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Positive reactions to Bill Flocco's recent class in Portland!
Bill Floco in Oregon
It was such a pleasure to be part of Bill’s basic hand and ear reflexology course on Feb
23rd and 24th in Lake Oswego, Oregon. I was unable to attend the basic foot course on
the 21st and 22nd due to a throat bug, but heard lots of glowing reports from those that
Anyone who has had training in foot reflexology from Bill or another school, can still get
in on his basic hand and ear course in Seattle, March 1st through 3rd at the Seattle
Reflexology and Massage Center. The certification program will continue in Lake
Oswego, Oregon in March.
Bill teaches in a step by step, hands on, building block style which is very effective in
learning the names and functions of the reflex points being addressed. Body mechanics
are thankfully stressed by Bill, the importance of which should not be underestimated.
Bill made sure that we knew the reflex points for clients’ most common complaints and
began the process of teaching the incredible depth of his integrated foot, hand, ear
reflexology. He will continue building upon these basics with his certification program
over the next 4 months.
Many of us spoke of the deep state of relaxation we felt, some to the point of falling
asleep, a most fitting and complimentary commentary to the effectiveness of Bill’s tried
and true method.
Bill is an extraordinary communicator, consistent and quietly persistent, getting the
information through in a direct yet kindly and often humorous manner.
I would like to thank Bill Flocco, ORN, its staff and members, and the lovely folks in the
class for making this an event that will ultimately add to the continued well-being of
many through its practice in the world.
by Pam Jablonski
It was soooooo great meeting you all this past weekend!!!
just wanted to share a quick story ~ about two and half hours after getting home last night i had a visit from a good friend in the theatre community and i started gushing praise and stories about the training! within 5 minutes i had him up on the table and i was working the basic routine on his hand. he only had about 15-20 minutes right then; yet, he was so impressed with the immediate impact that we're going to book a full session soon - probably this weekend! he is very in tune with his body & energies and he could actually feel the work in his body as i was working on his hand ~ up and down the vertical zones as i was working the palm and top of his hand and across his neck and shoulders as i moved my three fingers across his knuckles. that was REALLY cool!
Mark Twohy, Portland
Bill's workshop was a great opportunity and experience for me. Bill is a great teacher and his method of teaching and practicing as class goes on is in my opinion the best approach. I was happy to learn also how can we help other people besides ourselves. I was encouraged by the fact that more and more people learn and practice reflexology, no matter if it is foot or hand or ears, or all of them.
I love reflexology. Last night, my husband who usually sleeps well was tossing & turning, we have a lot of deadlines to meet in a short time. I spent 5 min. on zeropoint & another 5 on shenmen. He was sound asleep. :) I think the ears are my favorite for relaxation & stress issues.
Sandy Hachtel, Salem
Bill Flocco's workshops on Basic Foot Hand and Ear Reflexology were illuminating and inspiring. The techniques he teaches take reflexology to another level entirely. As a teacher, he embraces the whole class and creates an environment of safety and unlimited learning.
Diana Blackmon, Hood River
Nancie Hines, Portland
It was a great class and a great group...so many new, excited faces.
I fell in love with reflexology all over again.
This class rates amongst the top three or four I have ever attended! Bill is a great teacher, and the group of people was exceptionally harmonious and congenial I thought. I find myself very drawn to ear reflexology in particular. Hadn't planned on continuing with the Certification Course, but I'm hooked!
Marie Louise Penhoen, Hood River
Read what members are saying about Bill Flocco's first reflexology course in Portland
Oregon Reflexology Network sponsored internationally-known teacher and author Bill Flocco in October 2012 in Portland, OR. Flocco will return to Portland in 2013 to offer Basic Foot and Hand Ear Reflexology and his 200-hour reflexology certification program. See "Event" page for details.
Written by Pam Jablonski, Certified Reflexologist and ORN Charter Member, Portland.
Bill Flocco in October, 2012
I was fortunate to be part of Bill’s workshop on ‘Pain Control & Stress Reduction with
Foot/Hand/Ear Reflexology’, on Oct 12. His focus was on self-help foot, hand, and ear
reflexology and how to most effectively use them for different applications.
Bill also let us know that depending on the client’s presenting issues, one of the three
modalities will be more helpful in alleviating pain and bringing relief. But all three used
together in one session is a very potent method to bring about homeostasis. The theory
and practice of all three types of reflexology in one session forms the basis of Bill’s
We were shown how to work on our own shoulder and neck reflex points on the ear; I
found the techniques very effective in easing my chronic neck and shoulder pain. And
that was just one of the numerous applications from his unique and well chronicled
toolbox that he skillfully passes along to each student.
Bill was the first to spearhead reflexology research published in a scientific medical
journal. Through the American Academy of Reflexology in Los Angeles, he has been
teaching his unique and highly effective foot, hand and ear reflexology since 1982.
It was my privilege to share the travel time with Bill to and from the airport. I was able
to experience first-hand that the humor, gentleness, intelligence and passion for
reflexology that was experienced in his classroom, are indeed attributes of who he really
Thanks to Bill Flocco and to ORN for bringing Bill to Portland!
Pam Jablonski, Certified Reflexologist in Portland, OR
Personal impressions from my workshop on Basic Foot Reflexology with Bill Flocco this past weekend By Marie Louise Penchoen, President, ORN
|Having been a practicing reflexologist for almost 20 years I was a little reluctant at the prospect of spending a full weekend on Basic Reflexology, but being the organizer of the event, this was obviously part of my job. A lot of the information during the Saturday/Sunday workshop did indeed simply confirm what I already knew, but to my pleasure I found several aspects of this workshop new and very intriguing. And Bill is an excellent teacher!
Quite some time was dedicated to body mechanics. Emphasis on how important it is to sit with a straight spine, so we don’t end up with back problems, and even more on how to be extremely effective without doing damage to our hands. One basic key was to engage the whole body rather than just hands and arms, and another, possibly even more important, was to use a technique Bill calls “thumb-rolling”. It’s a technique that allows you to reflex every little nerve ending without putting undue pressure on your thumbs - and gradually get to deeper and deeper layers of tissue all the while becoming more conscious of what that tissue feels like. I think all of us in the class are still working on perfecting this technique, but it is definitely something I will start incorporating into my practice.
Another interesting part of the workshop for me was Bill’s talk about “Substance P”, a neurotransmitter that causes pain and is involved in many inflammatory diseases. This Substance P settles around the nerve endings in our extremities, and, as Bill said, it is our job as reflexologists to break it down, so the body can eliminate it.
And here entered yet another intriguing thought, relating to reflexology on Feet Hands and Ears. I can still hear Bill’s voice saying: If you break down “Substance P” in the feet you may get a good result, but you’re still leaving the chemicals in the reflexes of the hands and the ears. But if you break it down in the hands and ears also, think about how much more powerful and long-lasting your work will be! I’m pretty entrenched in doing foot reflexology only, but this class has left me reconsidering . . .
The workshop was a good reminder to me of how important it is to continuously expose ourselves to different teachers, as there always is something new and different to learn. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to attend!
Impressions shared by other weekend participants:
“I learned the importance of staying connected to the client I’m working on and looking for color changes in their face. Bill is gifted at transmitting enthusiasm for reflexology, and giving the information we need to be effective and confident.”
“Very nice introduction to reflexology. The course satisfied many curiosities ranging from the history of reflexology to the various technical components of the discipline. It emphasized and covered important details such as body mechanics, communication protocols, history and relationship with Western and Eastern modalities. All presented in a very palatable and delightful fashion.”
“Great integration of prior knowledge and new techniques plus effective strategies to market skills to various audiences. I learned a lot more than what I signed up for.”
“Bill Flocco re-enforced every point which made the concept remembered. When the course was over I could easily conduct an hour session on my own! Bill is an outstanding instructor. He makes sure you understand every part of the routine.”
“A great introduction to the art and science of reflexology in general and a good overview of foot reflexology specifically. Bill Flocco obviously knows his subject and research.”
“The class was great and I found the focus on good body mechanics to be very helpful.”
“I learned the basics of reflexology, body mechanics, reflexes and clients. I also learned that I’m excited to learn more from Bill Flocco!”
ORN and Lavender Daze July 21 & 22, Hood River by Pam Jablonski
On July 21st and 22nd, the annual Lavender Daze festival at Hood River Farms was graced with glorious blue skies, warm weather and the soothing lavender scent that permeated every molecule. This year ORN was a participant at the Festival with its members offering free reflexology de-mos for everyone who wished to partake. The response was wonderful with folks from as far as San Francisco, Ca. to Yakima, Wa. and many from the Portland Metro area coming out to feast their senses. From all of the positive remarks of those who kindly put their feet in our hands, it was evident that on our first public outing under the ORN auspices, and banner, was a resounding success!
Thanks to all who stopped by the booth, the multi-talented folks who lent their services to the grateful patrons and to the board itself for it’s tireless efforts to get the word out about the wonders of Reflexology.
Thanks also to the incredible artists, vendors and musi-cians lending their special touch to an already magnificent day.
Pam Jablonski C.R.
Above Picture featuring Karen Martin and Marie Louise Penchoen offering crowds reflexology sessions
John Forsberg doing reflexology at Lavender Daze 2012