The aim of our school is still to train therapists to the highest possible standards, but because of the effect of the Covid pandemic, we are changing the way we deliver our diplomas. We believe and have shown we can still provide you with excellent training, whilst doing things slightly differently. We will still deliver the practical element of our courses face to face, but for those elements which can be delivered remotely, we will be making use of videos, workbooks and interactice Zoom sessions.
Our aim to produce Reflexologists who exhibit a consistently high level of professionalism within their practice and are ambassadors for this beneficial therapy has not changed.
Once you have completed the Diploma, you would be eligible to join both the Association of Reflexologists (AoR www.aor.org.uk), Federation of Holistic Therapists (www.fht.org.uk) 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 suit 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!
This course includes:-
Weekend theory and practical sessions in Southampton (see prices page for dates)
2 full day remote session, where you will use Zoom and videos to cover theory, from your own home (Dec & Mar)
Regular Zoom sessions (Tuesday evening 7pm)
All course notes
Weekend preparation workbooks
Revision Zoom Sessions
Email and telephone support during the course
Access to a student area of the website containing videos and learning materials
Student Online Learning Facebook group
Use of Calming Influences Lafumas/Couches and stools
Face to Face Teaching Sessions
As many of the non practical elements are now online and will be completed remotely, teaching sessions are primarily practical and so will be shorter than we have run previously. Times will vary depending on where we are in the course but will either be full days (10 until 4 or 5) of half days (mornings).
The sessions are not long but it is suggested that you bring a snack; although complementary tea, coffee, herbal teas, fruit and biscuits are available throughout the day.
There are four units within the course:-
Reflexology is a practical therapy and so must be taught face to face. That is the only way we can check your technique, give you hands on feedback, so you can feel what you should be doing rather than just watching, and constantly improve your technique so by the end of the course you will feel confident ready to start your new career. The face to face sessions at the QE2 will be almost exclusively practical, which means the days at the centre are able to be shorter and more focussed. Days will start at 10am and be either full days or mornings.
This module will be taught using a mixture of videos, Zoom interactive sessions and onsite workshops. As part of the course we cover some aspects which are best covered face to face, such as when we are looking at chakras and auras and these are the subjects which will be covered using onsite workshops.
Anatomy and Physiology
This will be taught using a mixture of videos, Zoom interactive sessions and question and answer sessions whilst onsite. The approach of using videos and Zoom sessions has been trialled with my current diploma students, and has found to work very well. Students like the fact that they are still able to ask questions but also benefit from being able to watch the videos multiple times, and re-run the revision Zoom sessions. The revision packs, containing labelling diagram exercises and definitions has also proved very popular. As part of the anatomy and physiology you need to take two multi-choice tests, one in March and one in June. These sessions are carried out at the QE2 centre.
The business module will be completed with a mixture of videos, Zoom interactice session and a small number of workshops at the QE2 centre.
You will be required to complete
100 case study treatments, which is generally between 20 and 25 different clients.
3 practical assessments which are carried out in June, July and September
Two anatomy and physiology multi-choice tests, one in March, the second in July
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.
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 and past students.
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. There are no set books but it is recommended that you have a selection.
1 anatomy book and the Complete Pathology For Complementary Therapies Book (available from the AoR).
Two bath sized towels, two face cloths, 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 or other uniform with agreement from the tutor
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 with me, Jackie James, the school principal, before you enrol to ensure this is the right course for you and you understand the commitment required.
Why Reflexology? AoR Video
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:-
Calming Influences Holistic Training School
Oakside, Pylands Lane