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Dr Nicholas Gonzalez
Cranio-Sacral Reflexology
Arthritic Foot

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Cranio-Sacral Reflexology

 This particular therapy came to my attention in November 2008 at the Reflexology Conference in Montreal when I listened to Martine Faure-Alderson speak, I even bought her very detailed foot chart.  Two years later one of our students from the school actually attended the programme with her to learn all about it.  I have always been skeptical about "different types of Reflexology" but I have to say this one really interests me.


The treatment itself is similar to reflexology but a much more subtle approach to the feet and body and the premise is to work on balancing the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.  Therefore a lot of the treatment is concentrated on the toes, being the head area and also on the spine.


I certainly do not pretend to know exactly how it works and all the theories behind it, but I can point you in the right direction if you are interested in receiving a treatment or maybe taking the course.


There is more information on their website and there are more courses being held in Canada and the UK.



Footsteps Newsletter - Winter 2010/11

Hello everyone,,

Well I am writing this at the end of the year while thinking about the new year to come.  I think winter is a time to reflect and think about the good and the bad and the things we want to change.

I want to share with you two experiences I have had in the last month, both linked and both sent to teach me something and share with you all.

I was lucky enough to listen Dr Nicholas Gonzalez at the Whole Life Expo in November who spoke for three hours without a break or any notes.  He is one of the leading medical doctors in New York who specialises in the alternative approach to cancer treatment.

Secondly I had a conversation with a past student from the school who spent four intensive days learning cranio-sacral reflexology.  

What could possibly link those two events -  well, its the autonomic nervous system.

There is always so much to learn about our nervous system so you can read on ....

In the meantime, have a wonderful time over Xmas and the holidays with your families, have some time to yourselves so that you are refreshed and primed for the new year.

With best wishes for a healthy and happy 2011,

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Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez 

Its interesting how often it takes a crisis in our own life, or someone close to us, before we decide to look into something, stop and think, do some research, etc.  A very close friend of mine in England has this year beaten pancreatic cancer in nine months and in that time, I have learnt a lot about the conventional and alternative approaches to cancer treatment.  It is because of this, I was drawn to go and listen to Dr. Gonzalez.  It was in his third year of medical school that he began his research in this field and through the research carried out by other pioneers, he learnt that: 


Each one of us must be treated as an individual, and not a statistic, when the body becomes diseased or cancerous


We need to look at how the autonomic nervous system has been working in this person who has become ill, some people are more sympathetic dominant and some are parasympathetic dominant


We need to examine which specific supplements can help this particular person.


His findings revealed that in this modern world of progressive science, evolving environment and overly busy lives, most people have a dominant sympathetic nervous system.  That is to say that their body has been in a constant state of fight or flight for months, maybe even years and the effect of this is a weakened immune system, irregular and overworked heart and lungs, the digestive system and urinary system no longer able to perform regular duties, and the endocrine system in total disarray.  He said that these people were the most likely to suffer from cancer in the organs.  He also said that, the disease or cancer can be taken away from that person, but if the body stays in the same state as it was before, it will just come back again.


He was the most amazing person to listen to and runs a very busy practice in New York specialising in pancreatic cancer, in fact he has many stories of patients who had been given up by the medical profession, and he helped them to survive. 


We have all been touched by cancer in one way or another and it was very refreshing to listen to someone who gave a very logical and meaningful explanation for his protocols.



Arthritic foot 

Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis are the two most common types of arthritis found in the joints of the foot and ankle.  Arthritic pain can often lead to inactivity or a change in how one walks. 


Osteoarthritis can occur for a variety of reasons, some of which are included in the following list.  By decreasing or avoiding these risk factors, the progression of the disease can be minimized: obesity, sports participation, muscle weakness, malaligned joints, previous injury to joint, overuse of joint, reduced bone density.


Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease that mainly targets the feet but can affect all joints.  It may affect the tissues surrounding the joints as well as the joint itself.  This usually results in joint deformity, especially in areas of high stress such as the toes and balls of your feet.  Resulting pain can be excruciating at times, particularly when standing or walking.


There are lots of options for your patients suffering from these two conditions: semi-rigid orthotics, a change of footwear, rocker soles.  Obviously care must be taken when treating a patient with either condition and sometimes it may be impossible to treat the feet because of their sensitivity.


Referrals should be directed to a certified pedorthist who is specialized in the casting, manufacturing, fitting and modification of orthotics.