L3 Reflexology Diploma

The aim of the school is to train therapists 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.

Once you have completed the Diploma, you would be eligible to join both the Association of Reflexologists (AoR www.aor.org.uk), Professional Reflexology (PR www.professionalreflexology.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 covers all aspects of reflexology's history, reflexology theory and the anatomy and physiology required for a reflexologist to give individual treatments. As a student 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 suite the individual circumstances and history of each and every client.

Successful students 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!

Nicky with SAD PAM


Training takes place in Southampton just 5 minutes from junction 8 of the M27. There is free parking and the site is set in ancient woodland, creating a relaxing and calming environment. During the lunch hour it is possible to walk down to the River Hamble and take in the view.


The reflexology courses are taught mainly by the principal, Jackie James (B.Sc. Hons, M.A.R. ), but students will also benefit from the experience of other Calming Influences assessors.


This course includes:-

box Weekend theory and practical sessions in Southampton (17 days over 8.5 weekends)
box All course notes
Box Self-study assignments
box Email and telephone support during the course
box Access to a student area of the website containing videos and learning materials
box Student Facebook group
box Optional Tutorials
box Use of Calming Influences Lafumas/Couches and stools

There are four units within the course:-

  • Reflexology
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Business

Anatomy and physiology, complementary therapies and business classes are taught jointly with reflexology, aromatherapy and massage students during the morning sessions between January and June.

Teaching Sessions

An initial teaching weekend will be held in October and will cover everything you need to treat safely, as well as a slightly simplified reflexology routine. Case studies can be started after this weekend.

The second weekend of the course in November, is also a reflexology only weekend where we will be completing the routine and adding in some more advanced techniques.

Teaching sessions held in January, February, March, April, May, June and July will both continue with the practical work and cover the 3 common modules (Anatomy and Physiology, Business and Complementary therapies). During January we are joined by our Aromatherapy and Massage students.

Course start times vary but it is generally 9:30 and finish at 5:30. Lunch times are limited to 45 minutes courses and many students prefer to bring a packed lunch. Complementary tea, coffee, herbal teas, fruit and biscuits are available throughout the day.

Please see prices page for prices and this year's dates.


You will be required to complete

box 100 case study treatments, which is generally between 20 and 25 different clients.
box 3 practical assessments which are carried out in June, July and September
box Two anatomy and physiology multi-choice tests, one in March, the second in July
box Portfolio of evidence.

Certificates will be issued by VTCT.


This is an in-depth course and students will be expected to spend approximately 8 hours each week working on the course.

Additional Costs

In addition to the course fees See Prices Page the following costs will be incurred by the student:-

Student membership of the AoR . This will include insurance cover for case studies
2 or 3 reflexology books,
1 anatomy book and the Complete Pathology For Complementary Therapies Book (available from the AoR).
Two bath sized towels, lotion and foot cleanser to allow you to carry out treatments at home.
One A4 lever arch ring binder and 2 normal A4 ring binders.
Reflexology couch and chair. On the first day of the course you will be able to try a variety of couches and chairs, so many students prefer to wait until they start their course to buy their couch.
Uniform. You have a choice of:-


White short sleeved top, Black trousers and black shoes covering toes (Choose trousers with some give)
Therapists tunic with matching trousers and covered shoes
Other uniform with agreement from the tutor

Students at the Hilldene

Is this course for me?

This course is for you if you wish to practice Reflexology professionally. It is open to applicants of 19 years or over. There are no formal entry qualifications required, although you should discuss the course me, Jackie James, the school principal, before you enrol to ensure this is the right course for you and you understand the commitment required.


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


Booking your Place

If you would like more information about this course please speak to Jackie James on 0780 5278 620, or e-mail her at Jackie@calminginfluences.com.

If you would like to apply, complete an application form Application Form. This is in MS Word format but other formats can be provided on request. Once completed, either mail or email the form to us with the deposit or full payment to. We are happy to accept bank transfer and cheques.

Calming Influences Holistic Training School
Oakside, Pylands Lane
SO31 1BH