Elective Classes


Elective classes may be taken as continuing education, as elective credits for the Reflexology Diploma Program, or on their own. Most qualify for as CE hours for ARCB, ABMP and many states’ massage and reflexology licenses. Please read course descriptions for prerequisites.

We offer early bird registration pricing on our classes—registration deadlines are listed below. Please note that certain elective classes have a registration requirement of 30 or more days for early bird pricing, and that the early bird deposit for international instructors is non-refundable.

2017 Elective Classes

December

Reflexology for the Hands  In this class, Neil McNeill will help translate the reflexology you’ve been doing on the feet into an application on the hands. Hands are frequently more convenient to work on than the feet—on yourself and others. With the increase in hand-intensive activities such as gaming, computer use and texting, hand reflexology provides a welcome respite for hand tension and overuse. You will learn relaxation techniques and specific reflexology points and for the hands as well as a hand reflexology routine to use on yourself and others.  Sun 9 am—4 pm (6 credits)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Reflexology
Dec 3  $150 ($170 after Nov 18)

2018 Elective Classes

January

Reflexology Approaches for Acupuncturists  Learn techniques to integrate the two powerful modalities of acupuncture and reflexology to amplify healing.  Karen Kraft (EAMP, RF) will share techniques and insights into the overlay of these two systems and how to elegantly integrate them into practice.   This class is designed for acupuncturists and acupuncture students who have taken the Introduction to Reflexology class as a prerequisite course.  9 am—5 pm (6.5 NCCAOM PDA credits; 7 credits with SRMC)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology
Jan 27  $170 ($190 after Jan 12)

February

Dr. Jesus Manzanares will be coming to Seattle from Barcelona, Spain to teach a three-day intensive course. Dr. Manzanares was the first researcher to conduct a scientific study undertaking to determine the content of the “deposits” reflexologists find in the feet (access several of his scientific studies on reflexology here). Take your techniques to a new level with this evidence-based neuro-physiological approach to the work, as presented by a general practice physician (since 1982), reflexologist and homeopath. Over the past 39 years Dr. Manzanares has conducted reflexology research and studies on thousands of patients with the intent to determine precise mapping of the reflexes and clinical techniques and protocols for specific conditions and pathologies. Exclusively developed for the reflexology professional by an integrative medicine physician and researcher, this cutting-edge training is unique compared to traditional reflexology education. He will cover detailed mapping, effective pressure, appropriate duration of work and frequency of sessions, as well as contraindications. This course is open to all health practitioners, wellness professionals and educators interested in contemporary science-based education in reflexology from an advanced, clinical perspective. Send your deposit early to hold your place in this very popular class, as it will fill early! Early bird pricing ends November 30, 2017. Visit manzanaresmethod for more information about Dr. Manzanares and his facility.  Fri, Sat & Sun 9 am—5 pm (21 credits)

Dr. Manzanares Reflexologic Method™
A Science-Based Course for the Reflexology Professional

Day 1: Neurophysiological bases of foot reflexology
Day 2: Landmarks in foot reflexology locations
Day 3: Skills in location and analysis of foot deposits
Check out his program for specific components of this class (but please register through Seattle Reflexology).
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Reflexology
February 9-11, 2018   pricing as follows:

Early registration (ends Nov 30, 2017; $100 early bird deposit is non-refundable)
New students: $570
Returning students: $480 ($160 per day)

Late registration (Dec 1, 2017 and later)
New students: $630
Returning students: $600 ($200 per day)

March

Energy Awareness & Reflexology In this very special class, Neil McNeill will share concepts of energy awareness and its use in your practice of reflexology. Including descriptions of energy through the lenses of both spirituality and science, this class will offer a chance to personally experience and more deeply understand energy, as well as how to sense and direct it. You will also learn basic grounding and shielding techniques. Sun. 9 am—4 pm (6 credits)
PREREQUISITES: Introductory Reflexology.
Mar 4 $160 ($180 after Feb 16)

Holistic Approaches to Communication with Bethany Jorgenson. Sun. 9 am—6 pm (8 credits)
PREREQUISITES: None – appropriate for all bodyworkers.
Mar 18 $190 ($210 after Mar 2)

April

Frontier Biology  This 3 hour lecture on energy medicine and cell communication will give you a new view of the world! In a time when results from biology, energy medicine and consciousness research are pouring in at a breathtaking pace, it can be an overwhelming task to stay updated and find out what it all means. In this lecture Peter Lund Frandsen will join us from Denmark help us do just that. He will explore the implications of old and new research from multiple fields of natural sciences and show how in combining these findings, a new broader view of biology is emerging. Experiments from the very frontier of science hint at the existence of subtle energy. An energy form following rules, which break our common view of nature and life. Could it be that our conception of a body delimited by the skin is an artifact only constructed by the limitations of our available senses? Every single known and measurable energy form is also being used for communication between our body cells – light (biophotons), mechanical energy (push, pull, sound) in connective tissue and electrical energy (which is not only found in nerves, but everywhere in the body). Is energy more important than matter? All energies form wave patterns, vibrations with a certain rhythm. When these rhythms cooperate, when they sync, they amplify each other and keep all the body’s molecules and parts in place. Rhythms tend to synchronize to the strongest rhythm. This is where the heart plays a large role as the “body metronome”. Did you know that the rhythmical pulsation in the heart meridian (7.8 oscillations per second) is exactly equal to the fluctuations in the earth’s magnetic field (Schumann resonance)? Innermost in our discussion stands the fact that consciousness, both individually and collectively, is inseparably combined with nature’s smallest building blocks. Do conscious beings’ thought patterns directly influence our world and everything in it? This lecture will tie the “New Biology” to new ways in which we may be able to explain the working mechanisms of many healing modalities, and on a larger scale to begin to understand ourselves as indivisible parts of a conscious universe. The event will be delivered in a lively format, with lots of illustrations, video clips and small exercises. Read more at frontierbiology.com. Thursday 6—9 pm (3 credits)
PREREQUISITES: None. Open to the public.
Apr 12 $85

Round About:  the Arm & Hand  For reflexologists the arms and hands are of interest not only because so many people suffer from problems in arm, elbow, wrist and hands, but also because reflexology is a hands-on modality, where knowledge about this area and self protetcting techniques are crucial for good results and a long therapeutic career! Instructed by Dorthe Krogsgaard and Peter Lund Frandsen (coming from Denmark). An extensive fully illustrated workbook is included with the workshop. More information is available at touchpoint.dk.  Sat. & Sun. 9 am—5 pm (14 credits, applicable toward ARCB and Washington State CEs)

Headlines in this workshop

  • “mouse arm”, tennis and golf elbow
  • tenosynovitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • palpation and testing procedures
  • nerve impingement in the “3 thoracic gates” – thoracic outlet syndrome
  • gentle manipulation of elbow and wrist
  • segmental innervation of the arms
  • nerve reflexology for arm nerves
  • alternative foot reflexes
  • selected trigger points
  • self-help massage of hands, forearms and elbows
  • gentle-on-the-fingers reflexology techniques
  • work place ergonomics
  • analysis and correction of sitting posture

PREREQUISITES: a hands-on Introductory Reflexology class.
April 12-13, 2018 (Thurs-Fri, 9-5; $100 early bird deposit is non-refundable)

Tax Tips for Reflexologists “Sometimes owning a small business can seem so overwhelming! It seems that, no matter how hard I work, I still feel so tax poor!” In this class, instructor Pam Foster will examine the tricks and tips to have your business work for you…and all of this is LEGAL! Come and increase your knowledge and understanding of optimizing your business deductions and reducing your tax burden.  Sun 2—5 pm (3 credits)
PREREQUISITES: None.
Apr 22  $75 ($95 after Apr 6)

May

Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is a cutting-edge, multi-award winning reflexology protocol developed by Sally Kay (UK). RLD may be used to help reduce lymphedema after treatment for breast cancer. Clinical experience and anecdotal evidence from a growing body of case studies suggests RLD may also be useful for clients with many non-cancer-related autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, migraines, CFS/ME (chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalopathy) and many other inflammatory conditions. This will be an evidence-based course in which you will learn specific reflexology techniques for lymphatic drainage reflexively via the feet. The aim is to stimulate the function of the lymphatic system and drain excess lymph from reflexively damaged areas using a problem-specific RLD sequence. For additional information please visit reflexologylymphdrainage.co.uk  Fri-Sat 9 am—5 pm (14 credits, applicable toward ARCB and Washington State CEs)
PREREQUISITES: a hands-on Introductory Reflexology class.
May TBA $TBA ($TBA+$40 after Apr TBA; $100 early bird deposit is non-refundable)

RLD Day 1
Summary of existing RLD research
Review of the lymphatic system and drainage areas
Lymphedema – causes & treatment
RLD for breast cancer related secondary lymphedema
Measuring & calculating the volume of the arm
Demonstration & practice

RLD Day 2
Review of the immune system & autoimmune disorders
RLD for clients with other conditions
Using a standard outcome measure
Demonstration & practice
RLD for legs & other areas of lymphedema
RLD for hand reflexes

Course material includes the following
Course handbook and support material
Data files for limb volume calculation, (via USB memory stick or email)
Certificate of attendance
Guidelines for a case-study
The case-study is submitted by email; feedback and a Certificate will be sent within 21 days of submission
A free listing on the RLD ‘Find-a-Therapist’ website on successful completion of the case-study

September

The Stress-Response: A Sympathetic Nervous System, Hormonal and Immune Challenge  The stress-response in humans is for a great part embedded in the “arousal” function in the nervous system. “Arousal” stays for the grade of conscious and non-conscious alertness in states of challenge, danger and pain. In more “older” terms of nervous function, arousal belongs to the structures and pathways of the “limbic system”. While the limbic system restricts to the unconscious part of the brain under the cortex, in today’s neurophysiology the arousal function includes autonomic inputs in the brain and responses over a large part of the cortical and subcortical functions. On the other hand: the immune system plays an important role in the stress-response as it must fight inflammation caused by the nervous and hormonal actions. In this workshop, we reach out with the compact but necessary knowledge around the arousal system and couple it to a practical work-out, embedded in a Manual Neurotherapy-Nerve Reflexology (MNT-NR) concept on stress and pain. You can read more on this concept here. We welcome Nico Pauly from Holland as he instructs this class. An extensive hand-out and a copy of the powerpoint is included in this workshop. Mon-Tues 9 am—5 pm (14 credits; CE hours for ARCB, ABMP and many states’ massage and reflexology licenses)

Headlines of this workshop:

  • Overview of the arousal system
  • The “selfish” immune system versus the “selfish” nervous system
  • Working with Nerve Reflexology -techniques on the nervous and hormonal pathways
  • Working with Manual Neurotherapy -techniques on somatic and autonomic structures
  • Combining MNT-NR techniques with foot-zone reflexology

PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Reflexology
Sept 10-11  $TBA ($TBA+$40 after Aug 13; $100 early bird deposit is non-refundable)

October

Tax Tips for Reflexologists “Sometimes owning a small business can seem so overwhelming! It seems that, no matter how hard I work, I still feel so tax poor!” In this class, instructor Pam Foster will examine the tricks and tips to have your business work for you…and all of this is LEGAL! Come and increase your knowledge and understanding of optimizing your business deductions and reducing your tax burden.  Sun 2—5 pm (3 credits)
PREREQUISITES: None.
Oct 28  $75 ($95 after Oct 12)

November

Pain Control & Stress Reduction with Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology is a course designed by Bill Flocco for everyone from the layperson to the highly experienced reflexology practitioner.  Bill offers ear, hand and foot reflexology techniques to relieve common causes of tension and stress, and indicates which microcosm – feet, hands or ears – is most effective for each of the more than 20 ailments addressed, as well as internal and musculoskeletal parts of the body. This independent class serves as a foundation for the more in-depth class offered over the weekend. Visit americanacademyofreflexology for more details.  Fri 6–9 pm (3 credits CE hours for ARCB, NCBTMB, ABMP and many states Massage/Reflexology license)
PREREQUISITES: None. Open to the public.
Nov 2 $85

In Musculoskeletal Ear, Hand and Foot Reflexology you will learn how to reflex feet, hands and ears for musculoskeletal issues from the head to the feet and everything in between.  Learn Priority Reflexing:  which microcosm is best for relieving pain for each of twenty nine (29) parts of the body. Also discover Progression Reflexing: what is the best way to progress through the microcosms as you reflex for specific, maximum results. Reflexologists and other professionals will be able to incorporate what is learned into their reflexology and other practices for far greater results and increased income. Most people who take this class and apply what they learn are thrilled at the dramatic increased results they get with their clients. Get far better results by integrating foot, hand and ear reflexology during the same session than reflexing just feet, just hands, or just ears. This is very much a hands-on workshop, designed for both beginning and veteran reflexologists, massage therapists, bodyworkers, and any natural health care practitioner. Don’t miss internationally renowned instructor, author, veteran teacher and leader in the field of reflexology Bill Flocco as he teaches this class in Seattle!  Visit americanacademyofreflexology for more details.  Sat-Sun 9 am—5 pm (14 credits CE hours for ARCB, NCBTMB, ABMP and many states Massage/Reflexology license)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology or its equivalent from a hands-on school
Nov 3-4  $325 ($365 after Oct 5; $100 early bird deposit is non-refundable)
*** SEE special price offer below

The Hidden Power of Reflexology for Chemical Dependency  Chemical dependency is growing in epidemic proportions across every state of the United States of America, as well as overseas. There is an approach that has been successfully used for several decades, that uses reflex locations on the outer ear, to help with chemical dependency issues. The purpose of this course is to help practitioners learn about various types of chemical dependency and the reflex points that have been proven to helpful when applied for chemical dependency issues. These points can be used as a stand alone approach or, preferably, incorporated into a comprehensive approach to chemical dependency. By the end of the class you will be able to discuss what chemical dependency is, list different types of chemical dependency, describe physical, emotional, social related issues, and describe the 30 Year History of the NADA Points for Chemical Dependency. Most importantly, you will perform protocols in an Integrated Ear Hand Foot Reflexology Routine for Chemical Dependency.  This class is great for both the beginning and veteran reflexologist, massage therapists, bodyworkers, and any natural health care practitioner. Visit americanacademyofreflexology for more details. Instructed by renowned instructor, author, veteran teacher and leader in the field of reflexology, Bill Flocco.  Mon 9 am—5 pm (7 credits CE hours for ARCB, NCBTMB, ABMP and many states Massage/Reflexology license)
PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Reflexology or its equivalent from a hands-on school
Nov 5  $190 ($230 after Oct 6; $100 early bird deposit is non-refundable)
*** SEE special price offer below

*** SPECIAL PRICE WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR BOTH ALL-DAY CLASSES WITH BILL FLOCCO:
$500 ($540 after Oct 5; two $100 early bird deposits are non-refundable)

December

Reflexology for the Hands  In this class, Neil McNeill will help translate the reflexology you’ve been doing on the feet into an application on the hands. Hands are frequently more convenient to work on than the feet—on yourself and others. With the increase in hand-intensive activities such as gaming, computer use and texting, hand reflexology provides a welcome respite for hand tension and overuse. You will learn relaxation techniques and specific reflexology points and for the hands as well as a hand reflexology routine to use on yourself and others.  Sun 9 am—4 pm (6 credits)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Reflexology
Dec 1  $150 ($170 after Nov 16)

TBA in 2018

Nutrition for Reflexologists  Are you ready for an enlightened nutrition class that will open a new door for your understanding of how the body works using nutrition and reflexology? Join Astrid Zuppinger RD, CCN, LMP, CR for a cutting-edge class in reviewing how our body functions, what our bodies are made of, how it works and how nutrients are important on a cellular level.  We will cover a vast arena from A-Z including nutrients, disease states (diabetes, gastrointestinal, etc.), dermatology, reproductive issues and discuss what is going on in the world of nutrition today and how you can incorporate simple nutrition to educate your clients and their health.  Sat & Sun 9 am—4 pm (12 credits)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Reflexology
Date TBA; $275 ($295 after cutoff date)

 

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