ETS Newsletter 20 07/03/2014

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Hand Reflexology
First Aid for Therapists


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ETS News Summary
It's way too late to wish you a Happy New Year and a tad too early for Easter greetings, so just hello again and welcome to your quarterly newsletter! 
For us here at ETS, 2014 seems to be the year of the affiliate, not the horse as the Chinese zodiac would indicate. We are delighted to welcome new affiliates on board and look forward to supporting them. We have also begun the year by improving the packages we offer to our colleges. If you are a tutor please do take a look at our new college page.
In this newsletter the Association of Reflexologists has contributed a great article on Hand Reflexology - don't miss the videos - and many thanks to Jon Matson of Brighton Holistics for a brilliant article about the importance of first aid training for therapists.
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!

College News
Our colleges are very important to us and so we have simplified what we offer colleges and updated our college page accordingly.
The Essential College Resource now contains all the supporting question banks for the anatomy, physiology, pathology and health & safety tutorials. The sliding scale of prices per user has been replaced with a flat fee of just £24 per year - that's just £2 a month - per student, making it even better value for money for this comprehensive, 24/7, self-testing resource. 
If you like to recommend validated training resources to your students then look no further than our Swot Shop! You can also request your Swot Shop flyers from our new college page.
The college page also links to our affiliates page so full details about our affiliate program can be viewed online.

We are delighted to welcome on board the Bayly School of Reflexology.
Bayly School
We have provided the Bayly School with their own learning environment so it can offer parts of the renowned Bayly reflexology course online 24/7. Nicola Hall, Director of the Bayly School, will be supporting her students both online and in the classroom, so maintaining that all-important specialist tutor contact. The provision of the online learning environment minimises travel and allows greater flexibility for study time. We wish Nicola all the very best with her exciting new venture and, as always, we will do all we can to ensure success.
We would also like to welcome UK Distance Learning & Publishing
UK Distance Learning & Publishing 
UK Distance Learning and Publishing offers a huge range of distance learning courses and has chosen our online VTCT Level 3 Certificate for their anatomy, physiology and pathology provision!  As one of the UK's premier home study distance learning companies they have very experienced staff and tutors on hand to help guide you throughout your 12 month distance learning experience.
Want to know more about becoming an ETS Affiliate? Please click here.  

Teacher's Pet
So all three main subjects in one big Teacher's Pet pack and for all for under £45! 

Supporting Yourself with Hand Reflexology
Courtesy of the Association of Reflexologists
The Association of Reflexologists (AoR) has been promoting the use of hand reflexology as a means of self-help. This is something that everyone can learn to either offer to stressed friends and family, or to use on yourself. 
Reflexology is a non-invasive and relaxing complementary therapy that aims to optimise physical and emotional wellbeing. It works by massaging and stimulating specific points (usually on the feet and sometimes on the hands, face and ears) called reflex points. These points correspond to different parts of the body. Reflexologists work holistically to treat the whole person and will also provide general lifestyle advice and support to their clients.
Hand Reflexology is equally as effective as foot reflexology, however it is not as well known but can be extremely beneficial.
The AoR has produced a set of videos which are available on YouTubeThey include videos on; an introduction to hand reflexology, and short sequences suitable for stress, improving mood, aiding sleep and for digestion.
So why not have a look and treat a friend or yourself to some hand reflexology?
The Association of Reflexologists prides itself in being the foremost aspirational and independent professional association for reflexologists in the UK. To find out more about the benefits of becoming a member please visit
First Aid for Therapists
By Jon Matson, Brighton Holistics
Imagine stepping onto an aircraft for your annual holiday. Your flight to one of the Mikonos will take about 4 hours, and during that time you will be served meals and drinks while relaxing and watching TV. Now imagine that all of a sudden you find your partner having a heart attack and have stopped breathing. You are a very long way away from the nearest medical help at 35,000ft…or are you? You would expect the crew working for the airline to be able to help you to some degree, wouldn’t you?
Now imagine you are crossing the channel tunnel of the Eurostar and there is still 45min to go until you reach Paris. The person next to you collapses without any notice or obvious cause, what would you do? Who will help them, the train staff?
How about the car accident you have just witnessed outside your house. The ambulance is on its way, but the driver is bleeding badly, what can you do to help them?
Now imagine that you have just finished a 90 min Hot Stone massage on a regular client who as they get up, collapses onto the floor. They don’t appear to be moving or breathing, what can you do? Is it simply enough for you to call for an ambulance or should you be able to do more? How would you feel if that client was to die just because you didn’t know how to open their airway and place them into the recovery position? 
By simply having completed a 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work or the more comprehensive 3 day First Aid at Work course, you may very well have easily been able to help these people.
Having a First Aid Qualification can genuinely save lives in such a simple way. You don’t need to be a doctor or a nurse, you don’t have to be a certain age or work in a specific industry. Everyone can learn these basic lifesaving skills in just a few hours. We always think “It will never happen to me”, but sadly accidents and injuries happen in every walk of life, and usually when least expected.
As many therapists are self-employed or work with just a couple other people it is even more imperative that they are First Aid trained. We all hate paying for insurance, just in case something happens. Well First Aid is exactly the same, only this time it is insurance for something irreplaceable, a life. We also need to remember that these are life skills, not just work skills. They can also be used in our everyday lives, potentially saving the life of a loved one at home. A First Aid Qualification also gives us the emotional comfort of knowing that we will actually be able to deal with an incident should it arise as the training will automatically kick in.
A First Aid Qualification is valid for 3 years before a re-qualification needs to be taken. Most companies that offer First Aid courses also offer short annual refresher courses to keep skills and knowledge up to date before a requalification is required. Although these refresher courses are not mandatory, they are encouraged. First Aid is fortunately not something which we have to use on a daily basis and therefore start to forget some of the basics, which is why refresher courses are such a good idea.
As therapists we come into contact with so many people from all walks of life within and we very quickly have to put our clients at ease to help them relax and gain the most out of their treatment. Clients give themselves over to us and can often feel quite vulnerable by doing so. Unconsciously people also expect us to be able to know what to do if something were to happen to them, from a stubbed toe on the step to being able to perform CPR.
Although it is not yet compulsory for therapists to have a First Aid Qualification in all cases, many insurance companies will insist on it before they will insure you. Many courses now also have a First Aid qualification built into the course which needs to be completed before a certificate will be issued. This is a fantastic step forward for our industry and also helps you stand out as a therapist.
We all strive to improve our clients’ lives, but simply by having a First Aid Qualification we could potentially save their life.
At Brighton Holistics we run a number of First Aid training courses ranging from First Aid for Therapist Level 2 (FHT) to Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF), Paediatric First Aid (QCF) and also Activities First Aid (QCF) for the more adventures person. All the courses are fully accredited.
For further information please look at the website 
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