CONDITIONS & STRUCTURE OF FEET
The human foot is an architectural masterpiece. Although they are a fraction of the size of the body, the feet balance, support and transport the entire body weight.
The foot has lost some ground in the popularity stakes over the years, however, with increased interest in holistic healing practices comes the realisation that feet play a fundamental role in health and well-being. This course will introduce you to the various conditions and disorders of the feet.
Foot deformities and irregularities can also affect the reflexes in the feet (Reflexology) and the Meridians on which they manifest. This can in turn affect the corresponding body parts by causing congestion in energy flow along these Meridians.
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.
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. Even the sound of our voice reflects our emotion.
Furthermore the Chinese believes that climate has a profound effect on our health and energy. During this course you will learn how the philosophy of the Five Elements takes us through the various behavioural patterns that emerge when our Meridians are congested and our anatomical organs are stressed from wrong life-style choices.
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.
“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings” – Hippocrates.
As complementary health therapists, we use our skills, e.g. Reflexology, Massage, Acupuncture or other techniques to help stimulate the patient’s body to “get rid of” toxic build-up that causes congestion and disease. With that in mind, it is important for us to also help our patients to understand their own responsibilities in maintaining their own good health.
Although we may think we do, many of us unfortunately do not have the slightest idea of how to truly maintain good health. When illness strikes, we rely on our medical system to “cure us”. The greatest healing, however, actually comes from within. Even if we take a prescription of tablets, it is ultimately our body that has to generate the chemical reaction, for better or for worse!
The human body has been provided with an incredible immune system. All we have to do is take good care of our own natural healing force which is available to us every second of our lives. Our modern lifestyles have, however, completely taken us off the right track. Fast, convenient and processed foods, alcohol abuse, smoking, caffeine and drug dependencies for headaches, insomnia, stress, depression, pain, constipation, muscle fatigue etc. are examples of the many products of an unhealthy lifestyle.
As a living individual we need to “re-learn” how to take responsibility of the present state of our existing health. This essentially involves us taking an active part in both our attitude (positive) and the maintenance of our body by learning more about nutrition. This course will cover interesting discussion topics such as food, drug and supplement interaction, allergies and intolerances, weight management, stress, nutritional intake, exercise and many more.
You will explore the lifecycle of modern day food and the dangers associated with, e.g. genetic modification, food irradiation and packaging. You will learn how to become healthy and understand, e.g. the warning signs and signals indicating a high acidic environment in the body. You will also cover important skills needed to become a good therapist, e.g. how to record a health profile of a patient and how to become a good listener. All in all – a very interesting and eye-opening course!
The classical Greek Athenian philosopher, Socrates, once said “There is only one good; knowledge, and one evil; ignorance”.
It is impossible to distance ourselves in our daily lives today from research in one form or another. Almost everything we use is based on some sort of scientific research. It is important to know that all scientific knowledge, even if it is elementary in nature, is based on research.
Learners need to independently seek answers to certain health related problems. In order to do so there are a variety of methods, procedures and techniques that can be used. Although it is impossible to prescribe a single method to be used in a research project, this course will teach you the basics concepts of research and how to write a research proposal.