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Κυριακή, 16 Ιουλίου 2017

The Prince will see you now: Charles opens 'holistic' clinic at the stately home he saved for the nation

It is not known which therapies will be used at the new centre, but a conference on ‘integrated’ approaches to women’s health at the mansion this autumn will explore homeopathy, reflexology and acupuncture.
The Prince has long been an advocate of alternative medicine despite criticism from some medical experts that such approaches often have little scientific basis.
In 2012, he called for the NHS to recognise ‘the core human elements of mind, body and spirit’, as well as simply treating disease.
In his ‘black spider memos’ – released in 2015 after a ten-year freedom of information battle – he lobbied the last Labour Government to change public spending plans in favour of complementary medicine.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4700224/Prince-Charles-opens-holistic-clinic-Dumfries-House.html#ixzz4mybJ1S3J

Παρασκευή, 26 Μαΐου 2017

16. Ο Ιπποκράτης χαιρετά τον Κρατεύα

Ξέρω, φίλε, πως είσαι άριστος ριζοτόμος και από την προσωπική εμπειρία σου και από την ένδοξη κληρονομιά των προγόνων σου, ώστε να μην υστερείς σε τίποτα από τον παππού σου Κρατεύα. Μάζεψε, λοιπόν, τώρα, περισσότερο από κάθε άλλη φορά, μάζεψε όσα και όποια φυτά μπορείς και στείλε τα σε μένα γιατί είναι μεγάλη ανάγκη. Πρόκειται για έναν άνθρωπο που είναι ισάξιος με μια ολόκληρη πόλη, για έναν Αβδηρίτη, είναι αλήθεια, μα για τον Δημόκριτο, που λέει πως είναι άρρωστος και έχει μεγάλη ανάγκη από κάθαρση γιατί έχει χάσει τα λογικά του. Αχρείαστα ας είναι τα φάρμακα αυτά, καθώς είμαι βέβαιος ότι θα είναι, μα πρέπει κανείς να είναι εφοδιασμένος σε κάθε περίπτωση. Έχω θαυμάσει πολλές φορές σε σένα την δύναμη των φυτών, τη φύση και τη διάταξη όλων των πραγμάτων καθώς και το ιερότατο έδαφος της γης που γεννάει τα ζώα, τα φυτά, τις τροφές, τα φάρμακα, την τύχη και αυτόν τον ίδιο τον πλούτο. Γιατί, χωρίς αυτήν, η επιθυμία του χρήματος δεν θα είχε που να ακουμπήσει το πόδι της και οι Αβδηρίτες δεν θα μπορούσαν να με δελεάσουν με δέκα τάλαντα, δείχνοντας με την προσφορά τους αυτή, πως δεν είμαι ιατρός, μα ένας άνθρωπος που μισθώνομαι, για τις υπηρεσίες που προσφέρω. Μακάρι να μπορέσεις, Κρατεύα, να κόψεις την πικρή ρίζα της φιλοχρηματίας χωρίς να αφήσεις κανένα λείψανο από αυτήν.  Να έχεις υπόψη σου πως θα μπορούσαμε να καθαρίσουμε με αυτόν τόσο τα σώματα όσο και τις άρρωστες ψυχές των ανθρώπων, μα αυτά δεν είναι παρά ευχές, εσύ, για την ώρα, μάζεψε τα βότανα των βουνών και των ψηλών λόφων, γιατί αυτά είναι ανθεκτικότερα και δριμύτερα από τα βότανα που προτιμούν το νερό, εξαιτίας της πυκνότητας του εδάφους και της ελαφρότητας του αέρος, γιατί ότι αντλούν από τη γη έχει περισσότερη ζωή. Πάντως, μην αμελήσεις να μαζέψεις και από τα ελώδη φυτά που φυτρώνουν κοντά στις λίμνες, εκείνα που φυτρώνουν κοντά σε ακροποταμιές, σε κρήνες, σε πηγές, που είναι, όπως ξέρω, αδύνατα όχι τόσο δραστικά και με γλυκό χυμό.

Όλα όσα είναι χυμοί και όποιοι ρευστοί πρέπει να μεταφερθούν μέσα σε γυάλινα δοχεία. Όσα είναι φύλλα, άνθη και ρίζες, μέσα σε καινούρια πήλινα δοχεία καλά κλεισμένα, για να μη χάνουν, όταν τα χτυπάει η πνοή του ανέμου, τη φαρμακευτική τους δύναμη, όπως ένα πρόσωπο που έχει λιποθυμήσει. Στείλε μας, λοιπόν, αμέσως αυτά γιατί η εποχή του έτους είναι ευνοϊκή και η ανάγκη της λεγόμενης αυτής τρέλας επιτακτική. Κάθε τέχνη είναι εχθρική προς την αναβολή, και προπάντων η ιατρική, όπου η αναβολή θέτει σε κίνδυνο τη ζωή του ανθρώπου, οι κατάλληλες ευκαιρίες είναι οι ψυχές της θεραπείας, και η παρακολούθηση τους ο σκοπός. Ελπίζω ότι ο Δημόκριτος είναι καλά στην υγεία του, ακόμη και χωρίς θεραπεία. Εάν, όμως, υπάρχει κάποιο σφάλμα της φύσεως η της περιστάσεως η κάποια άλλη αιτία (γιατί πολλά πράγματα διαφεύγουν από μας τους θνητούς, εάν λάβει κανείς υπόψη του ότι δεν διαθέτουμε μεγάλη δύναμη ακρίβειας), πρέπει να έχουμε όλα τα μέσα στη διάθεση μας για να αντιμετωπίσουμε κάτι που είναι άγνωστο σε μας. Γιατί όποιος βρίσκεται σε κίνδυνο δεν αρκείται σε ότι μπορούμε να κάνουμε, ζητάει από μας και όσα δεν μπορούμε να κάνουμε. Σχεδόν πάντοτε έχουμε να παλέψουμε με δύο πράγματα: με τον ασθενή και με την τέχνη, τον ασθενή που είναι κάτι άδηλο για μας και την τέχνη που τα όρια της είναι περιορισμένα. Και από τη μία και από την άλλη πλευρά, είναι αναγκαία η τύχη, και ότι μας είναι αδύνατο να προβλέψουμε σε μία κάθαρση, πρέπει να το θεραπεύσουμε με προσοχή, μαντεύοντας την πάθηση του στομάχου και κανονίζοντας την ανάλογη δόση του φαρμάκου σε μία φύση που είναι άγνωστη σε μας, γιατί η φύση του κάθε πράγματός δεν είναι η ίδια ούτε μία, και αδιάκοπα καθορίζει και αφομοιώνει ότι είναι ξένο, και κάποτε επίσης διακινδυνεύει τα πάντα. Πολλά ερπετά χύνουν το φαρμάκι τους στα φυτά, και καθώς έχουν ανοιχτό το στόμα τους, εμφυσούν, με την εσωτερική πνοή τους, κάτι βλαβερό σε αυτά, αντί κάτι το θεραπευτικό, και αυτό δεν το καταλαβαίνει κανείς , εκτός εάν κανένα στίγμα, κάποιος λεκές η κάποια δυνατή και βλαβερή μυρωδιά δείξει ότι έχει συμβεί, έπειτα, με αυτή τη σύμπτωση της τύχης, η τέχνη χάνει την ευκαιρία της επιτυχίας. Έτσι, οι καθάρσεις με τους ελλέβορους είναι πιο σίγουρες, αυτές που λένε πως μεταχειρίστηκε ο Μελάμπους για τις θυγατέρες του Προίτου και ο Αντικυρεύς για τον Ηρακλή. Μακάρι εμείς να μη μεταχειριστούμε τίποτα από αυτά για τον Δημόκριτο, μα η σοφία να είναι για αυτόν το τέρμα των θεραπευτικωτέρων και δραστικωτέρων φαρμάκων. Να είσαι καλά - Ἔῤῥωσο




Τετάρτη, 10 Μαΐου 2017

URGENT – respond to save charities providing complementary healthcare.

This one is over even before it began...

There is an army of volunteer reflexologists (as other CAM) in the UK. Now it seems they want all CAM volunteer therapists out of comission!
They want scientific proof, patient satisfaction is not enough.
The patients should be getting in on this. I have been proposing this approach for years without anyone listening or responding.

CNHC has received details of a consultation being carried out by the Charity Commission which is ‘reviewing its approach to registering as charities organisations which are established to use or promote complementary or alternative medicines..’
The question seems to be about the type of evidence the Charity Commission should accept when considering whether an organisation can have charitable status. Details on the government website state the following: ‘The Commission says that it must rely on evidence to be assured that there is public benefit, and the consultation focuses on the nature of evidence it should require of organisations using or promoting CAM that apply to register as charities.’
Complementary healthcare is provided by charities around the UK at hospices, Macmillan cancer centres, mental health charities such as Mind centres and many others so it is vitally important that the Commission receives robust responses from this sector.
CNHC will be responding to this consultation and we urge any organisation which provides access to complementary healthcare to respond, with details of public benefit. Research evidence will be extremely important in this case.
The consultation closes on 20 May at 12.00pm. Full details can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/l5m84e5

HIV and AIDS Cure News: NACC Deems Magarini MP's Claims as Dangerous

According to Nairobi News, Kombe previously claimed that reflexology therapy could cure a patient suffering
from the early stages of AIDS. 

Additionally, Kombe argued that reflexology could also cure impotence in men, as well as stroke, kidney failure and brain tumors, among other things. "The reflexology does not only help to cure the HIV and Aids virus at early stages, but also reactivates sexual organs for men," he said.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/hiv-and-aids-cure-news-nacc-deems-magarini-mps-claims-as-dangerous-181202/#DBYsTrqpw5154dTL.99

ΡΕΦΛΕΞΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΜΗΤΡΟΤΗΤΑ

https://www.diatrofi.gr/e-foodnews/e-food-%CE%AC%CF%81%CE%B8%CF%81%CE%B1/reflexologia-kai-mhtrothta/


Why it’s so hard to figure out if acupuncture actually works

...or reflexology for that matter?
The researchers ask a simple question: if most of the recommended treatments fail to meet this threshold, why is acupuncture excluded while arguably more invasive procedures are included? But as patients, we should perhaps be asking a different question. Why are we being recommended procedures that don’t work?

Πέμπτη, 4 Μαΐου 2017

New York State: time to recognize the profession of reflexology!

Recognize reflexology -the internationally acclaimed, organized and recognized, research-supported profession that is harmless, non-invasive and integrative- in New York State now!

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/new-york-state-time-to?source=c.em.cp&r_by=5654190


PETITION BACKGROUND

Reflexologists in New York, and national and state associations (incl. NY State Reflexology Association) have been active for over a decade to legalize our profession in New York State- 32 other US states and many countries worldwide are ahead of New York on this front, and there is no reason that this should not change NOW.... It's time to do the right thing, act ethically and sign this petition and support NY State Senate bill S5464! You can also sign the petition if you do not live in NY state or USA: the more voices heard, the better, please share far and wide, reflexology is in the best interest of all, thank you!

Τετάρτη, 3 Μαΐου 2017

Summer school: Orthopedic Reflexology and Hippocratic Anatripsis training 2017

Last year was a huge success, this year will be even better...

Summer school 2017 
#orthopedicReflexology & #hippocraticanatripsistraining during the #danaoncup 2017 in Argolida prefecture 3-8 July

Are you ready for the real thing?
Then start looking into airplane tickets and arrange your schedual :)



More information soon, for enquieries spirosreflex@gmail.com

Τετάρτη, 1 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Reflexology case study: cross reflexes - referral areas





On Tuesday the 24th of January 2017 I received a phone call from a Greek professional handball athlete. His name is Alexandros Alvanos he favors very much reflexology and for years has utilized our modality. 






the condition of the foot on the 24th


The story is that Alexandros sustained a severe ankle sprain on the 22nd during a championship game. His concern was that he be ready to participate in his teams next game the following weekend on the 28th.






I described to him what are strategy and goal would be, and what risks he would be exposed to if he would participate in the next game, meaning that hopefully his lower limb nociceptors would have a higher threshold. This would mean that though, hopefully, he would not feel pain thus allowing him to participate, at the same time he would not have "protection" something that might lead him to a relapse. 


Practical application
On the 24th a student of mine offered an initial treatment under my directions.
This included referral areas and cross reflexes, zone reflexology, classic reflexology focusing on the lymphatic system. Duration 90 minutes.
On the 25th the same student offered the same protocol.
On the 26th the athlete attended our class where he was to receive his third treatment. Referral areas and cross reflexes were assesed and attended to accordingly since they were not that sensitive any more. Ear reflexology was also utilized and the application of talcum (cooling effect) to the sprained ankle following Hippocrates directions in accordance to the theory of elements. Duration 1 hour.
On the 27th the athlete received his 4th treatment from another student, this focused on the reflexes of the nervous sytem, endocrine system, the reflexes of the lower leg, lymphatics in a classic reflexology approach but also in a referral area/cross reflex approach. Many many relaxation techniques were applied and especially the pumping technique. Duration 1 hour.

The 28th was game day. The athlete already felt from the 26th that he would participate in the game. Two hours before the game began I was at the court attending to him. Today was a general approach, definetely not "relaxing" rather more stimulating. A general reflexology approach was utilized with sedative techniques, the affected meridian channels were "opened", zone therapy was used for the numbing affect, lymphatic reflexes and a brush was used both for the "air" element and to affect the local nociception threshold.
He also requested attendance to his shoulder.

The athlete was very confident and felt his ankle in very good condition. Off he went to the locker room...

the lower leg after five days of treatment














The game

The coach decided to commence the game without his star player Alexandros.
Handball games have a 1 hour duration. It happended that his team was behind during most of the game. At around the 45th minute his coach decided to put him in the game. Alex played well during the remaining minutes. 
According to him, his participation was mostly in order to draw the defences attention. His team won that day. Alexandros participated actively and felt minor pain under much strain due to the intensity of the game. Overall he was very satisfied.

I would just like to add something he remarked in front of my students on Thursday the 26th.

"When I become coach, the first "player I will add to my teams roster would be Spiros." 

(I am sure he would be satified with an adequately trained reflexologist.)

Alexandros has been a huge fan of reflexology since the Athens Olympics
in 2004!






Referral areas – Cross reflexes
Ingham in her book Stories the feet can tell pg. 99 suggests the use of referral areas and the evolvement of this idea is cross reflexes. The earliest documentation of this idea was probably by Celsus in his book De Medicina.
"Much more often, however, some other part is to be rubbed than that which is the seat of the pain; and especially when we want to withdraw material (residues) from the head or trunk, and therefore rub the arms and legs."
"Finally, if particular limbs are rubbed, many strokes are required and forcible rubbing; both because the body cannot be as a whole quickly rendered weak through a part, and it is necessary that as much as possible of the diseased matter should be dispersed, whether our aim is to relieve the limb actually rubbed, or through it another limb."

Paragraph 14 - p177
read more here.




The students names that assisted me in this endeavour are eirini Talliou and Amalia Panou.
Way to go ladies!!!


NEBRASKA NEEDS THE SUPPORT OF ALL REFLEXOLOGISTS NOW!

PLEASE ACT AND SHARE.

In Nebraska, a reflexologist must be a licensed massage therapist to practice. The Platte Institute in Nebraska was contacted by a reflexologist there and told of reflexologists needing to be licensed massage therapists to legally practice. The Platte Institute Organization is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that helps with these sorts of economic barriers in the state. Sarah Curry of the Institute found Senator Sue Crawford to sponsor a bill, which was introduced on January 18th. The bill states simply under "Section 1. Section 38-1708, Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska, is amended to read: 38-1708 The Massage Therapy Practice Act shall not be construed to require licensure of...(5) Individuals engaged in the practice of reflexology."
A phone call and email from you to the Health and Human Services Committee chair (Senator Merv Riepe) and bill sponsor (Senator Sue Crawford) would help keep this bill alive. This will only take one minute and no matter where you live in the USA this bill is important to all of us. Please support the sponsoring senator and encourage her to keep going with the bill by sending your e-mail or making that phone call today either using the wording below or by creating your own.
Senator Sue Crawford
E-mail: scrawford@leg.ne.gov
Phone: 402-471-2615
Senator Merv Riepe, Chairperson of the Health and Human Services Committee
E-mail: mriepe@leg.ne.gov
Phone 402-471-2623
Dear Senator ____________,
I have been a reflexologist for ______ years. The current massage law is an occupational barrier for reflexologists to practice legally in Nebraska. I support LB 588 as reflexology is not massage but a totally separate practice and should be exempt from the massage therapy law as it is in 32 other states.
Sincerely,
(Your name, email and or phone number)

source: Reflexology Association of America

Psychoneuroimmunology

Psychoneuroimmunology (P.N.I.), explains why REFLEXOLOGY and other
complementary therapies are effective. PNI is a mind-body discipline that establishes the link between our psychological state and our physical health.
"The science underpinning PNI reveals that stress is an immunosuppressant. In other words, PNI identifies the direct links between psychological distress and illness......."
Relaxation therapies (which includes Reflexology) can reduce sympathetic nervous responses and enhance parasympathetic nervous system activity. "Relaxation decreases a person’s heart rate and blood pressure. It reduces the production of corticosteroids, which in turn, reduces cortisol-induced immunosuppression".
Nice article by Dr Judy Lovas
https://www.ausmed.com/articles/nurses-know-psychoneuroimmunology/

Τετάρτη, 18 Ιανουαρίου 2017

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

Good morning men and women.
As we all heard last night at bed time, the male parent is not well and his coughing is getting worse. It seems he is working to much and stress has overtaken him.
Frankly headquarters are concerned, especially for the wellbeing of the children.
Our objective will be the reflexes found on the male parents feet.
Specifically this one I am showing you here.
We will have to work in the dark, once lights are turned off, this is when we will scatter on the carpet. The male parent has a specific walking pattern in the childrens bedroom we will scatter across it.
Lights go off at around 21 hundred, the male parent returns from work a little after and enters to kiss them while they are asleep.
We will be in our positions but be ready to move around in order to hit the reflexes exactly where we want too. The element of surprise is on our side. After the first successfull contact the rest of us are to charge too.
We all know that not everyone will enter the toy box again, but we are lego's this what we were made for.
Best of luck and as Sergeant Major Dan once said
"Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?"

Cause USA : What We Do : Programs : MRR

The military is increasingly using massage, Reiki, yoga and other complementary and alternative modalities to ease combat stress and the effects of PTSD, however the demand for these modalities far exceeds the current military capabilities. The Cause Massage, Reiki, & Reflexology program is designed to help fill this critical gap. On average, Cause provides 1,800 massage or Reiki treatments annually to wounded warriors and their caregivers at no cost.

All of our participating therapists and practitioners meet all relevant state credentialing requirements* and have attended an additional orientation focused on the special needs of military wounded.

http://cause-usa.org/what-we-do/programs/mrr.html

Cancer Research UK

A lot of interesting information here, from the country with over 10.000 reflexologists.
Interesting the AoR nor PR are mentioned on their list, could it be politics?
They mention 3 times "there is no evidence..."
There is no scientific evidence to support the use of reflexology as a treatment for cancer. Reflexologists believe that having your feet pressed and massaged in a systematic way stimulates the corresponding organs in your body.
At the moment there is little or no scientific evidence to prove that reflexology helps any of these conditions.
There is no scientific evidence to prove that reflexology can cure or prevent any type of disease, including cancer. But it is very popular among people with cancer.
It could be the attention of the therapist that helps people to feel relaxed, for instance, rather than the reflexology itself.
Finding a reflexologist
Reflexologists can join several associations, but there is no law that says they have to. Nor do they have to finish any specific training. Most reputable reflexologists are registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) or one of the organisations that are part of the Reflexology Forum.

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancers-in-general/treatment/complementary-alternative/therapies/reflexology

Οι νόμοι το επιτρέπουν, το ίδιο και η αγορά ....μέχρι ενός σημείου όμως.

 Η Ρεφλεξολογία έχει κερδίσει την εμπιστοσύνη του κόσμου αυτό είναι ένα δεδομένο.

Η νομοθεσία ακόμα επιτρέπει να γίνονται όσα διαβάζουμε, μιλάω συγκεκριμένα για την εκπαίδευση. Αυτό δεν είναι Ελληνικό φαινόμενο αλλά πλέον παρατηρείται και σε χώρες όπως το Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο όπου υπάρχουν πάνω από 10.000 Ρεφλεξολόγοι και η πιστοποίηση είναι εθελοντική. Άλλο δεδομένο.

Σημειώστε ότι όπου είναι νομοθετημένη η ρεφλεξολογία στην Ευρώπη (ελάχιστα παραδείγματα) γίνεται όταν η αμοιβή καλύπτεται από κρατικό φορέα/ταμείο ή ιδιωτική ασφαλιστική εταιρεία. Στις άλλες ηπείρους μιλάμε μόνο για ασφαλιστικές εταιρείες.
Υπάρχουν και οι λίγες περιπτώσεις όπου εργάζονται Ρεφλεξολόγοι σε νοσοκομεία, και εκείνοι θα τους ζητηθεί να είναι πιστοποιημένοι.


Αυτό όμως δεν σημαίνει ότι εάν δεν είσαι πιστοποιημένος ΔΕΝ μπορείς να εργαστείς, ΜΠΟΡΕΙΣ. Μιλάμε για την Δανία επειδή είναι το πιο χαρακτηριστικό παράδειγμα.

Άλλο δεδομένο είναι ότι βλέπουμε η εκπαίδευση στην Ρεφλεξολογία να έχει πάρει νέες κατευθύνσεις, νόμιμες. Μιλάω για εκπαίδευση διαδικτυακή η/και μέσα σε ένα άντε δύο ΣΚ.

Αναγκαστικά όλα αυτά θα πρέπει να είναι αποδεκτά είτε μας αρέσει είτε όχι. ...δεδομένο.
Οι νόμοι το επιτρέπουν, το ίδιο και η αγορά ....μέχρι ενός σημείου όμως!
Ποιο είναι το σημείο αυτό?

Για εσένα που ψάχνεις να εκπαιδευτείς στην Ρεφλεξολογία με σκοπό να γίνεις επιτυχημένος επαγγελματίας, θα έρθει η στιγμή όπου αφού ολοκληρώσεις τις σπουδές σου online ή σε 1-2 ΣΚ θα "βγεις στην αγορά".

Αυτό ακριβώς είναι το σημείο όπου η αγορά θα σε απορρίψει ή όχι. 
Σκέφτομαι τις δυσκολίες που αντιμετωπίζουν σήμερα οι απόφοιτοι των σχολών που παρακολούθησαν το πρόγραμμα εκπαίδευσης δύο ετών που όρισαν στο παρελθόν οι πρώτοι ρεφλεξολόγοι στην Ελλάδα, πρόγραμμα το οποίο βρήκε σύμφωνο και το αντίστοιχο σωματείο μας. Και μετά σκέφτομαι πως θα τα καταφέρει να γίνει επιτυχημένος κανείς με 1 ΣΚ.

Μπορεί να τα καταφέρει θα μπορούσε να μου πει κάποιος. Πόσοι θα ρωτήσω ένας δύο, παραπάνω...?

Τότε όσοι όρισαν την εκπαίδευση στα δύο χρόνια αλλά και εμείς που την εφαρμόζουμε στη σχολή μας έχουμε κάνει τρομερό λάθος. 

Διαβάστε πως έχει η κατάσταση στην Αγγλία, δυστυχώς αυτά δεν λέγονται ανοιχτά, παντού συμφέροντα, αλλά όλα μαθαίνονται.

Finding a reflexologist
Reflexologists can join several associations, but there is no law that says they have to. Nor do they have to finish any specific training. Most reputable reflexologists are registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) or one of the organisations that are part of the Reflexology Forum.


http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancers-in-general/treatment/complementary-alternative/therapies/reflexology








Τρίτη, 3 Ιανουαρίου 2017

Ποδαρικό με Εκλογές στο ΣΕΡ

Το προηγούμενο ΔΣ του ΣΕΡ δαπάνησε χρήματα, ενέργεια και την υπομονή των μελών πραγματοποιώντας συναντήσεις σε ξενοδοχείο για την συνένωση των δύο σωματείων. Ημερίδα έχουμε να δούμε από τότε που ήμουν εγώ πρόεδρος - τέσσερα χρόνια!

Τα πράγματα κατέληξαν τελικά όπως περίμενα, δυσάρεστα για τους περισσότερους.

Τα δύο τελευταία ΔΣ με τις πράξεις τους μόνο απογοήτευση έχουν αφήσει πίσω τους. Είναι κανείς που χαίρεται, που ωφελήθηκε? (Δεν ρωτάω τα μέλη των ΔΣ)

Το σημερινό μου θέμα όμως είναι αυτά που έλεγαν περί πιστοποίησης και ένταξης μας στον ΕΟΠΠΥ, τα λένε όσοι διοικούν στο ΠΕΣΡ τα καλόβλεπαν και μερικοί του ΣΕΡ.

Είναι γελοίο, είναι αστείο, για αρχή δεν υπάρχει ο αριθμός των συναδέλφων να καλύψουμε τη χώρα, πχ.οι φυσιοθεραπευτές είναι 3000, εμείς πόσοι?
Εκκρεμούν πολλά θέματα όπως η πιστοποίηση, κάτι που ΔΕΝ πρέπει να γίνει.


Αλλά τελικά και να ξεπερνούσαμε όλα αυτά τα εμπόδια, θα συνέφερε κάποιον επαγγελματία μία τέτοια εξέλιξη? Να δουλεύουμε για μειωμένη αμοιβή, να δουλεύουμε ΔΩΡΕΑΝ σε κάποιες περιπτώσεις?

Τα παραδείγματα από τους φυσιοθεραπευτές λένε ΌΧΙ!
Σήμερα βλέπουμε και τους επαγγελματίες ειδικής αγωγής να αντιδρούν για τις συμβάσεις με τον ΕΟΠΠΥ!

http://www.protothema.gr/greece/article/641253/adidraseis-apo-tous-epaggelmaties-eidikis-agogis-gia-tis-sumvaseis-me-ton-eopuu/

" Όταν η πραγματικά απαιτούμενη δαπάνη ξεπερνά την προβλεπόμενη, θα εφαρμόζεται οριζόντια περικοπή– κοινώς επονομαζόμενη “κόφτης”, το δε ποσό που λείπει θα αφαιρείται από τις αμοιβές των παρόχων υπηρεσιών, δηλ. από εμάς ως claw back» επισημαίνουν και καλούν το Υπουργείο Υγείας να επανεξετάσει το καθεστώς χρηματοδότησης των δαπανών Ειδικής Αγωγής. "
Ρωτώ, ο δρόμος που μας προτείνουν είναι εκείνος που θα μας ωφελήσει? Τι μας προτείνουν, τα σκέφτονται ή έτσι λένε ότι τους έρθει στο κεφάλι?

Να θυμάστε ποιοι σας πρότειναν αυτά τα πράγματα (εκείνοι) και ποιοι σας προειδοποίησαν (εγώ!).

Κάποιοι λένε (επιτέλους) ότι έχω δίκιο, είχα όλο αυτό το διάστημα δίκιο αλλά το χάνω με τον "τρόπο μου", μιλάω απότομα και τέτοια.
Εγώ νομίζω ότι δεν έχετε ιδέα τι σας γίνεται, ειδικά οι επαγγελματίες και να ασχολείστε με την ουσία και όχι με τους τρόπους μου.

Για μας δεν αλλάζει τίποτα ουσιαστικά απλώς τονίζω τα γεγονότα!

Τετάρτη, 28 Δεκεμβρίου 2016

Reflexology TOP 10 for 2016!


Was it a good year, ...a bad year for Reflexology?

I would say it was a good year overall.
Research is going well, Wyatt in the USA and Kay&Whatley in the UK had progress in 2016.
It was very interesting to see research come out of countries like Iran and a growing interest for reflexology in Turkey. Such that it is being regulated!

It was also very positive that the Scandinavian countries have more and more articles in their native languages, thumbs up, continue to do whatever you are doing. 
Unfortunately I would like to inform my Spanish colleagues that they are the only ones still using Groupon, thumbs down!

Reflexology Associations are trying to keep up with this changing world, they are going through challenges and many more are ahead of them. Bottom line is that your everyday reflexologist does not care because he/she feels you do not care, or that you (the association) have nothing to offer.
Think about it in 2017.

At number 10.

Reflexologists believe that the brain is represented on the tips of our fingers and toes. here

It seems we are right...
"...but researchers at Umea University in Sweden have found that the neurons that extend into our fingertips perform the same sorts of calculations that take place in the cerebral cortex."


picture credit: Felip Alcon Spain










9. Johan Cruyff passed away, may he rest in peace.
I always found interesting his trust and passion for Reflexology.
Reflexology was a part of his foundation in Spain the reflexologist in charge is Joaquim Muñoz.
At this link you can watch and listen to him speaking about Reflexology.



The foundation information were Reflexology is listed

At number 8.

I would really like to meet this nun one day! The remarkable thing she did is that "she is still going" spreading the word of reflexology.

Best keep an eye on her.

Sister Jubilatas motto is: "First massage instead operate." 

With the words "where it hurts, press" and "clean, clean, clean".

http://www.onetz.de/pfreimd/vermischtes/ansturm-auf-schwester-jubilatas-kurs-ueber-fussreflexzonenmassage-den-richtigen-schalter-zur-linderung-finden-d1201211.html

7. Iran research in Reflexology
The middle east has a growing interest in Reflexology and there seems to be no clear explanation on how it began, who, where, how etc.
Interesting...

The effects of two methods of reflexology and stretching exercises on the severity of restless leg syndrome among hemodialysis patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our obtained results showed that reflexology and stretching exercises can reduce the severity of restless leg syndrome. These two methods of treatment are recommended to the patients.

At number 6. 
In the country of Eunice Ingham comes a beautifull example of the much needed cooperation between reflexologists. Thumbs up!
I am rather concerned about their definition since it is NOT in line with Ingham's definition.
In my opinion Reflexologists around the world can all agree that Ingham began Reflexology as it is practised today. We should all then agree on her definition, her described technique and her chart.
 - See how problems disapear, ...like magic.
After that as far as I am concerned "feel free to say whatever comes off your head...!"
There are three arms of reflexology in the United States. They are:
  • The American Reflexology Certification Board (arcb.net)- a nonprofit, independent testing agency
  • Reflexology Association of America (RAA; reflexology-usa.org)- the national membership organization
  • National Council for Reflexology Educators- the voice and resource center for reflexology educator
These three branches came together this past year and decided it was time for a collective definition for reflexology. This is the definitive definition:
"Reflexology is a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb- and finger- walking, hook and backup and rotating-on-a-point, applied to a specific reflex areas predominantly on the feet and hands. These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body's efforts to function optimally. The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field." 
http://blog.customcraftworks.com/blog/foot-massage-vs-reflexology


At number 5. ...I take my hat off to PR...

I cannot believe it, it seems that signing a petition online can actually help!

A HUGE pat on the back to all Professional Reflexology Members and friends who signed our petition to NICE Re: NICE guideline on Supportive and palliative care in adults.

Our petition was signed by over 6000 people and over 1900 comments were sent to NICE. This is what they sent us via Email this morning:

"NICE would like to thank stakeholders for their interest in this guideline and their support with the development of the guideline scope. We have received a large number of comments on the draft scope from people concerned about our proposal to remove recommendations on access to complementary therapies and other topics from the update to the improving supportive and palliative care guideline (CSG4) and to update other parts of the guideline. We agree that the current recommendations within CSG4 are important and still relevant. Having reflected at length on the range of comments received we have decided to retain this guideline and to develop a new guideline on the service delivery element of the end of life care for adults."


4. Reflexology is booming in Turkey!

For over a year I have been noticing a lot of "action" in this country having to do with reflexology training of course. Just some years ago a couple of research papers were published also. Again how did it begin, who taught them, how can they have results to show with no organized association? What's the lesson here?

Anyway, I was invited to offer a weekend course and surprised to find out that those attending would be doctors!

More specifically Attending the course were: 
1 Medical Practitioner
1 Anesthesiology doctor
1 neurology doctor
1 rheumatology doctor-Prof
7 PT&R doctor
3 PT
Would you believe me if I told you that a major pharmaceutical paid for it? 
It's a changing world.

 Doctors in Turkey are training in Reflexology!


Number 3. Online training

It's here, it's legal and it does not matter if I like it or not.
What is interesting is that though you have associations, councils and networks stating that they are interested in high standards of training and most of them disagree with online training, ...they invite tutors that offer online training as speakers to their conferences!

What is the message here? 
For instance Father Josef is hosting the next ICR conference in Taiwan, ..much success. He travels the world and teaches the poor to practice reflexology, good for him!
The ICR we must assume approves of this. If you are a member of the ICR then you should NOT be asking reflexology to be regulated and neither for high training standards. Reflexology belongs to all.
Lone Sorensen, has my respect by the way, teaches reflexology online - so do many others. Since the ICR invited her over to speak at their conference then me must assume that the ICR, the other speakers, the members of the ICR and those attending all approve of online training in Reflexology?

In 2017 let's all be more clear, crystal clear.

At number 2 is Gina!!!

Gina is a friend, she is also a Canadian, most importantly she is a passionate reflexologist. She travels the world teaching and offering reflexology. She began small a while back, but now there seems to be a snowball effect and there are more like her.
I approve of this very much. We need more reflexologists like Gina and her colleagues, especially compared to some very dissapointing examples for a reflexologist in the civilized world.  


For number 1 I chose "hand holding", this simple and humble act of being there for someone.
The world definetely needs more of it!
it is unfortunate that we need a research paper to back it up.

 "Most strikingly, the effects of spousal hand-holding on neural threat responses varied as a function of marital quality, with higher marital quality predicting less threat-
related neural activation..."
Lending a hand: social regulation of the neural response to threat.
Abstract
Social contact promotes enhanced health and well-being, likely as a function of the social regulation of emotional responding in the face of various life stressors. For this functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study, 16 married women were subjected to the threat of electric shock while holding their husband's hand, the hand of an anonymous male experimenter, or no hand at all. Results indicated a pervasive attenuation of activation in the neural systems supporting emotional and behavioral threat responses when the women held their husband's hand. A more limited attenuation of activation in these systems occurred when they held the hand of a stranger. Most strikingly, the effects of spousal hand-holding on neural threat responses varied as a function of marital quality, with higher marital quality predicting less threat-related neural activation in the right anterior insula, superior frontal gyrus, and hypothalamus during spousal, but not stranger, hand-holding.

I wish you a happy and prosperous 2017 with health and a lot of Reflexology!