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Speakers at the I.C.R. 2007 Conference

 

  

By Wil ten Ham (The Netherlands)

 

The first speaker at the Conference was Leila Eriksen (Denmark).  Leila is a Research Advisor for RiEN and is involved with a new research program ‘Migraine 2008’ which involves reflexologists from several countries.  Leila discussed a countrywide survey study that she is currently involved with.  The report involves Danish alternative/complementary therapists and the University in Denmark. 

 

Key Note Speaker

Hanne Marquardt (Germany) spoke on ‘General Aspects of Reflexotherapy of the Feet’ covering topics such as:

  • The great work of the self-healing capacity of a person
  • The benefits of working with our hands.  The development from shoulder to hand, from simplicity to differentiation
  • Sense and meaning of pain, in general, and specifically during the treatment and how to deal with it.
  • Differentiation between symptomatic and background zones.

 

After lunch we all enjoyed Hannah’s workshop and the handouts from the workshop shared information such as ‘to watch out for certain signs from the autonomous nervous system’.

 

Lee Anthony Taylor (New Zealand) spoke about ‘The Dynamics of Healing’ covering topics such as:

  • Current definitions of energy, ‘what are we working with?’
  • Spiritual significance: ‘where does our information come from?’
  • Breaking down illness

 Lee’s workshop focused on “Coronal Reflex Therapy”.

 

Mari Ogino (Japan) shared information about the development of Reflexology in Japan followed by research information and pictures of a research video. The research was conducted in a medical setting using the latest scientific equipment including a blood flow meter, endoscope and electrogastrogram, MRI—dynamic magnetic resonance imaging, Dopler Echo, X-ray, and PET Scanner—positron emission tomography. The use of these devices was able to demonstrate and record what is actually happening inside the body when pressure is applied on the reflex point.  For example: a camera was placed in the stomach showing the stomach before and during the reflexology treatment, which was quite amazing.  The video included reports by the patients about how they were helped or not helped with reflexology.

 

Dr. Martine Faure-Alderson (France) informed us about her Reflexology Pilot Studies on Cancer Patients in Hospitals.  While travelling around the world teaching Cranio-sacral Reflexology Martine met people who were practicing on cancer patients in hospitals or outpatient centres under the auspices of hospitals who were interested in contributing information on this project.  Currently there are five centres involved in the study who are providing reflexology services to cancer patients in Paris (France), Michigan (USA), Reykjavik (Iceland) and Perth and Sydney (Australia).  For more details regarding this research please see the report which follows.  Martine’s workshop was on “The Immune System and Cranio-sacral Reflexology”.

 

Christopher Dean (Australia) lectured about the miracle “Tea Tree Oil” of which I have no doubt you all have heard about and most likely have in your medicine chest.  Christopher told us his special story about his first contact with tea tree oil, which was due to an awful inflammation in his toes, which medical doctors could not heal.  His brother gave him a bottle of tea tree and asked him to ‘try it’.  This was the beginning of the recovery of Christopher’s toes and the awakening of his interest in this speciality oil.  There are now over 200 research papers based on this oil covering numerous topics and more research is being conducted every year into this superior anti-microbial agent.

 

Moshe Kruchik (Israel) spoke on “Inherited Feet”.  “Children inherit their feet from their parents as they inherit a part of their world.  Children reflect, through their feet, their parents’ physical and spiritual body”.  In Moshe’s experience children’s feet resemble the feet of at least one of their parents.  Children’s actual diseases can be better understood when we take a look at their parents’ feet.  Some of Moshe’s case studies have been included in the transcript.  Moshe presented an interesting workshop on “Inherited feet”.

 

Beryl Crane (United Kingdom) lectured about one of her passions “Auricular Therapy”, which has far-reaching beneficial effects in particular analgesia (instant pain relief).  Beryl explained that this could be because of the ‘Gate Control theory’ or the endorphins and encephalins which are the body’s own opiate hormones. These are said to be released when the body responds to stimuli.

In her workshop Beryl demonstrated auricular inspection and palpation being the safest and best method together with additional points for the spine and ear problems.  Modern research has found that the shape of the auricle is related to the development of the internal organs especially the kidneys.

 

Madeleine Girard Turgeon (Canada) introduced “Tibetan Reflexology” which is a complex system that encompasses the entire body and mind, releasing all kinds of tension, congestions and mal-adjustments.  Madeleine spoke about ‘Dimensions’ and some exceptional corresponding zones as well as the reflex points on three special areas: the scapula, the iliac crest, and the collar bone.  Some of the techniques were easy enough to do on your own body.  For example: the cheek bone and the diaphragm.  The cheek bone helps the sinuses and upper respiratory system and the diaphragm helps the lungs and the lower respiratory system.  Together, these two areas help the entire respiratory system.

 

Shweta Choudhary, Ph.D.  (India) discussed a research project that he has been working on for the past four years in “Efficacy in Reflexology in Prevention of Post-Operative Nausea, Vomiting and Related Pain”.  The results showed significant decrease in nausea and vomiting in the group who had reflexology.  An extensive report may be found in the 2007 Conference Report.

 

Heather Edwards (Australia) gave a brief talk on the development of reflexology in Australia which only began in 1979.  Heather informed the delegates about the formation of the RAA (Reflexology Association of Australia) – their meetings and conferences as well as information about the National Education Committee.  In October 2008 the NSW Branch will host the next RAA National Conference in Sydney for which preparations are well underway.

 

The last speaker of the conference was Christine Issel (USA) who took us on her interesting journey to “ The Hidden Elements of Reflexology” and brought what many of the other speakers together.  She explained, with such a broad this topic one can go anywhere with it.  It is much like the body, what one can see – the skin, is only the tip of the iceberg of the body.  Much is hidden beneath the skin, the anatomy, physiology, biology, neurology, etc. of the body and of course of the mind, heart and soul.

In Reflexology much is hidden when one goes beyond the physical element of touch and beyond the Newtonian physics—the science upon which our culture is based—into the study of energies and quantum mechanics.

 

Christine started out by bridging current conventional scientific with quantum physics and spirituality. Christine stated, “I believe that all illness begins on the hidden energetic level and if not attended to moves to the denser physical body where it manifests as a pathology. Since Reflexology assists in the movement of energies in the body it is possible to reverse an illness before it physically manifests through the application of Reflexology. Reflexology is simply the best!”

 

This is only a taste of each presentation. Contents of all the presentations can be found in the Conference Report.

 

 

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