FAQs

  1. Confused about which course?
  2. What is the difference between a Mastership and a Diploma?
  3. What do all these different levels mean - Level 3, Level 5 ?
  4. Why train on a course recognised by Professional Reflexology (PR)?
  5. Why do I need to belong to a reputable professional organisation like the PR?
  6. Why choose Anahata School?
  7. Is Anahata registered with the ELC scheme?
  8. What is a Clinical Reflexologist, aren't all Reflexologists the same?
  9. What entry qualifications do I need?
  10. When do the courses start?
  11. What days are the training sessions on?
  12. How long does the course last?
  13. What happens if I can't get to all the training dates?
  14. How much time will I need to spend on homework?
  15. What qualification will I get?
  16. Don't I have to do an introductory course first?
  17. How much does the course cost?
  18. Are there any extra costs incurred on top of the basic course fees?
  19. Can I pay by interest free instalments?
  20. Can I get a Student Loan for this course?
  21. How do I book onto the Course?
 

Confused about which course?

There are many courses and organisations, all offering different qualifications and styles of training - this can be very confusing when trying to choose the right Reflexology course for you.

Firstly, ensure that you don't enrol on a distance learning or correspondence course - none of the membership organisations listed on this website will accept these kind of courses.
 
Secondly, please be aware that there is a huge variety of standards in the Level 3 training market (this is why we don't teach it). You can train on a Level 3 course that lasts for just 6 half-day lessons! You can occasionally find a good one that will teach you over a full year. Most of the Level 3 courses now seem to be a combination of distance learning and 5 or 6 days learning practical Reflexology in class. We really don't think you can learn to be a proper clinical Reflexologist after just 5 or 6 days training.
 
Anahata College only offers the best in Reflexology training. We are a partnership centre with Centralia, so we can offer the Agored Level 5 course (Agored is an awarding body recognised by OFQUAL the regulator for qualifications, examinations and assessments for the UK). This is the highest level of Reflexology training you can undertake in the UK, without going to a University.

Find out if the school you are proposing to study with, enables you to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC - the UK complementary healthcare regulator), via the professional organisation it is linked to. For example, Anahata College is linked with Professional Reflexology (PR) and guarantees you membership. Also be aware that some of the Level 3 'practitioner diplomas' don't meet the CNHC entry criteria.
Then, find out if the course is delivered entirely by the school/college you are thinking of training with. Some training establishments will 'farm out' part of their training (particularly Anatomy and Physiology) to online training providers - you may then not get the necessary teaching support for this element of the course. Anahata School trains all their learners for 100% of the course, giving dedicated contact teaching.

Finally, if the course provider describes their course as "Level 5 equivalent" (or anything else that sounds like "equivalent"), it will be nothing of the sort. A Level 5 course is either just that, or nothing at all. There are no other Reflexology courses that are officially recognised at Level 5, apart from Centralia's in the UK, and there is no Reflexology course that is currently higher than this level. (You can get a degree in Complementary Therapies [Level 7], but the university will use an awarding body for each of the component therapies on the course)
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What is the difference between a Mastership and a Diploma?

This is simple:  A Mastership in Reflexology is set at Level 5 (the same level as a Foundation Degree). A Diploma is set at Level 3 (the same level as an A-Level). Also, a Mastership fully incorporates all the learning requirements of the Core Curriculum in Reflexology (a teaching book collaborated on by: the IIR, BRA, BSRZT, VTCT, SIR, AoR, IFR and CThA). The Level 3 Diploma does not include all the recommended elements of the Core Curriculum.
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What do all these different levels mean - Level 3, Level 5?

Agored Cymru has a diagram on the website which identifies Level 5 as a Foundation Degree. This leveling chart is representative for all qualifications in England, Northern Ireland (QCF) and Wales (CQFW) . (Please note the leveling grades are different in Scotland [a Level 8 in Scotland is the same as a Level 5 in England and Wales]).
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Why train on a course recognised by Professional Reflexology?

 PR has the highest entry standards over any other Reflexology organisation. It is recognised by the UK government, the NHS,    CNHC (Complementary and Natural Health Council), and has reciprocal links with Reflexology organisations around the world.
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Why do I need to belong to a reputable professional organisation like PR?

  • Use of the letters PRM (Professional Reflexology Member) after your name. PR only accepts the very highest trained Reflexologists, so you will be amongst the elite of the profession.
  • Free listing on PR's "Find a Reflexologist" register
  • Provision of low cost website design service
  • Use of the organisation’s logo on all your advertising literature
  • Peer group support from local area groups
  • Latest industry information via newsletters and journals
  • Access to research papers
  • Access to "Members Area" on their website
  • Reflexology advice
  • Low cost, high cover, insurance policy from top insurance company
  • Fully accredited CPD events and international speakers
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Why choose Anahata College?

At Anahata we pride ourselves on having experienced, friendly, supportive, helpful, knowledgeable and flexible tutors to help you learn. I am a practicing reflexologist with a wealth of experience behind me - and great enthusiasm for this therapy! I have a assistant tutor, who is also a practicing reflexologist. I feel this is a very important advantage for the students as they are also learning from my/our experience as well as textbooks etc..

As well as our knowledge, we also infuse our students with enthusiasm and wonder at not just this wonderful therapy but also the magic of the physical body and its workings! Anahata operates a 'lifetime support' system for all graduates.
 

Our Tutors

Glenys Underwood FMAR, MICHT, ATLM (Principal and Lead Tutor) is a qualified teacher and has been working as a reflexologist for 12 years, specialising now in Maternity Reflexology. Glenys is also a Member of the College of Medicine and is passionate about the role of reflexology in healthcare.

Is Anahata registered with the ELC scheme?
Yes, we are  For members of the Armed Forces, funding is available through this scheme.
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What is a Clinical Reflexologist, aren't all Reflexologists the same?

A Clinical Reflexologist is someone who has been trained to the highest standards and can create a treatment protocol for many different conditions. Unfortunately, there are too many people who have taken a short course (sometimes as short as just 2 days!) and call themselves Reflexologists. As these courses are so short, they cannot possibly equip a therapist to competently treat conditions.
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What entry qualifications do I need?

To succeed on this course, it is more about enthusiasm, determination and hard work (since the course is intensive), rather than previous qualifications.. You certainly don't need to have studied previously at Further or Higher Education level to successfully qualify on this course.
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When do the courses start?

Our next course starts in May 2016. To view the course dates, refer to the Dates and Venue page
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What days are the training sessions on?

 Our training days are at the weekend to enable students to still keep a job, and then train at weekends. For those with children, this also helps with childcare. We meet for one weekend a month.
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How long does the course last?

 Our courses run for one year a total of 11 classes. Allowance is given at the end of that time for completion of case studies prior to qualifying. However, some students prefer to extend their period of study to suit their learning speed or their needs – life can get in the way sometimes!
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What happens if I can't get to all the training dates?

 100% attendance is normally required for the duration of the course. However, we do understand that life is full of unexpected events. Therefore, the course is designed so that students can catch up with any class missed, usually via a tutorial with Glenys.
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How much time will I need to spend on homework?

 The answer to this does very much depend on the individual. As a rule of thumb, we suggest 2 hours of home study for every hour in class. Also, case studies will take 45mins of practical work per session + about one hour to write them up. If you are a fast worker, then these times may be on the generous side. Conversely, if you like to take your time, you may want to spend more time on home study.
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What qualification will I get?

 You will qualify with Agored's Level 5 in Reflexology, and Level 4 in Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology. You will also get a Level 4 in Business Skills for Reflexologists. These Units can be used not only to become a professional Reflexologist, but also as 'accredited prior learning' towards a degree in health sciences.
As a PR Reflexologist, you will automatically qualify for entry to the CNHC and may be eligible to be paid by some private healthcare companies.
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Don't I have to do an introductory course first?

No - many Further Education colleges will tell you that you need to do an entry-level Reflexology course first (such as a Level 3 diploma) - this is completely unnecessary.
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How much does the course cost?

Our course costs £2350 (inc VAT) and is payable in monthly instalments. Deposit with application £450. Please refer to the Course Fees and Booking page for details.
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Are there any extra costs incurred on top of the basic course fees?

With the exception of the items listed below, everything you need to pass the course is included in the total cost, including student insurance, assessment fees and ALL teaching materials.
The following items are not included in the cost of the course:
• Lafuma recliner chair (optional, but recommended)
• Uniform top (not needed until the third lesson)
• Student membership to Professional Reflexology (£25.00) is paid by the College.
• Any towels, pillows, or other consumables you are wanting to use
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Can I pay by interest free instalments?

Yes you can. This is done by Standing Order and is arranged at the beginning of the course.
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Can I get a Student Loan for this course?

Unfortunately not. Although the level of training is the correct level for student loans, because we run our training at weekends our courses do not qualify for funding. To help spread the cost of the course, we allow interest free payments for the duration of the course.  Service personnel (and those recently left the services) note that we are registered with the ELC scheme.
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How do I book onto the Course?

Choose which payment option you need  from the Fees and Booking page and download the Application Form and Standing Order. Complete the Application Form and send to the address shown.  The completed Standing Order needs to be given to your Bank, not sent to me.
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