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Reflexology Accredited Diploma Course - at Yanley Court, Long Ashton, Nr Bristol 
 
Book Now : £495.00 Deposit: £120.00, Bristol 
 
Course Dates 2017: 
 
22nd January 
26th February 
26th March 
14th May 
 
This course is open to complete beginners with no previous massage experience or qualified therapists wishing to add this relaxing treatment to their services. 
 
With a long-standing reputation for learning excellence and ongoing tutor support, Refocus prides itself in ensuring that students are well prepared for their assessment. On successful completion of the reflexology course including some case studies and a practical assessment, students will be able to begin a new career or earn additional income through offering this treatment to paying clients. 
Each Training Day will start at 10 am and finish at 4pm 
 
What is reflexology? 
 
Your feet are a mini-representation of the body - a perfect microcosm. By stimulating points on the feet, reflexology rebalances the body which can only start to repair and heal itself when relaxed. 
 
Reflexology practitioners are trained to feel tiny deposits and imbalances, and by working on these points, can release blockages and restore the flow of energy to the body. Customised treatments address the person as a whole and deal with root causes, not just symptoms. They can also be preventative, helping to relieve accumulated stress. 
 
What does reflexology seek to achieve? 
 
Improve circulation 
Encourage elimination 
Improve relaxation 
Assist the body in maintaining a balanced state 
Who can benefit from reflexology? 
 
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions or just from our stressful lives. Since reflexology is non-invasive, it can be used by anyone from children right through to the elderly and people suffering from ill health. 
Reflexology can help to revitalise a tired body and play a vital role in rebalancing and restoring physical and emotional well-being. While it nourishes and calms the mind, its powerful detoxifying effects will leave your client feeling energised and refreshed. 
Course Requirement 
 
This course requires you to have an Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) qualification. If you already have a level 3 in A&P, you will not need to repeat this qualification. We offer Refocus Workshop students an A&P online course at a reduced price of £238.80. Here is the direct link to our A&P course: 
www.refocus-workshop.com/online_anatomy_and_physiology_course 
Booking a Course 
 
Please view all 4 dates (listed above) you will need to attend in order to complete the course and gain your reflexology qualification. 
 
If you then want to book your place online, just click on our Reflexology Course link or photo and follow the booking procedure. 
 
We require a deposit of £150 when you book your place rather than paying the balance in full before the course starts (which you can if you wish to) to help you budget. The next interest free instalments are required 21 days before each of the following course dates - whilst you train - to help you to plan your finances if required. 
 
What if I cannot attend all the dates advertised? 
 
All dates have to be covered; however, if you miss a date, you will be able to book a private catch up lesson at a reasonable rate. So if you are unable to attend a course date (if you are ill or away), the tutor will offer an additional lesson so that you can still complete the course and gain your qualification. 
 
Course includes: 
 
Accredited and insurable qualification 
Guided learning with tutor support for home study 
Comprehensive folder 
Reflexology text book 
Reflexology treatment sequence chart 
All relevant reflexology equipment such as towels, foot cream etc. 
 
All students successfully completing a course to the required standard will receive their 'Practitioner's Diploma', which is recognised by a number of professional associations for membership and insurance. However, please always check with your own insurance company (if you already got insurance) for their requirements prior to attending any training course as we are unable to advise on all insurance companies' requirements. 
Course Accreditations 
This certified reflexology course is accredited by The Guild of Holistic Therapists. This qualification is insurable by the Guild of Holistic Therapists, Towergate and many more. 
 
This is an approved CPD course (Continuing Personal Development) which has been awarded 60 CPD points by the Guild of Holistic Therapists. 
 
 
 
Dont just take our word for it.........Hear what our students have to say 
I loved the reflexology course and would recommend it to anyone who likes treating clients or friends. This training course inspired me to explore more holistic treatments and go for a career change in the near future. Great folder, text book and charts - great support during and after the course. I already booked the next course with Refocus.........hot stone reflexology and others to follow. Highly recommend. S. ThompsonClick on this text to edit it. 
 
October 2015 - Wellness events at Airbus, Filton 
 
Gwen and I spent two days at the Airbus staff wellbeing event at sites in Filton. We were in great demand on both days offering Indian Head Massage and Seated Acupressure Massage. Staff members really enjoyed their 10 minute treatments and many commented that they would like to see us there on a regular basis. The in house nursing and physiotherapy team were also offering blood pressure checks and BMI measuring. The organisation seem to really take care of their members.  
 
 
 
June 2015 - Courses in Indian Head Massage and Seated Acupressure Massage now offered in Bristol! 
 
I am so pleased to tell you that I have joined up with the Refocus Workshops and will be offering 1-day courses at the fantastic venue, the Natural Health Clinic in Bristol.  
Refocus Workshops offer an exciting, dynamic and enjoyable learning experience for all students undertaking one of the diploma courses. Whatever your background, the courses provide a fundamental stepping-stone for those wanting to change their career path or add another therapy to their treatment list. Current Dates IN BRISTOL are on the home page. 
 
For full details and course content please click on the Refocus Workshops link opposite. If you have any questions please email me at val@balancebristol.co.uk 
 
 
March 2015 -Try Natural Remedies for Hay Fever Symptoms 
 
A recent media report linking the long term use of some antihistamines with the increased risk of dementia may have led you to seek alternatives this year. However it is worth noting that some of the headlines are misleading as not all antihistamine brands contain the ingredient in question, diphenhydramine. I would recommend that you read the following NHS article for more details http://www.nhs.uk/news/2015/01January/Pages/media-dementia-scare-about-common-drugs.aspx 
 
Some Natural Remedies include: 
 
Honey – the bee pollen in honey can desensitise your body to other pollens. This is more effective if you have local honey which has been produced at the same time of year as your peak symptoms. A teaspoon a day may make a difference to your symptoms. 
Vitamin C – Found in citrus fruits, this is a natural anti-histamine. Also present are bioflavonoids, which have powerful anti-allergy effects. 
Hot Peppers – Red peppers and chilli peppers contain an active ingredient called capsaicin. When eaten, this component opens the nasal passages and reduces congestion. 
Carotenoids – Found in carrots, apricots, pumpkin, sweet potato and spinach these act as powerful antioxidants to help reduce inflammation in the airways and boost the immune system. 
Chamomile Tea – An antioxidant and antihistamine, chamomile tea also contains flavonoids and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Cold tea bags can also be used as an eye compress to reduce swelling. 
Garlic and Onions – both contain quercetin, a natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory proven to reduce symptoms of hay fever. 
Acupuncture – Research has found that this ancient Chinese medicine can reduce hay fever symptoms. This therapy is available as a low-cost option at the Health HUB. 
Reflexology –This therapy helps the body to restore its balance naturally and therefore is useful at relieving the symptoms of hay fever. Reflexology can also boost your immune system and reduce stress levels which can prevent symptoms from occurring. This therapy is available as a low-cost option at the Health HUB. 
Self- hypnosis – Recent studies have shown that sufferers trained to use self-hypnosis saw a dramatic reduction in their symptoms. Group sessions are available at the a Health HUB. 
Vaseline – Spreading a thin layer of Vaseline inside the lower nostrils can help combat hay fever and reduce symptoms by trapping the pollen and preventing it entering the nasal passages. 
March 2015 - Onsite Massage at Zig Zag Education 
 
Gilly and I spent two days at Zig Zag Education in Westbury-on-Trym This dynamic company publishes photocopiable and digital teaching resources for schools and colleges in the UK. We met many of the team of 45 full and part-time staff and all seemed to really enjoy their relaxing massage. Feedback was great and we are in the process of arranging our next visit. For further details on this company, and their current vacancies, please visit http://zigzageducation.co.uk/vacancies/index.asp 
February 2015 - Onsite Massage at Inside Asia Tours 
 
I spent a great couple of days with the staff at Inside Asia Tours in the centre of Bristol. They are the UK's leading and longest established independent Japan travel specialists. Their tailor-made trips sound amazing! Most of the staff had travelled extensively in the region and regularly visit to research the area. Their newly refurbished offices even featured a Japanese-style relaxation room for the staff complete with Tatami flooring for sitting "Seiza" style. This would be a fantastic space for Thai Massage which is done on the floor.  
January 2015 
Therapy for all - Low Cost Services for the Whole Community 
 
As a Community Interest Company the Health Hub at the Natural Health Clinic are committed to delivering high quality, low cost services available to everyone, so that everyone can afford to receive the treatments they want and need. We make it possible for you to maintain good health by regularly receiving more affordable treatments with an emphasis on affordable health care. 
 
The Clinic offers a range of lower cost “For All” therapies including Acupuncture, Massage, Osteopathy and Homeopathy. The cost of a 1 hour session is £25. 
 
I am pleased to say that I am running a “for all” clinic on a Thursday morning offering massage treatments. For details on other services under this scheme, please visit www.thenaturalhealthclinic.com 
24/11/14 Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Deep Tissue Massage– What is the difference, and how do you decide what will work best for you? 
 
I see many clients who have suffered with recurring back, neck or shoulder pain. Often, at various times, they have sought to improve their condition though treatment with a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist. It struck me that the success of these treatments seemed to vary greatly from person to person. 
 
In my own experience, I have seen all three types of practitioner at some stage – A physio to deal with neck pain; Chiropractor and Osteopath to deal with shoulder problems when my children were very young and carrying and lifting them was the norm. The most improvement I had was with the Osteopath. Why was this? Was it down to the methods used or the calibre of the practitioner? I can’t say I even remember why I chose one therapy over the other at the time – it all seems rather random looking back! 
 
I have to admit that I did not really understand the difference between these practices so I decided to do some research. This is a more difficult question to answer than I initially imagined. 
Osteopathy was invented in 1872 by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American doctor who grew disillusioned with orthodox medicine after his wife and three children died from spinal meningitis. One of Dr Stills early students was Daniel David Palmer who founded chiropractic in 1895. 
 
The Chiropractor is primarily focused on the spine and joints whereas the Osteopath is also concerned with the rest of the body. The Osteopath may also see clients with problems that may not seem to relate to the spine or joints such as the digestive or respiratory systems. 
Typically chiropractors will use what are called "Adjustments", which are as specific as possible and aimed at restoring joint position and function. Osteopaths typically take a broader approach and may treat a larger area. 
 
Chiropractors employ a wider range of techniques for manipulating the spine, whereas osteopaths employ a wider range of techniques overall. Apart from manipulation, osteopaths use other techniques such as stretching, pressure and mobilization. Osteopaths are also trained in cranial osteopathy or cranio sacral therapy, which involve very subtle and gentle adjustments without any “clicking” of the joints. These techniques are seldom used by chiropractors. Another difference is that osteopaths do not “click back” a joint the way chiropractors do. 
 
Are you still with me? As you can see, it is not so clear cut! All I can say is go by reputation and recommendation rather than picking at random. If you are not happy with the treatment you receive then do make your feelings known either in person or by mail. I once complained when a chiropractor was so busy that he was taking phone-calls during my consultation – I got my money back! 
I have more confidence explaining how a deep tissue massage can alleviate some of these issues. A variety of techniques are used to loosen stiff joints, reduce adhesions (knots) in the muscles and improve blood supply. Please see my previous blog for full information! 
 
One clear difference is that a good massage therapist will work in a holistic way and pick up on other tensions within the body that may be radiating from the main problem area. For example, a problematic and painful shoulder may result in tension being held in the jaw, neck and even hands. You should leave your massage practitioner feelings less tense, more balanced and relaxed and, of course, with less muscle and joint pain than you started with. It may take more than one session to see lasting improvements so stick with it and give yourself the attention you deserve. 
 
Nov 2014 - Persistent muscle or joint pain – what causes it? 
 
All of us experience muscle aches from time to time but it is surprising how many of us suffer pain on a daily basis. 
 
Often we can easily pinpoint the cause. This is because most instances result from either: 
• overusing the muscle during physical activity 
• injuring the muscle during physically demanding work or exercise 
• tension in the muscles caused by anxiety and stress 
 
However some muscle aches are related to medical conditions including infections such as the flu, fibromyalgia, lupus and the use of certain drugs. 
 
It is not always easy to remove the cause of the problem. For example, if your job is physical you may not have the option to stop using your body in this way. If you have young children you can't avoid the lifting and carrying that leads to so many neck and shoulder problems. Even carrying heavy bags can trigger pain once a problem has set in. Muscles contract in response and put pressure on nerves resulting in the sensation of pain. As the soft tissue tightens, the blood flow to that area becomes restricted, reducing the supply of essential nutrients and oxygen needed for repair. 
Some will only consider taking action once they are finding it difficult to sleep, they are taking regular pain-killers, or daily tasks become more and more uncomfortable. 
 
What can you do about it? 
 
• Rest the affected area if you can 
• Apply ice to the affected area for strains and sprains 
• Apply heat to more general muscle aches associated with over-use rather than injury 
• Exercise regularly to strengthen the musculo-skeletal system 
• Stretching before and after activity (yoga is great - highly recommend Gary-Osbourne Clarke in Bristol and North Somerset - www.yogabristol.co.uk 
• Take over the counter pain relief such as ibuprofen (not recommended for more than a few days) 
An alternative solution is Deep Tissue Massage, also known as myofascial release. This alternative therapy aims to relax knotted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles. A good massage therapist will find these knots and concentrate on them until the tension unravels. 
 
If you try this you will feel the benefit after one treatment, but it may take three or four sessions to see long lasting improvements. After three sessions you should notice that the soreness and stiffness in your joints and muscles is not triggered so easily, and you feel more robust. Think of it like going to the gym – you wouldn’t expect to see changes in your physique after just one session. You have to keep working at it and stay with it for a few months, and then continue with maintenance sessions in the long term. In addition massage will relax the nervous system, reduce stress and boost immunity. 
 
I am currently offering treatment package to all existing and new clients: 
Three, 1 hour massage treatments for £99 in Bristol or Long Ashton 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
July 2014 - On set at Broughton Castle for BBC drama Wolf Hall 
 
Laura and I had a fabulous day on set in Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire. In beautiful surroundings we treated the crew and cast to a much needed 20 minute massage. Much of the work on set involves moving heavy equipment and standing for long hours without a break. Many were suffering with back and shoulder pain and tiredness after many weeks moving from one location to another. As well as meeting some of the cast the highlight was watching the extras in full 16th centry costume playing football to pass the time!  
May 2014 - FIRST GREAT WESTERN 
 
What a great employers they are! All Great Western employees recieve a health care package through Health Sheild which includes an allowance for dental care, glasses, chiropody, physiotherapy and massage. We spent two days at the management conference at the Marriot Hotel in Bristol offering seated massage to the delegates. A few weeks later we attended a Well being day at Bristol Temple Meads where we gave treatments to a range of staff including Train Drivers and Customer Services Assistants. 
Healthshield
April 2014 - APPLE DENTAL PRACTICE 
 
In April I spent some time in a dental practice giving seated massage to Dental Surgeons. We were able to set up next to the dentist's chair which demonstrates that only a small space is needed. Research shows that around 65% of dental practicioners suffer with musculo-skeletal problems some time during their career, usually the in the neck, back and shoulders. The staff I met decided that a regular treatment would help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with their work. We look forward to visiting this practice on a regular basis. 
March 2014 - ITS CONSTRUCTION 
 
This company is a successful construction recruitment agency based in Clifton. I visited them on a Friday afternoon as a reward for a team hitting target that month. The labour-hire team had an extremely busy month meeting the demands of the rapidily recovering construction sector. The atmosphere was light-hearted and all team members enjoyed their 20 minute treatment. They all felt great afterwards! 
ITS Construction
 
January 2014 - RED 
 
Red recruitment invited me to their corporate event at the Colston Hall. Lunch and drinks were provided in the upstairs bar and I was on hand to treat clients to an express massage. The venue was fantastic and the uptake was good -I was fully booked for the whole two hours. 
June 2014 - IBStock  
 
Ibstock is the largest brick manufacturing comany in the UK and with building on the rise again the sales team at the Almondsbury site are working extra hard to meet all of their orders. I visited the offices to provide seated massage to the sales team. Most staff members had some issues with back, neck or shoulders and felt the benefit of their 20 minute seated massage. These ailments are so common in workers with a desk based job. Next time I hope to treat even more staff members including the production staff. 
September 2014 - Lloyds 
 
I attended a wellbeing event at Lloyds Head office at the harbourside in Bristol, along with the well- established Natural Health Clinic on Cotham Hill. In the impressive atrium area we spoke to Lloyds' colleagues about various alternative therapies including acupunture, reflexology, Chinese medicine, nutrition and massage. There were other health related stands there including Smokefree (http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree); and Pukka Herbs (http://www.pukkaherbs.com)  
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