Calming Influences
  • Calming Influences Studio Learn Reflexology
    Become a reflexologist with our L3 Reflexology Diploma

    Join the CNHC to future proof your qualification

    Get a taste of reflexology on our weekend course
  • Calming Influences StudioImage credit: domenicogelermo / 123RF Stock Photo Learn Body Massage
    Become a massage therapist

    L3 4 module Diploma

    Join the CNHC to future proof your qualification
  • Calming Influences StudioImage credit: marilyna / 123RF Stock Photo Learn Aromatherapy
    Become an Aromatherapist

    L3 4 module Diploma

    Join the CNHC to future proof your qualification
  • Learn Indian Head Massage
    Become a therapist with our VTCT Indian Head massage course

    Add Indian Head Massage to the therapies you offer

    Try our Just for Fun course
  • Courses for Therapists
    Keep up to date or expand the therapies you offer with these courses:-

    * First Aid

    * Business Courses

    * CPD
  • Just for Fun courses
    Learn a simple routine or find out about:-


    Indian Head Massage

    Hopi Ear Candles

    Using Essential Oils

Welcome To Calming Influences

If you are up for the challenge of branching out on your own, or you just want to learn a little more and improve your own wellbeing, have a look at the courses we offer. Our main focus are the core holistic therapies of Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Massage, but we also cover the business and marketing skills you need to build a successful business. A course with Calming Influences will equip you to be the best complementary therapist you can be. Our courses may be challenging, but they are fun.

We are also changing. Although the majority of our courses, and all of our practical courses are face to face, we are using more online methods, such as Zoom calls, to cover some of the areas which can be covered remotely. This means more of our time together will be focussed on the important part - the practical.

Start this new phase of your life with Calming Influences. Courses include comprehensive courses such as Reflexology, Massage and Aromatherapy and shorter first courses, such as Indian Head Massage, as well as a whole range of courses which will help you develop as a therapist. We also offer a range of CPD courses for qualified therapists.

Based in Bursledon, Southampton, just 5 minutes from junction 8 of the M27, Calming Influences is a great place to take a course. The school attracts students not just from Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover, but from the whole of Hampshire, the surrounding counties, as well as international students.

Jackie and her first Reflexology Diploma class celebrating Calming Influences accreditation with the AoR.

Jackie and her first Reflexology Diploma class celebrating Calming Influences accreditation with the AoR.

Above you can see Calming Influences very first group of reflexologists. We are pictured celebrating accreditation with the AoR. I am standing centre. (I look a little different now - see my photo below!). Above right you can see the GreenHouse room which is where our main teaching sessions are carried out. To see lots more photos in our gallery click here

Why train with Calming Influences?

Calming Influences is dedicated to offering courses in Complementary Therapies - we don't offer courses in other subjects.

Most of our therapy courses take place at the weekend, so you can train for your new career while you are still working or looking after your family

You will always be taught by a tutor experienced in their subject and experienced at teaching. I attend all teaching sessions

Learning at Calming Influences is varied. All sessions are designed to be interesting and appealing, containing games, group work and various props to make everything come to life. We don't do sitting listening to a lecturer for 3 hours! You may find yourself colouring the bones of the foot, sticking organs onto a blank body or any number of other fun activities which hopefully will bring the learning to life

You will meet a variety of Assessors during the course who are experienced therapists. Generally they are ex. Calming Influences students.

For most practical sessions there will be additional help available; often ex Calming Influences students; to ensure you receive constant attention - our aim is to teach you the right technique from the start

If you need more help, for example if you have dyslexia or English is not your first language, we will ensure you receive additional support

As an independent school we can offer more flexibility. So if you suddenly need to take a break from the course because your circumstances change, courses can either be extended or you can swap to the same course running the following year

Age and education are no barriers to learning - We have successfully taught students from age 19 to late 60s. Our students include those who left school at 15 and this is the first course they have taken, to qualified nurses, podiatrists and physiotherapists. Everyone is welcome

Online student resources available from the Calming Influences website

All the students on the course want to be there. They often have similar values and many students have made friendships which have continued well after their course has finished

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me on 0780 5278 620 or 02380 406672 or email You can also sign up for my newsletter to keep up to date with my courses by clicking here. Looking forward to meeting you. Jackie James



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Important News

For any students enrolling on a VTCT course you must also complete a Covid Compliance certificate. This is an additional cost of £20 per student.

Exciting News

Our Essential Oils Practitioners Certificate- Introduction has just been accredited by the FHT. For more informationClick Here


Upcoming Courses

Indian Head Massage starts 8th May

Reflexology Supporting Fertility Spring 2021

Reflexology Maternity Masterclass Spring 2021

Reflexology Diploma Oct 2021

Reflexology Just for Fun Oct 2021

Aromatherapy Diploma Oct 2021

Blending Workshop Oct 2021

Massage Diploma Oct 2021

Intro to Back Massage Oct 2021

Other Courses

Common Diseases of the Older Client for Reflexologists

Healthy Eating

Hopi Ear Candles


Just for Fun Courses

Aromatherapy Diploma Oct 2021

Aromatherapy Blending Workshop October 2021

Back Massage Diploma October 2021

Introduction to Back Massage Oct 2021

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