt rather than a       keeping the body temperature even and at the               She was keen to try Reflexology, having studied it
you a little more understanding of the                   balance of probabilities) so the cost and time spent       right level was essential for good health. He              some years earlier, but had never received a
comprehensive range of services which are available      proving one way or the other can be quite protracted,      certainly convinced me. Especially, since below            treatment since then. She was also keen to steer
to you protecting your business yourself and             especially as there is more to lose (ultimately your       35 degrees, death is imminent!                             clear of taking too many drugs, and to try something
possibly your family.                                    freedom).                                                                                                             more natural.
                                                                                                                    •   Probes: used to locate the points and areas of
Firstly we need to understand the difference between     The Legal Expenses core cover gives you the right                                                                     Her symptoms were many – hot flushes (especially
any legal expenses policy and the concept of having      to be defended against actual breaches of the law              pain with more precision and used also to
                                                                                                                        stimulate those points.                                at night), depression, aching joints, indigestion,
a legal defence cover included as part of the            which may result in a custodial sentence, fine,                                                                       bloating, feeling faint and tired all the time. The
professional indemnity policy.        A Professional     sanctions, court orders etc. The defence is covered        We had time to try and locate the different points,
                                                                                                                    drawing them on each other's hands and pressing            menopause sprang to mind, but I didn't say anything
Liability policy is mainly to cover the damages          but not the fines etc. You are not covered to sue                                                                     initially as I was keen to get on with the treatment,
element of a court case against you where a client or    anyone else, just to be defended in event of an            on at times quite sensitive pressure points. The
                                                                                                                    attendees also asked a lot of questions on practical       to see what was what.
patient is seeking reparations for their alleged         allegation.
financial or emotional loss, injury, disability, pain,                                                              uses of the therapy in their own practice.                 On her first treatment, nearly all of her reflex points
                                                         Your legal expenses package is covering you for up
loss of autonomy, harm caused. A significant aspect      to £100,000 worth of criminal defence for such                                                                        were tender, especially the pituitary, her digestive
                                                                                                                    Jong proved to be an entertaining, likeable and            system; elbows, knees and hips – in fact all of the
to the claim will be the costs of the defence on your    situations as sexual allegations, discrimination           knowledgeable speaker. The subject was too vast            things she complained about showed up. Susan was
side and of course damages for the cost of the other     allegations and various breaches of the law. In
side in having to bring the claim against you if you                                                                for one day but I hope that some, if not most, of          a textbook case! I mentioned that her symptoms
                                                         addition there is cover for Inland Revenue                 the attendees will use their newly acquired
lose the case. As well as fees for the solicitor,        investigation. We know that many accountants have                                                                     might feel worse during the next few days or so, but
barristers and their legal teams who collate prepare                                                                information for their daily reflexology practice -or       she was quite prepared to put up with this, if it
                                                         their own schemes some of them costing in excess           on themselves. I for one have been using my hand
and look after the voluminous files that can build up    of £100 per year to cover the costs of an accountant                                                                  meant feeling better in the long run.
on a case, there are also expert witness costs.                                                                     roller a few times today and as I am writing this
                                                         preparing your claim should be HMRC decide to                                                                         There was a gap of three weeks before Susan was
Whilst other policies on the market cover these          look into your tax affairs. These can be very difficult                                                               next able to visit - with good news. Susan had been
defence costs they are often included as part of the     situations to deal with and can go on for many years.      Anybody interested in buying some of the tools             informed that she did not have the 'breast cancer'
overall sum insured. Furthermore some policy             You may be able to use your own accountant to deal         used on the day or in attending some workshop              gene or polymyalgia. Her GP wondered if her
wordings limit the amount of defence costs available     with a claim but this is not automatically granted by      should    check     the   following   website:             symptoms might be the menopause, and offered her
to you. Fortunately most Insurers tend to settle out     the insurers.                                                                      HRT, which she refused.
of court to minimise costs, but it’s good to know you    The package that we offer incorporates all of the
have the financial muscle to go for the long haul. As                                                               EDITORS NOTE:                                              On this second treatment, her reflex points felt a lot
                                                         above and much more besides. In addition to jury           Our next lecture day will be our AGM in May so we          more tender than they had felt on her first visit; in
the legal expenses aspect of any claim can be quite      service compensation, witness expenses, there are a
considerable, and regularly can be equal to the                                                                     look forward to seeing many of you there for another       particular the thyroid, the lungs, the spleen, the
                                                         range of help lines not only giving legal and tax          enjoyable day of learning and the opportunity of           digestive system and the lymphatic system. Susan
amount of the actual court award, it is important to     advice but also offering counselling for either
look closely at this aspect when choosing a policy to                                                               meeting up with friends. Why not contact some of our       had felt really poorly after her first treatment, but
                                                         yourself or members of your family in acute or             members that you trained with and make a date to meet      had realised that her body was recovering from past
protect your livelihood!                                 stress conditions.                                         up and exchange stories.                                   neglect and was now keen to eat well, drink
Defence costs and expenses are incorporated into the     The date when a claim on these types of policy may                                                                    regularly and to do some daily exercise.
Professional Liability policy and not subject to any     be admitted will depend very much on the type of
run off conditions so that if you were insured, the                                                                                                                            Susan was beginning to see that her health was in
                                                         situation which has occurred. For example if it                                                                       her hands, and she could improve her sense of well-
time of doing the work this aspect of any claim will     concerns an Inland Revenue investigation, then a           ‘SUSAN’ – A Case Study
continue on after you stop the policy in the same                                                                                                                              being by doing simple thing like eating well,
                                                         claim is based on when you discover from the               by Ann Sarson MBRA                                         exercising, keeping hydrated.
way as the indemnity limit which is used to pay for      revenue that there will be an investigation not when
any damages awarded against you does.                    the period of activity took place. For disciplinary        Even though I have been in this business for quite a       On her third treatment in September, the tenderness
So far so good! The above situations are governed        hearings, it is on based on when you did the work          while now, Reflexology never fails to amaze me.            of her reflex points were much improved, as was her
by the Law of Tort, and involve Case Law. If you         causing the complaint in question. For criminal            Take the case of 'Susan'.                                  general health and sense of well-being. But more
breach a duty of care you could be held legally          proceedings a claim will be based on the date when         She first came to see me in August, looking grey and       importantly, she was so cheerful and upbeat and was
liable, but the burden of proof is based on the          the criminal activity was deemed to have taken place       exhausted. She was feeling particularly stressed by        coping with her mother's and sister's illnesses in a
balance of probabilities.                                provided all these situations occurred during the          the fact that her mum had been diagnosed with              much more positive way. I don't think, in all my
So why do you need the included DAS Legal                period of the policy.                                      terminal breast cancer, as had her sister. Susan was       years of treating people, I have ever come across
Expenses package? Well, there are situations where       For any late discovered claims after terminating a         awaiting results of a test which could confirm if she      such a rapid improvement in well-being and energy,
Civil Law or Tort do not apply. There is also the        policy, you have 180 days from the date of                 had the 'breast cancer' gene.                              as I saw with Susan. As we were saying goodbye
Criminal Law and the Statute laws which exist to         discovery to notify the insurers - the small print isn’t                                                              after this third session, Susan turned to me and said
                                                                                                                    She was also waiting for the results of a test to see if   that she felt like a new woman, was very grateful to
protect individuals in Society against harm and to       always clear!!
                                                                                                                    she had polymyalgia, which would explain the aches
protect the State. If you are accused by the State                                                                                                                                                             Continued on page 17

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                                                                                                                                                                       more and taking care when driving - with general
         Maternity Reflexology Conference - 6th/7th November 2010                                                            BOOK REVIEW                               safety alongside strategies for developing mental
                                  Report byAlison Kilvert-Jones                                                                                                        resilience and physical well being.
                                                                                                              Unstuck – Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey
I attended the first UK Maternity Reflexology          morning.                                                 Out of Depression by James S. Gordon, MD
                                                                                                                                                                       In his own practice which is 10 miles north of
Conference which was held on the 6th-7th                                                                          ISBN 978-1-84850-239-0 - Price: £12.99
                                                       The first session after a short lunch break was           
                                                                                                                                                                       Exeter, he has a patient panel which feeds back
November, 2010 at Reading University. Many of                                                                                                                          ideas and issues. People talk to each other and
                                                       ‘The Development of Maternity Reflexology in
the delegates were either Midwives trained in                                                                Many people suffer from depression at some point          form groups with similar self care interests. He
                                                       Japan and the History and Journey of the Japanese
Maternity Reflexology or Reflexologists who had                                                              in their lives and no doubt reflexology                   also has a herb garden outside his practice and a
                                                       Midwives Reflexology Association (JMRA)’
done specialist training and the level of                                                                    practitioners will have patients, friends and             self care leaflet library.
                                                       presented by Chikako Nagasu and Atsuko Sato-
enthusiasm was palpable.                                                                                     colleagues who do so. This book offers a simple
                                                       Campbell. Chikako established the ‘JMRA’ which                                                                  Self care is fundamental. It effects relationships,
Attendees came from far and wide - Australia,          now has 70 midwives and 5 regional groups as          seven-stage program to help those suffering using
                                                                                                             various techniques including food and nutritional         the management of stress and knowing when and
Barbados, Belgium, Canada, France, Holland,            members. Besides being a Maternity Reflexology                                                                  where to seek support. Health professionals need
Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Spain and, of course,        Trainer she is also a Psychotherapist. Atsuko lives   supplements, Chinese medicine, movement,
                                                                                                             exercise and dance, psychotherapy, mediation and          to know how to support the starting point for
the UK. The days were long, both running from          between Japan and London and is the official                                                                    encouraging self care. The following are
9am-6pm, with a varied programme and excellent         translator of the JMRA material. As well as being     guided imagery, and spiritual practice. Dr Gordon
                                                                                                             believes that depression in not an end point, a           suggested:
workshops. The subject was divided into three          a Nurse and Midwife she is an Aromatherapist
                                                                                                             disease over which we have not control. Instead it        • Resist the temptation to take charge.
half-day sections:-                                    and Massage Therapist. It was fascinating to hear
                                                                                                             is a sign that our lives are out of balance, that         • Support health - not cure.
• on making babies,                                    how Japan has embraced Reflexology during the
                                                                                                             we’re stuck. This book offers ideas to help find a        • Work individually.
• carrying and birthing babies and                     past fifteen years and how professional it has
                                                                                                             way out of depression.                                    • Work holistically.
• finally, mothering babies with four hours of         become. Training lasts four years and one module
    workshops on Sunday morning.                       is solely research which is then presented at their                                                             Not many doctors do this nor do they allow
                                                       AGM. They even have the support of a Consultant       Ponder on this…….                                         patients to make mistakes and learn from them.
Susanne Enzer, the founder of the Maternity            Obstetrician although it wasn’t clear how this        ‘Tis all a Chequer Board of Nights and Days               CAM is popular with the public as it works on
Reflexology Consortium, gave the first                 impacted on Reflexology in general.                   Where Destiny with Men for Pieces Plays                   different principle to biomedicine and therefore
presentation examining the past, present and                                                                 Hither and thither moves and mates and slay               can be difficult for some doctors to grasp.
future of maternity reflexology. As a midwife she      We then moved back to Australia for Lyndall           And one by one back in the Closet lays.
went to work in Australia where she continued the      Mollart’s presentation which was called ‘Issues in
                                                       the Tissues’ - an enthusiastic talk on pregnancy      From the ‘Rubaiyat of Omar Hayam’ - Astonomer and
work she had started in the UK, of supporting                                                                Poet of Persia. Born in the latter half of the 11th and   QUESTION TIME - with Nicola Hall
women and their partners with reflexology during       related oedema. Lyndall is a Midwife,
                                                                                                             died within the first quarter of the 12th Century.
pregnancy and labour, and developed it into a full     Reflexologist and Reiki Master and has instigated                                                               Some further questions to test the memory.
teaching course. Since then she has taught around      many research projects in Reflexology and                                                                       All of the answers to the following begin with
the world alongside fellow members of the              Midwifery as an accredited trainer of Susanne         Continued from page 8… All Public Health                  the letter ‘S’.
Maternity Reflexology Consortium. Interestingly        Enzer’s Maternity Reflexology Course. She             publicity is good. What a monstrous intervention          1. These air filled cavities in the skull help
it is in Europe where there has been the slowest       explained the causes and treatment of oedema of       was required to get everyone to wear seatbelts.               lighten the weight of the skull.
acceptance.                                            the feet and ankles in pregnancy, not now             The subsequent wearing of back seat belts                 2. This is another name for the pacemaker of the
                                                       considered abnormal if not accompanied by other       promoted no negative publicity. We need a                     heart.
Susanne continued her presentation after the           symptoms such as raised blood pressure. Lyndall       carefully orchestrated campaign against the
coffee break with a more formal talk on fertility                                                                                                                      3. This type of membrane is found lining a joint
                                                       described a research project in Australia carried     pharmaceutical industry which earns one trillion              cavity.
and menstrual cycles, followed by her ever-            out as a single blind trial using two reflexology     dollars a year from us and the NHS is not
popular ‘Hormone Hat’ presentation which BRA                                                                                                                           4. This is the name of the outer lining of the
                                                       techniques versus simple relaxation. The trial was    sustainable if this industry continues to grow.               eyeball giving rise to the ‘white’ of the eye.
members have had the chance to see before. Lots        complicated to a certain extent by all the women
of fun!                                                                                                      Simon Mills suggested a health ‘question time’ in         5. This is the name of one of the carpal bones of
                                                       involved wanting the reflexology option. It was an                                                                  the hand.
                                                                                                             practices where the audience could ask questions
The morning ended with Chris Roscoe who                interesting point that the oedema of the feet and                                                               6. In this condition there is a deficiency of
                                                                                                             from experts. He also suggested the idea of the
teaches      Reflexology,    including     Precision   ankles tends to be over the reflex zones for breast                                                                 secretion from lacrimal, salivary and other
                                                                                                             intelligent waiting room - tea, chat, some cake and
Reflexology, at the Bristol School of Holistic         and pelvic areas.                                                                                                   glands.
                                                                                                             a waiting room kiosk for self help questions. He
Therapies. She has also trained in Hypnotherapy,       Lyndell was followed by Denise Tiran on ‘Safety,      thinks we should rethink the waiting room as it is        7. This is the contraction phase of the cardiac
Reiki, and Indian Head Massage and has done            Efficacy and Evidence Based Practice’. Denise is      dead space and people are often waiting more than             cycle.
courses to advance her technique in Maternity          a Midwife, University Lecturer and Reflexologist.     20 minutes. This could be time well spent with            8. In this condition there is a lateral curvature of
reflexology, Precision Reflexology and VRT. The        She has conducted much research as well as an         classes, painting workshops, local social networks            the spine.
presentation was entitled ‘The Causes and              NHS funded project on CPD amongst                     etc. He said that many of our biggest social              9. This is the name of one of the small bones
Orthodox Treatment of Sub-fertility and                complementary therapists. Lyndall has had both        challenges will be met if we promote management               found in the middle ear.
Infertility’. This was a very useful introduction to   papers and books published and she is a credit to     of chronic illnesses, avoiding smoking, drugs and         10. Lymph drains back into the venous system via
her work which she was to teach in detail in her       her professions. Indeed the whole presentation        drinking too much alcohol. Healthy Living should              these two veins.
workshop which I attended the following                was extremely professional, both straightforward      also emphasis the importance of diet, exercising          Answers can be found on page 17.

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time she was back to her old self, bubbly and          patients and gave thanks for the privilege of being      and not shirking responsibilities towards the           reflexology and remain ‘simply’ a Reflexologist, I
vivacious. We had a good old catch up as to what       able to help them make the very best of the time         mainstreaming of reflexology through further            have always felt I have benefited from listening to
had happened to each of us during the past years       they had left. Not such a bad year after all!            research, better basic training and more                these broader views. Chris’s approach and
and she told me how they had to move into a            The stories above are just a few examples of how         specialised training. Denise was very clear about       knowledge was very easy to take on board and we
small flat and that she had to get a job in a          effective Reflexology can be, I could go on but          the law and our acceptance of proven safety             were shown many techniques to help sub-fertile
sandwich bar to help out. I then asked if she had      these are embedded in my memory as a                     techniques and parameters. It’s puzzling that           clients including VRT and Precision Reflexology.
ever had the operation, ‘Oh no,’ she said ‘and if it   Reflexologist. I’ve never counted how many               NICE prefers pregnant women not to use                  She explained causes of sub-fertility and helpful
hadn’t been for you I wouldn’t have been able to       clients I’ve seen in my 17 years of practice but         complementary therapies.                                lifestyle changes plus conventional investigations
work either, especially standing all day’.             they run into hundreds, some of whom came only                                                                   and treatment. She feels that we provide the
Reflexology really worked for her, it was no quick                                                              The next presenter was Gill Thomson, a Midwife
                                                       once, never to be seen again. Most came on a                                                                     human face of treatments with emotional and
fix but it succeeded where others had failed.                                                                   and Tutor, Health Visitor, Reiki and Reflexology
                                                       regular basis and said that they had benefitted                                                                  physical support. Two interesting reminders -
                                                                                                                Practitioner. Gill is also part of the newly formed
Case No. 5 - 1996/97! At the time I thought it         greatly from regular reflexology treatments                                                                      sperm production is a three month process and
                                                                                                                Maternity Reflexology Consortium. Her talk was
was a dreadful year! I had three terminal cancer       whether it was on a physical level or enabling                                                                   statistics for likelihood of pregnancy due to
                                                                                                                entitled ‘The Pelvis and Maternity Reflexology -
patients all coming during the same year along         them to be able to make the best of each day                                                                     frequency of intercourse are:
                                                                                                                It is what birthing is all about’. This was an
with my regular client base which at the time was      because their sense of wellbeing was improved.           enthusiastic presentation about the role of the         • Once a month takes approximately 43 months
quite large. One of them (I will call her client ‘A’   The side effects of Reflexology are just so              pelvis and optimal foetal positioning with plenty            to conceive.
for identification) had a two children age 12 and      uplifting. I don’t know what made me decide to           of tips to give clients on optimal foetal positioning   • 3 times a month takes approximately 15
10 and my youngest was 12 at the time so we            train with the Bayly School of Reflexology rather        for a straightforward birth. There was a follow-on           months to conceive.
connected from the start. Reflexology helped all       than one of the other schools, it was just the luck      in her workshop the next day where she gave an in       • 10 times a month takes approximately 5
of them to cope with their chemotherapy and life       of the draw I suppose but it was the best decision I     depth demonstration of reflexology techniques for            months to conceive.
in general but client ‘A’ had decided to really live   have ever made. I have had clients tell me that          endocrine balancing.                                    • 15 times a month takes approximately 3.5
before she died. She had lots of friends and was       they’d had Reflexology in the past but had not                                                                        months to conceive.
financially very comfortable and was out and           enjoyed the experience at all. However, the Bayly        Saturday’s final presentation was by Moshe
about socialising and having as much fun as she        method is so different, so relaxing and so effective     Kruchik, an Israeli Doula, Reflexologist and            It was a very interesting four hours which passed
could manage between her chemotherapy and              and I’ve never had anyone say they didn’t like it.       Maternity Reflexology Trainer, entitled ‘Doula          quickly.
Reflexology sessions. Client ‘A’ had her first                                                                  and Reflexologist, the Perfect Combination’.            On Sunday afternoon the first presentation was by
                                                       As I finish writing this letter I feel very emotional,
Reflexology session on 7th November, 1996 and                                                                   Whilst Moshe’s enthusiasm and his results are           Cheryl Cole, a Reflexologist and a Community
                                                       and realise that I will miss being a ‘Professional
came on a weekly basis whenever possible, what                                                                  amazing I couldn’t help but worry that if we            Midwife who specialises in home births. I was
                                                       Reflexologist’. I would like to say thank you to
with her busy social life and of course the chemo                                                               undertook the sort of interventions he presented        looking forward to her talk but found it a little
                                                       the Members of the British Reflexology
sessions. She had had chemotherapy before and                                                                   we would be at risk of litigation. This was a           disappointing and rather bitty,
                                                       Association and to the staff of the Bayly School.
knew exactly what to expect and specifically said                                                               shame as clearly he is very committed to helping
that Reflexology helped her to feel well enough to                                                              women in labour. Perhaps it was the proximity of        She was followed by a Spanish Midwife and
be able to do all the things she wanted to do                                                                   Denise Tiran’s talk, or the fairly sensational video    Reflexologist, Teresa Huelga, who spoke on
before her time came. Client ‘A’ was still                                                                      clips we saw out of context. Anyway, he was a           ‘Reflexology in the Puerperium: how we can help
managing very well by the following July 1997                          BOOK REVIEW                              brave lone man in that room full of women!              the new mother’. This was lively, exciting and
                                                                                                                                                                        warmly presented. Though the Puerperium is
and had a thoroughly enjoyed herself, even having      Get Started in Reflexology - Revitalize your Life        There was a choice of four workshops on Sunday
a dance at a family wedding during that month.                                                                                                                          formally accepted as 6 weeks post-natally, Teresa
                                                                      by Chris Stormer                          morning:-                                               feels that it is lifelong! She also specialises in
She had a hospital visit and her bloods and liver       (Hodder Education - ISBN 978-1-444-10110-2)             1. Lyndall Mollart - ‘Miscarriage and loss,
function was good and they decided to reduce her                                                                                                                        home births, which helps her to get to know her
                                                       Another good book by Chris Stormer on the basics
                                                                                                                   including endocrine balancing’.                      clients well, thus enabling confidence of the
dose of steroids. By the 11th August however, she                                                               2. Jenni Grant (Midwife and Maternity
was not feeling so good, she had been sick the day     of reflexology but also incorporating her ‘readings                                                              parents through the whole birthing procedure as
                                                       of the feet’ including her ‘insights’ as to                 Reflexology Consortium) - ‘Minor disorders           well as after the baby has arrived. It was a very
before, was feeling very tired and slept all through                                                               of pregnancy and reflexology techniques
                                                       interpretations of reflexes and toe/foot shapes                                                                  well received talk, professional, but also
her treatment. A week later, on the 18th, her                                                                      including endocrine balancing’.
                                                       linking body and mind together.                                                                                  recognising how self-important the medical
husband phoned and asked me to come and visit                                                                   3. Gill Thomson - ‘Pelvic girdle pain and
her. She was very ill but wanted to say thank you      Those of you who have had the opportunity to meet                                                                profession can be and how important our role is.
                                                                                                                   reflexology techniques including endocrine           In addition there were some lovely photos!
to me for helping her to get through and to make       Chris will know of her enthusiasm for reflexology
the best of her last year. She died 10 days later.     and this inevitably comes across within this book                                                                The final part of the conference was a Maternity
                                                       which includes some excellent ‘affirmations’.
                                                                                                                4. Chris Roscoe - ‘Holistic treatment of clients
All three of the cancer patients I saw that year had                                                               with fertility problems including techniques         Reflexology Forum chaired by Gill Thomson. It
seen some benefits from their reflexology sessions     I opened the book on the page that stated ‘Think            from Reiki, crystal and magnet therapies and         was partly an audit of the conference but also a
and made a point of saying how it helped them to       only the best, be only the best, Do only the best,          others’.                                             chance for delegates to raise issues with the
cope and all three of them died that year, 1997. It    relate only the best, Expect only the best’ - an                                                                 speakers. This was a very lively session with a
                                                       example of the positivity throughout the book.           I attended Chris Roscoe’s workshop as I was             good deal of debate on Moshe Kuchik’s
was a very sad time and I took a few months off in
                                                       Well worth a read !                                      drawn to Chris as someone who balanced the              presentation, with quite polarised views on what
1998 to recoup my energy. During those few
                                                                                           Nicola M Hall        esoteric with pragmatism and common sense.              we are safely able to do, with Denise Tiran taking
months I reflected on my three dear, lovely cancer
                                                                                                                Even though I’m a purist with regards to                                              continued on page 17

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 Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare (PGICH)                                                             LETTERS FROM THE MEMBERS………..
              ‘Self Care in Integrated Health’ 12th January 2011
                        Report by Roberta Sale MBRA                                                             ‘Reflexology then Retirement’                              into my reclining chair with great difficulty. After
                                                                                                                                                                           his third session he said that he thought his right
                                                                                                                Margaret Paterson from Orpington                           arm was more mobile and he had a tingling in his
I attended the PGICH ‘Self Care in Integrated         skills. He said it is time for politicians to stop        in Kent writes:
Health’ meeting on the 12th January 2011. It was      telling people to live healthier lives and perhaps                                                                   legs for two days. As I worked he would often
an interesting meeting and there were three           supply them with the means to do so. Doctors              Dear Editor,                                               ask me to work deeper and harder as he said that it
speakers.                                             need to have more input into what treatment is            I’ve decided to retire. During the recession my            caused a tingling sensation in his legs and spine. I
                                                      being provided for patients. It is essential that         client base has dropped dramatically and made me           won’t bore you with all the months of treatment
Simon Mills a Cambridge Graduate in Medical                                                                     think about whether to carry on.                           and the points worked during the year that I saw
                                                      complementary therapists understand about diet,
Sciences and a Herbal Practitioner. He is the                                                                                                                              him but he started to get more mobility and
                                                      relaxation and relationships.                             I became a qualified Reflexologist in April 1994
Managing Director of Sustain Care, a community                                                                                                                             strength in his arms, shoulders, legs and hips and
interest company dedicated to developing new          Sarah Stewart-Brown the next speaker said that if         and have had the best job I could ever wish to
                                                                                                                                                                           by the time of his last visit he was able to walk in
models of self care. He is the project lead on the    she had had guidance and support from the NHS             have. I have always practised from home which
                                                                                                                                                                           on his own using walking sticks. Because of his
Department of Health project - ‘Integrating Self      in the last six months in which to develop,               has allowed me to be a Mum to my children when
                                                                                                                                                                           injury, he had not been able to work, finances
Care in Family Practice’. Simon is Secretary of       implement and coordinate supported self-care              they were young and when they married and
                                                                                                                                                                           were very tight and he could only manage a
the European Scientific Cooperative on                models towards medical populations that include           moved out I had time to spend with my husband
                                                                                                                                                                           treatment once a month but even so, he and his
Phytotherapy, past president of the British Herbal    diet, exercise, life style and home remedies, to          and take my dogs for long walks each morning
                                                                                                                                                                           wife were so impressed with his improvements
Medicine Association and has been an advisor to       enlist and champion local community needs, she            before seeing my clients.
                                                                                                                                                                           that his wife decided to train as a Reflexologist
the Government on Herbal Medicine.                    could have been even more effective. She feels            I will be 62 in February and it doesn’t take much          herself and he stopped coming. I like to imagine
                                                      that the medical profession encourages people to          mathematical know how to work out that I will              that he continued to get stronger and more mobile
Professor David Peters has been a doctor since
                                                      believe they can be helped by Doctors but this is         have been practising Reflexology for 17 years in           but that is one downside to the ‘job’, you can’t
1972 and has been practising complementary
                                                      of course a fallacy. The medical profession               April 2011. During those 17 years I have treated           always keep in touch for updates.
medicine for more than thirty years. During that
                                                      encourages        this  belief     by     shouldering     some amazing people and I would like to share
time he has explored mind/body techniques like                                                                                                                             Case No. 4 - One day as I was out shopping I
                                                      responsibility for fixing things. She said that she       some of their stories with you.
meditation, yoga, as well as a varied range of                                                                                                                             bumped into a friend, you know the type; blonde,
                                                      felt that this allows patients to think that illness is
psychotherapy approaches. David is Clinical                                                                     Case No. 1 - The first person to prove how                 vivacious and full of energy but this day she was
                                                      their lot in life and this in turn is due to lack of
Director of the School of Integrated Health at the                                                              effective Reflexology could be was my husband.             hunched over and obviously in pain. When I
                                                      psychological well being and disbelief in their
University of Westminster which is home to the                                                                  He had put his back out and was bent double, it            spoke to her she told me that she had hurt her
                                                      ability to change, resulting in lack of self
UK’s largest University Department of                                                                           was a Saturday and he couldn’t get in touch with           back several months previously; she had seen a
                                                      motivation and the experience of well being.
Complementary Therapies.                                                                                        his osteopath. He had always refused to let me             specialist in the NHS, tried acupuncture,
                                                      What needs to happen for people to start this             ‘touch’ his feet but this was a perfect opportunity        physiotherapy and osteopathy and had paid for her
Sarah Stewart-Brown is the Professor of Public
                                                      process Sarah feels is to increase public                 for me to convince him that Reflexology worked!!           own MRI scan, which at the time cost about
Health at Warwick Medical School, University of
                                                      awareness/knowledge about health, well-being              After his session he was able to stand up straight!        £1,500. Nothing had helped and the consultant
Warwick. Her research interests focus on two new
                                                      and what health care can and can not do. She              He followed up with a session at the osteopath but         wanted to weld her vertebrae together with a
areas of ‘Public Health Practice - Child Public
                                                      reported that 60% of adults in England report             it was the start of many conversations to follow,          50/50 chance of improving her condition and a
Health’ and ‘Public Mental Health’. Her most
                                                      chronic health problems and a quarter of this             i.e. “When do you think you could do my feet for           chance she was very reluctant to take.            I
recent contributions lie in the development and
                                                      group have three or four problems. 80% of the             me?”                                                       suggested she try reflexology and to give me a
validation of measures of mental well being for
                                                      GP’s time is taken up with these problems - IBS,          Case No. 2 - My youngest son in the middle of his          ring if she was interested. She was, and she did
public health use. She is currently developing a
                                                      Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, along with mild to          homework one evening said he couldn’t do it                give me a ring. After 12 consecutive treatments
research agenda relating to the ‘Contribution of
                                                      moderate depression, allergies and sleep                  because he couldn’t think of any ideas for his             her back did not seem to be improving and I told
Complementary and Alternative Healthcare
                                                      problems. Conventional interventions may be               project so I suggested he took some time out and I         her that maybe Reflexology could not help but she
Approaches to Mental Health and Well-being’.
                                                      ineffective or unaccepted. On average we each             gave him a Reflexology session; after the session          said that the treatments helped her to cope better
Professor David Peters started with his               make five visits a year to our GP.                        he had plenty of ideas for his project . . . . . . relax   and that it lifted her spirits and so we continued.
presentation on the subject of ‘Fringe Medicine’                                                                the body and free the mind!                                A few more weeks passed and she said that she
                                                      She promoted the idea of integrated self
which subsequently became ‘Alternative and                                                                                                                                 had had two days free of pain for the first time in
                                                      healthcare in families, in other words reminding          Case No. 3 - In April 1996, I treated a young
Integrated Health Care’. An expanding body of                                                                                                                              months. More treatments… Eventually the pain
                                                      us that family members often have knowledge of            man of 39 who had had a motorbike accident. He
evidence illustrates how cultural policy,                                                                                                                                  ceased and she was able to get on with her life and
                                                      family health history and can sometimes make              had broken his neck and had C5 and 6 welded
workplace beliefs, behaviour and learning can                                                                                                                              even play golf again! We lengthened the time
                                                      better suggestions than the GP about:                     together. He had spent months with his head in a
either support what keeps one well or undermine                                                                                                                            between sessions to monthly and she continued to
communal resilience; how and what one eats and        •   Things to try.                                        cage and then more time having physiotherapy.              come until one day she said that her husband’s
how the energetic’s of inter-personal relationships   •   Things to buy.                                        The hospital discharged him saying that this               business was in trouble and that she would have to
have an effect on each of us. A placebo is more       •   Things to do.                                         would be as good as he will get. He had limited            move to a smaller property and would not be able
effective than Prozac if your doctor tells you to                                                               movement in his arms and legs and when he                  to come any more. We lost touch completely until
take it, in other words fewer pills and more people                                   Continued on page 15      arrived at my doorstep for the first time his wife         about 3 years later I bumped into her again; this
                                                                                                                and I manhandled him into my work room and

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Feedback at the end of the session: Mrs X reported             We discussed her visiting the doctor to report the
feeling tired after the treatment, and an immediate            problem, plus a potential referral for physiotherapy
                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘A Spotlight on Advertising’……..…
improvement in her C-section tenderness.                       to address re-educating her core postural muscles.                                                                  Maggy Wallace, Executive Chair, CNHC
Fourth Treatment - 14/10/10                                    She was relaxed during the session, and reported
Mrs X reported feeling much better this week.                  that by the end of the session the C-section             Why is advertising so relevant at the moment?                 a Conduct and Competence Panel. If the complaint
Feedback on conditions: 48 hours of LBP after last             tenderness had almost disappeared.                       Is complementary healthcare being ‘got at?’                   goes to the ASA it is likely to be considered against
session. No pain now.                                          Feedback at the end of the session: She felt tired       There seems to be little doubt that issues to do with         the strength of the evidence available for the claims
Feedback at the end of the session: Became very                after the treatment and was upset that the course had    ‘advertising’ are some of the ways in which those             that are being made. CNHC is currently in
congested during the treatment, unclear why as she             come to an end.                                          who are sceptical about complementary healthcare              discussion with those with research expertise to
has never had a history of sinus problems. I                   SUMMARY OF THE TREATMENT SESSIONS                        are choosing to try and make their point.                     provide evidence that might be acceptable to the
reassured her that it could be a side effect of the            Mrs X has really enjoyed the reflexology sessions                                                                      ASA where necessary. One of the difficulties relates
reflexology. Otherwise relaxed and enjoyed the                                                                          What is actually happening?                                   to what type of research will be considered
                                                               with no episodes of her restless leg syndrome,           We know that a number of people who either
session.                                                       heavy/tired legs or circulatory problems. She has                                                                      acceptable. Randomised control trials don’t feature
Fifth Treatment - 21/10/10                                                                                              disbelieve the efficacy of complementary health, or           very highly in the complementary healthcare sector.
                                                               taken on board the advice about lifestyle changes,       who are very sceptical about how (or indeed,
Mrs X reports that the congestion she experienced              particularly avoiding stimulants like caffeine and
during the last session lasted into the next day and                                                                    whether) it works, are trying to ‘attack’ a number of         What can you do about it?
                                                               alcohol. Taking regular exercise and establishing a      therapies. You may be aware that chiropractic has             Make sure that you are very careful about what you
then resolved.                                                 regular sleeping pattern. She has started taking a hot
Feedback on conditions: She reported that the day                                                                       been subject to hundreds of complaints to The                 write. Always bear in mind that you may need to
                                                               bath in the evenings and massaging her legs              General Chiropractic Council (GCC) over the past              provide evidence to back up any claim you make
before she suffered from “restless arm syndrome”               afterwards. She has also started taking a calcium
and recalls similar symptoms 2 weeks ago but did                                                                        year or so. Homeopathy has also been targeted to the          about efficacy in particular. After March 2011
                                                               supplement on the suggestion that the restless legs      extent that a significant number of courses have now          website information will also be subject to ASA
not think to mention it. She reports that the                  could be more muscular in origin. Mrs X has had no
symptoms are like those that she gets in her legs,                                                                      closed in several Universities. It now appears that           scrutiny and complaint. Also, be cautious about
                                                               change in her incidences of LBP. She had one             reflexology is also in the spotlight and it is possible       what you say - don’t make claims that have no
where she has a need to move her arms when at rest;            episode of LBP before the 4th treatment, which she
this lasted for about 2 hours - an isolated incident                                                                    that other therapies will be targeted in due course.          evidence.
                                                               linked to poor posture at her place of work – this
and no symptoms now. She is unclear as to the                  needs to be looked into. The bowel urgency showed        Why is this happening?                                        Do you need help?
cause. I checked against the life style changes                no change. She had the problem with aggravation of       At one level, it is good for any profession to be             Please don’t worry too much - not everyone is out to
promoted for restless leg syndrome and there did not           her old C-section scar as discussed above,               challenged about what it does. We should never                get you, even if it feels like that at times! Just be
seem an obvious reason.                                        reflexology helped with the pain, but Mrs X hopes to     listen only to our friends if we want to have a               cautious and sensible. Read the advice provided by
Feedback at the end of the session: Relaxed and                have physiotherapy to address her core stability         balanced view of our actions. We should all be able           CNHC, by the British Reflexology Association
tired.                                                         weakness and possible Rectus Abdominis Diastasis.        to provide a rationale for our activities and be able to      (BRA) and look at the Committee of Advertising
Sixth Treatment - 29/10/10                                     This should also improve her bowel problems.             justify what we do and why, when it involves other            Practice (CAP) Code.
Feedback on conditions: Mrs X reports feeling OK.                                                                       people and their health and well being. For those
She is concerned again by a re-occurrence of the               Mrs X is very pleased with her improvements and is                                                                     Continue to be proud of your work and the help it
                                                               very keen to have further reflexology in the future.     reasons we should listen to those who are sceptical           brings to those who need it.
inflamed tender C-section scar with tummy bulging.                                                                      and work out the best way to answer their queries.
She reports she noticed it after cleaning the kitchen          She is also keen for her daughter to have reflexology                                                                  Who to contact:
floor - this probably caused an acute re-injury of an          and is promoting it to all her friends and family.       What might happen?                                                • CNHC:
already chronic and poorly healed C-section scar.                                                                       One of the ways in which some people are working,                 • Email:
                                                                                                                        in the first instance, is to search all written material          •       : 020 3178 2199
                                                                                                                        produced by CNHC registrants for statements they                  • ASA:
                                                                                                                        believe cannot be justified by evidence. This may                 • CAP:
                     Date of Treatments                                           Date of Treatments
TENDER               23/   01/   07/   14/   21/   29/      TENDER                23/   01/     07/   14/   21/   29/
                                                                                                                        include information on your web site or in your
REFLEXES             09/   10/   10/   10/   10/   10/      REFLEXES              09/   10/     10/   10/   10/   10/   publicity material. They then look to make a
RIGHT FOOT           10    10    10    10    10    10       LEFT FOOT             10    10      10    10    10    10    complaint. This may be to CNHC where Clause 15
Neck                             X     X     X              Neck                                X     X     X           of the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and                  Department of Health expresses
Side of head/brain   X     X           X     X          X   Side of head/ brain   X     X             X     X     X     Ethics will be cited. Alternatively they may                  continued support for the CNHC
Top of head/ brain   X     X     X     X     X          X   Top of head/ brain    X     X       X     X     X     X     complain to the Advertising Standards Authority
                                                                                                                        (ASA).                                                        It is two years since the CNHC opened its register in
Spine –thoracic                  X     X                    Spine - thoracic
                                                                                                                                                                                      January 2009 and the CNHC is delighted to receive
Spine – lumbar                   X                          Spine - lumbar                                              What happens next?                                            a message of continuing support from the
Sinuses              X     X                                Sinuses               X     X                               If the complaint comes to CNHC it will be first               Department of Health.
Shoulder             X     X     X     X     X          X   Shoulder              X     X       X     X     X     X     considered by the Registrar to see if it needs to be          “Over the last two years the CNHC has clearly done
Thyroid                          X                      X   Thyroid                             X     X     X     X     progressed or if it can be dismissed as merely                a lot to set standards for a range of complementary
Para thyroids                    X                      X   Para thyroids                       X     X     X     X     vexatious (i.e someone just being silly or malicious).        healthcare disciplines and the Department welcomes
Sciatic loop                     X                          Sciatic loop                                                If there is a genuine concern, then the complaint will        its continued good work. The CNHC is sponsored by
                                                                                                                        pass on to an independent Investigating Committee             the Department and we recommend that where
                                                                                                                        Panel for consideration. This panel has the power to          people are looking for complementary healthcare
                                                                                                                        make a decision that no further action needs to be            practitioners, they use someone who is CNHC-
                                                                                                                        taken or to pass the complaint on to a full hearing by        registered. (Department of Health, January 2011).

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                                     Linda’s Page………                                                                                                 Bayly School Student Case Study
                                                           Type      Vehicle    Example       1-2     3-6    7-27
                                                                                                                            Submitted by Caroline Bicheno as part of requested work for Module 7
                                                                     Group      Vehicle      Days    Days    Days
                                                          Manual       B       Ford Fiesta   £33.38 £30.18   £26.71   Name: Mrs X Born: 1973 Occupation: Works                 Poor circulation to the legs: DR: Heart. AR: Hip and
                                                                                   1.2                                part time & has 2 children, aged 5 and 2 years.          knees, Lumbar/Sacral spine, Massaging the arms -
The new Avis Rent a Car UK have a new AWD                              C         Nissan      £36.65 £33.05   £29.16   Serious Illnesses and Operations:                        zone related therapy.
number for BRA members. It is K384101 and this                                  Note 1.4                              Fibroadenoma removed from her right breast and           Heavy/Tired legs: DR: Hip and knees. AR:
is linked to the UK rates. The AWD will also rate                      D          Ford       £41.00 £36.89   £32.43   benign lump from the right side of her abdomen.          Thyroid/Parathyroids, Kidneys, Small intestines,
shop for all other rates in our system (Special                                 Mondeo                                Caesarian section in 2008. Main Conditions to be         Lumbar/Sacral spine, Heart, Solar Plexus.
Offers/Holiday Rates etc.) and will always offer                                   1.8                                aware of: None. Medication: None. Doctor: Not            Massaging the arms - zone related therapy.
BRA members the lowest rate in the Avis system.                        E       Ford Focus    £38.28 £34.49   £32.94   recently.     Other treatments: Physiotherapy for        Low back pain/Sacro-iliac pain: DR: Lumbar/Sacral
In 3-6 months Avis will look at how BRA members                                                                       bowel control and urgency post pregnancy. Diet:          Spine. AR: Sacro-iliac joint, Sciatic Loop, Muscles
                                                                       F        Vauxhall     £50.33 £45.30   £41.47
have taken advantage of this offer and if it goes well                          Insignia
                                                                                                                      good - lots of vegetables, few fruits. Drinks wine but   of the pelvis, Adrenals, Solar Plexus, Pituitary.
they will be able offer a better discount for BRA                                  2.0                                less than the recommended daily allowance. Low           Bowel urgency (post pregnancy): DR: Large
Members. Opposite is a schedule of the prices being                                                                   water intake, and 6 cups of caffeinated tea a day.       intestine. AR: Adrenals,            Pelvic    Muscles,
                                                          Estate       G       Ford Focus £48.15 £43.38      £39.59
offered to BRA Members.                                                         Estate 1.6                            Condition of Feet: Verruca - left foot, base of the      Lumbar/Sacral Spine.
                                                                       H           VW      £53.59 £48.17     £42.30   5th toe (ear reflex area on the foot.). Otherwise good   Left shoulder pain: DR: Shoulder. AR: Pituitary,
For all those members who hire vehicles on a
                                                                                 Passatt                              shape, bony structure, arches and skin condition.        Solar plexus, Adrenals, Thyroid/Parathyroid,
regular basis there is Avis Preferred. For more
                                                                                estate 2.0                            MAIN REASON FOR TREATMENT                                Cervical Spine. Massaging the right hip - zone
information on Avis Preferred please contact
                                                                                                                                                                               related therapy.
Email: or one of the Sales        Automatic      I      Ford Focus    £49.24 £44.34   £39.03   • Restless leg syndrome (Ekbom’s Syndrome) –
                                                                                   1.6                                                                                         Abdominal bloating and inflamed tender Caesarian-
Direct Team on 08445-810-010. The account will be                                                                          suffered since childhood, occurs monthly.
                                                                        J         VW         £59.09 £53.01   £46.42                                                            section scar: I considered this to be due to excessive
set up with the correct details, discount number etc.                                                                 Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a fairly common
                                                                               Passatt 2.0                                                                                     strain on the poorly healed scar from the birth of her
A card will be sent out in the post holding all                                                                       condition that causes uncomfortable sensations in
                                                                       K        Mercedes     £69.38 £62.07   £54.14                                                            second child in 2008. There may also be a diastasis
personal details that we need in order to hire a                                C-Class                               the legs. The symptoms can vary from being mild to
                                                                                                                                                                               of the Rectus Abdominis muscle, which is a
vehicle. Avis rental staff will prepare all the                        N        Mercedes     £85.16 £76.41   £66.93   severe. There are 2 types of RLS, primary (occurs
                                                                                                                                                                               separation of the connective tissue joining the two
paperwork before you arrive, and you should then                                E Class                               naturally in early adulthood, symptoms are mild and
                                                                                                                                                                               strap like muscles down the middle of the abdomen.
receive a car within 3 minutes or Avis will give you                   O        Renault   £59.09 £53.01      £46.42
                                                                                                                      progress with time) and secondary (complication of
                                                           MPV                                                                                                                 This would also have occurred during pregnancy.
a £20.00 vouchers towards your next rental.                                      Scenic                               another health condition). Over 5 million people in
                                                                                                                                                                               DR: Stomach. AR: Pituitary, Solar Plexus, Adrenals,
                                                                                Manual                                the UK are affected by the condition, most
Note from the Editor:                                                                                                                                                          Thyroid/Parathyroid, Abdomen - dorsal aspect of the
                                                                       L        Renault   £85.16 £76.41      £66.93   commonly older women. Symptoms get worse with
Linda Gilling works hard on behalf of all the BRA                                                                                                                              feet.
                                                                               Espace 2.2                             age. The exact cause of RLS is unknown. However
Membership trying to get the best deals possible                                                                      evidence suggests that the condition is related to an    (For breakdown of “crunchy” reflexes found in
from all those companies listed within our BRA                                                                        imbalance of the neurotransmitter dopamine.              each session please see chart on page 12)
Benefits List. The Special Offer above is one of her     The International Hotel Group                                Treatment is lifestyle changes and medication for the    First Treatment - 23/09/10
latest efforts. So, if you need to rent a car do not     are offering…..……                                            severe cases.                                            Feet were not at all sensitive to treatment. Client was
forget the above offer, give Avis a chance.              25% off weekend stays and more                                                                                        very relaxed after the initial assessment, so much so
                                                                                                                      Important reflex areas to treat for main condition
                                                                                                                                                                               that she could not speak properly as she was so
             *********************                       InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is offering a            present
                                                                                                                                                                               overcome with fatigue.
                                                         minimum of 25% off weekend stays including up to             Restless Leg Syndrome: DR: Brain. AR: hip and
                                                                                                                                                                               Second Treatment - 01/10/10
The British Reflexology Association                      35% off Friday and Sunday nights at over 200                 knee,     Thyroid/Parathyroid,    Kidneys,     Small
                                                                                                                                                                               Mrs X experienced extreme tiredness and slept for
Members Benefits List TOP TEN                            participating InterContinental, Crowne Plaza,                intestines, Lumbar/Sacral spine, Heart, Solar Plexus
                                                                                                                                                                               12 hours after last treatment.
                                                         Holiday Inn and Express by Holiday Inn hotels                reflexes. Massaging the arms due to benefits of zone
Companies for this edition:                              across the UK and Europe…. so if you're already in           related therapy.
                                                                                                                                                                               Feedback on conditions: No symptoms.
                                                                                                                                                                               Feedback at the end of the session: Mrs X reported
1.    Best in Jewellery                                  town on a Friday for business why not stay the extra         OTHER CONDITIONS PRESENT                                 tingling throughout the legs, especially the thigh
2.    Candle Lite Living                                 night so your partner or friends can join you to enjoy       • Poor circulation, worse in the winter months.          area. Also she reported feeling tired after treatment.
                                                         and explore the city and stay at one of our superb           • Tired/heavy legs -daily.                               Third Treatment - 07/10/10
3.    Capital Cliff Ltd                                  selected hotels.
4.    Cress Ltd                                                                                                       • Low back pain (LBP)/sacro-iliac joint pain -           Mrs X said that she had felt relaxed after the last
                                                         Call: 0871 423 4874 and quote ‘exclusive’, or visit:           poor posture from her desk job, intermittent           treatment. Reports that she is not feeling great due to
5.    Filofax
                                                as below                                       pain, every few months and it lasts for a few          abdominal bloating, combined with a raised and
6.    Nasaleze                                                                                                          days - over last 5 years.                              inflamed C-section scar which is tender to touch and
7.    Phytoscience (natural figure)                                                                                   • Bowel problems after the birth of her first child      a new left shoulder pain. She is not sure as to the
8.    Potter's herbals                                                                                                  in 2005 - problems with lack of control/urgency        cause and feels it could be just her age and slight
9.    Simply Animal Sales                                                                                               - Moderate improvement with physiotherapy.             weight gain. Mrs X reported she was not pregnant
10.   The Yoga Shop                                      Please note: calls from 0871 numbers are charged at                                                                   and it is not linked to her menstrual cycle. She
                                                         10p per minute when dialled from a BT landline.              Important reflex areas to treat for other
                                                                                                                                                                               believes the left shoulder pain to be due to cleaning.
                                                                                                                      conditions present
                                                                                                                                                                               Feedback on conditions: No Symptoms.

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