Reflexology in Britain is a rapidly-growing profession.  Greater public interest, acceptance and training has led to many more people giving and receiving reflexology in all types of environments to varying standards and with many varieties of technique.

The late Clive O’Hara (1948-2008), renowned practitioner, teacher, founder of the Centre for Clinical Reflexology (CCR) and the Clinical Association of Reflexologists (CAR), and former Chair of the Education and Training Working Group of the Reflexology Forum wrote this statement of need, in the Core Curriculum for Reflexology in the United Kingdom (2006):

‘a prime requirement of this curriculum was to bring to reflexology education and training in the UK a common foundation that would end the disparity in course content and depth and provide a thread of continuity between practitioners that could be recognised by, and thus reassure, the public. Reflexology is holistic in its approach but this does not conflict with gaining understanding, and developing the science, of how it works.  Reflexology is a healing art which can be cultivated on a bed of knowledge and fact.  The wealth of variety of the talents that different practitioners and tutors bring to the profession can still flourish in this core curriculum’.   

Where do I train for reflexology?

There are hundreds of venues across the UK where reflexology is taught as a subject – within colleges, private schools, and universities, some of which offer full degrees in complementary therapies.

The training venues and courses linked with the Clinical Association of Reflexologists are listed below:

The Centre for Clinical Reflexology

The Centre for Clinical Reflexology (CCR) is a reflexology training provider, following the Core Curriculum, dedicated to developing a nationwide pool of Reflexology Practitioners who can work at clinical level.  Clinical Reflexologists are trained to a level of competence that enables them to work autonomously to provide safe, effective and individually tailored treatments for a wide range of clients, including those with medical problems.  Courses available are:

  • Reflexology Therapist Diploma (Module 1)
  • Reflexology Practitioner Diploma (Module 2)

The clinical reflexology practitioner aims to work as a valid and integral part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.  To work at this level, he / she acknowledges and accepts the responsibility to work safely within their own competence and within the boundaries of complementary therapy to provide supportive treatments for all clients / patients including those with complex and challenging needs and to be aware when consultation and/or referral to another professional is necessary.  CCR qualifications are accredited and approved by the Clinical Association of Reflexologists (CAR).

For more information about the above courses and how to access Module 1 & 2 training, click here, or contact the CAR administration team for more information.

Integrative Therapies Training Unit, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie offer a combination of courses, diplomas and conferences for complementary therapists and allied health care professionals.

Diploma courses available include aromatherapy and cancer care;  clinical reflexology (incorporating CCR training); integrative hypnotherapy and adapting complementary therapies for cancer care.

A wide range of stand alone study days are also available, covering a diverse range of topics such as practical issues to cancer care; panic and phobias and evaluation, evidence and research for complementary therapists and coordinators.

For the latest information about workshops, study days, conferences and a copy of the course brochure, click here.

Alternatively, you can also contact Sarah Wilkins, Senior Complementary Therapist/Courses Co-Ordinator The Christie NHS Foundation Trust Tel: 0161 446 8236 Fax. 0161 446 3009….Please not that my working days are…Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

University Centre at Blackburn College

For more information about the courses on offer at Blackburn College, click here, or contact Angela Ince for further information on 01254 292500 or email