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 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


Training takes place at the QE2 Centre in Manor Farm which is just 2 minutes from junction 8 of the M27. There is plenty of 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. ), and Tracey Curtis, M.A.R. Assistant Tutor. Guest lecturers, including Chrissy Clampett who covers muscles and bones, add specific in depth knowledge and an enthusiasm for the holistic approach.

Introduction to Reflexology

Nicky with SAD PAM

This fun and informative one day course provides an introduction to the healing art of reflexology. If you just want to know more about reflexology, or you are thinking about taking a longer course and want to know if reflexology is for you, give this course a go.

As well as understanding a little of the history of this relaxing therapy, you will learn a simple reflexology routine that you will be able to practice on your family and friends.

This course is run each year in September. For dates and cost click here

If you are interested in attending this Just for Fun course, just complete an application form and return to Calming Influences with payment. Alternatively, for more information contact Jackie James, the Course Principal on 02380 463438 or via email on

L3 Reflexology Diploma

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 Diploma, you would be eligible to join both the Association of Reflexologists (AoR, Professional Reflexology (PR ) and the Complementary Natural Healthcare Council ( CNHC 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 cover all aspects of reflexology's history, reflexology theory and the anatomy and physiology required for a reflexologist to give individual treatments. 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 suite 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!

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 most students bring a packed lunch as there aren't local shops (the nearest shops are in Hedge End Village or the large Tesco at junction 8 of the M27).

Complementary tea, coffee, herbal teas, fruit and biscuits are available throughout the day.

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.

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 L3 course. 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). During each teaching session many books are available to look at before you decide which reflexology and anatomy books to purchase

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 .


Two bath sized towels, lotion and foot cleanser to allow you to carry out treatments at home.
One A4 lever arch ring binder and 3 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. Also, some outlets offer discounts if you buy more than one chair. Students often get together to take advantage of these discounts.

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.

Students at the Hilldene

As well as attendance at 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 mulit choice tests.


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 If you would like to apply, please complete an application form and return to Calming Influences with the relevant payment.

Please note we are currently experiencing problems with our land line number which is 02380 406672. If we do not anwer, please contact us via mobile or email.