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PALLIATIVE CARE COURSE
Level 1

This is post graduate training for reflexologists who have gained a recognised reflexology qualification either in New Zealand or elsewhere in the world. 

As this is an extensive and specialised field of care, the knowledge and information is presented to you in 2 levels:

Level 1 - Reflexology Care for people living with cancer and/or chronic long term conditions.

Level 2 - Reflexology Care with a specific focus on people in the palliative care environment.

Please note that you may only enrol on this course if you have already undertaken the Level 1 training.

The information on this page is for the Level 1 Course. 

Both levels are held as a two day workshop, offered over one full weekend (Saturday and Sunday).   

This course is presented by Kelly Woods and Karen Middleton. This collaboration brings to you knowledge and experience from various backgrounds, with a combined insight from a whole health and holistic framework.  The intention is to provide more clarity and understanding, when supporting someone with cancer or a chronic health condition, through your Reflexology.

Over her career of 30+ years, Kelly has supported people across the lifespan, nursing in a variety of specialty areas, both based within hospitals, community and in-home.  These include spinal & head injury rehab, neurosurgical, women’s health, intensive care, medically fragile children & family/whānau, oncology, palliative and hospice care. Kelly divides her time between being a Bodywork Therapist at 'Dove Hospice and Wellness' Auckland, and seeing clients in her private practice, beautifully named 'Solace Bodywork'.

Having been in full time reflexology practice since 2012, Karen has seen and supported numerous people at various stages of cancer, and many of the chronic conditions.  She has a particular interest in supporting people with pain management through reflexology.  She is a service provider for 'Sweet Louise' secondary breast cancer trust.  Karen sees clients from her private practice, 'Karen's Reflexology' in Albany, North Shore, and travels to those who are unable to travel to her, be it home or hospital.

Level 1 Course Content: Foundational Course

  • Overview of cancer & most common long-term, chronic health conditions

  • The place of Reflexology (and other integrative approaches)

  • Specific considerations and contraindications (when adjustments are needed)

  • Reflection & the place of peer supervision for the practitioner

  • Enhancing the therapeutic relationship and honouring holistic connection (with Te Whare Tapa Whā)

  • Evidence based Reflexology (with links for ongoing reading/study)

  • Time for sharing of practitioner experiences

  • Considering referrals (i.e. scope of practice) – the when/how/where

  • Practical Reflexology session, with a client living with a health challenge (following holistic assessment and using a guided sequence)

  • Certificate of attendance for CPD will be issued on completion

Courses details:

Venue: Mercy Hospice, 61 College Hill, Ponsonby, Auckland

Couse Fee: $420 (incl gst)

Course times: 9am to 5pm both days

- dates for later in 2024 to be confirmed. Please contact Karen if you are interested in doing this training. 

Please note that your place on this course is secured on completing the enrolment form and payment of the course fee.

Your course fee includes a printed course manual, tea/coffee and nutritious snacks.  

There are numerous cafes and shops near the venue for you to be able to purchase your own lunch, or you may bring your own, which can be enjoyed in the beautiful gardens of the venue (weather permitting).

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