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Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology:

Centralia Reflexology Mastership.

Fantastic! You have decided to train in reflexology - an amazing and powerful complementary therapy.

Now you face an extremely important decision - where to study and at what level?

Level 5 Graduates 2014-15 Group

Level 5 Graduates 2014-15 Group

Level 5 Graduates 2017-18 Group B

Level 5 Graduates 2017-18 Group B

Level 5 Graduates 2017-18 Group B

Level 5 Graduates 2017-18 Group B

What level to study at?

You have a choice between Level 3 Reflexology and Level 5 Reflexology. Please be aware that no prior knowledge of reflexology is required to study either, so you can start the Level 5 Reflexology as a complete beginner. But the 'Level' shows the depth to which you will be studying the subject matter. You also need to know that there is no bridging course between the Level 3 and the Level 5 so do not make the mistake of thinking you can enrol on a Level 3 now and then upgrade later, or that you will see how you get on with the Level 3 and maybe do the Level 5 later. That would be a waste of your time and money - much better to think about it carefully now and make an informed decision.

So what are the main differences between the Level 3 and the Level 5?

As just mentioned, the Level 5 will go into a lot more depth, and there will be a great deal more information, content, and practical techniques, than the Level 3. If you already know that you want to study reflexology to the highest level available in the UK, then your decision is made easier - you should enrol on the Level 5.

To help you understand levels, it is helpful to know that an A' level is at Level 3, a HNC/Certificate in Higher Education is at Level 4 (first year at university) and a Diploma of Higher Education is at Level 5 (second year at university). It is also worth mentioning that, following a re-organising of qualifications in 2016, all UK qualifications are now cross-referenced with each other, so although the Level 5 sits on the Welsh Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW) it is identical to the way the levels are organised in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

For a tabular comparison of qualification levels in the UK see the Government's Education and learning website

Next you should consider the sector it comes under within the qualification frameworks. The Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology comes under 'Health and Social Care' whilst the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology is under 'Nursing, Subjects and Vocations Allied to Medicine'.

All Level 5 courses are required to have a minimum of 160 face to face contact hours with their tutor. Most, if not all, Level 3 courses are a great deal shorter than this, some even just a few days long, and it goes without saying that the more time you have with a knowledgeable and experienced tutor, the more you are going to learn.

Experienced Teacher and Practitioner.

A training course can only be as good as the teacher. So you will want to consider who is going to be teaching you. Are they a practising reflexologist (so they have up to date knowledge and understanding of actually providing reflexology) and how many years experience do they have? Carolyn Roberts qualified in Reflexology in January 2000 and has been providing treatments ever since. Although she is trained in other modalities, reflexology has always been her passion and she uses other therapies as an adjunct to reflexology. For example, she creates her own reflexology blends using essential oils and gem essences and provides a one day workshop so that reflexologists can learn how to safely and effectively add essential oils to their own reflexology creams. Carolyn also has a great deal of experience in working with fertility and maternity clients.

How much should a course cost?

Consider the level - how much would it cost you to study a degree? The Level 5 is equivalent to studying to 2nd year degree level. Make sure you are comparing like with like. Read the small print. Many Level 3 courses require you to study Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology separately or before the Reflexology course, so you must include this in your costings. Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology is included within your Level 5 course and is studied at Level 4. Next, check for hidden charges - registration, membership and examination fees. All of these are included in your Level 5 course.

The majority of Level 3 courses will provide you with very basic information in the areas of maternity and fertility work, and palliative and cancer care. L3 graduates normally go on and undertake CPD courses in these areas to become fully knowledgeable and confident in treating. Your L5 qualification includes workshops in maternity, fertility and palliative and cancer care, thus meaning you graduate completely equipped to work safely and competently in these areas, and saving you money in the long term.

Level 5 Course content

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Studied to Level 4, we take a holistic and applied approach to understanding how our bodies are organised, and how they work. We focus on stress and the physical and psychological effects it has on us, and we consider how our body will strive to naturally bring itself back into balance and what we can do to encourage this. We also look at healthy eating as part of our module on the digestive system, as good health cannot be achieved if we do not first consider how we are fuelling ourselves. Assessment is mainly by workbooks and a few essays. There is no end of year exam!

In this module you are introduced to your toolkit of reflexology techniques and skills. We discuss and analyse theories of how reflexology works, and you undertake 8 observed practicals (3 on unknown clients). Clinical skills (e.g. communication, ethics and professionalism) are thoroughly covered.

This module further develops your skills and techniques. You will give 100 treatments outside of class hours, and write them up as person studies, providing detailed rationale and analysis. This is all about developing you as a practitioner and you will learn further varied and advanced techniques. This module will include hand reflexology, linking and other energy techniques, light touch reflexology, "Inner Intent" reflexology, and so much more.

Only available for those studying the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology is the unique treatment routine NeuroEndoPsychoImmunoPody (NEPIP). This is an effective protocol for accessing the nervous system, endocrine system and immune system through specific techniques on the feet linked with powerful focussed intent in the form of a client relative guided visualisation.

In this module you will write a business plan, choose a name and logo, and draft leaflets and content for a website, as well as set up a cash flow forecast. We cover legal requirements for running your own business so that by the time the course is completed your new reflexology business is up and running.

Within this module we spend a whole morning looking at existing research in reflexology and what makes a good piece of research, plus you think about designing your own reflexology research. We then spend a whole day on fertility reflexology, another day on maternity reflexology and a day and a half on palliative and cancer care. As part of our palliative sessions we visit Claire House Children's Hospice and find out how they use complementary therapies within their care packages.

Each Level 5 school provides their own additional topics, dependent on the specialisms of the tutors. As well as additional specialist techniques in fertility and maternity work, Gaia learners benefit from Carolyn's knowledge and interests in energy techniques. As a Reiki Master Teacher and Crystal Therapist, Carolyn brings many additional energy based aspects to the course. These include:

  • introduction to working with subtle energy in reflexology, including how to protect yourself (half day),
  • chakra balancing (half day),
  • using meridians in reflexology (full day workshop),
  • and a short introduction to crystals etc.

We also spend a session on foot reading (half day): how to understand aspects of your personality from the shape and features on your feet. The Gaia School also has a specialist emphasis on advanced musculoskeletal techniques (full day and half a day workshops). We include special protocols on how to work with foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, and we provide an introduction to Adapted ReflexTherapy techniques (AdRx), developed by physio Gunnel Berry, which can be used on clients experiencing spinal pain and the effects of whiplash injuries. These techniques have been found to be measurably effective in increasing spinal mobility and reducing pain.

You will also have the option of attending a workshop certifying you to use aromatherapy essential oils in your reflexology treatments, and a workshop on crystal reflexology: selecting and working with crystals in your reflexology session.

How much study time is required and how will I be assessed?

Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology has a minimum number of contact hours of 160 over an academic year. Learners should be expected to undertake approximately 15 hours per week of self-study and clinic hours. You will be required to complete 100 treatments outside class-time and 8 observed practical assessments within class.

The course is assessment based so there are no written exams to sit.

When is the next Gaia School Level 5 Reflexology course?

The next course is scheduled to start on Thursday 6th May 2021, to run over 10 months.

See Course dates link and L5 booking form and Fees link for further information.

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