Pain, Stress and the Inflammatory Response

A workshop for Reflexologists, with Dr Carol Samuel



Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 July 2020
9.30 am - 5 pm
Amrita Room, on the first floor



Cost: £260
A £100 non-refundable deposit secures your place.
You will receive a full colour printed handout and a 'Certificate of Attendance'.


About this workshop:

We live in a fast paced, fast track society where we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so it isn’t any wonder that we find life increasingly stressful; but when stress becomes painful, pain can become stressful.
In this two day workshop for reflexologists we look at the links between stress, inflammation and pain.

This introductory workshop will lead you through the indicators of the stress response and how it can increase pain; why cortisol can be both friend and foe and how a few simple reflexology techniques can help reduce the inflammatory impact. Based on my 8 years of research at the University of Portsmouth these techniques have proven successful in lowering heart rate, and inducing relaxation; key indicators of the stress response.

You will gain an understanding of:
•Stress - the good, the bad and the inflammatory
•Cortisol - friend or foe?
•Stress induced analgesia/hyperalgesia
•Vagal activity - interacting with the brain
•Psycho-neuro-immunological events - what are they?
•Practical skills for stress induced hyperalgesia
•Combining classic and nerve reflexology techniques to increase effectiveness

To fully appreciate this workshop and to provide you with the understanding you will need as a practitioner to speak with clients on the subject of 'Stress Pain and the Brain', it offers a 50% theory and 50% practical element.

To read more about stress and pain and vagal nerve impact on inflammation follow the links to my published articles here: Research and Publications.

Carol is highly regarded in the field of reflexology and is the first person in the world to have achieved a PhD in ’Reflexology and Pain Management’. She has gained awards from both the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) for Excellence in the field of Research. In 2018 she was a finalist in the National Complementary Therapy Awards held by Chamberlain Dunn for the category of 'Pain management, injury prevention and rehabilitation. In 2019 Carol was awarded the FHT Excellence award for 'Tutor of the Year'.


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