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 the Moon Phases

The X-TRA focus on the Moon Phases CPD course offered by the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy is open for all registered therapists and practitioners who wish to broaden their pathophysiological knowledge using the concepts of energy and the magnetic influences of the moon on the human body.

Participants will relate to their bodies as magnets, understanding, for example, the polarities of the human brain, heart and circulation system. The synergy between the female menstrual cycle and the moon phases will be explored, as well as the differences in human polarity caused by conception at the new moon phase versus conception at full moon phase.

The course will further discuss the chemistry of the human body and how lifestyle choices will influence the pH levels of the tissue fluid in the body. Any imbalances will form toxic molecules that congest along the Meridians, a powerful visual assessment tool. Foods have their own vibrational energy which can have an adverse effect on people depending on the person’s individual polarity.

The course will explore the consequences of congestions along the Meridians and offer explanation to why pains become stronger around the moon phases and seasonal changes. The participants will learn how to protect themselves against external magnetic influences that can interfere with the balances along the Meridians and their general health. On completion of the course, the participants will be able to convey a lifestyle change that may not only help and support general health, but also sensitive issues such as infertility.

The course has a practical component using a pendulum to measure polarity energy of individuals and of various foods.

On completion of this course, the participants will be able to relate to:

1. Energy structure of the human body

  • Our bodies are like “magnets”
  • Samples of energy uses in the body
  • The polarity of the brain
  • The polarity of the heart and circulation system

2. Female menstrual cycle versus moon phases

  • Conception at new moon phase
  • Conception at full moon phase
  • Polarity imbalances
  • Polarity compatibility

3. Using the ancient Chinese Meridians as the body’s tool to create a balance

  • Toxic molecules along the meridian pathways
  • Foods have their own vibrational energy/code

4. Chemistry of the human body

  • Understanding the pH factor

5. Magnetic body pains

  • Body pains becoming worse around equinoxes
  • Body pains becoming worse around solstices
  • Body pains becoming worse around moon phases

6. Are you sleeping in a safe place?

  • Effect of magnetic radiation
  • The Lakhovsky coil

7. Measuring polarities

  • The pendulum
  • How to measure energy

8. Layout of the two polarity diets

  • The plus polarity diet
  • The minus polarity diet

 Auricular Therapy

The X-TRA focus on Auricular Therapy CPD course offered by the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy is open for all registered therapists and practitioners who wish to broaden their knowledge on alternative practices.

The ear is one of many body parts that present a microcosm of the body, much like the feet and the hands.

Auricular Therapy utilises the external ear for treatment of health conditions and discomforts in other parts of the body. Reflex points on the ear can be stimulated by manual pressure, magnets, auricular pens and/or ear acupressure seeds. This is also known as ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture when the stimulation is achieved by the insertion of acupuncture needles. We will use small magnet seeds, however any practitioner who has acupuncture in their Scope of Practice may use needles instead.

The reflexes found on the ear can help to regulate the body’s internal organs, structures and functions – much like a traditional reflexology treatment performed on the hands and feet.

Auricular Therapy has been widely used since ancient Chinese times, however it was only in the 1950’s when the ear was first systematically mapped according to the body by Dr Paul Nogier.

On completion of this course, the participants will be able to relate to:

1. The history of Auricular Therapy

2. Auricular Cardiac Reflex (ACR)

  • Basic knowledge of ACR

3. Vascular Autonomic Signal (VAS)

  • Basic knowledge of VAS
  • Locating VAS correctly (practical)

4. The anatomy of the ear and its corresponding organs or body systems

5. The benefits of Auricular Therapy

6. Parts of the ear relating to corresponding health conditions and imbalances (practical)

  • Anti-inflammation, allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Lumbo-sacral spine, low back pain
  • Temporal and occipital headaches
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand pain
  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot pain
  • Thoracic organs – heart and lungs
  • Master cerebral point, master omega point, pre-frontal lobe
  • Nervousness, fear, worry, psychosomatic point
  • TMJ, teeth, anti-depression point

 the Respiratory System

The X-TRA focus on the Respiratory System CPD course offered by the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy is open for all registered therapists and practitioners who wish to broaden their pathophysiological knowledge of the respiratory system using an ancient Chinese philosophical approach by incorporating the Meridians and the Five Elements in combination with Western observations and views. Visual assessments of the feet, face, hands and body that can be associated with the respiratory system are generic and can be used by all registered modalities as part of a treatment protocol.

This course will guide the participant through each respiratory medical condition and correlate these conditions to specific meridians and their corresponding organs. An understanding the philosophy of the Meridians and the Five Elements will ultimately assist the therapist or practitioner in identifying the underlying root cause of any respiratory condition, enabling a more precise treatment.

Discussing, for example, the Stomach Meridians, will encompass an understanding of the acid/alkaline balance within the body and the influence this sensitive balance can have on microorganisms, oxygen, nitric oxide, viruses and germs in the respiratory system.The Stomach Meridians are furthermore related to the upper respiratory tract and associated conditions, as well as asthma, bronchitis and diaphragm conditions. This course will further demonstrate how the Liver Meridians are associated with pneumonia, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis, as well as how the Kidney Meridians are linked to chronic lung disease, pulmonary embolism and oedema.

Respiratory conditions associated with the Lung and Colon Meridians will also be discussed, as well as those associated with the Bladder Meridians. Incorporating the philosophies of the Five Elements, this course will concentrate on the Metal Element that relates to vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes, and links the respiratory system to skin conditions. Muscles associated with the respiratory system will also be discussed as part of a treatment protocol.

On completion of this course, the participants will be able to relate to:

1. The upper respiratory tract: rhinitis, sinusitis, common cold and influenza, tonsillitis and laryngitis

  • Body temperature and Five Elements (season)

2. Bronchitis

  • Body temperature

3. Pneumonia

  • The Liver Meridian (internal)

4. Pleurisy and other disorders of the pleura

  • Viruses and germs (Stomach Meridian)

5. Tuberculosis

  • The Liver Meridian (internal)
  • Vitamin C

6. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

  • The Liver Meridian (internal)

7. Asthma

  • Metal Element/time of peak

8. Cystic fibrosis

  • The Liver Meridian (internal)
  • The Metal Element
  • Glutathione
  • Clubbing of nails – Wood Element/the nails

9. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia – chronic lung disease

  • The Kidney Meridian
  • Body temperature
  • The lung reflexes in the feet of a baby

10. Pulmonary embolism

  • The Kidney Meridian

11. Pulmonary oedema

  • The Kidney Meridian

12. Tumours

  • Relate to the pathways of the Meridians

13. Diaphragm (muscle)

  • The Stomach Meridian
  • The Bladder Meridian

14. Shallow breathing

  • Face/cheeks
  • The Metal Element/emotion

15. How the modern world looks at the respiratory system

  • Must have picked up a bug

16. Acid/alkaline lifestyle

  • Mouth breather vs. nose breather
  • The confirmed functions of nitric oxide
  • Microorganisms develop into harmful forms in acidic environments with little oxygen
  • The importance of oxygen
  • The Metal Element

17. A vaccine for every cold and flu

  • Have you ever wondered what is really in vaccines?

18. Allergies and food intolerances

  • Are we truly intolerant to natural wheat and dairy products or rather to what these products have become?
  • Wheat and milk

19. Visual assessments of the feet

  • Position of the lung reflexes in the feet
  • New born babies – Note: Lung/bronchi and sternum reflexes
  • Callous in lung reflexes of the feet
  • Plantar warts in lung reflexes of the feet
  • Diaphragm reflexes in the feet
  • Sternum reflexes in the feet
  • Pigeon chest/concaved chest

20. Meridians connected to the respiratory system

  • Assessment of the Lung Meridian
  • Assessment of the Colon Meridian
  • Assessment of the Stomach Meridian
  • Assessment of the Kidney Meridian
  • Assessment of the Liver Meridian
  • Assessment of the Bladder Meridian

21. Facial visual assessments connected to the respiratory system

  • Assessment of the cheeks

22. The Metal Element related to the respiratory system

  • Keywords and their relationship
  • Skin problems connected to the respiratory system
  • Alopecia (lack of body/facial hair or too much body hair)

23. Muscles connected to the respiratory system

24. Body temperature – why do we get more colds during seasonal changes?

  • How to help a fever – stimulating the pituitary gland – Liver Meridian

25. A Meridian treatment

  • Master the Meridian therapy of the toes

 the Large Intestine

The X-TRA focus on the Large Intestine (Colon) CPD course offered by the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy is open for all registered therapists and practitioners who wish to broaden their pathophysiological knowledge of the large intestine using an ancient Chinese philosophical approach by incorporating the Meridians and the Five Elements in combination with Western observations and views. Visual assessments that can be associated with the large intestine are generic and can be used by all registered modalities as part of a treatment protocol.

This course will guide the participant through each medical condition of the large intestine and correlate these conditions to specific meridians and their corresponding organs. An understanding the philosophy of the Meridians and the Five Elements will ultimately assist the therapist or practitioner in identifying the underlying root cause of any large intestinal condition, enabling a more precise treatment.

Some interesting topics will be discussed, for example, the constitution of healthy intestinal flora using an analogy of garden compost to the human digestive system.

Anything that was once alive can be eaten and converted into energy (Chi’), yet the balance of carbon, oxygen and nitrogen are just as important in our internal system as that of garden compost. The harmful development of microorganisms within acidic environments, as well the need for friendly bacteria (lactobacillus acidophilus), will be debated using the Five Elements and the Meridians as assessment tools.

Incorporating the philosophies of the Five Elements, this course will concentrate on the Metal Element that relates to vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. The Fire and Water Elements will also be discussed linking these to the intestinal conditions such as haemorrhoids and diarrhoea.

The course has a practical component that is suitable for all registered modalities wishing to use the Meridians as a quick and effective practical treatment.

On completion of this course, the participants will be able to relate to:

1. The human gastrointestinal tract (GT)

2. Microbiology of the GT

3. The functions of the large intestine (colon)

4. Medical conditions

  • Parasites
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • The Kidney Meridians and Water/Fire Elements
  • Appendix
  • The Stomach Meridians
  • Flatulence (gas)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Abdominal distension
  • Ballooning of the colon
  • The Stomach and Spleen/Pancreas Meridians
  • Candida Albicans
  • Invasive candidiasis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • The Stomach and Spleen/Pancreas Meridians
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Anal fissure
  • Anal cancer
  • The Bladder Meridians and Water/Fire Elements
  • Colon polyps
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon adhesions
  • Before trying laxatives
  • What is laxative abuse?
  • What is laxative myth?
  • Testing constipation

5. Compost versus our intestinal flora

  • A lack of oxygen
  • Water
  • Carbon ingredients
  • Nitrogen ingredients
  • Carbon/Nitrogen ratio

6. The human compost system

  • Foods with nitrogen
  • Carbon foods
  • Fats
  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Our modern food chain

7. Good bacteria fights obesity (article)

8. In search of the lactobacillus acidophilus

9. E. Coli (Escherichia Coli)

  • E. Coli infection risk factors

10. Acid/alkaline lifestyle

  • Microorganisms develop into harmful forms in acidic environments with little oxygen

11. Visual assessments of the feet

  • Position of the colon reflexes in the feet
  • Colon reflexes in the feet
  • Any skin grooves/furrow or abnormalities in the colon reflex
  • Meridians connected to the large intestine
  • Assessment of the Lung Meridians
  • Assessment of the Colon Meridians
  • Assessment of the Stomach Meridians
  • Assessment of the Spleen/Pancreas Meridians
  • Assessment of the Bladder Meridians
  • Assessment of the Kidney Meridian
  • Assessment of the Liver Meridian

12. Facial visual assessments connected to the large intestine

  • Assessment of the grooves between nose and mouth corners

13. The Metal Element related to the large intestine

  • A new look at the Five Element theory
  • The Five Elements as a cell
  • Keywords relating to the Metal Element
  • Skin problems connected to the large intestine
  • Alopecia (lack of body/facial hair or too much body hair)

14. Muscles connected to the large intestine

15. Digestive enzymes

16. A Meridian treatment

  • Master the Meridian treatment of the toes and other sections

 the TCM Principles

The X-tra focus on the TCM Principles CPD course consists of a combination of three (3) short courses offered by the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy (IARAMT). This series of short courses is open for all registered therapists and practitioners who wish to broaden their patho-physiological knowledge using an ancient Chinese philosophical approach by incorporating the Meridians and the Five Elements in combination with Western observations and views.

Visual body assessments using Chinese Meridian and Five Elements philosophies are generic and can be used by all registered modalities as part of a treatment protocol.

Course 1: Patho-physiology using Chinese Meridian Philosophy

The concept of energy channels is a central point of many alternative therapies such as Acupuncture and Reflexology. Congestions along these energy channels are caused by blockages which in turn will manifest themselves as various diseases and ailments throughout the body.

A clear understanding of how these congestions can manifest in the body, together with typical symptoms warning us that the body is no longer in a state of homeostasis, will aid us in the understanding of the root causes of “disease”.

The principles and philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are based on the premise that we need to treat the body as a whole (body, mind and soul). The concept of the Meridians is the focus point of many therapies, such as Acupuncture where needles are inserted into points along the Meridian lines to clear blockages, or Shiatsu being a more Japanese form of finger massage along the Meridians. Chinese herbal medicine also takes cognisance of these principles and philosophies in determining which remedies will be most beneficial.

Having an insight into the Meridians from a more Western point of view and applying our knowledge of pathophysiology at the same time, a different picture emerges from which many of the questions unanswered in many therapies can be solved. We start realizing why certain debilitating diseases are on the increase in modern society and how we can combat these diseases effectively. In addition to this, a clearer understanding can be obtained as to why certain conditions often go hand-in-hand with one another.

For example, it will become evident why patients suffering from Diabetes Mellitus are often also overweight, susceptible to gangrene and have a tendency to seek attention and sympathy from others (Five Elements). Typical symptoms such as thirst and heart palpitations, which only in recent years have been recognized by Orthodox medicine, are also explained according to the Meridians.

During this course you will investigate the Meridians in depth with specific emphasis being placed on the application of pathophysiology.

This will prepare you to apply in-depth assessment skills towards patient emotional behaviour.

On completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Connect to “The Nei Ching”
  • Comprehend that prevention is better than cure
  • Explain Chi’ and where it comes from
  • Relate energy to food and health
  • Comprehend the interaction between Yin and Yang
  • Explain internal and external Meridians
  • Identify the different Meridian pathways
  • Differentiate between Meridian and organ congestions
  • Connect each Meridian to its partner Meridian
  • Classify Meridians according to Yin and Yang
  • Describe and relate medical disorders and diseases in relation to Meridians
  • Identify and list the characteristics of each Meridian
  • Describe and explain specific muscle imbalances and relate them to specific Meridians
  • Comprehend patho-physiology using the median system and philosophy
  • Master practical treatment techniques related to Meridians

Course 2: Emotional Behaviour using Chinese Five Elements Philosophy

Prior to our modern electronic societies, people who lived from the Earth understood the closeness and importance of Nature. As Nature all around them went through its natural process of change, they instinctively knew that the Nature “within” followed these same patterns. They watched and learned the Elements and knew that as Nature around them went through natural processes of change, the cycle of seasons also created changes within. Each Element is ever present and ever basic to life. All thinking, feeling and performances are done in accordance with Nature.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the relationship of the human being to nature is natural and the system of examination, diagnosis and treatment is based on natural processes. The concept of health follows laws natural in Life Energy (Chi’), natural in Nature. The existence of humanity and in fact all of Nature are dependent upon Chi’.

Chi’ is needed to move planets, making the Sun shine, the Wind blow and the Elements to be present. If Chi’ goes out of kilter it becomes basis of disease. Stress and stress related health problems are often blamed on conditions “outside” the body, rather than “looking” within. When in a healthy state, human beings should be able to feel and express all the emotions as appropriate. Every illness or imbalance is bound up with an emotion. The sound of our voice reflects our emotion.

On completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • List and describe the Five Elements and their related Meridians
  • Explain the generating and control cycles of the Five Elements
  • Distinguish between the different characteristics of the Five Elements
  • Relate aspects associated with a correct and balanced lifestyle to the Five Elements
  • Relate to seasonal changes and health
  • Relate to different emotional behaviour and the Five Elements
  • Relate to various tissue weaknesses and their organ relationship
  • Relate to sense organs and their Five Elements relationship
  • Relate to voice sounds and their Five Elements relationship
  • Relate to assessment of external manifestations and their relationship to the Five Elements
  • Relate to food flavour
  • Relate to climatic changes and health
  • Relate to colours and health
  • Relate to body smell/odours and health

Course 3: Body Assessments using Chinese Five Elements & Meridian Philosophy

The most visible areas on our bodies that are not usually covered are our face, hands and feet. Making tactile assessments of these areas will enable therapists to ask probing questions about the patient’s case history and thereby give a more complete picture of the patient’s general health and well-being.

In many health professions we will often be presented with patients having bunions, corns, hammertoes, callous and nail disorders. In treating and understanding these feet conditions, the main stream medical profession will often blame the shape of our shoes.

The feet can be described as an architectural masterpiece as they can bear and balance the entire body weight of a person. It therefore stands to reason that many imbalances within the body can quite easily also manifest themselves in the feet in a more visual form, especially from a structural point of view. These tactile assessments are closely associated with the Meridians and the Five Elements. The Meridians found in the face, hands and feet are the key to revealing where imbalances lie and play a major role in the enhancement of general health and well-being.

Furthermore, assessments in the feet also relate to the reflexes as found and understood in the science of Reflexology.

On completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify and demarcate the Meridians found in the hands, face and feet
  • Apply suitable questioning techniques in order to record a complete an accurate personal and health profile for the patient
  • Categorize, analyse and evaluate tactile and visual assessments during pre-treatment assessment of patient
  • Record, analyse, categorize and evaluate the health profile of a patient

1. Meridians in the Face, Hands and Feet

  • Bladder & Kidney Meridians
  • Gallbladder & Liver Meridians
  • Stomach & Spleen Pancreas Meridians
  • Lung & Colon Meridians
  • Heart, Small Intestine, Circulation & Endocrine

2. Lung and Colon

  • Thumb & index fingers
  • Lung and colon reflexes (plantar foot)
  • Body and foot in general (associated with the Metal Element)
  • Face (associated with the Meridians)
  • Face (associated with the Metal Element)

3. Stomach, Spleen and Pancreas

  • Medial aspect of the big toes (associated with the Spleen/Pancreas Meridians)
  • Second and third toes (associated with the Stomach Meridians)
  • Plantar foot (associated with the reflexes and Meridians)
  • Face (associated with the Stomach Meridians)
  • Face (associated with the Earth Element)
  • Face in general (based on case history observations)
  • Heart, Small Intestine, Blood Circulation and Endocrine System
  • Middle, ring and little fingers (associated with the Meridians)
  • Face (in general and associated with the Fire Element)

4. Heart, Small Intestine, Blood Circulation and Endocrine System

  • Middle, ring and little fingers (associated with the Meridians)
  • Face (in general and associated with the Fire Element)

5. Bladder and Kidneys

  • Plantar and lateral fifth toes (associated with the Bladder & Kidney Meridians)
  • Plantar foot (associated with the reflexes and Meridians)
  • Face (in general and associated with the Meridians)
  • Face (associated with the Water Element)
  • Face (associated with the Bladder Meridians)

6. Gallbladder and Liver

  • Lateral big toes (associated with the Liver Meridians)
  • Fourth toes (associated with the Gallbladder Meridians)
  • Foot (in general and associated with reflexes, Meridians and/or Five Elements)
  • Face (associated with the Gallbladder Meridians)
  • Face (associated with the Wood Element)
  • Face in general (based on case history observations)
  • Sanpaku eyes
  • Assessing the nails

7. List of most common disorders of the feet, face and hands