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ETS News Summary
Aromatherapy and Reflexology Resources
Welcome to the final edition of the ETS newsletter for 2015! Where did the year go?
Since the previous newsletter much of our time has been spent working closely with our new affiliates and we are delighted to be providing an Anatomy & Physiology course to support the training of paramedics. Our wonderful students, as always, have been a key focus, as we continue to ensure they are fully supported from enrollment to certification. What we offer here at ETS is a combination of many years of e-learning experience and expertise, the human touch, and a great determination to offer the best courses available. Our testimonials are indicative that we are succeeding in our aim! Thank you for all your kind words.
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!
This quarter, we have been working hard on the Essential Anatomy & Physiology tutorial that is included in all of our level 3 courses, online resources and CD. The software has been upgraded and we have given the tutorial a face-lift. We hope you like it! If you haven't yet seen our fully interactive Anatomy & Physiology tutorial, please do take a look at the demonstration accessible from our Freebies page or clicking the graphic below.
Anatomy & Physiology Workout
We are renowned for our own students' success, but it is often forgotten that we support students studying elsewhere! In recognition of students starting out on courses in colleges across the country, we have a terrific 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 encourages study and promotes exam success. It keeps qualified therapists on their toes too!
Enter Promotional Code APHALF when you order and this great package will be yours for a whole year for just £9.99. Offer ends 30th November 2015.
Aromatherapy and Reflexology Resources
ETS then got more involved with Anatomy & Physiology, and the approval of Essential Anatomy & Physiology by the Royal College of Nursing set ETS firmly on the road to specialisation in this subject. However we did not forget these original products and we do revisit them.
For both subjects we have an online question bank and a downloadable student manual. The Reflexology question bank is so good, the AoR have approved it!
Association of Indian Head Massage
By Sally Earlam FMAR, BSc, RN, PGCE
Association of Reflexologists - Head of Training and Education
Launch of The Association of Indian Head Massage (AIHM)
The AoR is delighted to announce an exciting new venture set up to help support, inspire and inform Indian Head Massage therapists and promote the highest standards within the field. The Association of Indian Head Massage (AIHM) has been set up by a specialist group of practitioners and tutors under the umbrella of the AoR, with the belief that this is a therapy where there has previously been little support.
The aim of the new association is to:
- Promote and further the field of Indian Head Massage
- Supply practitioners of Indian Head Massage with a trusted source of information, expanding their learning within the therapy
- Provide members of the public with a trusted source of Indian Head Massage therapists
Benefits of membership include:
- An email advice line
- A members-only online information area
- A quarterly e-newsletter providing news, CPD quizzes and client treatment advice
- Use of the AIHM logo on your promotional materials
- A discounted rate for AIHM seminars and online recordings
- A Code of Practice and Ethics to give clients extra assurance when choosing you as their therapist
- Pre-checked CPD Approved courses so you can choose providers that are likely to provide quality learning
- Representation to Skills for Health and other external bodies
- Availability of therapy supplies for purchase from the AoR online store
…with more benefits on the way!
For more information or to find out how to watch
By Maureen Abson, Founder of Fusion Massage Training
Anxiety can be a very real and debilitating condition. Panic attacks, dizziness, fear of passing out, breathlessness or generally feeling that things are outside of your control can have a real impact on daily life. People suffering from anxiety can end up trapped in a cycle of tension, they feel anxious, which causes muscles to tighten which then leads to pain and dizziness. This then triggers more anxiety and a vicious cycle of muscle tension and increased anxiety. It can have a huge impact on daily life, it might be impossible to go to the supermarket and being in normal social situations can be extremely challenging.
As humans we are built with a fight or flight mechanism. This is a real, physiological response to danger. Stress.org uk describe this in detail; ‘The fight or flight response was first noted by one of the early pioneers in stress research, Walter Cannon. In 1932 he established that when an organism experiences a shock or perceives a threat, it quickly releases hormones that help it to survive. In humans, as in other animals, these hormones help us to run faster and fight harder. They increase heart rate and blood pressure - delivering more oxygen and blood sugar to power important muscles. They increase sweating in an effort to cool these muscles, and help them stay efficient. They divert blood away from the skin to the core of our bodies - reducing blood loss if we are damaged. As well as this, these hormones focus our attention on the threat, to the exclusion of everything else. Breathing is accelerated to supply more oxygen for conversion to energy. The heart moves into overdrive to supply the body with more oxygen and nutrients. Our immune system is activated, ready to administer to wounds. Attention and sight become acute and highly focused and our sense of pain is diminished as the body releases analgesic hormones. This physiological aspect leaves us viewing the world as a hostile place and we are fully prepared to fight or run. Whichever one we choose, our body will expend an immense amount of energy which in itself prevents the build up of stress related to this response.’
This response is great, life saving, when we are faced with a physical threat to our lives. The problem we have is that our bodies will respond like this when faced with any perceived danger, including psychological as well as physical dangers. A stressful encounter in the office, at work, at home gives us this hormone response but we cannot fight or run from the situation. Having a confrontational or unpleasant boss who makes life difficult at work, being in stressful situations, doing exams – whatever our triggers are – gives us this physical response with no way of running or working off the effects of it. We have to sit and write the exam, be polite to the unpleasant person or situation at work which results in a build up of these stress hormones in our bodies. This will settle on its own, our bodies are very effective in dealing with it – but we need to give it time to do this, it takes significantly longer for the effects of this flight or fight response to go than it does for it to start. The problems start to build when we go from stressful situation to stressful situation without a break or when we are unable to leave that environment leaving the body in a permanent state of stress. Over time this can easily lead to anxiety, panic and feeling like life is out of control. It is important for anyone suffering from anxiety to know that this is not because they are a weak person, it is simply the body’s physiological response to a bad situation – and there are solutions.
There are a number of pharmaceutical treatments for anxiety but many are severely addictive and the body adapts to them meaning higher and higher doses are needed to get the same effects, in reality these should only be used as a short term treatment for acute situations. In the UK the NICE guidelines only recommend drug intervention for ongoing anxiety when other options have failed. Cognitive behaviour therapies and talking therapies, along with self help options are the first treatment options, along with identifying the cause of the anxiety and seeking to remove cause or triggers where possible and one of the most effective natural treatments is very simple, massage.
Massage has been used for many years to help treat anxiety and to break that vicious cycle with no side effects and no risks of addiction. Massage does two things for anxiety; it allows both the body and mind to relax. Allowing the body to relax very simply allows the body to do its job in clearing these stress hormones from the body, tight muscles are relaxed, blood flow increases through those muscles and breathing deepens. A good massage allows the body to ‘switch off’ from its state of alert and it is this act of switching off that decreases these stress hormones.
As importantly, massage teaches the mind that it is possible to feel ‘not-anxious’, anxiety is all encompassing and the sufferer feels like it will never be any different, like there is no way out. Learning that they can be relaxed allows the individual to develop and use strategies to manage that anxiety so that they can regain control over their lives. There are some simple strategies that can help with this, for example when someone feels that their stomach is churning, they can be encouraged to think about which direction it is churning in – this sounds odd but it works – having worked that out they can be talked through how to slow that churning slowing down which allows breathing to deepen. Then that churning is reversed, allow the stomach to churn in the other direction but reprogramming thinking at the same time so that now the churning is no longer fear – it's excitement! It’s a simple technique from NLP (Neuro linguistic programming). I use some of these techniques sessions with my clients who are having treatment for anxiety, combining them with the massage and we look at them in detail on our Advanced Diploma course for experienced massage practitioners. It all starts however with getting the body and mind relaxed. Massage is a very effective and drug free way of doing this and can start to allow someone to manage their anxiety and get back control over their lives.
There is life after anxiety.
by Maureen Abson, Founder of Fusion Massage Training