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Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients.

The Reflexology Diploma Course guides students through treating clients with reflexology techniques. This course goes into great depth about the various systems of the body, how they should function when in a healthy state, how each can become disordered, and how to aid recovery through reflexology.

What You'll Learn from the Reflexology Diploma Course

This course guides you through 16 comprehensive modules:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Magic of the Feet
  3. The Role of the Reflexologist
  4. Working on the Feet
  5. Cells, Tissues & Skin
  6. The Digestive System
  7. The Respiratory System
  8. The Circulatory System
  9. The Lymphatic System
  10. The Endocrine System
  11. The Nervous System
  12. The Special Organs
  13. The Musculoskeletal System
  14. The Urinary System
  15. The Hand
  16. The Business Model

Video Content

In addition to the course materials, you will also be given access to a video tutorial of a Holistic Therapist,running through a Reflexology Session, highlighting key techniques and typical session practice. the following areas are covered:

  • Cleansing the Feet
  • Application of Cream
  • Ankle Rotation
  • Ankle Freeing
  • Spinal Friction
  • Foot Moulding
  • Creeping
  • Finger Walking or Creeping
  • Hooking Out
  • Rotations
  • Kneading
  • Rib Cage Relaxation
  • Diaphragm Relaxation
  • Ending a Session

The 1st module of the Reflexology Diploma Course gives a brief introduction to the subject. This defines the practice of reflexology and covers its history, how reflexology is practiced today, who it works for and the its aims.

Module 2 of the course jumps straight into explaining how various parts of the feet mirror parts of the body. Students will be taught about the zones, guidelines, and anatomy of the feet, along with being exposed to foot maps.

Client care is the topic of the 3rd module of the Reflexology Course. This discusses all the areas that you need to be aware of when you intend to work on clients, covering topics such as: how to prepare for a session, creating a case history, knowing how to assess feet for ailments, and understanding common issues with feet.

Module 4 starts by giving students a good understanding of the terminology used to describe the different parts of the foot and the motions used by reflexologists. From here some common techniques in reflexology are explained in detail, along with providing an understanding of the sensations that will accompany treatment and common side effects that can occur.

The first of the Reflexology Diploma Course’s modules that detail specific areas of the body, module 5 teaches students about cells, tissues, and skin. As ailments of the body affect these areas they are covered in-depth, including how reflexology can help clients who approach you with problems relating to these topics.

The 6th module explains the digestive system, imparting knowledge about essential foodstuffs needed on a daily basis, the general function of the various digestive organs, specifics about the liver, and the process of swallowing. It then moves on to explain the various conditions that can arise should the digestive system become disordered, what reflexology can do to aid these types of ailments and how to perform the necessary techniques on the relevant areas of the feet.

Moving onto the respiratory system, module 7 explains how the key organs in the system work, including how oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged between the air and the blood. With this knowledge in place, the module describes the common disorders that can occur in the respiratory system, what can be done with reflexology to aid symptoms, and which techniques to apply.

The 8th module of the Reflexology Diploma Course describes the process of blood circulation around the body, with particular focus paid, of course, to the heart – describing the locations and functions of the major parts of this organ. Heart conditions are also described, along with how reflexology is used in treating these ailments.

Possibly not as commonly understood as some of the systems of the body, the lymphatic system and its general function is described in module 9, to then be explored further, with the lymph nodes, the thymus, and the spleen, and each of their functions, explained. The module concludes with an explanation of reflexology’s place in aiding this system.

Another system of the body that may not be as well-known as others, is the endocrine system. The Reflexology Diploma Course’s 10th module explains the characteristics of these glands and the general functions of the hormones secreted by them. Stress related hormones are explained here, along with what reflexology can do to help this and the endocrine system as a whole.

The nervous system is a collective system comprised of two separate, but linked, systems: the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The 11th module of the course explains the purpose and function of the nervous system, including the parasympathetic and sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system, and of the major parts of the brain. This module includes explanations of how reflexology can be used to help conditions of the central nervous system and brain.

Module 12 of the Reflexology Diploma Course covers the the structures and functions of the ears, eyes, and sinuses. Again, the disorders that can occur in each of these and how reflexology can aid recovery are discussed in this module.

Module 13 offers in-depth information on the musculoskeletal system and how reflexology can help in alleviating pain found within this system. The module teaches students about the structure and categorisation of bones, common anatomical terms associated with the skeletal system, the makeup and movement of the vertebral column (spine), and the functions of the thorax. The module then goes on to describe how the body moves with the musculoskeletal system.

Next in the course, is the urinary system, which is comprised of the kidneys, ureter, bladder, and urethra. Module 14 explains how the system operates, with particular attention paid to the role of the kidneys, the ways in which the system can cease to function as normal, and how reflexology can aid these issues.

The hands can be used a similar way as the feet in aiding symptoms of disorders in various areas of the body. Module 15 describes the bones, muscles and joints of the hands, as well as providing a hand map and setting students the task of explaining how they would use the hand, rather the foot, in the treatment of a client, applying what they have learnt so far.

The final module of the Reflexology Course gives students some pointers on how to set up a reflexology business. Areas of discussion include: research, setting working hours, equipment you’ll need, record keeping and bookkeeping, insurance, and promoting the business.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Reflexology Diploma Course is accessible to everyone; requiring no previous knowledge, students are led from the basics, to understanding how reflexology can be used to aid specific aliments and disorders of the body. This knowledge can be applied to clients in a holistic therapy practice setting, either as a sole service or as an additional treatment to existing services, it can also be used to help friends and family with their ailments.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Reflexology Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is accredited by the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • The Magic of the Feet
  • The Role of the Reflexologist
  • Working on the Feet
  • Cells, Tissues & Skin
  • The Digestive System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Special Organs
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Urinary System
  • The Hand
  • The Business Model

Video Content

Video Tutorials with a Holistic Therapist

  • Cleansing the Feet
  • Application of Cream
  • Ankle Rotation
  • Ankle Freeing
  • Spinal Friction
  • Foot Moulding
  • Creeping
  • Finger Walking or Creeping
  • Hooking Out
  • Rotations
  • Kneading
  • Rib Cage Relaxation
  • Diaphragm Relaxation
  • Ending a Session

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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