Footsteps School of Reflexology


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Gift Certificates

First Aid/CPR


Student Alumni Corner

The following was sent to me by a student from 2004 who wants to tell her story of how she found somewhere to work in Oshawa.


Less than a year ago I took 2 ladies out to lunch. One owned a financial company, and the other (an acquaintance of mine) worked for an affiliate company. The lunch was casual, un-marred by agendas, and really chatty. They were interested in the treatments I offered and I came prepared to share pamphlets and philosophies in a low-key way. I half jokingly confessed that what I needed was a business who was willing to give me an office in lieu of weekly treatments for their staff, or customers. We laughed about the barter system in the financial world and the ladies encouraged me to never repeat the wish on the grounds that it sounded desperate and unorthodox.

At the time it was clear to me that the staff at this particular business was under tremendous chaotic pressure from chronic stress which was taking it's toll on the working climate as well as the staff. This led to a discussion about 'lunch & learn' workshops re: wellness that never came to fruition BUT circumstances shifted: the affiliate company parted ways which left the financial company with spare rooms and more pressure.

I kept in touch the whole time and one day it happened. The owner approached me. I now am the proud partner of a wonderful barter arrangement. I setup an online calendar and the secretary books the appointments... every Thursday (from 1 to 4) I work with the staff in whatever way they choose (Reflexology, Therapeutic Touch or Bach Flower Remedies). In return, I have a key to the building, open use of a boardroom and a small workshop room.


Well done to Barbara McKenzie! 




Upcoming Courses 




Next CRHP starts Sep 28

Adv Reflexology Nov 9

Hand Reflexology Nov 10

Business Start up Oct 26




Next CRHP starts Sep 10


NSARP Conference

Kentville, NS

Sat September 27


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Good Read


For those of you interested in learning more about your life purpose and for those close to you, I can recommend a very interesting book which teaches us about birth numbers.


The Life you were born to live by Dan Millman

ISBN-10: 0915811-60-X

ISBN-13: 978-0915811-60-1



Janet Williams
Footsteps School of Reflexology

Footsteps Newsletter - Fall 2009



Hello again,


Well I can't believe that its a year since I sent the first newsletter out and hopefully you have enjoyed receiving them and found them useful.  I am always looking for ideas from you as my creative brain sometimes needs a little help!


I have a feeling it will be busy for everyone this fall, I have certainly noticed a change in tempo and hope we are all feeling positive towards a good economic recovery for all who have been affected.


We had a very successful first Indian Head Massage course and it will be offered twice a year from now on.


All the course dates for next year are posted on the website and please note that we have tax changes to contend with in Ontario from July 1st so it will affect any payments after that date. 


Enjoy the changing season and hope you all have a healthy and happy fall.





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For those of you who havent experienced Reiki, or indeed are not already practising the treatment, then it is one of those therapies that probably complements Reflexology better than anything else.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

There are many instructors and practitiones out there - so check it out in your local alternative health magazine and start practising.


Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates are a great way of introducing a new client to your business.  So lets think of a few ways you could introduce more clients to your business by offering gift certificates:

  • You could give your client's an incentive to buy a gift certificate, maybe give them a discount.
  • Remind them all the time that people are celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, showers, special days, special events.
  • Fundraising events are always looking for different ideas, why not a gift certificate
  • Schools and charities are always looking for different ways to make money 
  • Look at your local neighbourhood, or town where you live - what events are happening this fall  

"If a person gives you his time, he can give you no more precious gift"


 First Aid/CPR


I recently attended a three hour session of Emergency First Aid/CPR level C which I found extremely informative.  It was at least five years since I had done any formal first aid training, and was surprised to learn how little I could remember and how many protocols had changed. 


I feel very strongly that as therapists working every day with members of the public it is our duty to make sure we are fully armed with as much knowledge that could assist us in helping our clients.


The company was VO2 Health Focus and they carry out 3 hour, 1 day or 2 day programmes to certify people for different levels of First Aid knowledge.


From January 2010 it will be mandatory for students to achieve level A in First Aid/CPR.


I am hoping to offer some dates for you this fall, certainly in Toronto at first, so please contact me if you are interested.


Remember, you could be instrumental in helping to save someone's life