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Gaia School of Natural Health

Gaia School of Natural Health

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Gaia School of Natural Health

Welcome. The Gaia School, located on the Wirral, North West England, is well known for its excellence and high standards in Reflexology, Reiki, Aromatherapy and Continuing Professional Development training.

Explore the website and see what inspirational life changing courses and CPD opportunities are available.

Covid-19 Update 29.6.20

All Level 5 Reflexology courses are still scheduled as planned, however if we are still social distancing or in lockdown, then we will be starting with theory classes via an online virtual class using Zoom.

The CPD course for reflexologists: Gaia AromaReflex is now being offered as a live online interactive Zoom class with a maximum of 6 participants. Other CPD courses are currently on hold.

Reiki classes will only be able to resume once we can meet face to face.

Aromatherapy classes have been postponed – please check back in October for updates.


Level 5 Practitioner training in Reflexology

If you fancy a career change or want to learn from the best then consider Gaia School of Natural Health for your Level 5 training needs.
The next course is now scheduled to start Wednesday 1st July 2020, so sign up and join in.

GAIA AromaReflex

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


A range of postgraduate courses are available for qualified reflexologists and complementary therapists such as:

Introduction to Reflexology

Introduction to Reflexology

Are you a reflexology novice thinking about a career in reflexology but not sure what is involved, or simply interested in learning more about this wonderful therapy – then join us on a one day workshop and enjoy learning something new!



Reiki Practitioner Course (including Reiki 1 and 2) verified by the UK Reiki Federation as meeting the Reiki Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards, and meets the requirements of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

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Congratulations to Sarah, Nicola, Amanda, Lisa, Michelle, Jaroslava, Alex, Angela, Ruth and Steph on recently finishing the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology course in March 2020.

Congratulations to Claire, Vicki, Joanne, Zoe, Anwen, Sarah and Amanda on finishing the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology course in June 2019.

Congratulations to Maureen, Nicole, Donna, and Dtoi on finishing the Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy in May 2019.

Congratulations to Caroline, Lisa, Tracy, Vicky, Sarah, Claire, Sarah and Jeanette on finishing the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology course in March 2019.

We are based in South Wirral on the border between Cheshire and Merseyside, and within easy reach of Chester, Wrexham, North Wales, Warrington, Liverpool and the Isle of Man.

The Principal and Main Course Tutor of the School is Carolyn Roberts MSc MAR PRM CRM L5 Tutor, who has been a qualified and practising reflexologist and aromatherapist since 1999. She is also a qualified adult education teacher, Reiki Master Teacher and holds a MSc in Holistic Health.

Assistant Tutor, Debbie Hurst, has a busy holistic therapy practice. She is employed part time, as a therapist in a special needs school, and also runs workshops teaching simplified reflexology techniques to the carers of those with special needs such as autism and ADHD. She has also worked as a therapist at Claire House Children's Hospice.

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?

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 and is a member of the Association of Reproductive Reflexologists.

A note about the cost of the course.
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.

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.

Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology has a minimum number of contact hours of 160 over an academic year. You will be required to complete 100 treatments and 8 observed practical assessments. The course is assessment based so there are no written exams to sit.

The next Level 5 course is currently scheduled to start on Wednesday 1st July 2020 (Total of 21 days). See Course dates link and L5 booking form and Fees link for further information.

Learn Level 5 Reflexology

Why should you choose to study at Gaia School ?

  • Gaia School of Natural Health offers the highest level of Reflexology training in the UK and have been training Professional Reflexologists since 2008.
  • Gaia School of Natural Health, a leading UK complementary training centre, also offers the Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy training and has been training Professional Aromatherapists since 2012
  • The Lead Tutor has qualified in holistic health to MSc level (which including undertaking complementary therapy research in Aromatherapy and Premenstrual syndrome). She is also a practising Reflexologist and Aromatherapist with 19 years experience and a wealth of knowledge.
  • Class sizes are limited to ensure plenty of individual attention from supportive and friendly tutors.
  • We have close links with Claire House Children's Hospice, whose Complementary Therapy Coordinator is a graduate of the Gaia School. Learners spend a day there and find out about how complementary therapies are delivered in a hospice environment. Some graduates go on to volunteer there.
  • The Gaia school course has a strong emphasis on reflexology as an energy therapy and many advanced energy techniques are included in the course. Both the Lead and Assistant Tutor are Reiki Masters and Crystal Therapists.
  • Full support is offered throughout the course as a learner, and after the course as a graduate of the Gaia School. Graduates continue to meet up following the end of their qualification, at the Gaia monthly support group. Discussion also continues on the closed Gaia facebook groups.
  • There are opportunities to go on and study other therapies at Gaia e.g. aromatherapy, essential oils, reflexology and reiki, in which case you may be exempted from some of the modules (and therefore some of the cost) depending on relevant prior learning.

But don't take our word for it, see what the external course inspectors views are along with those of Gaia Graduates

For the latest moderation by Centralia (June 2019) it was reported

“All learners expressed how well supported they have been throughout the whole course. They all agreed that the course was fantastic and Carolyn’s delivery of it has been fantastic.”

“All Learners demonstrated excellent practical skill suitable for the stage of the course. Each learner looked very competent.”

Below are further quotes from the Centralia external moderation reports over last few years, hover over the date to read more:

May 2018

“The learners have clearly been supported well throughout the course and their practical ability reflects this also.”

March 2017

“It was clear from talking to the learners that they have all felt supported and have thoroughly enjoyed their journey on this course.
A very well run and organised course by tutors that demonstrate great support and encouragement to their learners.”

“It was very clear that all learners are very happy doing this course and are very well supported inside and outside of the classroom.
Their practical ability for this stage of the course was particularly good.”

February 2016

“Learners were very happy and have had a positive learning experience. It was clear that they have received great feedback, encouragement and support throughout the course from Carolyn as tutor and Debbie as an assistant tutor.”

March 2015

“This was a very lively energetic group that appear to be throughly enjoying this course. They report to be very happy on the course and feel well supported by Carolyn.”

ABC Awards External Moderation report (April 2015) it was reported

“This Centre has an obvious commitment to quality and excellence and this is reflected in the learner comments. A consistent and strong quality assessment rationale is being applied.”

Please read some of the testimonials of Gaia Graduates on the Testimonial's webpage.

Students of Gaia School at Claire House hospice

Students completing a practical clinic on staff at Claire House Children's Hospice.

Course Dates

The Level 5 course is comprised of 21 days over 11 months. There are two intakes per year, in May and October. The May course tends to run on Thursdays and Fridays, and the October course runs on Fridays and Saturdays; although please check listed dates below.

On Thursdays and Fridays the classes run from 09.00 to 17.30 and on Saturdays 9.30 to 18.00

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Term 1:

  • Day 1: Thursday 12th September 2019. INDUCTION DAY starts 10.00am.
  • Day 2: Friday 13th September 2019
  • Day 3: Saturday 14th September 2019
  • Day 4: Friday 4th October 2019
  • Day 5: Saturday 5th October 2019
  • Day 6: Friday 8th November 2019
  • Day 7: Saturday 9th November 2019
  • Day 8: Friday 29th November 2019
  • Day 9: Saturday 30th November 2019

Term 2:

  • Day 10: Friday 10th January 2020
  • Day 11: Saturday 11th January 2020
  • Day 12: Friday 7th February 2020
  • Day 13: Saturday 8th February 2020
  • Day 14: Friday 6th March 2020
  • Day 15: Saturday 7th March 2020

Term 3:

  • Day 16: Friday 24th April 2020
  • Day 17: Saturday 25th April 2020
  • Day 18: Friday 15th May 2020 - cancelled
  • Day 19: Saturday 16th May 2020 - cancelled
  • Day 20: Friday 19th June 2020
  • Day 21: Saturday 20th June 2020
  • Friday 10th July 2020 - additional
  • Saturday 11th July 2020 - additional

In addition all learners will have one individual practical tutorial with the tutor.
Dates may be subject to change.

Term 1:

  • Day 1: Wednesday 1st July 2020
  • Day 2: Thursday 2nd July 2020
  • Day 3: Friday 3rd July 2020
  • Day 4: Thursday 30th July 2020
  • Day 5: Friday 31st July 2020

Term 2:

  • Day 6: Thursday 10th September 2020
  • Day 7: Friday 11th September 2020
  • Day 8: Thursday 8th October 2020
  • Day 9: Friday 9th October 2020
  • Day 10: Thursday 5th November 2020
  • Day 11: Friday 6th November 2020

Term 3:

  • Day 12: Thursday 7th January 2021
  • Day 13: Friday 8th January 2021
  • Day 14: Thursday 4th February 2021
  • Day 15: Friday 5th February 2021
  • Day 16: Thursday 11th March 2021
  • Day 17: Friday 12th March 2021
  • Day 18: Thursday 15th April 2021
  • Day 19: Friday 16th April 2021
  • Day 20: Thursday 13th May 2021
  • Day 21: Friday 14th May 2021
  • Thursday 17th June 2021 (spare)
  • Friday 18th June 2021 (spare)

Term 1:

  • Day 1: Thursday 15th October 2020. INDUCTION DAY starts 10.00am.
  • Day 2: Friday 16th October 2020
  • Day 3: Saturday 17th October 2020
  • Day 4: Friday 13th November 2020
  • Day 5: Saturday 14th November 2020
  • Day 6: Friday 4th December 2020
  • Day 7: Saturday 5th December 2020

Term 2:

  • Day 8: Friday 15th January 2021
  • Day 9: Saturday 16th January 2021
  • Day 10: Friday 26th February 2021
  • Day 11: Saturday 27th February 2021
  • Day 12: Friday 26th March 2021
  • Day 13: Saturday 27th March 2021

Term 3:

  • Day 14: Friday 23rd April 2021
  • Day 15: Saturday 24th April 2021
  • Day 16: Friday 21st May 2021
  • Day 17: Saturday 22nd May 2021
  • Day 18: Friday 11th June 2021
  • Day 19: Saturday 12th June 2021
  • Day 20: Friday 9th June 2021
  • Day 21: Saturday 10th June 2021

In addition all learners will have one individual practical tutorial with the tutor.
Dates may be subject to change.

Booking, Fees and other information

Entry requirements

  • You must be over 18, and have sufficient ability to be able to perform the reflexology techniques
  • You must have regular access to email, the Internet and word-processing and printing facilities
  • You must have the interest, energy, enthusiasm (and time!) necessary to complete the course
  • You must have an adequate level of written and spoken English.

Course fee - Level 5 Reflexology

July 2020 course cost: £2,900.

What the fee includes:

  • all teaching materials and comprehensive/detailed training handouts
  • GAIA school reflexology foot chart
  • access to an online student area
  • access to videos of reflexology sequences
  • Agored Cymru unit fees (£142.20)
  • Centralia registration fee (£132.00)
  • Centralia moderation fee
  • a starter pack of reflexology wax

Other additional costs you will need to consider

You will need to purchase

  • Uniform (black trousers and tunic)
  • Reflexology equipment such as lafuma, bolster and stool
  • Reflexology consumables such as towels, pillows and creams
  • 4 textbooks (approx. £55)
  • Professional body student membership (approx. £29-£36)

Booking your place - the Application form

To register for the course please use the Gaia School Online Booking form

Alternatively download the booking form:

For downloaded booking forms please ensure you have read the Gaia School Privacy Notice as the booking form requires you to consent to Gaia School's use of the information supplied in the form

Please click the following button to download and complete the form. Please follow the instructions in the form and return to Gaia School.

July 2020
application form

Places remaining: 2
Closing date for applications: Friday 19th June 2020

Course Fee Payment options for
July 2020 - May 2021 courses

  • Option 1 - Non-refundable deposit of £460, followed by full payment of £2,440, totalling £2,900
  • Option 2 - Non-refundable deposit of £460, followed by 8 monthly payments of £305, totalling £2,900
  • Option 3 - Non-refundable deposit of £460, followed by Payment plan. Please contact to discuss a delayed payment plan over a longer period of time (upto a maximum of 12 months) to reduce the monthly course fee. Please note however this option will incur a further £50 fee making the total course fee £2,950; and by extending payment beyond the end of your course, you will not receive your qualification until payment has been made in full.

Standardisation and Accreditation

The reflexology units are registered and copyrighted with AGORED CYMRU and are part of the Credit and Qualification Framework Wales (CQFW). They belong to the Quality and Lifelong Learning (QALL) pillar. The Gaia School of Natural Health delivers the reflexology units through being a partnership centre with Centralia, which is an approved Agored Cymru Centre.

The reflexology professional bodies, the Association of Reflexologists, and the Professional Reflexology Association, are the verifying organisations for the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology (incorporating Agored Cymru units at Level 5), via which you are eligible to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK voluntary regulator for complementary therapy practitioners.

The syllabus exceeds the criteria for Reflexology National Occupational Standards (NOS), and criteria as set out by the House of Lords Report 2000, and the Core Curriculum for Reflexology.

Agored Cymru
Professional Reflexology Association
Association of Reflexologists