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PR Podcast

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Welcome to the first episode of the PR Podcast!
Join Martyn Finke from Professional Reflexology and guest Hagar Basis from the Reflexology Academy London for a great discussion about the therapy. Covering traveling, history, journeys, techniques, and much more. They also discuss the recent comments from Dr. Hilary Jones on Reflexology on his appearance on the Lorraine TV show and how skeptics view complementary therapies, plus they answer questions from the public and reflexologists.

The PR Podcast aims to give insights into what Reflexology is, how it works, success stories, journeys and anything else you can think of to do with this amazing therapy, along with listeners questions, plus interviews with a whole host of very special guests in every episode.

So, join Martyn Finke from Professional Reflexology and friends, for the PR Podcast

Spotlight On... 

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Balance Holistic from Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Please join us in welcoming Principal Karen Smith into the Professional Reflexology Practitioner Diploma family!"Having experienced a variety of complementary therapies, I began my professional training in clinical reflexology to develop my interest further and begin another journey in my life".

If you are interested in joining the wonderful Karen in your next life journey (and working towards a PRD), her 2019 school year begins on January 27th. Just Email karen@balanceholistic.co.uk
or call 07932 088 168 for more information!

member directory

Members.... Please ensure that your Directory details and your webpage are up to date and published.

Publication does not happen automatically, because we cannot post Member details on our website without your permission, and it is up to each Member to make sure that their entries are up to date.
It is really easy to update your membership details. Log into the Member Area, and open the ‘Edit My Details’ menu. For example, if you move or change your telephone number you can change this under ‘Edit My Personal Details’. This contains contact details PR need for Member registration, but are not published.

‘Edit My Webpage and Listing’ details are those which will appear in your directory listing and on your personal webpage. Please remember that everything that you put into your practice details will be published, so for example, if you work from home and do not want your full address to be published simply don't complete that section.
You must publish your postcode for the directory, but you can just use the first part for privacy if you wish e.g. SW19 or CV34.

Please check your details to make sure that they are correct. It will only take a couple of moments do so, and it would be a shame not to take advantage of these free benefits giving such great publicity for your practice.

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Professional Reflexology is proud to officially announce the launch of our brand-new qualification, the Professional Reflexology Practitioner Diploma (PRD).

First of all, we would like to thank those who have already applied to teach the PR course either by opening a new school or in an established venue. Plus all of you who have given words of encouragement and support. We were genuinely excited by the enthusiastic reception to our initial announcement, and have already run orientation days for our first 3 schools, all of whom will be announced shortly.

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Reflexologist of the Week

Not a competition, all full Members can apply, and we will be putting one of our members in the spotlight on the front page of our website every week plus posting across social media, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. To become involved and promote yourself with the full back up of PR, all you need to do is answer a few short questions about yourself and send us a photo and your links and you will be added to the feature (on a first come/first served basis).

Just click HERE to download the question sheet and get involved!

I Wish I Had Taken My Reflexologist More Seriously


However, I then began to suffer from a 'blocked' right ear, had difficulty hearing and experienced pain gradually spreading across the right side of my face.

Over the period of two years my Doctor syringed, medicated, did what he could, and sent me to an ENT Specialist. I was told there was 'nothing to worry about, just tiny ear canals and a wax build-up'. So the Specialist used a minute syringe and cleared the wax. The pain went, and the relief from distorted hearing was great! Over the next five years on my visits for Reflexology I was told 'there seems to be some blockage there'. I agreed the problem was returning. My therapist tried more in-depth reflexology, 'Hopi' Candles, with plenty of wax showing in the analysis from the left ear, but none from the right. Odd! Three times over those five years I was sent back to ENT by my Dr when the pain became unbearable, and had the usual mini syringe procedure, but each time it cleared less!

Finally, with encouragement from my Reflexologist I asked to be referred for a Scan. This took place, with a following letter to me saying I had 'a tumour, called an Acoustic Neuroma, growing from the balance and hearing nerves'. Major shock! I had an immediate appointment with the Specialist, with no apology for missing the tumour, and the option he recommended was that 'they are benign and grow very slowly, so I should just leave it to be monitored over the next few years'.Then I was sent to see the Neurosurgeon for a second opinion, who said 'it measures 1.8cm and at 2cm is very dangerous to operate on as it is so near the brain.

There is a 1:200 chance of death on the table, a 95% chance of Cerebral Palsy and you WILL loose your hearing and balance on your right side as I have to cut those nerves to remove the tumour. Then it will be gone for good, that's the good news'! The other option was Radiotherapy, which would mean re-treating if it grew again, and never cure it! However, during the previous five years, I had taken out a Private Medical Insurance, so as not to put-on my married sons and families and expect them to care for me whilst waiting for treatment in my future years, if ill! When this was mentioned, I was immediately offered Specialist Treatment in London - Gamma Knife (radiation rays fired at the tumour in one hour-long treatment)! Wonderful, as there would be minimal temporary balance problems whilst the tumour reacted to the procedure over the following year. It swells for about six months, and as it increases in size puts pressure on the brain and surrounding area, therefore creating much more pain. Then over the next six months the pain would decrease. The pain was 24/7 between a bad toothache and feeling as if my head was going to burst!

I had monthly Reflexology Sessions (I didn't need them more often as they worked so well), totally decreasing the sometimes violent pain, helping my balance and so totally keeping me calm and my whole system working well, therefore healing as rapidly as possible.

The support of a Therapist, who spends time getting to know you in mind and body and how your 'normal' body feels, just from working on your feet, plus the bonus of being able to share thoughts and problems, helps so much; and they UNDERSTAND, they have more time to listen. They have more time to spend (usually 1 hour) working on JUST YOU, and generally taking you through the whole experience without having to offload on family or friends too much!

I easily kept my sense of humour through the whole three years from diagnosis until now. I did all the normal things, but used a stick a few times mid-term when off balance and out walking. I am 67 now and have had the 'all-clear', with the only down-side a loss of hearing in my right ear. Oh well, I have another! I cannot stress how I wish I had taken my reflexologist more seriously and TOLD my Dr. years earlier that I needed a scan, or stood up to the E.N.T. Specialist with more conviction. We tend to think they know everything and are always right. In my opinion a reflexologist can pick up the smallest difference in your body, which may be nothing at all, but PLEASE don't hesitate if advised of a change: go to your Dr and insist. I had a lucky escape with my Insurance allowing me a new treatment in this country which is so much safer, no cuts or infection either! If I had been diagnosed seven years ago the tumour would have been so tiny, and it would not therefore have been such a dangerous operation.

I will always have Reflexology as it is non-invasive, very relaxing and pleasant, keeps your system working as it should, and most importantly picks up anything untoward! It's also just 'time-out' and a treat - why shouldn't we have one?

"Reflexology and Acoustic Neuroma" A Clients Account by Sue Invernizzi

N.B. No  member of Professional Reflexology (PRM) will ever claim to cure or to diagnose


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