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How Long is the Course?

The course is run one weekend a month spread out over 6 months, after which students will attend an examination day. The complete course including exams takes around 8 months

How is the course taught?

Visual learning aids lectures and tutorials are used to teach the theory side of the course. Students learn the practical sessions by giving treatments to each other.

Course Requirements

Students need to bring pens paper and coloured pencils, and two A4 binders with plastic folders, to put Reflexology and Anatomy & Physiology course notes in. Neat and tidy notes are mandatory, and are counted towards the final. A uniform is also required. Navy blue trousers, flat comfortable dark shoes, and a white tunic top.


At the end of the course students sit a 1 hour multi-choice theory paper, where Reflexology techniques, as well as client care and standards of hygiene are assessed. Students also need to submit documented evidence of having treated 10 people a total of 10 times each.


You will receive a Reflexology Diploma from ITEC

Governing Bodies

You may apply to join The Complementary Therapist Association CThA

Course Fees

The cost of the course including handouts is 1,500 plus exam fee.

Reflexology Syllabus

Prerequisite for course: ITEC Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology.


  • The history theory and philosophy of Reflexology
  • The concepts and theories as to how and why Reflexology works
  • Knowledge of the Zones and their relation to organs and glands in the body
  • The reflex areas on the hand and feet
  • Referral areas/cross references
  • Client reactions during and after treatment
  • Referral procedures
  • Theory of hand treatments
  • The effects of stress on the body
  • Integral biology
  • Contra-indications to treatment
  • Use of foot charts
  • Home care advice
  • A look at other complementary therapies

Anatomy & Physiology

  • The structure of the feet, ankles and lower leg
  • The disorders and conditions of the feet and nails
  • The structure of the hand wrist and lower arm
  • The disorders/conditions of the hand and nails


  • Efficient preparation of the workplace
  • Consultation procedures
  • Record keeping and its importance
  • Professionalism, ethics and client care
  • Listening skills
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Reading of the feet (texture, temperature, colour, tone, smell)
  • Reflex areas of the hand and feet
  • Interpretation of reflexes
  • Recognition of disorders of the hands feet and nails
  • Clinical observation of the body
  • Hand Reflexology
  • Hand treatments for self help

Business Studies

Students must also study the following subjects:

Professional ethics

  • Operating within professional boundaries
  • Contra-indications to treatment
  • Building rapport with the medical profession

First Aid and Treatment Room Safety

  • Contents of a First Aid Box
  • Administering First Aid
  • Health and Safety Laws

Hygiene and Sterilisation

  • Personal hygiene for the therapist
  • Methods of sterilisation
  • Cross infections

Client Handling

  • Designing a consultation card
  • Ethics
  • Client modesty

Business Studies

  • Health and Safety at work
  • Insurance cover
  • Advertising

If you have any questions, or would just like an informal chat, please contact us via our enquiries page.



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Philippa James
Newton on Ouse
York YO30 2BU
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