ETS Newsletter 24 02/07/2015

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by Sally Earlam, AoR



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ETS News Summary
Welcome to the summer edition of the ETS Newsletter - and it certainly feels like summer, phew! As the sun beats down, we have been full steam ahead adding some new hot features to our web site. 
We have added an exciting new Freebies page, on which we have a super new download for you, and created an ETS Picture Gallery! We are delighted with these new additions and further information is available in this newsletter. As if that wasn't enough, we have a summer sizzler special offer on the VTCT Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology course.
In this newsletter, our regular AoR contributor Sally Earlam discusses the role reflexology may play to support women going through the menopause. Thank you again Sally for another super article. 
We hope you enjoy this newsletter and if you would like us to consider an article of yours for publication in the next newsletter please just contact us!

Our web site now has a Freebies page! From Freebies you can access a free online course (AoR and FHT members get CPD points for completing it) and look at demonstrations of our anatomy & physiology, health & safety and fire & evacuation tutorials. 
We have also produced a super NEW free download for you called For Your Digestion...  
  • Introduces ETS
  • Gives access to a free online course
  • Gives you the paper-version of our digestive system tutorial, plus some questions, answers and unlabelled graphics taken from our level 3 anatomy and physiology course
  • Gives details of 6 digestive system conditions taken from our pathology course
  • And there's a secret bonus too, but it's a secret so we can't tell you here - you need to download it!

ETS Picture Gallery
We've never considered a picture gallery before because we didn't really think we had much to show you - after all online course providers don't get out much do they?! Well actually it turns out that we do, and we have lots of pictures to share. They are now displayed in our very own ETS Picture Gallery - please do take a look!

Special Offers
Summer is certainly here but the minds of many are already racing towards the start of the new academic year. If you are looking for a new career in Complementary Therapies then look no further!
Our online VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology is the perfect place to start. With everything you need to pass included in the price, plus our unrivalled support and course guarantee, you can study from home, in your own time to meet your own deadlines.
Get a head start on the new academic year this summer and save £30! Simply enter Promotional Code SUN when you enrol online, or give the office a call on 01604 839016.
S – Self-paced
U – Unrivalled support
N – No hidden costs
 Offer ends 31st August 2015.
Have you looked at our free Anatomy & Physiology demonstration? It provides you with extracts from every section of the Essential Anatomy and Physiology tutorial that is included in the VTCT course. Why not click below now and see if your pants are as smart as this skeleton's! 

Affiliate News

We are working closely with more and more affiliates and are delighted to welcome the Ayurveda Institute to the ETS fold. ETS are now providing their students with the anatomy & physiology element of their training. 

The Ayurveda Institute is an international school based in London which specialises in authentic, vocational and theoretical teaching of Ayurveda from the classical texts. Ayurveda is enjoying a global resurgence and is increasingly recognised as one of the most intelligent systems of healing known to man. The Ayurveda Institute offers understanding of this vast system from the perspective of highly experienced and classically trained Ayurvedic physicians. They believe that the Ayurveda Institute offers the most authentic vocational and theoretical, classically derived training using the most modern teaching mediums. They deliver teaching that makes Ayurveda accessible and relevant to modern lifestyles.
Reflexology and the Menopause
By Sally Earlam FMAR, BSc, RN, PGCE
Association of Reflexologists - Head of Training and Education
Women's Health in the 21st Century
The way we are living our lives has changed dramatically over the last century, particularly for many females. According to the Office of National Statistics more women are now working than ever before, and many will have to work well into their 60’s. Alongside work, women frequently hold responsibility for running the home, family life, budgeting etc. It is therefore little surprise that women often have times when pressures may feel excessive – throw all of that in with our changing hormone levels associated with peri-menopause and menopause and no wonder that this is a time when we could all do with a little extra help.
The Mental Health Organisation Health Statistics report that women in the UK are more likely to have an anxiety disorder and this is most common between the ages of 45 to 54 – but why? And what can we do to protest our own emotional health?
This is a time when many things can be happening in women’s lives; there may be children leaving home, worry about getting work and also dealing with the peri-menopause and menopause. Hormones are essential for women’s health and changing levels can affect us both physically and emotionally. As we approach the menopause, our oestrogen levels drop; oestrogen has many functions, including a direct impact on the stress hormone Cortisol. As oestrogen levels drop, Cortisol levels can rise which means that Adrenalin (our primary stress hormone) can easily be triggered in the body leaving us feeling anxious and stressed. On top of dealing with our changing hormones we also have to tackle the bad press that Western society tends to place on the menopause where our youth-obsessed cultures emphasise "loss" of fertility, rather than transition and the gain of wisdom and freedom. The medical or "disease" model of menopause seems to be dominant.
It is surely now time to challenge this attitude; the menopause is not an illness, but is rather a natural gradual process whereby a woman’s body moves out of childbearing years and aims to head into a liberated and more relaxed phase of life. Maud Mead (anthropologist) describes her own positive experience of giving up PMS for PMZ (post- menopausal zest).
However, we cannot ignore the fact that women can experience some common physical and emotional symptoms associated with peri-menopause and the menopause, but women should be able to feel empowered to look for support to help them deal with symptoms they experience and not feel they are ‘ill’ or are less valued in society.
How could Reflexology help?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that is based on the theory that different points and areas on the feet, lower leg, hands, face and ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that working these points or areas aids relaxation and helps improve wellbeing. Reflexology may also help improve mood, release tension and aid sleep; helping us to cope better and easing the stresses during this transitional time.
Three common symptoms that women can experience in peri-menopause and menopause are hot flushes, poor sleep and anxiety. A study has been completed in Iran, looking at the effect of Reflexology on menopausal women and showed a reduction in hot flushes and an improvement in sleep. Reflexology has also been shown to significantly reduce anxiety state associated with ‘an increased feeling of ease and a reduction in anxiety.
Reflexology acknowledges that every person is a unique individual, the only way to know if reflexology will help you is to try it!
The full article, complete with the references used in it, is available in a pdf format
For information on benefits of membership
and how to join the AoR please visit 
or email Sally Earlam 


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