Elective Classes


Elective classes may be taken as continuing education, as elective credits for the Reflexology Diploma Program, or on their own. Most classes offer Continuing Education credits for ARCB and Washington State massage therapists. 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 registration requirement of 30 or more days for early bird pricing, and that the early bird deposit for international instructors is non-refundable.

January

TBA

February

TBA

March

Metamorphosis (an approach to reflexology)  Metamorphosis is a gentle type of reflexology done on feet, hands and head and focusing on the spinal reflexes.  The spine holds our primary patterns that were formed in the prenatal time. Through bringing prenatal imprints into focus the practitioner can assist the client in releasing blocks that are present in their life. In this way people can release the past and come into their full self expression. The work is powerful in that it addresses the root of our problems and assists us in becoming free of limitations connecting us to our true selves.  Instructor Maryejo delMeijer will offer individual sessions on the Friday before class ($TBA/hr).  Sat & Sun 9 am—5 pm (14 credits)
PREREQUISITES: Introductory Reflexology
Mar 9-10  $TBA ($TBA + $40 after Feb 9)

April

TBA

May

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. 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.  Sat, Sun & Mon 9 am—5 pm (21 total credits)
PREREQUISITES:  bodywork experience; some familiarity with basic reflexology principles
SMART I   Sat & Sun May 4-5  $395 ($100 early bird deposit is non-refundable; $435 after Apr 5)
SMART II   Mon May 6  $200 ($100 early bird deposit is non-refundable; $240 after Apr 5)

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

June

Emotional Toolkit for Reflexologists, presented by  Christine Freeland  When clients bring their emotional or physical pains into to a reflexology session, are you prepared to respond appropriately and within your scope of practice? Although we are not mental health counselors, we can lead our clients into a state of deep relaxation and help them let go of physical and emotional tension.  From the client interview to making referrals to a professional resource, this class will add new skills to your emotional toolkit. Explore simple, step-by-step methods of holding space, breath coaching, guided meditations and reflexology techniques for grounding.  Develop listening and observational skills to tune into your client’s emotional state, and get tips for emotional self-care.  Sun 9 am—5 pm (7 credits with SRMC, ARCB and for WA LMTs)
PREREQUISITES:  None -this class is  suitable for reflexologists, massage therapists and other bodyworkers
June 9 $TBA ($TBA + $20 after May 26)

July

TBA

August

Achieving Natural Foot Health  Dr. Ray McClanahan is a podiatrist from Portland who really knows a lot about how to help his clients find the root cause of their foot travails in order to avoid surgery and orthotics. He will be in Seattle in July to teach an 8 hour class! Here is his class description:  An in-depth exploration of a proven methodology for pursuing and maintaining natural foot health, including the identification of impediments associated with this pursuit. For information about Dr. Ray and his work visit nwfootankle.com. Sat 9 am—6 pm (8 credits with SRMC, ARCB and for WA LMTs)
PREREQUISITES: None
Aug 17 and/or 18  $TBA ($TBA + $20 after TBA)

September

TBA

October

We are awaiting final confirmation for this next class, but are expecting the details to be as follows:

Peter Lund Frandsen of Touchpoint (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. TBA 6—9 pm (3 credits with SRMC, ARCB and for WA LMTs)
PREREQUISITES: None. Open to the public.
Oct TBA $85

Dorthe Krogsgaard and Peter Lund Frandsen of Touchpoint (DenmarkAs always with the Round About class series, you will enjoy two talented and highly experienced instructors for the price of one. The benefit here is great: the amount of individual guidance each student receives is considerable, enabling more proficient use of each technique by the end of class.
Round About:  Fertility  In Denmark reflexology is the mostly used alternative treatment form, with one in four having consulted a reflexologist. In Danish fertility clinics 75 percent of the patients also have contacts with the complementary field, the majority of whom choose reflexology. Therefore a lot of know-how on treating infertility exists among Danish reflexologists. Every sixth couple experience problems reproducing themselves. In only 35 percent of all infertility cases, conventional medicine is able to identify the underlying cause. In the remaining 65 percent the medical system can not find an explanation for the lacking fertility. Especially within this group, reflexologists are often able to help. Giving both the male and the female body the best possible condition for conceiving a new human being is a great task. It is therefore important to know about the most common causes of infertility, like: The condition of mucous membranes, quality of semen, nutritional status, low metabolism, stress, the iliopsoas and other pelvic muscles, hidden infections, the spine and of course the hormonal system and reproductive organs.
Our aim is to present the newest knowledge within complementary as well as conventional fertility treatments.

Topics include:

  • Common causes for male and female infertility
  • Conventional fertility therapy
  • Infertility and PCO (Poly Cystic Ovaries)
  • The anatomy and physiology of reproduction
  • How does stress influences fertility?
  • What affects semen quality?
  • A complementary view on infertility
  • Role of the psoas muscle
  • Mucous membranes
  • Infections
  • Scars, importance and treatment
  • Treatment intervals
  • Nutrition, vitamins and minerals
  • Reflex areas and points for nerves, musculo-skeletal structures, organs and glands involved with reproduction

In the workshop you will learn techniques from Classical Reflexology, Nordic traditions, Nerve Reflexology, trigger points, tests and exercises. With the workshop comes an extensive fully illustrated manual covering both theory and practice. The workshop will be conducted with a mixture of lecturing, demonstrations and lots of practical hands-on work. More information is available here or at touchpoint.dk.  Wed & Thurs 9 am—5 pm (14 credits with SRMC, ARCB and for WA LMTs)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology
Oct 9-10  $TBA ($100 early bird deposit is non-refundable; $TBA + $40 after Sept 11)

November

TBA

December

TBA

January, 2020

TBA

February, 2020

TBA

March, 2020

TBA

April, 2020

Reflexology for Babies and Children by Sue Ricks (UK)  This four day class is designed to equip you with all that you need to know to understand about baby and children reflexology and how to become (if desired) a baby reflexology instructor. This course runs over four consecutive days. An action packed course featuring full and detailed information on how to use reflexology for babies and children plus how to pass this knowledge on to parents and careers. This course covers a very wide range of subjects including how to work with young clients, managing expectations with full practical techniques and applications. There are some wonderful benefits of Reflexology for both Babies and Children. More & more people are now turning to reflexology to help their children. There is an increase usage and evidence that reflexology really works and helps children of all ages. This intensive course covers practicalities of working with babies, children, parents and their carers. It also includes baby anatomy, legal aspects of working with children, practical and theoretical considerations as well as extensive practical techniques. At the end of the course (upon successful completion of the course) you will become a Certified Baby and Child Reflexology Practitioner (CBCRP) and a Certified Baby and Child Reflexology Instructor (CPCRI).  Sue’s Reasons for this course:  “I have been fortunate enough to be treating babies & children for over 26 years & I have found it to be enormously rewarding. I’ll be sharing information about my work with all types of children & situations. This includes my work in various hospitals including neo-natal critical care units (NICU).” This class is perfect for:

  • Anyone wishes to become a baby reflexology teacher for parents
  • Anyone who wishes to know more about using Reflexology for Babies and Children
  • Reflexologists with an interest in working with Younger Clients
  • Students wishing to gain practical knowledge of working with Babies and Children

The workshop includes: –

  • A full Baby and Child Reflexology routine and techniques
  • Comprehensive information on how to treat Babies and Children
  • Understanding the best way to introduce Children to the benefits of Reflexology
  • Results of recent case studies
  • When to offer treatments and when not to
  •  Professional competency
  • How to create the best atmosphere for Babies and Children
  • Additional information regarding the health and well-being of Babies and Children
  • Student practical work
  • Energy & chakra work specifically relating to young children
  • How to teach parents how to do reflexology on their child
  • Running a baby reflexology course for parent and carers

This course used to be a two day course that valuable feedback has shown us that is ideally 4 days! These days of learning encompass a huge amount of information. Initially this course starts with what is baby and child reflexology? It covers when and how to use it, progresses through a series of steps of information, awareness, practical skills and techniques until you have a detailed and thorough knowledge of the Gentle Touch of Reflexology for Babies and Children. We go through how to work with tiny tots, babies and into working with teenagers and all the stress they can experience. We will then cover working with parents and professionals and making the most if these relationships.  Additionally we go through the meaning of certain types of illness and disease states plus emotional conditions.  Various other subjects are introduced including energy, chakras, foot reading and stress management plus life advice techniques and information. The final important section of the course is all focused on how to run a baby reflexology class for parents and how to make that an effective and valuable tool (or business opportunity) if desired.  You will be provided with notes to support this course. These notes will be available on suericks.com after the course. You will receive 2 certificates of attendance and stating you are an approved Practitioner and Instructor. For more information about this course, visit Sue’s website.
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology
Date TBA  $TBA ($100 early bird deposit is non-refundable; $TBA + $40 after TBA-30days)

May, 2020

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June, 2020

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July, 2020

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August, 2020

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September, 2020

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October, 2020

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November, 2020

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December, 2020

TBA

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