Professional Reflexology Training Course / Continuing Education Award in Reflexology 

Course Overview

Course Content

Taught as a stand alone professional qualification at level 4, the course in Reflexology offers a broad perspective on reflexology as a health maintenance therapy. The course is grounded in basic and advanced techniques, and is underpinned by an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology. There is a research component to the course which encourages the student to integrate therapeutic approaches with an understanding of the evidence base.

'Reflexology Modules 1 & 2' will cover the following:

  • History and origins of Reflexology
  • Consultation skills
  • Contra-indications
  • Health and safety
  • Reflexology and the law
  • Principles and practice of reflexology
  • Reflexology techniques for feet, hands and ears
  • Professional ethics
  • Holistic principles
  • Introduction to reflexology research
  • Advanced principles of reflexology
  • Advanced spinal techniques
  • Nutritional profiling of disease and good health
  • Light touch therapy
  • Keeping client records
  • Aftercare advice
  • Special applications of reflexology
  • Setting up in business
  • Marketing principles
  • Goal setting
  • Clinics in practice
  • Liaising with other professionals
  • Professional bodies
  • Codes of conduct and ethics
  • Current developments
  • Future directions in reflexology.

The 'Anatomy & Physiology' module will cover the following:

  • Different parts of the skeleton
  • Joints
  • Cellular organisation at tissue, organ, and system levels
  • Structure and functions of the skin
  • Body fluid compartments and membrane transport mechanisms
  • Neurons
  • Membrane potentials
  • Action potentials
  • Skeletal muscles
  • Ultra structure
  • Excitation contraction coupling
  • Effects of exercise and training
  • Blood, blood cells, immunity and haemostasis
  • Anatomy and physiology of the heart and blood vessels
  • Control of arterial blood pressure
  • Lymphatic system
  • Structure of the nephrons
  • Urine formation by the kidney
  • Anatomy of respiratory system
  • Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide
  • Mechanics and control of breathing
  • Anatomy of gastrointestinal system
  • Digestion and absorption of food products
  • Mechanisms of hormone action
  • Hypothalamus and pituitary
  • Thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands
  • Control of blood glucose
  • Anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive system
  • Anatomy of the central nervous system
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Functions of the spinal cord
  • Brain stem and the hypothalamus
  • Motor control
  • Sensory system
  • Special senses

The 'Business' module will cover:

  • Being an entrepreneur
  • Key elements in successful small businesses
  • Identifying new business ideas
  • Market research techniques
  • Questionnaires, focus groups, interviews and observation
  • The marketing mix
  • Pricing techniques
  • Media and advertising
  • Business Planning
  • Legal forms of business
  • Financial planning
  • Sources of finance
  • Legal considerations for the enterprise
  • Health & Safety,
  • Employers and employee legislation
  • Report writing
  • Working in groups

Introduction to Research:

The module aims to support complementary therapy practitioners and health professionals working with complementary therapies to understand and work towards becoming more skilled in reviewing research literature and using a variety of tools to evaluate their practice.

  • Reading a research article
  • Choosing a research design
  • Using outcome measures
  • Objective and subjective measurement
  • Reliability and validity in measurement
  • Research using questionnaires
  • Research using attitude scales

Pathophysiology of Disease:

  • Political, economic, social and technological approaches towards the understanding of disease.
  • The concept of biological normality, use of reference ranges, the compartmentalisation of disease states, holistic approaches to health and disease, the influence of factors such as exercise, diet, economics, stress etc.
  • Genetic predisposition to disease states.
  • Gene-environment interactions.
  • Age-related diseases.
  • Role of healthy life styles towards disease prevention, e.g. exercise, diet, smoking, drug abuse, pharmaceuticals.
  • General and systematic pathology including malignancy, homeostasis, congenital and acquired disorders, chromosomal disorders, inborn errors of metabolism, cellular response to insult, effects of trauma, toxins and micro organisms, concept of pathogenicity and virulence, haemostasis.
  • Aetiology and pathogenesis of thrombo-embolic conditions.
  • The causes and classification of endocrine disorders including effects of external factors on hormonal changes.
  • The importance of sodium/water homeostasis including disorders of breakdown in homeostasis.
  • Renal, hepatic and cardiovascular disorders.


Career Potential

Entry Requirements

To discuss entry requirement please contact the programme leader.

Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

Key Facts

Allowing membership to:
Association of Reflexologists (AoR)

Campus: Llandaff

School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
The course will run as follows:
Reflexology Modules 1 & 2 - Thursday or Friday 9.30 – 4.30
Anatomy and Physiology - 4 hours per week (Terms 1& 2 Year 1) Tuesdays
Generic Business Module – Monday 10.00 – 12.00 (Term 1 Year 2)
Pathophysiology of disease – Monday 10.00-12.00 (Term 2 Year2)
Introduction to Research – Friday 10.00-12.00 (Term 1 Year 1)

*Please note that times may be subject to change.

For further information please contact Julie Duffy (02920205612);

Start dates and duration may be flexible and this can be discussed with Judith Whatley, Lecturer in Reflexology or Philip Harris, Programme Director.

Course Fees:
The investment for completing the course is £2,500.
Approximate additional associated costs will include:

  • Reflexology couch: Between £40 and £250 depending on couch
  • Towels: £10
  • Core text books: £50 (min)
  • CRB Enhanced Disclosure Check: £44

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Cardiff Met Enquiry Team on 029 2041 6010 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the diploma coordinator, Julie Duffy:
Tel: 029 2020 5612

See Also:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences Website