As one of the fastest growing complementary therapies there is increasing demand for trained professional therapists in both the Private and Public sectors. More and more Reflexologists are now working in the NHS as well as in many private complementary clinics. With Reflexologists charging their clients between £25 and £40 for a one hour private treatment, it is possible to earn a good living working as a Reflexologist or you can gain a valuable second income.
Once you have completed the Reflexology Diploma, you would be eligible to join the Association of Reflexologists (AoR www.aor.org.uk), Professional Reflexology (PR www.professionalreflexology.org ), the CthA (www.ctha.org) and the Complementary Natural Healthcare Council ( CNHC www.cnhc.org.uk). Having a qualification which allows membership to these organisations is important because it shows members of the public, looking for a reflexologist, that you have good skills and have attended a comprehensive training course.
The course is comprised of four modules:-
Anatomy and Physiology
Please note that classes on common modules (e.g. Business, Complementary Therapies and Anatomy and Physiology) are taught with Massage and Aromatherapy Students.)
Although the first two weekends in October and November are just for the reflexologists, in January when we start the Anatomy and Physiology and Complementary Therapies we will be joined by Massage and Aromatherapy students. We will all work together in the morning, after lunch we will have separate workshops, and each afternoon we will have a practical session, which although they are carried out in the same room, the massage students have their own tutor (either myself or Tracey – we tend to alternate).
As well as the face to face sessions, the calming influences website contains a student area which contains information which is useful to you during the course.
As a students you learn how to treat clients holistically, taking into account any illness or stress they are suffering from. These courses aren't just about learning a routine and practicing it on all of your clients, they are about adapting what you do to suit the individual circumstances and history of each and every client.
Successful student have included people of all ages, from 19 to almost 70, and those who have not studied since school, to those who hold a professional qualification, such as nurses, podiatrists and physiotherapists. Students have been successful where English is not their first language, and where they have a problem such as dyslexia. If you want to complete this course, and are willing to put in the work, we can get you through!
The courses run approximately one weekend a month, from 9:30 until 5:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. Lunch times are limited to 45 minutes courses and although there are cafes in the area, many students prefer to bring a packed lunch. Complementary tea, coffee, herbal teas, fruit and biscuits are available throughout the day.
There are no formal entry qualifications required, although all candidates should discuss the course with Jackie James, the school principal, before they enrol to ensure this is the right course for them and they understand the commitment required.
As well as attendance at formal classes just under one weekend a month, this in depth course requires a minimum of 8 hours per week to be spent on self study, treatments and assignments. However, because the subject is so interesting, many students spend more than 8 hours per week on this course.
The course will be assessed both by continuous assessment, production of an evidence folder, practical assessments, 100 case study treatments, and two A&P multi choice tests.
The aim of the school is to train Reflexologists to the highest possible standards, giving them a thorough understanding of the therapy and practice of reflexology and its place within the whole culture of complementary medicine. Our students are taught the practical skills required to provide safe and effective treatments as well as the underpinning knowledge of anatomy and physiology. We aim to produce Reflexologists who exhibit a consistently high level of professionalism within their practice and are ambassadors for this beneficial therapy.
Even with the one day introductory training course, Calming Influences ensures everyone who attends the course can practice safely on their friends and family and are fully aware of the limits of their capabilities.
Comments from Previous Students
"Jackie James found her calling when she decided to teach Reflexology. I found her to be an inspirational tutor who cares deeply about her students. Her advice/feedback was clear, relevant and honest. Now I know why you call your school Calming Influences!" Julia Avis M.A.R.
"Jackie's professional and friendly approach made studying reflexology all the more worthwhile. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience relating to Reflexology, and becoming a member of the AoR is invaluable. I would highly recommend Jackie's course to anyone wishing to study Reflexology". Eloise Channell M.A.R.
"Thank you Jackie. Really enjoyed the day - Have got the bug! Course structure worked really well. Completing a treatment on your own at the end of the course really gave a sense of achievement." Laura from the New Forest
Reflexology training in Southampton takes place at the QE2 Centre in Manor Farm. It is just 2 minutes from junction 8 of the M27, with plenty of free parking.
The reflexology courses are taught mainly by the principal, Jackie James (B.Sc Hons, M.A.R. ), and Assessor Tracey Curtis, M.A.R. However, for practical sessions you will meet a variety of ex Calming Influences students who will share their knowledge with you.
In addition to the course fees See Prices Page the following costs will be incurred by the student:-
Student membership of the AoR or Professional Reflexology. This will include insurance cover for case studies.
Reflexology books: Although there are no set books it is recommended you buy 2 or 3 reflexology books during the course. During each teaching session many books are available to look at before you decide which books to purchase
Anatomy books: You should buy one anatomy and physiology book during the course (again, during each teaching session you can use the books within the Calming Influences library to decide which book you would like to purchase). You also need to purchase the "Complete Pathology for Complementary Therapies" guide from Essential Training Solutions and the AoR
White T shirt, black trousers and shoes with covered toes (no trainers please), or therapists tunic of any colour and matching trousers. Make sure there is enough room to move in the tunic and trousers.
Two white bath sized towels, lotion and foot cleanser to allow you to carry out treatments at home.
Three A4 folders (2 x lever arch, 1 x standard A4) ring binders
Reflexology couch and chair/stool. On the first day of the course you will be able to try a variety of couches and chairs/stools, so many students prefer to wait until they start their course to buy their couch. Also, some outlets offer discounts if you buy more than one couch. Students often get together to take advantage of these discounts.
First Aid Course. You don't need a first aid qualification, but I would recommend you take an Appointed Persons first aid course. Courses specifically designed for therapists will be run by Calming Influences however, any Appointed Persons course is acceptable. For details of the Calming Influences First Aid Course See Prices Page.
Number of Students on Course
There are a maximum of 12 students on this course (although there maybe more during the first weekend which also includes Just for Fun students) so if this course is of interest to you please do book early.
How to Book your Place
If you are interested in joining the first weekend just for fun, or the full diploma, please completed an application form and return to Calming Influences with the deposit (or full payment for the just for fun weekend). Alternatively, for more information or an informal chat, contact Jackie James, the Course Principal. Jackie is always happy to provide additional information and can be contacted by telephone on 02380 406672 and via email on Jackie@calminginfluences.com
Why Reflexology? AoR Video
If you would like more information about this course please speak to Jackie James on 02380 406672, or e-mail her at Jackie@calminginfluences.com. If you would like to apply, please complete an application form and return to Calming Influences with the relevant payment.