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Reflexology and Foot Massage. Chiang Mai Buddha Reflection

Thai Foot Courses - 1 Day Thai Foot Massage and 2 Day Thai Foot Reflexology

Thai Foot Massage is a wonderful introduction to working with the feet and an excellent complement to the skills of the reflexologist too! It is part of a long tradition in Thailand and the rest of Asia, going back thousands of years. Prices and dates for all courses are on the Home Page. If you wish to book one of the Thai Foot Massage or Reflexology courses, please email to reserve your place and arrange to pay your deposit to secure it.

Thai Foot Reflexology Course - 2 days

Recognised by the Complementary Medical Association, Professional Ethical Practitioners and by the Beauty Guild/Guild of Holistic Therapists for insurance and membership. Insure direct online with London Therapists.

The two-day Thai Foot Reflexology Diploma course will teach you:

Anatomy and Physiology - a basic introduction to the lower legs and feet, lower arms and hands and the skin.
Health & Safety - keeping client records, pre-massage hygiene, safety during treatment
History and background of Thai Foot Massage
Sen lines used in Thai Foot Reflexology – main sen lines in lower legs, with schematic diagram and descriptions of their functions
Reflex points used in Thai Foot Reflexology (over twenty points covering all the organs and systems of the body)
Benefits of Thai Foot Reflexology along with contraindications and cautions
Energy work including opening and closing rituals - the Om Namo prayer and an explanation of its origins
Oils used in Thai Foot Reflexology
Equipment required for Thai Foot Reflexology along with the foot ritual
Massage of the feet, legs and hands - both manual techniques and the use of the Thai Foot Stick

The course is open to all students and no previous experience or qualifications are required.

The cost of this two-day course is £225 including learning materials, oils for use during the day and a certificate. You will also receive a Thai Foot Stick. Insurance is available so you may use your new skills professionally. The course is recognised by the CMA and the Guild of Holistic Therapists.

Thai Foot Massage Course - 1 day

Our 1-day Thai Foot Massage Diploma course will teach you wonderfully relaxing and healing manual massage techniques to the legs, feet and hands. The Thai Foot Massage stick is not used on this course.

All parts of the lower legs, feet and hands are included and the massage involves hands-on stretching, massage, stimulating reflex points and follows the Thai energy lines (Sen). It is said to stimulate the activity of internal organs because of the effect on vital energy flow, in the same way as reflexology or acupressure, and there are also elements of yoga and ayurveda in the therapy.

Buddhism came to Thailand from India, and Thai traditional medicine and healing shares many of the ideas of Indian ayurveda.

To best receive Thai Foot Massage your client will be on a massage couch although could use a yoga mat! It’s easy and fun to learn, and produces a deep and unique feeling of balance, relaxation and well-being. An excellent complement to the skills of the reflexologist or massage therapist and a lovely skill to learn in its own right. A Thai Foot Massage lasts about 40 minutes.

This course is accredited by Professional Ethical Practitioners, the CMA, Beauty Guild, Guild of Holistic Therapists and PET for membership and insurance. You can also insure direct with Westminster Indemnity online

If you like working with the feet, our Spa Hand and Spa Foot Therapy courses complement your Thai Foot Massage skills with traditional manicure and pedicure and other lovely hand and foot mini-therapies.



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Foot Reflexology Accredited Diploma

Prices and dates for all course are on the Home Page. If you wish to book one of the Thai Foot Massage or Reflexology courses, please email us to arrange your place and how to pay your deposit.

The Foot Reflexology Practitioner Diploma course brings you recognised external theory qualifications along with two intensive days of practical training leading to your accredited college diploma. You will receive three qualifications on successful completion of the course.

GTi Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology
GTi Professional Standards for Therapists
Practitioner Diploma in Reflexology accredited by the Beauty Guild/Guild of Holistic Therapists

This is not 'just a two-day course'! It is a blended learning course of high quality which includes an National Occupational Standards level 3 Anatomy & Physiology Diploma, and an NOS Professional Standards Course delivered online in your time, and continuously assessed. The theory awards come direct from GTi, the training arm of the Guild of Holistic Therapists. Once you have successfully completed your theory, you come to me for two intensive days of practical training.

The original Reflexology courses taught in the UK were short ones, with no theory, no A&P, no Professional Standards. This comprehensive Reflexology training combines a good theory background with practical training. It is affordable and accessible to busy students with families and full-time jobs. It is accredited for membership of the including professional insurance. You can also insure direct with Westminster Indemnity - apply online! Simple and easy to do and exclusive to my students! You can also join the Beauty Guild/Guild of Holistic Therapists.

On the two-day Reflexology practical training element you will learn all of the zones and reflex areas, the hand positions and techniques. You will be taught to carry out a full consultation, assess the feet and give a session to clients using the full range of reflexology techniques and covering all the reflexes. Your assessment consists of giving a full reflexology session suitable for your client on the final day, along with a short written test.

The maximum size of the group is four students and it may be smaller - you get the tutor’s full attention throughout the day. The course has been designed to cover the National Occupational Standards for level 3 Reflexology and is accredited by the Beauty Guild/Guild of Holistic Therapists, one of the UK's largest professional industry bodies. This course has been awarded 26 CPD points for existing therapists who are adding a new skill.

Once you have completed this training you may wish to add Thai Foot Massage, Hand Reflexology or Japanese Hand Massage to your skills portfolio. If you like working with feet and want to spread your wings into beauty therapy, think about doing manicures and pedicures. We do both a one-day Beauty Guild accredited Manicure & Pedicure course and exclusive Spa Foot and Spa Hand Therapy courses which include pampering foot and hand treatments such as Hot Stone for Feet and Thai Hot Herbal Compresses!

Practical Course content:

◦History of Reflexology
◦Foot Basics - describing the feet, common problems with feet
◦Lateral Zones of the Feet and Cross Reflexes
◦The Spine and the Foot
◦The Foot Reflexes – mapping the body
◦Contraindications to treatment
◦Equipment
◦The consultation and recording your reflexology treatment
◦Reading the Feet
◦Techniques – Relax and Warm
◦Techniques – Caterpillar etc.,
◦Giving a full workout of the reflexes
◦Techniques – Cool Down and Close
◦The Healing Crisis
◦Client reactions and feedback
◦Aftercare

You will receive a course manual containing all the information covered on the course along with a laminated set of Reflexology charts to guide you in your practice. Everything that you need to carry out the reflexology sessions during the course is provided for you and we give you suppliers’ lists so you can source and purchase everything you need to start working after the course.

We are now offering an insurable Practitioner Diploma in Hand Reflexology accredited with the Beauty Guild/Guild of Holistic Therapists! A useful complement to the skills of the reflexologist, nail technician or manicurist as well as being a therapy in its own right!


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Chinese Foot and Hand Massage

This course is for beginners and will interest students who want to work with hands and feet. It is also for students who want to learn the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and be able to offer treatments which apply this knowledge. It will be a good addition to the skillset of reflexologists, beauty therapists who do manicure and pedicure and of course holistic massage therapists who want to work more with feet and hands.

The aim of the theory part of the course is to give the student a clear understanding of the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and some basics about foot and hand health. The practical part of the course covers massage of the hands and feet using the meridians and tsubos.

Course Contents:

1. TCM definition of health as harmony in energy flow

2. Yin-yang – only constant is change and there are no absolutes

3. Essential Substances: the ‘Five Elements’ and the circle of life

4. Organs

5. Meridians

6. TCM ideas about diet, climate, environment, etc – can these help our clients?

7. Relating client symptoms, reflex reactions, foot reading to meridian and organ theory

8. Chinese Energy Points

9. Chinese Hand and Foot Massage

The course is accredited with Professional Ethical Practitioners and you can insure direct with Westminster Indemnity. You may be able to add it to your existing insurance if you are a therapist but please check as requirements do vary and some professional bodies will only add on courses the tutor has paid to accredit with them.


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Indian Foot Massage - Padabhyanga

This beautiful treatment is a massage of the feet using manual massage techniques, pressure on the marma energetic points and a work with the kaashi massage bowl to tone and strengthen the whole foot and balance the elements in the body.

The Kaashi Massage Bowls are made of a special metal mixture, called kaash. This consists of an amalgam of copper, zinc and tin. The health benefits of kaash are due to the unique blend of metals which are said to have healing properties in Ayurveda. Copper is said to help lessen the pain and inflammation for clients with painful complaints such as arthritis. Zinc is important in vital functions such as the immune and digestive systems, and tin is another metal which Ayurveda says is helpful in promoting healthy digestion, as well as aiding everyday problems such as headaches and insomnia.

Ghee or oils chosen to help harmonise the client’s balance of doshas (subtle energies) play an important part in the treatment as they provide lubrication as well as moisturising the feet.

Like many Ayurvedic treatments, this beautiful foot massage is simple to do and yet incredibly complex in its potential to increase wellbeing and promote balance! Foot massage is always a relaxing therapy but the Kaash bowl gives this foot massage a number of added benefits:

  • Helps tone the foot muscles, which makes for an incomparable feeling of lightness.
  • Aids posture and balance - regular kaashi bowl massages are said to help your weight to fall evenly and correctly on the soles of the feet, aiding your posture.
  • Helps reduce stress
  • Stimulates the marma points and reflexes of the foot
  • The ghee, balm or oil used moisturizes the feet, preventing cracking and discomfort
  • In Ayurvedic thought, the Kaash Bowl massage is said to stimulate the metabolism and have a relaxing effect on the eyes because it balances the energies of the marma points and reflexes
  • The Kaash Bowl Massage is given with ghee in the summertime, producing a balancing effect on the Pitta Dosha. This means the treatment gives a cooling effect in hot, sunny weather
  • In winter the Kaash Bowl foot massage is done with warm ghee or oil and helps warm the feet and comfort the whole person
  • Traditionally, the Kaash Bowl massage is done in the evening before you go to bed and is said to promote deep, restful sleep

    Our one-day course includes:

    Relevant anatomy & physiology
    Client consultation
    Hygiene and safety
    Background to Ayurveda and foot massage including marma points
    Information on oils, ghee and foot pampering products for the treatment
    Recipes for blending oils and making products
    Foot pampering ritual
    Foot massage techniques with the hands
    Work on marma points
    Kaash foot bowl work
    Ending the treatment
    Aftercare advice
    Insurance and accreditation information

    All the equipment you require to do the course is provided on the day including towels, massage bowls and appropriate massage oil, ghee and other products. You will receive a full manual with all the techniques and information taught. Students who successfully complete the course receive their certificate on the day, along with information on gaining insurance to practise with Westminster Indemnity or Professional Ethical Practitioners.


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    Hot Stone & Gem Reflex Therapy

    Reflexology has become a popular complementary therapy in the UK and both Hot Stone and Crystal Therapy are valuable skills to enhance a reflexologist's skill set.

    This course combines the use of pressure on the reflexes with the use of appropriate hot stones and crystals which vibrate with the subtle energies of the person to add to the balancing and healing effects of the treatment. You will learn how to heat and manage the hot stones, how to select gems and crystals for chakra and other layouts, and how to use gems and crystals to work the reflexes.

    Our two-day course is for qualified reflexologists and for therapists who have completed the Thai Foot Reflex course.

    The course includes:

    Revision of Foot Basics - describing the feet, common problems with feet

    The Spine and the Foot

    Major Chakras and the Feet

    Choosing your Crystals

    Crystal Layouts

    Hot Stone Reflex - benefits

    Contraindications to treatment

    Equipment – managing your hot stones, clearing and using gems and crystals

    The consultation and recording your reflexology treatment

    Reading the Feet

    Revise Techniques – relax and warm

    Revise Techniques – caterpillar etc

    Giving a full treatment of the reflexes using hot stones and gems

    Techniques – cool down and close

    The Healing Crisis

    Client reactions and feedback

    Aftercare

    Buying gemstones and crystals

    Buying a hot stone heater/heating bag and hot and cold stones


    The course is recognised by Professional Ethical Practitioners for insurance and membership or see Westminster Indemnity for a stand-alone insurance option.


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