ETS Newsletter 26    01/03/2016

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10 Years as VTCT Centre

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Reflexology and the Emotions, by Sally Earlam, AoR 

Insurance for Therapists, by Jade Dannheimer, FHT 

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ETS News Summary
Welcome to the first day of spring! With the mildest yet wettest winter on record behind us, one wonders what the next quarter holds in store. Weather-wise we can but guess, but here at ETS we are pretty focused on the year ahead.
We have had a terrific start to 2016, the year in which we celebrate our 10th anniversary as a VTCT Approved Centre! We were delighted to meet our new VTCT External Verifier in January, when the ETS online course and our systems again passed the VTCT's External Quality Assurance with their usual flying colours. So far this year we have already had over 75 students passing either the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology or one of our Level 3 Diplomas in Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology and Health & Safety
We have recently enhanced our Affiliate program, and are in the process of contacting our existing affiliates to update them with our news. So if you are already an affiliate and have not yet been contacted, you will be soon! If you have a training centre and are not aware of what ETS can offer you, then please do check out our updated Affiliate Information page.
We are delighted to welcome the FHT as a new regular contributor to the ETS Newsletter. We have worked closely with the FHT for many years, offering FHT members special discounts on our FHT-approved courses and on our full product range. In this first article, Jade Dannheimer discusses the various types of insurance policy that are relevant to therapists.
Also in this edition our long-standing contributor, Sally Earlam of the AoR, discusses the link between reflexology and the emotions and, with the AoR's recent launch of the Association of Indian Head Massage, explains what is Indian head massage
Thank you both very much for your contributions. 
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!

10 Years as VTCT Centre

This year Essential Training Solutions celebrates its 10th anniversary as a VTCT Centre. ETS was the first VTCT Centre to deliver VTCT accredited qualifications totally online. Starting with the (blast from the past!) C1060 Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology, ETS has seen many changes.

For an article due to be published in the next edition of the VTCT News, Sharon Coleman said “It has been a very exciting decade in which we have seen many upgrades in the course syllabus and qualification framework. It has been challenging at times, but we have always strived to stay ahead of the game to ensure that the courses we offer continue to meet current market needs and are of the highest quality. Most importantly we have always kept our human touch and this is reflected in the reputation we hold for providing the best student support available. We look forward to seeing what the next 10 years has in store! Thank you VTCT for all your support.”   

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Reflexology and the Emotions
By Sally Earlam FMAR, BSc, RN, PGCE
Association of Reflexologists - Head of Training and Education
Have you ever wondered why parts of your foot can be painful or appear to have crunchy areas? Reflexology practitioners are generally taught about imbalances of a reflex in terms of a physical problem. Too often we forget that an individual is not simply a collection of past and present physical issues, but a swirling mixture of past and present emotional issues as well. Generally, we are usually good at considering all the physical aspects, but often neglect the emotional ones. By taking the emotions into account can add huge insight into a person’s well-being.
On finding an area of the foot that is tender or has crunchy deposits, it’s important to consider the physical condition first since this will take us to the next step in understanding what is really going on emotionally and spiritually.
  • Is there a current physical issue in this area?
  • Is there an old physical problem? No matter how long past, energy imbalances can be held in the tissues.
If we use the bladder reflex as an example:
Location in body:
The bladder is a muscular sac in the medial part of the pelvis, situated just above and behind the pelvic bone.
Location on feet:
Physical issues that should be considered:
  • Do you or have you had any problems with your bladder such as infections?
  • Have you noticed if you are urinating/ passing water more often? If Yes: Does it hurt or feel itchy when they urinate or do they feel like they don’t empty their bladder fully? – if these symptoms persist for more than a few days then the client should arrange to see their Dr to discuss their symptoms as it may be a sign of an infection.
  • Have you noticed if your urine has changed in colour recently e.g. darker than normal?
  • How is your water intake??
If none of these fit the situation, which is possible, then the emotion behind the reflex can provide invaluable insight into a possible reason behind that imbalance. By taking a look at the emotions you may not immediately identify a link, after a period of reflection you are likely to ‘get it’! Once acknowledged, detrimental emotions can be released and dramatic changes in their health and well-being are more than likely to be the result.
Emotions linked to bladder:
The bladder relates to everything about being truly fed up – in other words – ‘peed off’. When someone has an issue with their bladder it is very often at a time then something has made them feel this way.
  • Have you been feeling fed up with someone or something recently?
It’s also about holding onto things and being unable to let go or letting go in an extreme fashion. Bladder incontinence is when a general pressure of life is causing someone to be fed up and something (bladder) gives under pressure. Bladder retention problems are when someone is trying to hang onto their flow of life, when life does not feel flowing. Urine is about flow – too fast, lack of or painful.
If you want to know more about this subject or find out about the new book from the AoR coming soon called "Reflexology and Emotions" then please click here for a pdf download. 

Insurance for Therapists
By Jade Dannheimer, Federation of Holistic Therapists
Insurance is crucial for your business, protecting you from everything from lawsuits and false claims to accidents and fire damage. So what kind of insurance do you need and why? Generally speaking, insurance falls into two categories; the ones you must have and the ones you can opt to have.
The Legal One
If you are running a business and employing staff, then you absolutely must have employers’ liability insurance; it’s a legal requirement wherever an employer-employee relationship exists. Don’t be fooled into thinking that renting space to self-employed therapists will get you off the hook either. This is a common misconception, but even if your business does not employ therapists directly, only renting out space to them, you still require employers’ liability cover.

The Well Known One
Arguably the best-known insurance product available to therapists is medical malpractice. Providing cover for accidental injury to a client in the process of a treatment, medical malpractice is a must to help cover compensation costs and in many cases also legal fees. It can either be purchased by you as a business owner, to cover all therapists working in your spa, or it can be purchased by the therapists for themselves.
While there is insurance cover you are legally required to have, it is in many cases a commercial choice, made based on your business, your risk assessment and what you potentially stand to lose by not having it.
Read more about some of the different types of insurance available for your business at:
Protecting your health, not just your clients'
In recent years, a growing number of our members have been enquiring about Personal Accident cover through the FHT - particularly those who are self-employed and/or have dependents. As a professional association, it’s also important that we look at ways to support and protect your health, and not just your clients’, throughout your therapy career.
For further information and to apply please visit:
What is Indian Head Massage?
By Sally Earlam FMAR, BSc, RN, PGCE
Association of Reflexologists - Head of Training and Education
Indian Head Massage (IHM) has evolved from traditional techniques that were practised in Indian over a thousand years ago and are based on the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda. Ayurvedic principles of health are based on the treatment of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being in order to remain healthy and happy through balance and harmony of the three main “roots of life”, or doshas, known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Indian Head Massage is a safe, accessible, and convenient therapeutic treatment that is well suited to a variety of clinic or workplace environments. A variety of techniques are used to manipulate soft tissues usually performed with the client in a comfortable seated position, through light clothing either with or without the use of oils. It is quick and effective in terms of results with session lasting between 20-40 minutes.
Indian head massage as it is practised today recognises the relationship between the upper arms, shoulders, head and neck and that the therapy is ideal for the treatment of stress and tension in these areas, particularly for workers who spend long hours at computers and workstations. The massage movements reduce spasms, restrictions and adhesions in the muscle fibres helping the muscles to relax. This helps relieve muscular tension and soreness, increases flexibility, helps improve muscle tone, balance and posture and can help with tension headaches if present.
From an energetic perspective the IHM sequence works to release blocked energy in the body that is believed to manifest itself as problematic areas. By working points on the head, neck and shoulders that correspond to specific chakras energy can flow freely around the body contributing to optimum health and feelings of well-being.
For more information about IHM, please visit the Association of Indian Head Massage (AIHM) website:

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