Written in association with Anna-Louise Haigh, Principal of the British School of Reflexology (Northern), Essential Reflexology contains core reflexology information, details of over 70 conditions, a comprehensive anatomy and physiology section, a full glossary and 20 case studies. All this is supported by over 30 video sequences, action photographs and many graphics.
Introduction to Reflexology - This section introduces the concept of reflexology. It looks at the definition, effects and the general principle of the treatment.
History of Reflexology - Looks at evidence of the existence of primitive reflexology in ancient Egypt, India and China. The concept of Zone Therapy, reintroduced in the early 20th century by Fitzgerald, is then covered, followed by the influence of the modern pioneers including Bowers, Riley, Ingham, Marquardt, Byers and Gillanders.
The Principle - This section looks at the principle of reflexology, namely the fact that the feet mirror the body. This is discussed by breaking down typical foot charts and comparing the position of the major anatomical structures with the corresponding reflex areas. The influence of zone therapy and the presence of areas of assistance are also considered.
The Treatment - This section looks at the factors that influence a reflexology treatment. This includes the impact of a few commonly used drugs. The general features of the treatment such as the creeping thumb technique, bi-directional working and the various foot supports are then covered. The various functions of relaxation techniques are explained and 20 of these techniques are demonstrated. The section ends by briefly looking at some of the theories on how a reflexology treatment actually works.
Safety – This is concerned with the safety issues associated with reflexology. It begins by looking at how the treatment can be adapted to meet the needs of the majority of individuals. Possible reactions to the treatment are then listed. The main circumstances that may prevent a reflexology treatment are discussed, followed by a look at the circumstances under which extra care must be taken.
Conditions - This section looks at 72 common conditions and gives the primary target area(s) and any appropriate area(s) of assistance for the reflexology treatment. It provides an excellent reference for the qualified practitioner.
The Developing Professional - This section outlines some of the factors involved in trading as a professional reflexologist. The information is available from a menu under the following headings:
* The Professional Practitioner
* Employed or Self-Employed?
* Setting Up Your Own Business
* Client Care
* Nutrition (basic information)
* Counseling Skills (basic information)
Hand Reflexology - Covers the uses and limitations of hand reflexology. It includes a look at the guidelines on the hand and the hand charts.
Anatomy and Physiology - This section includes the entire content of Essential Anatomy & Physiology 1 and so provides a concise account of all body systems and structures.
Case Studies - Contains information about 20 fictitious clients/situations. Each is followed by a number of questions to test understanding and decision making.
Revision and Exam Tips - This short section gives a few helpful tips on revision and exam technique.
Questions are available throughout to test understanding, each providing valuable feedback to support learning.
Assessment- You will need to submit 4 tutor marked assignments to be awarded your Diploma. There is no word count for these assignments however you must prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the questions, one sentence answers will be rejected and you will be asked to re-do it again. There is no final exam for this qualification as the diploma is awarded on completion of the assignments.
Pre-requisites – There are no pre-requisites for this course just a basic knowledge of reading and writing in English.
Support – You will get full tutor support for the duration of the course. To complete this course it will take in the region of around 100 study hours which can be split over a 12 month period.
Qualification – On successful completion of your assignments you will receive a UK Open Learning Diploma.
Note – If you wish to become a practicing Reflexologist you will need to take a College Course in order to obtain Public Liability Insurance, however this course will give you an excellent foundation knowledge
Further Reading-We supply everything you need to complete this course, however further reading would always be an advantage.