Continuing Professional Development Courses



In 2013 the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa announced that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) will be instituted for all allied health professions, including Therapeutic Reflexology.

The International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy offers a series of exciting level 2 and level 3 CPD courses, and will continue to develop further courses, open for all registered therapists and practitioners who wish to broaden their skills and knowledge within their scope of practice.


Testimonials

Very interesting and resourceful activity!

CPD activities are very important in enhancing our careers as alternative practitioners. Thank you IARAMT!

Very informative and good use of practical exercises to help us learn!

I cannot wait to implement this new knowledge and skills in my practice!

I love the “listen to your patient” approach!

It was a totally “new” learning experience, but it made sense.

Interesting, insightful and very refreshing!



the Moon Phases


The X-TRA focus on the Moon Phases CPD course offered by the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy is open for all registered therapists and practitioners who wish to broaden their pathophysiological knowledge using the concepts of energy and the magnetic influences of the moon on the human body.

Participants will relate to their bodies as magnets, understanding, for example, the polarities of the human brain, heart and circulation system. The synergy between the female menstrual cycle and the moon phases will be explored, as well as the differences in human polarity caused by conception at the new moon phase versus conception at full moon phase.

The course will further discuss the chemistry of the human body and how lifestyle choices will influence the pH levels of the tissue fluid in the body. Any imbalances will form toxic molecules that congest along the Meridians, a powerful visual assessment tool. Foods have their own vibrational energy which can have an adverse effect on people depending on the person’s individual polarity.

The course will explore the consequences of congestions along the Meridians and offer explanation to why pains become stronger around the moon phases and seasonal changes. The participants will learn how to protect themselves against external magnetic influences that can interfere with the balances along the Meridians and their general health. On completion of the course, the participants will be able to convey a lifestyle change that may not only help and support general health, but also sensitive issues such as infertility.

The course has a practical component using a pendulum to measure polarity energy of individuals and of various foods.



Auricular Therapy


The X-TRA focus on Auricular Therapy CPD course offered by the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy is open for all registered therapists and practitioners who wish to broaden their knowledge on alternative practices.

The ear is one of many body parts that present a microcosm of the body, much like the feet and the hands.

Auricular Therapy utilises the external ear for treatment of health conditions and discomforts in other parts of the body. Reflex points on the ear can be stimulated by manual pressure, magnets, auricular pens and/or ear acupressure seeds. This is also known as ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture when the stimulation is achieved by the insertion of acupuncture needles. We will use small magnet seeds, however any practitioner who has acupuncture in their Scope of Practice may use needles instead.

The reflexes found on the ear can help to regulate the body’s internal organs, structures and functions - much like a traditional reflexology treatment performed on the hands and feet.

Auricular Therapy has been widely used since ancient Chinese times, however it was only in the 1950’s when the ear was first systematically mapped according to the body by Dr Paul Nogier.



the Respiratory System


The X-TRA focus on the Respiratory System CPD course offered by the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy is open for all registered therapists and practitioners who wish to broaden their pathophysiological knowledge of the respiratory system using an ancient Chinese philosophical approach by incorporating the Meridians and the Five Elements in combination with Western observations and views. Visual assessments of the feet, face, hands and body that can be associated with the respiratory system are generic and can be used by all registered modalities as part of a treatment protocol.

This course will guide the participant through each respiratory medical condition and correlate these conditions to specific meridians and their corresponding organs. An understanding the philosophy of the Meridians and the Five Elements will ultimately assist the therapist or practitioner in identifying the underlying root cause of any respiratory condition, enabling a more precise treatment.

Discussing, for example, the Stomach Meridians, will encompass an understanding of the acid/alkaline balance within the body and the influence this sensitive balance can have on microorganisms, oxygen, nitric oxide, viruses and germs in the respiratory system.The Stomach Meridians are furthermore related to the upper respiratory tract and associated conditions, as well as asthma, bronchitis and diaphragm conditions. This course will further demonstrate how the Liver Meridians are associated with pneumonia, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis, as well as how the Kidney Meridians are linked to chronic lung disease, pulmonary embolism and oedema.

Respiratory conditions associated with the Lung and Colon Meridians will also be discussed, as well as those associated with the Bladder Meridians. Incorporating the philosophies of the Five Elements, this course will concentrate on the Metal Element that relates to vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes, and links the respiratory system to skin conditions. Muscles associated with the respiratory system will also be discussed as part of a treatment protocol.



the Large Intestine


The X-TRA focus on the Large Intestine (Colon) CPD course offered by the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy is open for all registered therapists and practitioners who wish to broaden their pathophysiological knowledge of the large intestine using an ancient Chinese philosophical approach by incorporating the Meridians and the Five Elements in combination with Western observations and views. Visual assessments that can be associated with the large intestine are generic and can be used by all registered modalities as part of a treatment protocol.

This course will guide the participant through each medical condition of the large intestine and correlate these conditions to specific meridians and their corresponding organs. An understanding the philosophy of the Meridians and the Five Elements will ultimately assist the therapist or practitioner in identifying the underlying root cause of any large intestinal condition, enabling a more precise treatment.

Some interesting topics will be discussed, for example, the constitution of healthy intestinal flora using an analogy of garden compost to the human digestive system.

Anything that was once alive can be eaten and converted into energy (Chi’), yet the balance of carbon, oxygen and nitrogen are just as important in our internal system as that of garden compost. The harmful development of microorganisms within acidic environments, as well the need for friendly bacteria (lactobacillus acidophilus), will be debated using the Five Elements and the Meridians as assessment tools.

Incorporating the philosophies of the Five Elements, this course will concentrate on the Metal Element that relates to vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. The Fire and Water Elements will also be discussed linking these to the intestinal conditions such as haemorrhoids and diarrhoea.

The course has a practical component that is suitable for all registered modalities wishing to use the Meridians as a quick and effective practical treatment.



the TCM Principles


The X-tra focus on the TCM Principles CPD course consists of a combination of three (3) short courses offered by the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy (IARAMT). This series of short courses is open for all registered therapists and practitioners who wish to broaden their patho-physiological knowledge using an ancient Chinese philosophical approach by incorporating the Meridians and the Five Elements in combination with Western observations and views.

Visual body assessments using Chinese Meridian and Five Elements philosophies are generic and can be used by all registered modalities as part of a treatment protocol.


Course 1: Patho-physiology using Chinese Meridian Philosophy

The concept of energy channels is a central point of many alternative therapies such as Acupuncture and Reflexology. Congestions along these energy channels are caused by blockages which in turn will manifest themselves as various diseases and ailments throughout the body.

A clear understanding of how these congestions can manifest in the body, together with typical symptoms warning us that the body is no longer in a state of homeostasis, will aid us in the understanding of the root causes of “disease”.

The principles and philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are based on the premise that we need to treat the body as a whole (body, mind and soul). The concept of the Meridians is the focus point of many therapies, such as Acupuncture where needles are inserted into points along the Meridian lines to clear blockages, or Shiatsu being a more Japanese form of finger massage along the Meridians. Chinese herbal medicine also takes cognisance of these principles and philosophies in determining which remedies will be most beneficial.

Having an insight into the Meridians from a more Western point of view and applying our knowledge of pathophysiology at the same time, a different picture emerges from which many of the questions unanswered in many therapies can be solved. We start realizing why certain debilitating diseases are on the increase in modern society and how we can combat these diseases effectively. In addition to this, a clearer understanding can be obtained as to why certain conditions often go hand-in-hand with one another.

For example, it will become evident why patients suffering from Diabetes Mellitus are often also overweight, susceptible to gangrene and have a tendency to seek attention and sympathy from others (Five Elements). Typical symptoms such as thirst and heart palpitations, which only in recent years have been recognized by Orthodox medicine, are also explained according to the Meridians.

During this course you will investigate the Meridians in depth with specific emphasis being placed on the application of pathophysiology.

This will prepare you to apply in-depth assessment skills towards patient emotional behaviour.


Course 2: Emotional Behaviour using Chinese Five Elements Philosophy

Prior to our modern electronic societies, people who lived from the Earth understood the closeness and importance of Nature. As Nature all around them went through its natural process of change, they instinctively knew that the Nature “within” followed these same patterns. They watched and learned the Elements and knew that as Nature around them went through natural processes of change, the cycle of seasons also created changes within. Each Element is ever present and ever basic to life. All thinking, feeling and performances are done in accordance with Nature.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the relationship of the human being to nature is natural and the system of examination, diagnosis and treatment is based on natural processes. The concept of health follows laws natural in Life Energy (Chi’), natural in Nature. The existence of humanity and in fact all of Nature are dependent upon Chi’.

Chi’ is needed to move planets, making the Sun shine, the Wind blow and the Elements to be present. If Chi’ goes out of kilter it becomes basis of disease. Stress and stress related health problems are often blamed on conditions “outside” the body, rather than “looking” within. When in a healthy state, human beings should be able to feel and express all the emotions as appropriate. Every illness or imbalance is bound up with an emotion. The sound of our voice reflects our emotion.


Course 3: Body Assessments using Chinese Five Elements & Meridian Philosophy

The most visible areas on our bodies that are not usually covered are our face, hands and feet. Making tactile assessments of these areas will enable therapists to ask probing questions about the patient’s case history and thereby give a more complete picture of the patient’s general health and well-being.

In many health professions we will often be presented with patients having bunions, corns, hammertoes, callous and nail disorders. In treating and understanding these feet conditions, the main stream medical profession will often blame the shape of our shoes.

The feet can be described as an architectural masterpiece as they can bear and balance the entire body weight of a person. It therefore stands to reason that many imbalances within the body can quite easily also manifest themselves in the feet in a more visual form, especially from a structural point of view. These tactile assessments are closely associated with the Meridians and the Five Elements. The Meridians found in the face, hands and feet are the key to revealing where imbalances lie and play a major role in the enhancement of general health and well-being.

Furthermore, assessments in the feet also relate to the reflexes as found and understood in the science of Reflexology.