ETS Newsletter 23 12/03/2015

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ETS News Summary
Hello! This is the first newsletter of 2015 but the turn of the new year already seems like a distant memory. With very little snow here over the winter and the bulbs making their annual bid for freedom, spring really feels to have sprung!
We've already had a busy first quarter, with record-breaking student numbers. We have new affiliates on board and an exciting new partnership course in the pipeline. We have put together new book deals for colleges and continue to run a variety of special offers.
In this newsletter, our regular AoR contributor Sally Earlam, highlights some disturbing figures about our adolescents (e.g. 10% of teenagers are diagnosed with an emotional disorder and 37% are overweight or obese) and suggests self-help hand reflexology techniques for both the adolescents and the parents, and sensible life-style changes. With the exam season creeping closer, stress is likely to increase and so well-briefed therapists can play their part. 
Our second fascinating article comes from Stephan Shipe, explaining the history of Chinese Cupping Therapy and how it ca be used with magnets.
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!

Affiliate News


We are delighted to be working with The Yoga People to provide Anatomy & Physiology training for their students. The Yoga People run courses all over the world. The first group ETS supported was in Goa and the next will be in Thailand.

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We are now the recommended Anatomy & Physiology training provider for The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology (T.A.S.K.). The Academy was founded by Brian Butler, the first to pioneer Kinesiology in Britain and Europe in 1976, and is now run by Claire E Muller (formerly Moffat) & Lewis Muller. It is a pleasure to work with you.


Face Reading Online Course

We are pleased to reveal that later this year we will be hosting an online face reading course in partnership with Anna-Louise Haigh. On completion of this exciting new course you will be able to perform an insightful face reading. Just think of the uses for that - not just in the clinic but for general life! If you would like to be kept informed about this project, please email Anna-Louise, putting Online Face Reading as the subject of the email. Watch this space for updates!

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College News
We know how difficult it can be to source quality reference at student prices and so we have put together 2 fantastic college-only offers for the Complete Pathology for Complementary Therapies book and the Essential Anatomy & Physiology manual.
If you are a college tutor or run a private school, please click the button below for details.

Special Offers
We are renowned for our own students' success, but it is often forgotten that we support students studying elsewhere! In recognition of exam time looming we have a cracking offer on our Anatomy & Physiology Workout.
This value-for-money package contains a full level 3 tutorial that matches the current national occupational standards, plus a range of quizzes for self-assessment. Easy to use, interactive and colourful, this online resource guides students through their exams and even keeps qualified therapists on their toes!
Enter Promotional Code APHALF when you order and this great package will be yours for a whole year for just £9.99

Adolescence and Exams - Are Children Feeling the Strain?

By Sally Earlam FMAR, BSc, RN, PGCE
Association of Reflexologists - Head of Training and Education

Therapists, is this a group of clients you could help support as exam season approaches?

Adolescence can be a tricky time for teenagers (and indeed parents as well). Common concerns frequently expressed include conflicts with parents and siblings, concerns about peer relationships, and perhaps most of all at this time of year concerns about school and not performing well in exams. Parents may also feel concerned about their child’s behaviour at this time especially if there is rebelliousness, time wasting, mood swings, drug experimentation and issues with school attendance.

The Association of Reflexologists (AoR) has been promoting the use of hand reflexology as a means of self-help. If you offer a complementary therapy – think about whether you could offer support to teenagers and their parents at this time as exams approach!

The worries described above are not unfounded, the Office of National Statistics (1) have looked at adolescents and found that:

• 10% of teenagers are diagnosed with an emotional disorder

• the number of teenagers on anti-depressants is increasing

• depression is more likely to occur if high stress levels are present

• girls are twice as likely to suffer from depression

• depression in adolescence frequently co-occurs with other disorders such at anxiety, disruptive behaviour, eating disorders and self harming

Combine this with the way our teenagers are leading their lives (2);

• exercise – 15% met the daily recommended physical activity

• fruit and vegetables – average intake 3 portions per day

• weight - 37% are overweight or obese

• smoking - one in five of those aged 16-24 smoke.

• alcohol - 29% of 15 years olds report drinking in the previous week

• sleep - a quarter of secondary school children report they do not get enough sleep.

Yet it is believed that exercise improves mood, eating regular meals help lower cortisol levels (a stress hormone), and alcohol and smoking can exacerbate the stress cycle.

General recommendations for teenagers are to increase exercise, eat regular meals, eat 5-7 portions of fruit and vegetables, build in a regular sleep routine, partake in hobbies and consider meditation/mindfulness or yoga for optimising mental health. However this is easy to say but not always easy to encourage teenagers to take this advice; as they struggle with teenage emotions, a party may always seems more appealing than a run.

There are also some free videos on hand reflexology produced by the AoR (visit and click on free videos) showing a few simple sequences.



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Chinese Cupping Therapy
By Steven Shipe

Chinese Cupping therapy, also known as hijama, is a fascinating alternate form of medicine that has received mentioned in historical accounts dating from possibly 5,000 years ago. It is often used in conjunction with more commonly known forms of treatment such acupuncture and acupressure. The basic idea behind cupping therapy is to place cups on the skin to create a vacuum so the blood is drawn to the surface of the skin in specific parts of the body that need healing. Although modern medicine is still doubtful of the complete benefits of this therapy, scientists are increasingly conceding that in the hands of expert practitioners, it might help many patients suffering from a number of ailments.


Cupping can also be used with magnets. Magnets are known to have positive effects on the body since they can induce the movement of electric currents through the body. These currents aid in blood circulation and since blood carries oxygen-rich nutrients to different parts of the body, magnets can assist in the healing of many ailments. Magnets when combined with the healing effects of cupping therapy have shown to do wonders for patients’ health.

The therapist begins by applying soothing oils or creams on the patient’s skin. The mechanism used for magnetic cupping is similar to vacuum cupping and mechanical pumps are used to create suction. Except in this case, a small cylindrical magnet is also fitted to the bottom of the cup. When a vacuum is created inside the inverted cup, the skin rises and comes in contact with the magnet. Since the magnet is set to target specific points on the patient’s body, it is also a form of acupressure. In this way, magnetic cupping provides the benefits of both cupping therapy and acupressure.

As per the needs of the patient, the therapist might place more than one or two cups on the skin simultaneously. The cups can be left on the skin for about 15 minutes at a time. To release the cups, the therapist relaxes the suction by again using the air pump. Patients might notice a little redness and circular marks on the skin after a magnetic cupping session. But these marks typically disappear in a few days’ time.

For more information please go to: is a site devoted to the expansion and availability of information related to the benefits, techniques, and applications of cupping therapy.


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