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OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Applied Reflexology for Integrated Medicine


Before you go any further, some of the most important questions that are often asked before embarking on a Course in Reflexology are answered below:


What is the Inspira Academy?

Inspira Academy is a private college and we teach the OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Applied Reflexology for Integrated Medicine which is currently the highest level available in the UK.   Inspira Academy is the longest running training centre in the South Wales area.  Other Schools and Colleges have come and gone, but Inspira Academy has always upheld the highest standards and due to an ever increasing demand for this stringent approach to training.   
At the Cardiff Centre, we also teach all the Reiki levels - including Reiki Practitioner Skills training

Where is the Inspira Academy based?

The Inspira Academy Head Office is located in Dinas Powys in between Cardiff and Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. 

The course venue is located in Sully, between Cardiff and Barry, Vale of Glamorgan

(Please click on location for more information about the venue).

Who are the Inspira Personnel?

Sue Alma Evans
Sue is a BA(Hons), Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, PGCE, Director & Principal Tutor in Reflexology & Reiki
Paul Steward, BSc
Paul is Director and Administrator
Jane Powell, PGCE, AoR
Jane is a new Director and also trained at Inspira Academy and lectures for Inspira.  Jane runs her own private clinic too
Anne Trigg, BA(Hons), PGCE, AoR
Anne was formerly a high school teacher before training with Inspira Academy and becoming a Reflexologist and Reflexology Lecturer
Cath England, BSc(Hons), AoR
Cath was a Science teacher before training with Inspira Academy and becoming a Reflexologist and reflexology Lecturer at the Cardiff Centre
Jenny Gunnarsson, PGCE, AoR
Jenny is the latest addition to our team.  Jenny also trained at Inspira Academy and now lectures for Inspira.  Jenny also runs her own private clinic


Reasons to enrol on the Level 5 Course in Reflexology

What the Inspira Academy Reflexology Course provides:  

At Level 5 you will learn all the things that you should be learning at Level 3, as well as much more and at a depth and complexity that will give you much more confidence to be a fully equipped Reflexologist at the end of your training.  

Yes, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is important, but you should not be learning as CPD, subjects that are the **basics ... you should be learning them in order to qualify!   ** working with a pregnant client, working with someone who has cancer etc.  Imagine how many clients you would have to refuse to treat, just with these two examples!  Below is a list of what we can assure all learners of when they enrol on a Centralia/CREA Level 5 training course and if you are looking at any other courses, please feel free to copy the list and make sure that they can say yes to the whole list.  If there is just one no or they cannot answer the question ... think again!




  • Highest level of Reflexology Training in the UK 
  • Minimum Guaranteed Face to Face Teaching Hours - All Centralia Centres teach YOU               for 160 hours as a minimum - it is a "Hands On" therapy!
  • Course designed by Reflexologists for Reflexologists
  • Palliative Care
  • Maternity Care
  • Subfertility Care
  • Stress Management 
  • Hand Reflexology
  • Nutrition facts for clients and practitioners
  • Research Module
  • National Occupational Standards (NOS's)
  • Comply with Core Curriculum for Reflexology 
  • Guaranteed equality of assessments 
  • Guaranteed equality of evidence based studies
  • All units reflexology specific (Level 3 has 4 units only 1 is specific to reflexology)               Centralia Level 5 has 8 units and they are all Reflexology specific)
  • No generic units - you will learn what you need to learn to be a reflexologist, rather than         having to study a subject area that covers other therapies but is not relevant to being a   Reflexologist - but you still have to spend time studying them - whether you are interested            or not!
  • All Main Tutors are reflexologists with over 3 years clinical practice
  • Verification by an Independent External Approved Centre - Centralia/CREA
  • Externally Verified by Awarding Body (OTHM)
  • Set assessments to guarantee quality assurance and standards
  • All Centralia training centres meet at least once per year to review and improve the course content
  • All Centralia training centres share "best practice" and are committed to upholding and continually developing the standards of the training provision.  This is so that the Reflexologists trained by them are the very best Reflexologists in the UK ... and beyond!  
If you want to learn how to become a clinical, therapeutic and professional reflexologists - look no further!


What is reflexology?

What is Reflexology? - A Definition

* Reflexology is a complementary therapy that is used in an ever increasing number of working environments.

The roots of reflexology are ancient, although it is in the last century that it has once again found its place as a respected means of promoting health and well-being.

Reflexology is both an art and a science. It is an art because a refOFQUALlexologist must be adept, skilful and sensitive, and a science because it is based on physiological and neurological study and is an ever increasing subject of research.

The feet are a mirror image of the body itself - If you imagine looking at the feet together, then the head is represented by the big toes, the chest and lungs are the balls of the feet, the insteps are the main torso and the heels become the bottom of the body. You have to imagine someone sitting on the floor, with their arms and legs crossed, or kneeling with legs tucked underneath the bottom - then look at the pair of feet ... the shape is the same!

Within the feet are areas for all the body's organs and systems and with precise thumb and finger movements these are accessed in order to promote and aid the body's own healing system. So although the reflexologist will activate the healing process, it is the receiver of reflexology who will be in control of their own health and well being, a really positive way in which to look after yourself!

Is the Inspira Academy Level 5 Course recognised nationally?


* The OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Applied Reflexology for Integrated Medicine qualification is part of the United Kingdom Regulatory system and is registered with OFQUAL

Will I be able to gain insurance when I complete the Level 5 Course?


*  You will register as student members with the Association of Reflexologists (to include free student insurance) and upon successful completion you may then obtain full membership giving access to comprehensive insurance cover via the AoR.

How many students are there in each group?

* There are a maximum of 12 students per group 

How much time will be needed for studying at home?

* Please allow about 10 hours a week on average.   You spend approximately 170+ being taught in class at Inspira Academy and the remaining hours are spent studying, researching or doing Study Client Treatments at home

How long are the Reflexology class days?

* The Weekend Reflexology course days (please see course dates) run from 9.30am until 17.30

* The Weekday Reflexology course days (please see course dates) run from 10.00am until 16.00

How long are the ~Inspira~ Reflexology Courses?

* The Weekend Reflexology course is 22 days and the Weekday Reflexology course is 29 days both spread over 11 months in order to allow sufficient time to be confident and complete assignments and treatments

Are ~Inspira~ recognised by any organisation/association/Societies?

* Yes!
Because the qualification is REGULATED in exactly the same way as GCSE's. A Levels, Degrees etc., your training at Inspira Academy and the qualification certification will be recognised both Nationally and Internationally. 

What are the entry requirements?

* Foremost is the desire and commitment to learn reflexology and no prior knowledge is necessary
* Minimum age is 18, but there is no maximum
* Some IT skills (or be willing to learn them) as some assignments have to be sent by email or electronically


What are my employment opportunities after completing the Level 5 Course?

* Complementary Therapies and Reflexology and Reiki in particular, are growth industries and because all the Inspira Academy tutors have been reflexologists and Reiki practitioners for many years, and because Inspira has such a good reputation, potential employers contact us directly enabling us to match working opportunities with qualified Inspira practitioners

* Many past Inspira students have gone on to achieve wonderful things and here is a sample of some of the specialist areas:

> Corporate Stress Management
> Employment in a Private Health Hospital 
> Providing therapy to children with Cerebral Palsy in a Special School
> Day Centre and respite care for the disabled
> Some groups have remained together after completing their course to provide corporate and event treatments
> Working with children and youngsters within a mainstream school
> Controlling stress levels to band members prior to performing live on stage
> Private fertility clinic
> Peripatetic bus providing treatments for the carers of those with Alzheimers (Dawn John who set it up, as well as the reflexologists employed on the bus, were trained at Inspira)
> Working in mental health
> Working in the NHS (hospices, hospitals & GP surgeries)
> Dental Practice
> Reflexologist at League Football club
> Reflexologists at local rugby clubs
> As well as numerous self-employed opportunities available

Are there any opportunities for academic progression?

* Yes!

The OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Applied Reflexology for Integrated Medicine is designed principally to lead directly to employment as a reflexologist.  However, as Level 5 is comparable to a Foundation Degree years 1 + 2, it will enable progression to a First Degree in Health Sciences in a number of Higher Education Programmes in UK universities.

Research is an integral part of the Level 5 Reflexology Course and an Inspira trained student has had her research article "Using reflexology to manage stress in the workplace:  A preliminary study" published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.  

Inspira Academy tutors are involved with Professors and Consultants at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and are collaborating to develop an Integrated Medicine approach to Reflexology within the medical environment.   


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