Elective Classes


Elective classes may be taken as continuing education, as elective credits for the Reflexology Diploma Program, or on their own. Please read course descriptions for prerequisite requirements.

We offer early bird registration pricing on our classes—registration deadlines are listed below. Please note that certain elective classes have a 30-day registration requirement for early bird pricing, and that the early bird deposit for international instructors is non-refundable.

February

Elder Care & Reflexology  Make the most of your sessions with seniors! Clients of a certain age often have needs that reflexologists may be unfamiliar with, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and other conditions. Instructor Neil McNeill’s practice has included reflexology services in senior residential communities for several years, and he will share his knowledge and techniques in using reflexology with senior populations. Learn how to adjust your practice space and sessions to accommodate elderly clients, provide sessions off-site or in hospice and palliative care environments, and much more.  Sun 9 am—4 pm (6 credits)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Reflexology
Feb 12  $160 ($180 after Jan 27)

March

Dr. Jesus Manzanares will be coming to Seattle from Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Manzanares was the first researcher to conduct a scientific study undertaking to determine the content of the “deposits” reflexologists find in the feet (access several of his scientific studies on reflexology here). Take your techniques to a new level with this evidence-based neuro-physiological approach to the work, as presented by a general practice physician (since 1982), reflexologist and homeopath. Over the past 30 years Dr. Manzanares has conducted reflexology research and studies on thousands of patients with the intent to determine precise mapping of the reflexes and protocols for specific conditions and pathologies. He will cover the concepts of effective pressure, appropriate duration of work and frequency of sessions, as well as contraindications. Send your deposit early to hold your place in class! Early bird pricing ends November 30, 2016. Visit manzanaresmethod for more information.  Fri, Sat & Sun 9 am—5 pm (21 credits)  THIS CLASS WILL TAKE PLACE AGAIN on Feb 9-11, 2018!

Dr. Manzanares Reflexologic Method™
Day 1: Specialization in location of foot reflex areas
Day 2: Specialization in interpretation of foot deposits
Day 3: Specialization in the neurophysiological bases of reflexology

PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Reflexology
March 3-5   pricing as follows:

Early registration (ends Nov 30, 2016)
New students: $570
Returning students: $480 ($160 per day)

Late registration (Dec 1, 2016 and later)
New students: $630
Returning students: $600 ($200 per day)

Anatomy & Physiology Review is an elective class taught by Bethany Jorgenson, designed to help you to retain and synthesize the information you learned in your Introduction Anatomy & Physiology classes. Students taking the ARCB exam have said this class is very helpful to take right before the test.  Sun 9 am—6 pm (8 credits)
PREREQUISITES: None.
Mar 19 (also offered Aug 27)  $190 ($210 after Mar 3)

April

No electives.

May

No electives.

June

Reflexology for Fertility, Pregnancy & Birth is designed to teach you more about the anatomy & physiology of pregnancy and how you can help mothers thrive during this wonderful life event. Jessica Crofoot will teach you how to access specific reflexology points to assist in smoothing out any rough spots during a pregnancy or birth, and various comfort measures will be described for the benefit of pregnant clients you will work on after class.  Sat & Sun 9 am—4 pm (12 credits)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology
June 3-4  $275 ($295 after May 19)

Pain Control & Stress Reduction with Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology is a course designed by Bill Flocco for everyone from the layperson to the highly experienced reflexology practitioner.  Bill offers ear, hand and foot reflexology techniques to relieve common causes of tension and stress, and indicates which microcosm – feet, hands or ears – is most effective for each of the more than 20 ailments addressed, as well as internal and musculoskeletal parts of the body. This independent class serves as a foundation for the more in-depth class offered over the weekend. Visit americanacademyofreflexology for more details.  Fri 6–9 pm (3 credits CE hours for ARCB, NCBTMB, ABMP and many states Massage/Reflexology license)
PREREQUISITES: None. Open to the public.
Jun 23 $85

Neuro-Endocrine Disorders and Ear Hand Foot Reflexology  Balance and imbalance – that’s what health and well-being come down to in the body. There are two systems of primary influence over balance and imbalance: the nervous and endocrine systems. In this mostly hands-on workshop we will learn where and how to reflex the feet, hands and ears for optimal results within these two systems. We will learn reflexes for not only the major glands of the endocrine system including pineal, hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, thymus, pancreas, ovaries, and testes but also six other locations in the body where vital hormones are produced. We will learn nervous system reflexes for the brain, spinal cord, cauda equina, 12 cranial nerves, vagus nerve, spinal nerves, cervical, celiac, superior & inferior mesenteric ganglia, and sympathetic & para sympathetic nervous systems. We will explore the vital functions of each of these parts of the body, common types of stressors, and related malfunctions and pathologies that might show up in our clients. This class is great for both the beginning and veteran reflexologist, massage therapists, bodyworkers, and any natural health care practitioner. Visit americanacademyofreflexology for more details. Instructed by veteran teacher and leader in the field of reflexology, Bill Flocco.  Sat & Sun 9 am—5 pm (14 credits CE hours for ARCB, NCBTMB, ABMP and many states Massage/Reflexology license)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology or its equivalent from a hands-on school
June 24-25  $325 ($365 after May 27) – EXTENDED DEADLINE:  May 31

Working with Seniors via Ear Hand Foot Reflexology  There are over 827,677 citizens in Washington who are 65 or older and would benefit by having you as their reflexologist. Demand for reflexology for seniors is growing dramatically across America. Every reflexologist, massage therapist and bodyworker is likely to have many senior clients with issues unique to this age group. Discover over a dozen of the most common elder age related health issues based on pathologies by anatomical system. During this primarily hands-on workshop, Bill Flocco will guide us through where and how to reflex not only the feet, but for better results, the hands and ears, for these issues. A unique aspect of this class is applying nurturing compassionate touch to the seven regions of the human body, feet, hands, and outer ears. Special attentiveness to contraindications, cautions and elder considerations will also be covered. Bill Flocco.  Mon 9 am–5 pm (7 credits CE hours for ARCB, NCBTMB, ABMP and many states Massage/Reflexology license)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology or its equivalent from a hands-on school
June 26  $185 ($225 after May 29) – EXTENDED DEADLINE:  May 31

July

No electives.

August

Meridians & Reflexology  This hands-on workshop will combine meridians and reflexology with some of the latest science: neuroscience, quantum physics and cell biology. Have you ever wondered why a bunion suddenly appears?  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, maybe it isn’t just because of shoes; it might be an indication of a genetic weakness in one’s family for blood sugar imbalances.  The body has its own language—we need only to learn how it communicates with us. In Teri Hoskins’ dynamic seminar, you will learn a new way to hear what the body might be telling you and how you are connected to the quantum world.  Teri will explain in a simple-to-understand format how meridians affect each of us personally and how to assess energy imbalances.  Your sessions will be much more powerful when you know how to incorporate and focus on the meridians.  Sat. & Sun. 9 am – 5 pm (14 credits)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology
Aug 12-13  $300 ($320 after Jul 28)

Anatomy & Physiology Review is an elective class taught by Bethany Jorgenson, designed to help you to retain and synthesize the information you learned in your Introduction Anatomy & Physiology classes. Students taking the ARCB exam have said this class is very helpful to take right before the test.  Sun 9 am—6 pm (8 credits)
PREREQUISITES: None.
Aug 27 (also offered Mar 19)  $190 ($210 after Aug 11)

September

Ayurvedic Reflexology is the dynamic integration of traditional Ayurvedic hand and foot techniques with contemporary reflexology. The philosophy of Ayurveda states that there is no separation between the physical body and the mind. Ayurveda has a spiritual basis, and encourages individuals to embrace healthy spiritual practices. Massage of the feet and hands has a special place within Ayurvedic tradition. Ayurvedic Reflexology is dynamic, easy to apply and can be easily integrated into existing regimes. The direction of energy (prana) flow within the body is respected and followed during the application of Ayurvedic Reflexology. Attendees of this class learn to identify and work vital energy centers known as Marmas. Some of the most important marmas used for healing purposes occur in the limbs. The traditional metal kasa bowl adds a new dimension to the procedure. The Ayurvedic Reflexology techniques are described as “kinder to the (practitioner’s) hands”. Sharon’s workshops are practical (hands-on) in their orientation. They introduce exciting new ways to work the feet and hands. Comprehensive course notes are provided in the form of a course manual. Reflexology knowledge is NOT a prerequisite for attendance, though some bodywork experience is preferred, along with an understanding of the basic Reflexology Fundamentals. For bodyworkers without this knowledge, a short excerpt from the SMART 1 manual provides the required information (click here). Sharon Stathis (coming to us all the way from Brisbane, Australia!) will instruct two classes while she is in Seattle:  SMART 1 and SMART 2, which will be held over the course of three days (SMART stands for the Stathis Method of Ayurvedic Reflexology Therapy). Visit ayurvedicreflexology for more details.  These classes cost half the listed price to review.  Class price does not include additional merchandise (kasa bowl, videos, etc). Sat, Sun & Mon 9 am—5 pm (21 credits)
PREREQUISITES:  bodywork experience; some familiarity with basic reflexology principles.
SMART I   Sat & Sun Sept 9-10  $385 ($100 early bird deposit is non-refundable; $425 after Aug 9)
SMART II   Mon Sept 11  $195 ($100 early bird deposit is non-refundable; $235 after Aug 11)

SMART 1 Workshop covers the following key techniques:

  • Brief overview of ayurveda
  • Brief overview of reflexology
  • Prana & marma therapy fundamentals
  • Kasa bowl work for the feet
  • Ayurvedic Reflexology routine for the feet
  • Self-help foot routine
  • Daily ayurvedic practices for self-care

SMART™ 2 Workshop covers the following key techniques:

  • Marma therapy for the hands
  • Kasa bowl work for the hands
  • Ayurvedic Reflexology routine for the hands
  • Self-help hand routine

ARCB Review Session is a four-hour study group led by Christine Freeland. These four hours are dedicated to helping you train for taking the upcoming ARCB exam (required for Washington state Reflexology Certification). Students who’ve taken this class report that it was a great help in preparing for the ARCB test.  Sun 9 am—1 pm (4 hours – not for credit)
PREREQUISITES: None.
Sept 24  $60

October

Aromatherapy for Reflexologists  Join Heidi Marks in a class about core essential oils and the basics of their safe and effective use for self/family, care of the feet and hands, and ways to appropriately incorporate aromatherapy into your reflexology practice. You will explore the basic chemistry of essential oils, choosing and storing essential oils, and approaches to fragrance. Your day includes aroma sampling and introduction to formulations for foot/hand care, as well as legal considerations for using on clients or marketing products.  Sun 9 am—4 pm (6 credits).
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology.
Oct 1  $160 ($180 after Sept 15)

Language of the Feet: The Next Step  Are you making the most of your most precious gift – the ‘Gift of Life’? How about all those magnificent dreams and heart-felt desires? Have they come to fruition yet? If not, what gets in the way? Detrimental beliefs? Extreme anxiety? Fear of failure or ridicule? With the answers lying in the soul, take time to take a closer look at your feet, after all your soles do openly and honestly reveal the current state of your soul. By spontaneously picking up what is going on at a much deeper level, emotionally and spiritually, they are able to relay some extremely important information through a very concise language of their own. This is exceptionally useful when it comes to detecting long-standing emotional issues and preventing them from creating physical havoc. With a general eagerness to rediscover what makes us tick comes with the realization that the body does talk to us – if only we knew what it is saying! This is where the ‘Language of the Feet’ steps in! Chris Stormer’s presentations around the planet on this fascinating subject are remarkable – always innovative and extremely informative. Her spontaneous effervescence is world renowned for infusing and inspiring those at her presentations. Through the feet, Chris helps us realize that there’s so much more to life than first meets the eye!  Sat & Sun 9 am—4 pm (12 credits)
PREREQUISITES: a hands-on Introduction to Reflexology class.
Oct 14-15  $380 ($100 early bird deposit is non-refundable; $420 after Sept 15)

Tax Tips for Reflexologists “Sometimes owning a small business can seem so overwhelming! It seems that, no matter how hard I work, I still feel so tax poor!” In this class, instructor Pam Foster will examine the tricks and tips to have your business work for you…and all of this is LEGAL! Come and increase your knowledge and understanding of optimizing your business deductions and reducing your tax burden.  Sun 2—5 pm (3 credits)
PREREQUISITES: None.
Oct 29  $75 ($95 after Oct 14)

November

No electives.

December

Reflexology for the Hands  In this class, Neil McNeill will help translate the reflexology you’ve been doing on the feet into an application on the hands. Hands are frequently more convenient to work on than the feet—on yourself and others. With the increase in hand-intensive activities such as gaming, computer use and texting, hand reflexology provides a welcome respite for hand tension and overuse. You will learn relaxation techniques and specific reflexology points and for the hands as well as a hand reflexology routine to use on yourself and others.  Sun 9 am—4 pm (6 credits)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Reflexology
Dec 3  $150 ($170 after Nov 18)

2018

January

Reflexology Approaches for Acupuncturists  Learn techniques to integrate the two powerful modalities of acupuncture and reflexology to amplify healing.  Karen Kraft (EAMP, RF) will share techniques and insights into the overlay of these two systems and how to elegantly integrate them into practice.   This class is designed for acupuncturists and acupuncture students who have taken the Introduction to Reflexology class as a prerequisite course.  9 am—5 pm (6.5 NCCAOM PDA credits; 7 credits with SRMC)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology
Jan 27  $TBA ($TBA plus $20 after Jan 12)

February

Dr. Jesus Manzanares will be coming to Seattle from Barcelona, Spain to teach a three-day intensive course. Dr. Manzanares was the first researcher to conduct a scientific study undertaking to determine the content of the “deposits” reflexologists find in the feet (access several of his scientific studies on reflexology here). Take your techniques to a new level with this evidence-based neuro-physiological approach to the work, as presented by a general practice physician (since 1982), reflexologist and homeopath. Over the past 39 years Dr. Manzanares has conducted reflexology research and studies on thousands of patients with the intent to determine precise mapping of the reflexes and clinical techniques and protocols for specific conditions and pathologies. Exclusively developed for the reflexology professional by an integrative medicine physician and researcher, this cutting-edge training is unique compared to traditional reflexology education. He will cover detailed mapping, effective pressure, appropriate duration of work and frequency of sessions, as well as contraindications. This course is open to all health practitioners, wellness professionals and educators interested in contemporary science-based education in reflexology from an advanced, clinical perspective. Send your deposit early to hold your place in this very popular class, as it will fill early! Early bird pricing anticipated to end October 31, 2017. Visit manzanaresmethod for more information.  Fri, Sat & Sun 9 am—5 pm (21 credits)

Dr. Manzanares Reflexologic Method™
A Science-Based Course for the Reflexology Professional

ANTICIPATED CLASS TOPICS:
Day 1: Specialization in location of foot reflex areas
Day 2: Specialization in interpretation of foot deposits
Day 3: Specialization in the neurophysiological bases of reflexology

PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Reflexology
February 9-11   pricing as follows:

Early registration (ends Oct 31, 2017; $100 early bird deposit is non-refundable) ANTICIPATED PRICING
New students: $570
Returning students: $480 ($160 per day)

Late registration (Nov 1, 2017 and later) ANTICIPATED PRICING
New students: $630
Returning students: $600 ($200 per day)

April

Peter Lund Frandsen (Denmark)
Frontier Biology
  This 3 hour lecture on energy medicine and cell communication will give you a new view of the world! In a time when results from biology, energy medicine and consciousness research are pouring in at a breathtaking pace, it can be an overwhelming task to stay updated and find out what it all means. In this lecture Peter Lund Frandsen will help us do just that. He will explore the implications of old and new research from multiple fields of natural sciences and show how in combining these findings, a new broader view of biology is emerging. Experiments from the very frontier of science hint at the existence of subtle energy. An energy form following rules, which break our common view of nature and life. Could it be that our conception of a body delimited by the skin is an artifact only constructed by the limitations of our available senses? Every single known and measurable energy form is also being used for communication between our body cells – light (biophotons), mechanical energy (push, pull, sound) in connective tissue and electrical energy (which is not only found in nerves, but everywhere in the body). Is energy more important than matter? All energies form wave patterns, vibrations with a certain rhythm. When these rhythms cooperate, when they sync, they amplify each other and keep all the body’s molecules and parts in place. Rhythms tend to synchronize to the strongest rhythm. This is where the heart plays a large role as the “body metronome”. Did you know that the rhythmical pulsation in the heart meridian (7.8 oscillations per second) is exactly equal to the fluctuations in the earth’s magnetic field (Schumann resonance)? Innermost in our discussion stands the fact that consciousness, both individually and collectively, is inseparably combined with nature’s smallest building blocks. Do conscious beings’ thought patterns directly influence our world and everything in it? This lecture will tie the “New Biology” to new ways in which we may be able to explain the working mechanisms of many healing modalities, and on a larger scale to begin to understand ourselves as indivisible parts of a conscious universe. The event will be delivered in a lively format, with lots of illustrations, video clips and small exercises. Read more at frontierbiology.com. Thursday 6—9 pm (3 credits)
PREREQUISITES: None. Open to the public.
Apr 12 $85

Dorthe Krogsgaard and Peter Lund Frandsen of Touchpoint (Denmark)
Round About:  The Arm & Hand

For reflexologists, the arms and hands are of special interest. Not only do many people suffer from problems in the arm, elbow, wrist and hands, but being the hands-on modality that reflexology is, knowledge about this area and self-care techniques are crucial for good therapeutic results and a long, healthy career!

Headlines in this workshop

  • “mouse arm”, tennis and golf elbow
  • tenosynovitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • palpation and testing procedures
  • nerve impingement in the “3 thoracic gates” – thoracic outlet syndrome
  • gentle manipulation of elbow and wrist
  • segmental innervation of the arms
  • nerve reflexology for arm nerves
  • alternative foot reflexes
  • selected trigger points
  • self-help massage of hands, forearms and elbows
  • gentle-on-the-fingers reflexology techniques
  • work place ergonomics
  • analysis and correction of sitting posture

Theory will be combined with lots of practical hands-on time. An extensive fully illustrated workbook is included with the workshop. More information is available here or at touchpoint.dk.  Thurs. & Fri. 9 am—5 pm (14 credits, applicable toward ARCB and Washington State Massage CEs)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology
April 12-13  $TBA ($100 early bird deposit is non-refundable; $TBA + $40 after March 15)

May

Sally Kay (UK)
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)
is a cutting-edge, multi-award winning reflexology protocol developed by Sally Kay. RLD may be used to help reduce lymphedema after treatment for breast cancer. Clinical experience and anecdotal evidence from a growing body of case studies suggests RLD may also be useful for clients with many non-cancer-related autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, migraines, CFS/ME (chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalopathy) and many other inflammatory conditions. This will be an evidence-based course in which you will learn specific reflexology techniques for lymphatic drainage reflexively via the feet. The aim is to stimulate the function of the lymphatic system and drain excess lymph from reflexively damaged areas using a problem-specific RLD sequence. For additional information please visit reflexologylymphdrainage.co.uk  Fri-Sat 9 am—5 pm (14 credits, applicable toward ARCB and Washington State CEs)
PREREQUISITES: a hands-on Introductory Reflexology class.
May 5-6 OR 12-13 $TBA ($100 early bird deposit is non-refundable; $TBA + $40 after Apr 7 or Apr 14)

RLD Day 1
Summary of existing RLD research
Review of the lymphatic system and drainage areas
Lymphedema – causes & treatment
RLD for breast cancer related secondary lymphedema
Measuring & calculating the volume of the arm
Demonstration & practice

RLD Day 2
Review of the immune system & autoimmune disorders
RLD for clients with other conditions
Using a standard outcome measure
Demonstration & practice
RLD for legs & other areas of lymphedema
RLD for hand reflexes

Course material includes the following
Course handbook and support material
Data files for limb volume calculation, (via USB memory stick or email)
Certificate of attendance
Guidelines for a case-study
The case-study is submitted by email; feedback and a Certificate will be sent within 21 days of submission
A free listing on the RLD ‘Find-a-Therapist’ website on successful completion of the case-study

September

Nico Pauly (Europe)
The Stress-Response: A sympathetic nervous system, hormonal and immune challenge
$100 early bird deposit is non-refundable
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Reflexology
September 10-11, 2018 (Mon-Tues)

November

Bill Flocco (internationally known instructor from California) will teach THREE classes:
Pain Control & Stress Reduction with Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology
is a course designed by Bill Flocco for everyone from the layperson to the highly experienced reflexology practitioner.  Bill offers ear, hand and foot reflexology techniques to relieve common causes of tension and stress, and indicates which microcosm – feet, hands or ears – is most effective for each of the more than 20 ailments addressed, as well as internal and musculoskeletal parts of the body. This independent class serves as a foundation for the more in-depth class offered over the weekend. Visit americanacademyofreflexology for more details.  Fri 6–9 pm (3 credits CE hours for ARCB, NCBTMB, ABMP and many states Massage/Reflexology license)
PREREQUISITES: None. Open to the public.
Nov 2 $85

Musculoskeletal Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology  Taught by Bill Flocco. Visit americanacademyofreflexology for more details.  Sat 9 am–5 pm (7 credits CE hours for ARCB, NCBTMB, ABMP and many states Massage/Reflexology license)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology
Nov 3 $TBA ($100 early bird deposit is non-refundable; $TBA + $40 after October 6)

The Hidden Power of Reflexology for Chemical Dependency  Taught by Bill Flocco. Visit americanacademyofreflexology for more details.  Sun 9 am–5 pm (7 credits CE hours for ARCB, NCBTMB, ABMP and many states Massage/Reflexology license)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology
Nov 4 $TBA ($100 early bird deposit is non-refundable; $TBA + $40 after October 7)

TBA in 2018

Nutrition for Reflexologists  Are you ready for an enlightened nutrition class that will open a new door for your understanding of how the body works using nutrition and reflexology? Join Astrid Zuppinger RD, CCN, LMP, CR for a cutting-edge class in reviewing how our body functions, what our bodies are made of, how it works and how nutrients are important on a cellular level.  We will cover a vast arena from A-Z including nutrients, disease states (diabetes, gastrointestinal, etc.), dermatology, reproductive issues and discuss what is going on in the world of nutrition today and how you can incorporate simple nutrition to educate your clients and their health.  Sat & Sun 9 am—4 pm (12 credits)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Reflexology
Date TBA; $275 ($295 after cutoff date)

 

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