What is the course about?
Learn how to give a professional reflexology treatment and record the details of a treatment to the required standards as set down by the ITEC syllabus and complete a practical exam. On successful completion of the course students will gain the ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council) Diploma in Reflexology which will allow a student to gain insurance via EMBODY and practise reflexology professionally.
- You should be aware that a minimum of 80% attendance is necessary to complete the course.
- You are expected to participate to the best of your ability and to adhere to the colleges Equal Opportunities Policy
- The policies of the college will be discussed during the first session.
- Students are required to undertake and record 100 treatments over the duration of the course as per ITEC.
- Due to the nature of this course, you will not be entitled to transfer to a different course after the course has started
Please note that you are required to obtain a First Aid Certificate whilst on the course or be working towards one:- City Lit offers one day Emergency First Aid at Work courses. Course Dates: 27th April 2017 - 16th July 2017
Thursday evening: 18:00 - 21:30 and
Sunday daytime: 10:00 - 17:00.
What will we cover?
ITEC syllabus Unit 381: Provide Reflexology for Complementary Therapies
The course is wide-ranging including areas on the ITEC syllabus: history, theory, philosophy and techniques used in reflexology, zones, reading and mapping of the feet, related anatomy, contraindications, and reflective practice.
This will enable you to:
a) Prepare yourself and an appropriate treatment environment in accordance with current legislation
b) Consult with clients - including evaluating contraindications and contra actions when applying Reflexology
c) Perform and be able to adapt treatments when necessary
d) Explain principles, theories and techniques of reflexology treatments including reflex points and zones
e) Describe the history, philosophy and role of Reflexology and evaluate the physiological and psychological effects
f) Provide suitable home care advice
g) Provide critical evaluation of techniques and treatments
h) Reflect upon your work and profession as a therapist
Practical: External reading of the feet. Techniques and sequence. Hygiene and sterilisation. Preparation of the work place. Interpretations of reflexes. Consultations. Record keeping. Hand reflexology. Client care and comfort. Contraindications. Presentation and professional image of practitioner.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform a full reflexology treatment using a variety of thumb and finger techniques and mediums
- Competently carry out a consultation with intended clients prior to treatment
- Over the course, produce and record 100 treatments to be handed in to ITEC as part of the formal assessment
- Recognise when reflexology is contraindicated either wholly or partially
- Reach the required standard necessary to sit the ITEC examination
- Work within a standard code of professional ethics which will enable you to insure yourself against public liability.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology
You would have completed all units from the syllabus of the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in massage (or equivalent)
For a qualification to be considered an equivalent, it must be a level 3 certificate or diploma and be registered under: The Qualifications and Credit Framework: QCF.
If you do not have a QCF qualification, it is YOUR responsibility to have the qualification validated by the appropriate awarding body. There may be charges associated with this which are not included in the course fees.
If you have an international qualification, then you can use the NARIC validation service, www.naric.org.uk
There is a charge for this service and again, this is not included in the course fees.
CITY LIT DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU FAIL TO VALIDATE YOUR QUALIFICATION AND ARE SUBSEQUENTLY UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE COURSE. IN ADDITION YOU WILL STILL BE LIABLE FOR PAYMENT OF THE COURSE FEES.
You will also need to have sufficient literacy, numeracy and ICT skills to include:
Be able to use different texts to obtain and summarise information
Detect opinion, meaning and respond to points made within a text
Use different styles, format and structure, formal and informal for different purposes or audiences
Write complex sentences with few errors
Be able to listen to information and respond appropriately
Present information clearly and adapt verbal contributions to suit the audience and situation including discussions
Extract, interpret and create information from lists, tables, graphs and charts
Understand percentages and fractions, using halves and quarters
ICT (Information & communication technology):
-Using ICT systems – Windows, Microsoft Office
-Finding, selecting and exchanging information – (web, email)
-Working with word processing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a theoretical and practical course. The teaching methods will be: talk by tutor, pair work and group work. The students will be encouraged to contribute to learning sessions.
YOU WILL REQUIRE A MINIMUM OF 10 HOURS WORK EACH WEEK OUTSIDE OF CLASS TIME, PLUS A FURTHER 5 HOURS PER WEEK TO COMPLETE AND WRIT UP TREATMENT EVIDENCE / CASE STUDIES.
- You will need to find clients to undertake case studies outside of the class time.
- It is essential that you have access to a massage couch outside of class.
- You will need to also have access to a computer and the internet in order to research project work.
(facilities are available at City Lit)
This is a professional practitioner course including business elements. The use of ICT (Information & Communication Technology) skills is also required.
ALL ASSIGNMENTS, CASE STUDIES AND TREATMENT EVIDENCE FORMS MUST BE WORD PROCESSED.
City Lit is committed to the delivery of functional skills, the supported learning centre has various resources for students without access to computers or the internet.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You are required to wear a professional uniform for the practical elements and the exams of all ITEC courses. The cost of the uniform is included in the course fee. The college will provide each students with 2 sets of (unisex) uniforms.
THE UNIFORM COSTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEES, THERE IS NO REDUCTION IN THE COURSE FEES FOR STUDENTS WISHING TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN UNIFORM. If students wish to provide their own uniform, it must meet the standards set by the institute.
YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS AND BRING THEM WITH YOU TO CLASS:
- a towel (large hand towel or small bath towel, large enough to wrap both feet in comfortably)
(any colour towel may be used during course, WHITE TOWEL MUST BE USED FOR FINAL EXAM)
- couch / chair cover (any colour may be used during course, WHITE MUST BE USED FOR FINAL EXAM)
- Treatment medium (foot powder / cream)
- ANTIBACTERIAL wet wipes
- two foolscap folders (one for course notes and one for case studies)
- some writing materials (note paper, pens, pencils, etc.)
- Course books - An Introductory Guide to Reflexology, by Louise Tucker. Other book recommendations will be given on commencement of course
TOWELS & COUCH COVER FOR EXAMS MUST ALL BE IN WHITE
The exam fee is included in the course cost. This fee is non-refundable and the exams must be taken on the date set by the Institute.
As an accredited course you will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence. This may incur charges for printing, photocopying and stationary which is not included in the course fees.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Students may want to go on to study other related therapies e.g. Indian Head Massage, Shiatsu, Traditional Thai Massage, ITEC Level 3 Aromatherapy or other continued professional development courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details