Round about: The Spine

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25 April 20202 day(s)BelfastNorthern IrelandRead more here

Subjects for the workshop

  • Anatomy and physiology of the spine revisited
  • Common back problems and causes
  • Assessing motility of the spine
  • Nerve reflex points for all spinal nerves
  • Reflexes for the spine on the lower leg
  • Muscle reflexes
  • Stress management via the autonomic nervous system
  • Treatment of the sacro-iliac joint
  • Assessment and treatment of the Iliopsoas muscle
  • Stimulating the whole body via the spine
  • Analysis and correction of posture

Nerve Reflexology

The spine is the core of the body and treating the spine reflexes should also constitute the core of any reflexological treatment.

In this workshop nerve-reflexology will be one of the major techniques, because it is effective and fascinating to use with back problems. Using this method in the beginning of a treatment session often reduces pain and increases motility, thus enhancing the classical reflexology treatment which follows.

A 3D view on the spine reflex

The spine is much wider, than indicated by the classical reflexology area on the medial aspect of the foot.

Across the transverse processes the vertebrae measure just over a quarter of the body's width. The widest point of the spine is the upper part of the sacrum. 

We place the sacrum reflex equivalent to the talus and follow the bone as we work quite a distance away from the medial edge of the foot. We work the spine reflex both dorsal and plantar.

The image shows the "broad back" including placement of the SI-joint reflex.

The Sacro-illiac joint

The SI-joint has a limited range of motion (5mm), but is highly important because it transfers the weight of the body to the pelvis.

Irritation and inflammation of the joint is a common adjunct to poor posture and long days of sitting.

A reflex zone is found where a line across the foot from the sacrum reflex (S1-S3) meets a line through the 3rd toe.

The Psoas muscle and back pain

The psoas muscle is an often missed cause of lower back pain.
If the muscle is tight and shortened, the pelvis tilts forward increasing the lumbar lordosis. 

To counteract this situation the spinal erector muscles on the dorsal side also contract and we end up with tension on both sides of the spine.
This means increased pressure on discs and facet joints and possible irritation of the muscle attachments.

Therefore with lumbar pain, always test the psoas and work its reflexes.

Acute lumbago

If your clients with acute lumbago find it too painful to lie supine, try placing them prone on the massage table and work the feet in this position.

Working NR-points for the lumbar spinal nerves like this, may reduce pain enough to allow them to turn around again for the rest of the session.

Linking spine reflexes on the foot and lower leg

A fascinating technique is working the spine using two different reflex systems together. In this example we combine a spine reflex on the lower leg.

You may choose to keep a steady grip on one place while you treat the other or vice versa, you can hold steady in both places, or you can even work both areas together. 

The photo shows linking of the T3 reflex on the lower leg with T3 reflex on the foot. (From the video “Round about: The Spine” © Touchpoint 2010)

Work sequence

The work sequence shows all the techniques we teach in the workshop. 

In Touchpoint’s continuing education classes we primarily present techniques from classical and Nerve Reflexology, and a few selected body techniques. 

Towards the end of the course, we discuss the work sequence, which, built on our clinical experiences, is meant as an inspirational tool and a way to remember the new techniques.

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Dorthe Krogsgaard & Peter Lund Frandsen

On Touchpoint courses and workshops you benefit from having two instructors throughout the days.
Dorthe and Peter are both highly experienced international teachers, who present a mixture of theory, demonstrations and lots of hands-on practice.

An extensive fully illustrated workbook is included with the workshop.

More about the instructors here >


The techniques we demonstrate on this workshop are also available as collections of high quality videos.You can get them on DVD or USB flash drives.

Buy them online here > or at a discounted rate on the workshop.


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