Oncology Reflexology Practitioner Diploma

Oncology Reflexology Practitioner Diploma

20 cpd points

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.

Course Details

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:

Days One and Two

  • Overview of cancer and the allopathic treatment
  • Main causes of Cancer
  • Cancer prevention – the role of complementary therapist
  • 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 massage and cancer
  • Understanding psychological aspects of living with a potentially fatal disease
  • Conventional cancer treatments, their side-effects and controversies

Days Three and Four

  • The Efficacy of Touch–role of Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care
  • The Physiological and Psychological Benefits of touch in Cancer Care.
  • Basic rules for therapists
  • Ways reflexology may help people come to terms with cancer
  • Adapted reflexology techniques
  • The effects of cancer on family, friends and relatives


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.


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

Who Can Attend?

Open to qualified Reflexologists

Recognition by Professional Associations

Widely accepted by most Professional Bodies. If you are not already registered with a Professional Body and would like to do so here are some useful links – ICGT, CtHA, FHT. For stand alone insurance Balens

More Information

Please note: Therapists who have completed the Oncology Massage Practitioner Diploma will be exempt from the first weekend of this course and the course fees will be discounted accordingly.ie £195.00 (+VAT) plus half price exam fee. (You will not be required to retake the exam but will need to submit case studies for marking)

The second weekend of the course will be largely practical in content and you will be required to wear appropriate clinic workwear for this. During the practical sessions you will practise on each other under the supervision of the tutor who will offer guidance and feedback.

Duration: 4 days

Course fees include the following:

  • All class tuition
  • A comprehensive course manual
  • An MSCM Certificate of Attendance for your professional portfolio
  • 20 cpd points

Exam Fees:  – £50.00 (+VAT) – Payable prior to course commencement.


  • Exam registration
  • Practical assessment
  • Marking of theory exam
  • Marking of assignments
  • Marking of case studies
  • Issue of Diploma
  • Postage of diploma by Registered Post

Tutors: Margaret Karlinski and Nigel Watkins– see our MSCM Tutor Page

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Course Dates

September 2022 - October 2022 - 4 weekend days starting 17th September 2021- 10am - 5pm

Cost: £375.00 (+VAT)

Interest-free Easy Payment Plan available upon request.£50.00 (+VAT) deposit, payable on booking.
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