Certified Reflexology Practitioner
10 Credit Certificate Program (211 in-class/contact hours plus 50 clinical =261 hours)
A Continuing Education Career Program
The above certificate program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.
Certificate to be awarded upon successful completion of the program at scheduled graduation dates.
Become a Certified Reflexologist within 4 semesters!
Part-time Evening and Weekend Courses
The Academy has designed this career focused training program, to develop a thorough understanding of the human body and the practice of Reflexology on individuals, within a wholistic perspective. The program of study will examine the use of multiple reflex points throughout the body to address the client’s needs.
This will include 5 integrated approaches to Reflexology through the feet, hands, face, head and ears. The 5 regional anatomical approaches to Reflexology enables the practitioner to develop multi-facetted treatment plans. This also provides the practitioner with alternatives and flexibilities, specifically when working with seniors and when treating clients with disabilities, health conditions or in open space environments.
This program of study will also provide a platform of how to use Reflexology techniques in support of other health disciplines, as well as, on an individual therapy basis. This knowledge supports the client’s overall healthcare program, as he/she works towards restoring and maintaining their personal health balance.
The Reflexology Program:
This program of study is presented in a manner that a student can complete the full certificate requirements within 12 months part-time…evenings and weekends. (211 in-class hours)
Reflexology Specialization (6 credits) Weekend Schedules 9:30am to 4:30pm
Reflexology 1 October 5, 6 and 19, 20 2019
Reflexology 2 November 2, 3 and 16, 17
Reflexology 3 January 17, 18 and February 1, 2 2020
Reflexology 4 February 22, 23 and March 7, 8
Reflexology 5 April 4, 5 and 18, 19
Clinical Practicum -Start after Reflexology 2 January 2020 (53 hours)
Professional Development (4 credits) Evenings and Weekend Schedules
NHP Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2 (1 credit) Wednesdays 6-8pm Oct 9 to Dec. 18 2019
NHP Anatomy & Physiology 3 & 4 (1 credit) Wednesdays 6-8pm January 8 to March 25 2020
Practical Professional Theory (1/2)-weekend course May 2, 3 2020 9:30 to 4:30
Ethics and the Healthcare Practitioner (1/2 credit)-weekend course May 9, 10 9:30 to 4:30
First Aid – 2 days Spring semester (dates tba) 9 to 5
Regulated Health Professionals are only required to undertake the Reflexology specialization courses.
How do I take this program?
It is important to take the Anatomy & Physiology subjects as the student progresses through their reflexology training. The understanding of the human body structure, its systems and how it works is vital to a reflexologist’s technical knowledge and practical skills. If this knowledge is acquired in concert with learning the skill development techniques for reflexology, the student will gain an integrated understanding of how a reflexology point or design of a treatment plan will most impact or benefit the human body. The graduate will understand why a particular treatment approach will help to change the body’s condition.
It is recommended the student undertake the commitment to complete the program as designed in the 4 semesters, as all subjects will be offered within 4 consecutive semesters.
A student may take the program one subject at a time, however, this may take a longer period of time, since some subjects are offered once per year. The full program must be completed within 2 years.
Subject selection is to be completed no later than 7 days prior to the start of the semester in order to reserve seating and to assist the Academy to arrange copies of the required class notes or textbook available for your use at the start of the scheduled class.
If the student selects the subject by subject option, pay as you go…a semester registration form must be signed or emailed by the student to the Academy in order to register the student in the requested subject(s), in advance of the semester or subject start-up date.
If the student undertakes to register for the full program of study, then nothing else will be required, as the student will automatically be registered in the scheduled subject.
· Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12) or equivalent
· Age 18 or older
The Academy’s programs are designed to accommodate students who have no prior experience and as such, there are no pre-requisite(s) or introductory courses required for commencement in the 10 credit certificates.
Applicants may receive educational and financial credits for related prior learning and/or experience. Requests for challenge examinations or exemptions must be made to the Academy, prior to registering for their first subject. Refer to the website for details.
Practical skill and written tests will be conducted with each level of training.
An introduction to the history, principles & theory of Reflexology, its benefits, its cautions, possible client reactions and what it does not do.
The student also learns to see the foot as a reflection of the body.
R-1 looks at the zones of the foot & specific reflexes for the major organs & glands will be presented. Students will be introduced to the plantar and dorsal foot charts and learn to identify the location of reflex points on the feet.
The student will learn about the Endocrine, Digestive and Reproductive systems. Anatomical positions vis-a-vis reflex points will be studied. The bones of the feet will be presented, along with the major organs & glands.
Students will learn about the supplies needed, safety and cleanliness, how to set up for a treatment, positioning of the client, a general technique, the sequence of a treatment, the correct pressure to be applied and the length of the treatment. The student will learn to ask for client consent of the treatment.
Hands-on practical skill development on an in-class basis with other students will occur.
What knowledge will the student have gained by the end of Reflexology 1?
The ability to properly identify the zone, locate and label specific glands & organs.
Technical knowledge of the bony structure of the body, the endocrine, the digestive and the reproductive systems.
How to ask the client for their treatment consent.
What skill will the student have learned by the end of Reflexology 1?
Chair and table safety and cleanliness, cleanliness of practitioner and client body area of treatment.
The student will be able to demonstrate the basic principles of Reflexology on both feet and give a good professional style treatment on the feet.
In addition to be able to demonstrate the learned skill for the subject, there is a written examination for each credit/level of study.
Reflexology 2: Pre-requisite Reflexology
The student’s knowledge and skill development continues to be developed for the feet, with an introduction to the hands. The feet continue to be the primary point of application for Reflexology and as a result, the student must become highly proficient.
Additional foot techniques will be presented to enhance skill development.
The following systems will be presented:
- Respiratory, lung & circulatory
- Advanced treatment techniques are presented &
The foot reflexes will be discussed in detail. Reflexology 2 reviews in detail the bone/muscle structure of the feet relating it to the body systems & its reflexes. The student will learn the major components of the body’s anatomy, in order to expand their professional understanding of the human body.
The student will be able to complete a professional full foot treatment upon the completion of this subject.
The hand reflexology will be introduced including the treatment order.
Students will learn about health records, client assessment and how to complete a Treatment Plan/Chart.
Reflexology 3: Pre-requisite: Reflexology 2
This course continues to develop the in-depth knowledge gained from the previous two levels, with further emphasis on the hands. Advanced techniques & referral points for common discomforts & treating kidneys, gall bladder, ileocecal valve and the lymph system will be presented.
The student will further explore arm & leg positioning, study the relationship between zone therapy and acupuncture.
The Italian method & the techniques of ‘clawing’ and a leg treatment will be presented. Additionally, techniques for treating sciatica – lower back pain (L4, L5, sacrum) as well as techniques to support circulation will be presented & discussed in detail.
The student will be introduced to the inter-relationship of reflexology for health conditions and issues, with other natural health modalities.
The charts for the ear and face/head reflex points will be introduced.
The student will be able to complete both a full foot & hand treatment at the end of this subject.
Conditions of the feet and care of the feet will be presented, as well as an introduction into
Dr. Lock’s foot adjustment methods.
Reflexology 4: Pre-requisite: Reflexology 3
The first part of this subject will continue with the ear and face reflex points.
This subject encompasses the integration of the feet, hands, ear, face and head, into practitioner treatments. The student will be able to apply all 5 components of the foregoing approaches to reflexology.
Treatments will be presented for general body ailments the practitioner will encounter.
Students will learn related acupressure techniques as a support to their treatments.
This segment takes the student to the next level of understanding which will be presented & discussed, including the necessity to keep accurate & timely records of client treatments.
Discussion on the business aspect of operating a clinic will also form part of this subject, including: client history, charts, treatment plans, records and the set up of an office.
The professional associations will be introduced.
The student must pass a practical skill testing examination, based upon material covered in Reflexology 1 to 4.
Reflexology 5: (Pre-requisite Reflexology 4)
This course explores the use of aromatherapy oils in support of reflexology treatments. It will discuss and present reflexology treatments for various common pathologies which a practitioner may encounter. Treatment plans are presented and practiced under supervision.
Clinical Practicum: (Pre-requisite Reflexology 2. Students must register to start this component and have successfully completed the practical skill test at the end of Reflexology 2.)
The student will learn practical application of technical knowledge and skills. Students resource their own clients and complete 50 documented treatments. This is to include 3 clinical case studies, each with 10 treatments on the same client. A minimum of 10 different clients must be treated. After 5 clients, including 1 case study, the documented treatment plan/records will be submitted for review and discussion with the instructor, in order to evaluate and provide further guidance. Upon completion of the 10 clients the balance of records are to be submitted for review and comment by the faculty member.
1 Clinical hour =setup, assessment, treatment and record keeping.
Two evaluation sessions: 2×1.5 hours = 3
Clinical treatments can be completed off-site (no fee may be charged to the client) and/or on-site, as arranged (subject to appointment timing and a $20 client fee) with the Marshall Health Clinic. (1 credit = 53 hours (50 clinic + 3 review)
Professional Development Subjects:
NHP Anatomy & Physiology 1: Learn about the skeletal & muscular systems, as well as, general terminology, cell growth & structural units. (1/2 credit)
NHP Anatomy & Physiology 2: Study of the nervous, endocrine, reproductive & digestive systems. (1/2 credit) NHP AP 1
NHP Anatomy & Physiology 3: Study of the urinary, cardio-vascular, respiratory & integumentary systems. (1/2 credit) Pre-requisite: NHP AP 2:
NHP Anatomy& Physiology 4: Study of the immune system, liver function & detoxification. The maintenance of body temperature, glucose and fluid levels. (1/2 credit) Pre-requisite: NHP AP 3.
First Aid: Learn how to handle emergencies. The course includes life-like training models and natural remedies. CPR/St. John Ambulance Certification. (1 credit)
Practical Professional Theory: Practical issues about being a professional practitioner. An assimilation of guidelines that goes beyond basic training (1/2 Credit)
Ethics & the Health Care Practitioner: This course is designed to introduce students to the professional role and commitment of practitioners as healthcare professionals. The focus is on developing the student’s ability to understand the professional role and commitment, meet professional and ethical requirements of practice, and develop skill in decision making. (1/2 Credit)
Policies: The Academy maintains policies for: educational standards, ethics & conduct, suspension & expulsion, attendance and dress (the Academy is a no blue denim environment). Details are on the Academy’s website.
The Academy reserves the right to cancel a scheduled subject/program, when sufficient enrolment is not attained. Students affected by this action, may at his/her option elect to transfer to another subject (without additional charge) or receive a full refund of tuition fees paid for the cancelled subject(s).
While the Academy does assist in creating an awareness of employment opportunities, the Academy does not guarantee a position of employment to any student upon graduation.
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