We offer a variety of courses to suit your professional development needs. Please contact us to request a course, or register for an upcoming Summer School Class.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES
All of ASR’s Professional Reflexology Development Courses qualify as Electives with instructional hours that count towards our 300 or 500 hour diploma programs.
For therapists pursuing individual courses for professional development, these courses offer the full spectrum from introductory-level material for the discovery of effective new skills, to advanced level training to hone your skills for the needs of your clients.
Professional development courses can be tailored for professional needs or public interest, and ANY of the courses we offer can be customized to group learning needs as:
employee wellness programs
professional health care providers lecture series
When requested*, each participant will receive a letter of attendance, including course outline and number of instructional hours, to assist professional organizations in determining their CEU allocation. (*Groups requesting certificates must provide advanced request, so the instructor can plan for printing and signing certificates.)
All of ASR’s Professional Development Courses qualify as Electives with instructional hours that count towards a cumulative ASR Reflexology Diploma, in our 300 or 500 hour diploma programs.
Professional Development Course Formats:
1-2 hour presentation (for groups)
3-4 hour class (morning, afternoon or evening session)
5-7 hour class (one day)
Tuition: Variable. All group tuition and short class tuition is formulated on group size and tailoring of course needs. ASR offers intermittent promotional courses to increase public awareness and to educate professionals in new course offerings or timely techniques. Please ask us about our community outreach policy for pro-bono information sessions.
Bodywork for Gentle-Bodies: Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain
Bodies with gentle needs often feel like they have been hit by a truck following ‘regular’ massage or bodywork sessions. Dealing with chronic pain on a daily basis, often these bodies have shifted their receptive sensory defenses several inches away from the skin into the human energy field (HEF), and therefore require bodywork that acknowledges this new boundary. Therapists learn how to be ‘let in’ to body tissue work, eliciting a much more favorable response. If you are a participant with chronic pain, learn how to listen to your body and speak for your body’s needs. Gentle and highly effective bodywork techniques will be given and received in a respectful class setting. These techniques are for any therapist who uses touch in their work, including reflexology therapists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, reiki practitioners, and others. PRE-REQUISITE "B"
Bodywork for TMJ Syndrome
Understand and help disorders of the jaw though reflexes, responsive bodywork, craniosacral techniques and pressure points. Temporal mandibular joint health involves much more than just the hinge that allows you to chew. Learn the muscles, bones and connective tissues of the head, face and neck that contribute to tension patterns, teeth grinding and orthodontic jaw problems, and how to relax and open the jaw. We will also look at the emotional aspect of jaw tension and how to bring greater awareness to this area.
Carpal-digital Bodywork: Treating the Hand
In this course we focus exclusively on the hand, its intricate anatomy, and how to help pathologies of the hand such as rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and injuries to the hand and fingers, including habitual overuse. We will learn to apply ‘glide and stick’ techniques, vectoring, fascial ‘moulding’, spreading techniques, and more, as we release tension and reduce inflammation in the hand and fingers. This is a wonderful addition to hand reflexology, as the techniques can be blended in the same session. But reflexology is not a pre-requisite. This is an exceptional course for bodywork therapists, massage therapists, and other practitioners who need their hands to make a living. Self-care and mutual hand releases will round out the day. PRE-REQUISITE "B" /Coming up July 9, 2019 in Fredericton.
A chakra is a spinning vortex of energy located just ahead of the spine. Each chakra is associated with information pertaining to health and wellbeing on a number of levels. By balancing the energy among all seven of the chakras, balance in related areas can be achieved, bringing about peace of mind, body and spirit. We will become familiar with each Chakra’s function, learn to clear our own chakras, and exchange a session in which we balance and charge each other’s chakras. We emphasize non-invasive, safe techniques. Be prepared to feel energized and renewed! As a side-note for reflexology therapist: all these techniques can also be used on the ‘reflexes’ for the chakras in the feet! OPEN ENROLLMENT.
Work on the chakras and their related health characteristics through their corresponding reflexes on the feet. You will learn the chakra reflex locations, and several techniques to clear, open and balance the chakra system. Chakra reflexes can be worked with direct pressure, or in the field surrounding the chakra reflex, making this an excellent reflexology pairing for those who use therapeutic touch or reiki healing energies. Excellent for overall energy clearing, support for physical ailments, and as an additional tool to help balance mental health symptoms of depression and anxiety. OPEN ENROLLMENT/ Coming up July 18, 2019 in Fredericton and November 18, 2019 in Moncton.
Essential Oils: 3 Ways to Boost Your Session
Heard all the hype but still don’t know how to use them? Or are you an oil enthusiast who would love another ‘essential’ perspective to boost the effectiveness of your sessions? Come play with us on this day of inhaling, applying, and absorbing good scents. Minimalist rules apply as we see how far we can go with three oils, three ways. OPEN ENROLLMENT/ Coming up August 6, 2019 in Fredericton.
As a holistic therapy, reflexology affects all aspects of health—including emotional health. But did you know that there are specific reflexes to work for differing emotional health needs? We will learn the emotional reflexes, and the techniques for working them; grounding and calming techniques; and some simple but effective ways you can assist a client through an emotional release, if one should arise during a reflexology session. Emotional reflexology is best when used in conjunction with a full body reflexology map. For example, treat the whole body in a session with a full reflexology routine—affecting hormone, brain and nervous system functions—and end with emotional reflexology techniques, or intersperse emotional reflexology throughout a full session as needed. PRE-REQUISITE "A".
Finishing Foot Massage to Energize
Is your client a little too relaxed and you feel guilty getting them up off the table? Help your clients bounce up after a session, ready to tackle the world! Energising techniques invigorate while maintaining the benefits of relaxation. Your clients will appreciate that extra sense of get-up-and-go that will have them accomplishing their daily goals, and getting a good night’s sleep…the perfect combo! Stimulate, invigorate and energize with these superstar bring-‘em-back-for-more finishing moves.
OPEN ENROLLMENT/ Coming up July 17, 2019 in Fredericton.
How to Make a Thai Stem Compress for Feet
The healing practice of Thai herbal compress therapy dates back nearly 5,000 years in Thailand. An herbal stem, sometimes referred to as a compress or ball, is steamed to release the healing properties of the herbs contained within, when pressed against or along specific body parts…in our case, the feet. We will experiment with creating our own herbal ‘recipes’, marrying Thai tradition with modern knowledge, and learn different ways to tie and prepare the stems for use. We will then use our stems in a mini-treatment created just for this class. OPEN ENROLLMENT/ Coming up July 10, 2019 in Fredericton.
Introduction to Trauma/Tension Release Exercises (TRE)
Based on the work of trauma expert David Bercelli, this workshop focuses on the body’s organically driven stress ‘discharge’ method, neurogenic tremors. In her work as a craniosacral therapist supporting somato-emotional release, Jennifer has seen these tremors appear through bodywork for over fifteen years, and has witnessed their therapeutic benefit. Now, through her training as a TRE facilitator, she can help you understand the mechanism behind the tremors, and how to safely induce them on your own. Regular practice of inducing neurogenic tremors has far reaching health benefits from physical tension release to emotional balance and restoration of the parasympathetic nervous system. We will be doing a series of exercises, so wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Space is limited. OPEN ENROLLMENT.
Kids and Reflexology: Success Stories and Formulas
We’ve interviewed reflexologists for kid strategies that work. Here are our top reflexology ‘formulas’ for help with healing booboos, getting over a flu, calming hyperactivity or anxiety; relieving pain, and stimulating self-care. Help kids understand the healing power of their own bodies, and help yourself feel better with a happier, more comfortable kid. OPEN ENROLLMENT/ Coming up June 27, 2019 in Fredericton.
The Neck and Shoulders Class
Weight of the world on your shoulders? Tension climbing up your neck? Wondering how to help a client with rotator cuff tear, or a whiplash injury? Grab a foot and a hand, we’ll show you the rest. From anatomy review and reflex instruction to inflammation and pain reduction, you’ll leave with a set of skills to make any bodywork session more effective in promoting joint movement, blood and lymph circulation, and overall tissue healing. PRE-REQUISITE "B"/ Coming up August 7, 2019 in Fredericton.
The Hip and Pelvis Class
The primary function of the pelvis, made up of two large innominate bones and the sacrum at the back, is to allow movement of the body—in walking, running, sitting and kneeling. The pelvis contains and protects the reproductive organs as well as the bladder and rectum, and, in women, frequently holds patterns of structural imbalance following birthing. There’s a good reason why reflexology maps contain so many reflexes for the hips, sacrum, and pelvic area in general. We’ll study several different reflex locations and apply treatment protocols for healthy pelvic movement and support. PRE-REQUISITE "B"/ Coming up August 8, 2019 in Fredericton.
Reading the Feet
As reflexology therapists, we are consistently observing, handling and palpating the feet. A valuable adjunct to foot reflexology, foot reading can help you get a bigger picture of your clients’ lifestyles, characteristics, and potential health cautions. By using foot reading methods to identify vulnerable areas of energy congestion or imbalance in the reflexes, you’ll be better equipped to fine-tune your sessions for successful client outcomes in all areas of health. PRE-REQUISITE "A"/ Fredericton- July 11, 2019
Stick Work: Exploring Tools in Reflexology
Wooden and resin reflexology sticks in several shapes and sizes will have you trying “finger-saving” caterpillars, hooks and pressure glides that benefit both you and your client. Explore optimal pressure, depth, grips, and light brushing techniques on various reflexes, and find out why Asian reflexologists employ so many different tools. It’ll be a day of adding another tool to your toolbox—literally! PRE-REQUISITE "A", additional tool fee/ Fredericton- July 25, 2019
Teeth Reflexology & Access Routes
How would you work reflexes in the teeth? You don’t! Instead, you’ll access reflexes in the teeth—that represent other body organs, glands and parts—through an entirely different body area. Seem complicated? Yup! But it’s super cool! We will learn what each tooth represents, and how to work that reflex system through other reflex systems, creating a ‘layered’ form of reflexology treatment. It’ll also help you understand why healthy teeth and gums are so important to the rest of your health, and what cavities, abscesses, and orthodontics may tell you about conditions in your body. PRE-REQUISITE "A"/ Fredericton- July 24, 2019
Towel Wrap Massage: A Unique Addition to Any Foot Session
Using dry towels, we’ll learn a foot massage routine applying firm pressure, friction, and passive foot movements to use at the beginning and end of your sessions—once after foot washing to transition to the reflexology routine, and the other to transition from the finishing oil massage to a series of invigorating oil-removing towel techniques. No reflexology experience necessary, since the towel wrap massage can be a relaxation tool all by itself. OPEN ENROLLMENT/ Fredericton- July 16, 2019
Treating Scars with Reflexology: Clinic
Reflexology Therapists, this is your chance to treat members of the public who have scar discomfort anywhere on the body—through the reflexes of the feet and hands, and through body reflexology methods using the principles of co- and contra-lateral reflexology and body referral areas. Immediate hands-on instruction will have your learning with your hands, with client feedback to help hone your skills. PRE-REQUISITE "A"/ Halifax- September 22, 2019
Unusual Reflexology Maps
Ever wonder just how many reflexology maps there are? A quick internet search turns up hundreds of results. Discover reflexes that are upside down, in the colon (yup!), in the tip of your finger, inside your mouth…and a few other surprise maps and body reflexes you probably didn’t know existed. PRE-REQUISITE "A"/ Fredericton- August 9, 2019
Unwinding: Tuning into Spontaneous Body Movement
Your body knows exactly what to do. Body listening and following involves removing your “thinking” brain from the unwinding experience, to allow your body to move you however it needs to. Unwinding is a gentle yet powerful tool for your body to ease tension, to find the original source of an injury, and to release it. It is a tool that, once learned, can be accessed again and again for relaxation and therapeutic release. This is a relevant course for reflexology therapists as well as other bodywork therapists, as it offers one explanation as to why certain body parts, including the feet and hands, sometimes spontaneously move of their own accord during a healing release. PRE-REQUISITE "B"