Oncology Reflexology Practitioner Diploma
20 cpd points

Validated by IPTI - (Independent Professional Therapists International)

Open to qualified reflexologists

The use of Complementary Therapies for clients suffering from Cancer is becoming more and more the norm than the exception. With current epidemiology suggesting that 1 in 3 people will experience cancer during their lifetime and the number of newly diagnosed cases in adults over the age of 50 doubling every decade, more and more therapists will work with clients who have, or have recovered from cancer. To be a truly effective therapist we must have a clear understanding of Cancer, its causes, its effect on the individual and their close relatives and friends, the various treatments and drug therapies in use today, the side effects resulting from these treatments and how we as the therapist need to adapt our treatments for the client, and their nearest and dearest, to gain the greatest benefit from the treatment.

There is growing evidence to support the use of reflexology in cancer and palliative care especially for relaxation, wellbeing and stress relief. However, the language of reflexology is not easily understood by people with conventional western medical training and this can lead to confusion for all concerned. It is important to understand how reflexology can be adapted and integrated with orthodox medical care to meet the needs of people living with cancer and other life threatening illnesses, especially those receiving palliative care. This course will give you the opportunity to learn and experience adapted reflexology techniques and sets out to provide you with the relevant and appropriate background to providing a safe and effective treatment. It will also dispel the myths that surround the use of Complementary Therapies and Cancer Care.

This unique post graduate diploma training course, has been developed for Reflexologists who have a special interest in working with people with cancer, and wish to gain knowledge and experience in the field. It is designed to give you a greater understanding of Cancer, its causes and common treatments used today. We then explore the use of Reflexology to treat the side-effects of the various treatments on offer and to improve the sufferer`s quality of life.

As a Complementary Practitioner, it is vital to be fully educated and trained before working on anyone who has cancer, particularly with the impending changes in standards and regulations within the industry.

During the course you will cover the following:

  • Overview of cancer and the allopathic treatment
  • Major causes of Cancer
  • Types of Cancer - Statistics and trends
  • The basic physiology of cancer and metastasis
  • Symptoms that may indicate potential cancer
  • Conventional and alternative cancer tests
  • Understanding how cancer spreads
  • Exploring the issues of complementary therapies and cancer
  • Understanding psychological aspects of living with a potentially fatal disease
  • Conventional cancer treatments, their side-effects and controversies
  • The Efficacy of Touch The role of Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care
  • The Physiological and Psychological Benefits of touch in Cancer Care.
  • Basic rules for therapists
  • Various ways in which reflexology may be used to help the individual come to terms with cancer and to help them help themselves

  • Adapted reflexology techniques
  • The effects on family, friends and relatives caring for people suffering from cancer

Please note - this is a practical course and students will be required to wear clinic wear for the duration.

Please note: Therapists who have completed the Massage for Cancer Care Diploma will be exempt from the first weekend of this course and the course fees will be discounted accordingly.ie 147.50 (+VAT) plus exam fee.

This course is designed as an advanced diploma open to qualified Reflexologists. A diploma certificate will be issued following successfully completed course work and exams.

You will be required to sit a 75 minute exam usually on Day 3 of the course. In addition students will be required to submit a project on a particular aspect of Cancer. The project should be approx. 2000 words (minimum 1000) and be correctly referenced. Evidence of clinical experience is encouraged where possible for all attendees and distinction grades may only be awarded to those who have provided this. The deadline for completing all assessment requirements is 6 months from the completion of the course.

Course fees include:

All course tuition
A comprehensive set of notes
Tea and coffee throughout the day

Course details


4 days

Oct-Nov 2019 Weekend (10am-5pm) fees include exam fee19 Oct 19, 20 Oct 19, 16 Nov 19, 17 Nov 19

Cost: 345.00 (+VAT)

50.00 (+VAT) deposit, payable on booking.

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50.00 +VAT Exam Fees include: Preparation and marking of Exam Papers Assessment of Projects Marking of Case Studies Provision of Diploma certificate

If you would like to pay the balance by easy payment plan please enquire when booking.

Please note - all deposits and course fees are non-refundable.
All transfers are at the discretion of the school and would be subject to an administrative charge of 25.00 (+VAT)