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Gastric Endoscopy Study Goes Hand-and-Foot 

Gastrointestinal diseases are common disorders and endoscopy is the most important diagnostic method for these disorders. Due to the aggressiveness, endoscopy causes stress and anxiety in patients. Stress and anxiety prior to endoscopy reduced willingness of the patients to undergo endoscopy and increased the time of endoscopy.

According to a study at Zabol University of Medical Sciences, relief is just a foot away. Findings of the study show that the therapeutic application of reflexology on a candidate’s hands and feet reduced anxiety and stress immediately before endoscopy. 
The single-blind randomized controlled clinical trial on 95 patients concluded that hand and foot reflexology massages can be used as a medication-free, simple and unaggressive therapy to reduce stress and anxiety.

Based on its effectiveness, it is recommended to use hand and foot reflexology massages to reduce stress and anxiety in candidate patients undergoing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Further, nurses can use this method as a non-pharmacological intervention to reduce stress and anxiety in patients. Published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research 2016; 8(8): 1254-1259 (, the research article further notes that findings from other studies indicate that reflexology massage reduces stress and anxiety in a variety of conditions. 

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Ten Coaching Tips for Health Professionals

While you may have not thought of yourself as a ‘coach’ to your clients or if your environment may not allow the time for a full coaching conversation, consider this.

Using the tools and theories related to behavior change, you can take the “coach approach” even in a short office visit, during an intake or in a therapy session with the following ten tips in mind. At the bottom of this list download a free report suitable as a client education handout - one way of ‘coaching’ your clients. 


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Heads UP: New Epidemic is Text Neck

It was early 2000 when everyone was plagued with carpal tunnel syndrome. Education became key for prevention by protecting the wrists from overuse of the computer mouse, poor ergonomics, etc.

The new technology-induced epidemic is “TEXT-NECK”. Estimated to affect 79% of the adult population who consistently spend time hunched over their wireless devices. Checking emails, texts and phone calls on cell phones has become a causative factor in complaints of chronic back pain, headaches and spinal curvature.

Observe any crowd and everyone has their heads down, even in restaurants. Where people used to have conversation and eye contact at dinner, it’s not unusual to see everyone at the table looking at cell phones. 

As the average 12 pound head tilts forward, pressure on the spine doubles. At a 45 degree angle, it now weighs 49 pounds and at 60 degrees

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Mindfulness and the STOP Technique

Have you had times when you just needed some “breathing space”? A simple practice that can be done anytime, anywhere and takes less than a minute is the One-Minute Breathing Space with the S.T.O.P. Technique. 

By simply tuning into what is happening right now, without expecting anything in particular, you are able to create a space to reconnect with your natural resilience and wisdom. The practice provides a way to step out of auto-pilot mode of habitual mindlessness and resulting stress and into the present moment of mindfulness.

Using the acronym of STOP, each letter represents a step in this brief and deliberate exercise to help ground you and to help you be more resilient and effective in the midst of stress, change, chaos or distractions:

  1. “S” is to stop and take stock of your current experience. Bring yourself into the present moment by asking, “What are my thoughts, feelings and emotions right now?”
  2. “T” is to take a slow, deep breath, using your breath to anchor you into the present and into a state of awareness and stillness.
  3. “O” is to observe and open outward, beyond your breath. Become aware of the field of your awareness around your body as a whole: first your body posture, face, etc and then observe sounds, smells and sights around you. 
  4. “P” means to proceed into new possibilities without expectations. Sense the world around you right now, the bigger picture of what is happening to help move you out of the habitual mode and into a natural non-reactive response. 

After creating this pause, you have ‘breathing space’ to notice your reactions to stress and to add mindfulness into all that you do. Literally, it only takes seconds to be mindful. Request a pdf of the S.T.O.P. Practice: One-Minute Breathing Space from 


Balancing the Nervous System: Foot-to-Brain Impulses

These Before and After photos are the feet of a female with a neurological condition causing contraction of toes and medial pull of foot and ankle.
A single therapeutic foot treatment that utilized the Chollar Method Nervous System Balance Technique (NSBT) show a remarkable change. 

After a single Integrative Reflexology session, not only was she extremely relaxed mentally but structurally, the contraction and muscle tightness in the entire foot was relieved. She had more flexibility and improved gait. The focus for the treatment was a specific touch therapy applied to reflex areas (points in the feet) that relate to cerebral structures and the nervous system (specifically sympathetic and parasympathetic). 

The technique called NSBTtm developed by Linda Chollar integrates touch to induce the Relaxation Response (defined by Dr. Herbert Benson, Harvard Medical School) by facilitating an impulse through the foot-to-brain connection based on the principles of foot reflexology. Research by Dr. Jesus Manzanares, MD shows that a precise dosage and intensity of a specific reflexology technique will trigger Theta brainwaves, associated with deep relaxation. 

After 23 years experience in the wellness field teaching anatomy and physiology, training in body/mind healing approaches and having helped those who struggle with neurological conditions and chronic pain, Chollar states that she is never surprised at how the body can unwind from stress, tension and pain in the right circumstances. Through healing touch therapies she has observed the human body’s structure move away from a contracted state to a place where the mind and physical can experience expansion -  from a state of fight/flight/freeze to a safe place of peace and ease. Science has revealed the brain’s plasticity and ability to change. So it is no mystery that any part of the body can do likewise. 

Chollar teaches this NSBT Method in live classes and via Skype training to health professionals, massage therapists, reflexologists and therapeutic touch practitioners. Understanding the neuro-physiology is the easy part for most — acknowledging the body’s innate healing ability is the challenge.        

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Relaxation Technique Reduces Anxiety Before Surgery



Join the many who have used a meditation technique that helped them REDUCE ANXIETY, use less pain medication and recover quicker after a surgery or medical procedure. 

The mind/body technique used by Harvard Medical hospitals is available to learn by phone with a certified facilitator. Studies show it is helpful for anxiety, worry, depression, chronic pain, headaches and migraines. 

Linda Chollar is a trained and certified facilitator of this 5-step technique. Utilizing guided relaxation for each person’s specific situation, listening to a guided meditation tape before, during and after a medical procedure and harnessing the proven power of intention and love of family and friends is the core of the program. Chollar persponalizes the Prep For Surgery technique with a live guided relaxation meditation by phone and provides an mp3 of the session for continued benefit which includes the positive end results each person desires.

Watch this 2-minute film clip
that aired on ABC-TV, interviewing Peggy Huddleston, author of the book, Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster:  
People have successfully used this program for procedures ranging from dental work, knee replacement surgery, mitral valve repair, colonoscopy, biopsies, breast surgery as well as for reducing depression, anxiety and headaches. 
Linda Chollar, Certified Wellness Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Pain Management Specialist is fully trained and Certified to teach Peggy Huddleston’s mind/body technique. It is helpful for anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, migraines and preparing for any medical procedure or surgery. Sessions are available by phone or in person if you live in the Los Angeles area.
Contact Linda at 310-318-3353 or . For more details on the one hour session by phone to prepare for a medical procedure by reducing anxiety and stress visit 




Healers Mindful Practice™ Group

Healers, Coaches, Wellness Providers, Lightworkers — this is for you! 

In a time of heightened change, helping-preneurs are searching for ways to stay present, to be empowered for coping with the challenges of everyday life, to gain clarity and direction for their healing practice and to maintain a personal growth practice. 

“Realize that this very body, with its aches and its pleasures…is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.” — Pema Chodron

What if you could join a group of like-minded seekers in a mindfulness-based, self-guided study that would engage you to gain those skills? An introduction of easy to follow mindfulness meditation and body awareness tools that do not require you to go anywhere other than WITHIN. Imagine connecting with others from around the globe.

The Healers Mindful Practicetm was started for that reason - to empower a mastermind-like group of healing practitioners to join together and commit to a study of lessons at home. The lessons are downloaded and are based on mindfulness models from renowed leaders, teaching skills that can increase your ability to better cope with stress and pain and to be fully present to deal with distubing events with grace and composure. 

MINDFULNESS training is shown by research to have a significant therapeutic effect on stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, migraines, heart conditions, diabetes and other ailments. Participants report feeling more alive, more ‘in-tune’ with themselves and others.

“Enough. These few words are enough. If not these words, this breath. If not this breath, this sitting here. This opening to the life we have refused again and again until now. Until now”
—David Whyte 

For many healing practitioners with busy lives, maintaining a practice of meditation and mindfulness is an ongoing quest. For others, just getting started or learning the skills to practice is the greatest challenge. The Healers Mindful PracticeTM was started by Linda Chollar, Business Success Coach as she began a specific self-study that was a free downloadable course.

Impresssed with the results, she formed the HMP practice group to bring others together while doing their own home study of the course. As a coach, the edge she added to the Healers Mindful Practicetm is a brief gathering of the participants in a live weekly tele-call. Her goal: to add accountability and commaderie with fellow healers. 

Chollar hosts the group that includes pre-scheduled live calls while members of the HMP move through the 6-lesson home-study course at their own pace. Members offer accountability and come together to inspire, encourage, share and enrich the self-study by connecting with fellow seekers. New members can join in anytime and catchup through replay audios of previous tele-calls.

Lessons, videos, exercises and resources are instant access with encouragement to set up a binder for materials that build a base of knowledge and experience to be used as a resource for life. The online course itself is provided through a third party webpage with the link provided to HMP Members upon enrollment in the Healers Mindful Practice Group. Cost for the HMP enrollment is for the hosting of the live group calls and for the benefit of live guidance by a coach through the self-study. Studies show that the likelihood of completing a self-study course increases tremendously with the accountability of a group support.  

For detail and cost to join the Healers Mindful Practice email: and ask for the Healers Mindful Practice “At-A-Glance” outline, costs and how to get started. 



Fibromyalgia Support Group Learns Benefits of Reflexology

Fibromyalgia advocate, educator and pain specialist Linda Chollar was a guest speaker this past week at the holiday meeting of the FM Support Group led by Bill and Elaine Horn at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrance, CA. On hand was Christine Danella, author of Tender Points, A Fibromyalgia Memoir and a well-informed group of attendees eager to learn more about self-care and fibromyalgia research news. 

The topic was Pain Management with Foot Reflexology. Chollar shared case studies of the past 15 years with her own patients diagnosed with FM, explaining how reflexology provides relief by working through the body’s nervous system.

Linda teaches pain management seminars across the U.S. for reflexologists, massage therapapists, etc. and invites FM patients to participate as models to receive the practical portion of the training. She says it’s on-the-job training so that providers like reflexologists can see the results immediately that are possible and hear directly from those who suffer with Fibromyalgia. 

Of interest for wellness providers whose services include therapeutic touch specific to reflexology is a textbook titled, Therapeutic Reflexology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Professional Competence authored by Paula Stone. Chapter 17 features a fibromyalgia study of Linda Chollar’s from 2008.  The section is titled “Clinical Perspective: Reflexology Reduces Pain, Improves Sleep in Fibromyalgia Patients”. Paula has profiled Chollar’s personal findings from a study of 16 fibromyalgia patients that supports the use of foot reflexology as a treatment for the bodywide pain associated with fibromyalgia.    

Download a PDF of the study here.

The book is published by Pearson Education, one of the world’s largest publishers and includes a DVD and free online resources. Also featured is Dr. Jesus Manzanares‘  reflexology research on foot biopsys and nerve theory. Author Paula Stone has contributed a comprehensive text that will surely become part of every reflexology provider’s library.  

A webinar is also available from Chollar on her Reflexology Mentor website for healthcare professionals and reflexologists: “Understanding Fibromyalgia”. Hosted by Linda, she discusses the protocol in her personal FM study as well as current findings in the ever changing face of fibromyalgia.

Linda Chollar is available for speaking to organizations about holistic and drug-free approaches as a care plan for those who suffer from the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. For healthcare providers, holistic practitioners, reflexologists, wellness coaches or any group or organization interested in hosting a seminar or reflexology training workshop in your area, Click here to request more information on keynotes, lectures and workshops at your venue, event or group. Let us know your interest, location and any details.