Contemporary Reflexology College was created by Principal Allison Walker to teach Reflexology to the highest possible standard with forward thinking and creative techniques.
About College Principal Allison Walker:
An experienced Reflexology Practitioner and Teacher, Allison has been in clinical practice for over 19 years and teaching for 17 years. She now lives in the beautiful Peak District with her pug x cairn rescue dog. Allison's interests include Qigong, Wildlife Photography, writing articles and short stories, veggie cooking, reading and walking in the Peak District. The image above was taken on a morning walk to the stepping stones in Dovedale where Allison often meditates.
Here are some of Allison's training, qualifications and membership details:
- CRM5 (Dip) Tutor (Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology Tutor. Centralia Reflexology Mastership - incorporating Agored Cymru units at Level 5)
- PRM - Professional Reflexology Member
- FMAR - Fellow Member of The Association of Reflexologists - nominated by the local AoR group for teaching
- Qualified Adult Education Teacher
- ART (Reg'd) - Advanced Reflexology Training
- Approved V.R.T Tutor (Vertical Reflexology Techniques)
- Graduate and former Director of The International Institute of Reflexology
- Former Tutor for Jubilee College
- Diploma in Nerve Reflexology
- Trained in Auricular Reflexology and Acupuncture, Meridian and 5 Element Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage Reflexology, Sub-Fertility and Maternity Care Reflexology, Adapting Reflexology for Palliative Care and Vertical Reflexology and Research.
- MET - Trained to Master Practitioner /Trainer level in Meridian Energy Therapies including E.F.T - The Emotional Freedom Technique
Allison discovered Complementary Therapies through tackling her own health issues:
"I was a busy Sales Manager driving approximately 50,000 miles a year, with many different hats on, never stopping to give my mind and body time to relax and heal. I ended up with irritable bowel syndrome, a worsening of migraines, terrible back pain from an old injury, endometriosis and fibroids.
The medical profession could only help me so far and I knew that I had to start listening to my body and sort it out myself. Once I took responsibility for my own healing I never looked back. I learned about nutrition and nutritional and herbal supplements and was on the anti-candida diet for a year. I changed jobs and decided to re-train whilst still working hard but was determined to improve my quality of life. Once you find yourself on the right pathway everything seems to accelerate and slot into place. I found the perfect therapy for me - Reflexology - and I realised that I could do something to help myself and help others at the same time! I qualified as a Reflexologist in the 1990's and have worked with hundreds of people helping them on their healing journeys, I feel so priviledged!
Soon after qualifying I had three busy clinics and was seeing up to 50 people a week in my early years of practice, so much learning and experience gained!
I never cease to be amazed at the body's innate ability to heal itself given the right signals and support. I have worked tirelessly (without the stress!) to hone my Reflexology skills, attending specialist courses, workshops and seminars. The rewards for helping people are truly amazing, I would recommend a career in Reflexology to anyone who cares about the well being of others and enjoys supporting people through their physical and emotional life challenges. Having had emotional challenges myself with divorce and bereavement I feel that I can empathise with my clients, my own strong spiritual beliefs really helping me to understand what our purpose is in life and to see the bigger picture.
Working as a Reflexologist I can see the way that clients' bodies try to rebalance but I also understand the importance of lifestyle choices, diet and emotional well being to our health and happiness.
I am passionate about working with people holistically to help them to move forward in life as I have managed to do. Teaching Reflexology is a joy and I love sharing my experience and knowledge with like-minded people. The Level 5 course is so exciting to teach. It offers so much more than the Level 3 courses and really equips the modern reflexologist for today's world. I also love the way in which each Tutor can add to the main syllabus by introducing their own specialisms, this is why with CRC there is so much emphasis on self-care and valuable techniques to help people with pain management - such as the simple but powerful Auricular Reflexology. I have specialised in clinical practice in helping those with physical and emotional pain and believe that it is important to share my skills and knowledge in this area with my groups. It is important that each person in my groups participates and tells their story for the most powerful and long lasting learning comes from what each of us has to share with the other. So group discussions, when we sometimes go right off the initial topic, are not only great fun but also very valuable! If anything that I have mentioned here has struck a chord with you then do get in touch for a chat, sometimes you need to connect with a real person and talk through your aspirations and options before making such a life changing decision!"
Introducing In-Spires Reflexology College
In-Spires Reflexology College is run by Ruth Hodgkiss and is affiliated to Contemporary Reflexology College.
Ruth Hodgkiss is a Level 5 Reflexology practitioner with a fun professional teaching style. Ruth has a teaching degree specialising in Business Studies and ITC (Information Technology) but is now focussed on her career as a reflexologist and reflexology tutor.
In-Spires is based in the beautiful Cathedral City of Lichfield and so the college name was ‘inspired’ by the Spires of the Cathedral close to the course venue and also because Ruth is passionate about ‘inspiring’ her students to achieve their full potential as reflexologists.
Ruth also taught for many years and was head of department at Lichfield Cathedral School!
I must say also that Ruth is an ‘inspiring’ teacher who really helps people to understand what she is teaching.
Ruth has good experience in professional clinical practice and has been assisting and teaching alongside Allison Walker for a couple of years.
In-Spires College is new and fresh with great ideas to help students develop their reflexology skills. Aspects of the course will initially be overseen and supported by Allison Walker.
The venue is central Lichfield with free parking and within walking distance of the railway station.
Courses will be kept small at around 6 per group and this ensures plenty of one to one support.
The course times should be manageable for parents needing to drop off children to school on route to class.
Ruth will also provide a light veggie lunch for her students so you can fully focus on the day’s activities and not worry about a packed lunch.
If In-Spires Reflexology College has inspired you then please contact Contemporary Reflexology College who will be happy to put you in touch with Ruth.
About Tutor Ruth Hodgkiss:
"Most of my professional life I have worked as a secondary school teacher, teaching Business Studies and ICT. I loved my time in the classroom and held many positions of responsibility including being the Head of the Senior School at a 3-18 Independent School. I have always loved to learn and a few years ago applied (on two occasions) to do a Masters Degree in Education only to find out both times that the course wasn't running because of insufficient numbers. My thirst to learn remained, however, and I thought that perhaps something was telling me to look for something a little different. I had tried Reflexology as a complementary therapy after my daughter had had an almost miraculous recovery from a painful back injury after only two Reflexology sessions. I went for a treatment to be nosey really, not having much wrong with me apart from the usual stresses and strains of being a full time working mum. I was amazed at how calm I felt after the treatment and how I could feel things happening within my body while someone was putting pressure on my feet. I decided I wanted to learn more about this fascinating therapy and looked into finding a course that I could follow. I wanted to learn at the highest possible level so after doing lots of research I discovered Allison at the Contemporary Reflexology College. I rang Allison one morning and immediately knew that I trusted her and wanted to learn with her so signed up on the Birmingham course. A few weeks after I began the course, my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer (having had ovarian cancer some 12 years previous). I wasn't sure whether I could commit to my job, my family and now an intensive course but I decided I should try and am so glad that I did. From day one I was hooked and I loved learning about Reflexology, Anatomy and Physiology and Business at such a high level and from such a knowledgeable and motivating teacher. Receiving regular treatments, I found Reflexology to be hugely empowering and it enabled me to feel more in control of my life as well as experiencing a general feeling of wellbeing. As a family, we managed the year with me working and mum going through a variety of treatments including receiving reflexology on a regular basis from me! Mum has now made a full recovery and last summer I decided to leave teaching after almost 20 years to pursue my new found love of Reflexology. I run a clinic from home and enjoy seeing clients and supporting them with their needs (I see many former teaching colleagues)! Not that educating will ever be out of my blood though, as I was delighted to take up the post of Assistant Tutor with Allison at her Birmingham College in September of 2016. Not only am I now able to support more budding Reflexologists on their journey, I am also able to continue and reinforce my own learning and understanding of the therapy. Working for myself has given me the flexibility I need to support my children and husband plus being able to support my parents with their needs. I love it!" Ruth
Ruth teaches from her bespoke training room in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Kate Hafizzudin-Jones Assistant Tutor Manchester Course
Kate is a highly qualified reflexologist and teacher who is a great addition to the team. Kate assists at the Knutsford venue where the room and class size are larger. This means that everyone gets the help they need with the practical work and Kate also teaches some of the Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology in class.
‘I have always had a keen interest in the mind/body link. I gained a BSc (hons) degree in Human Biology and Psychology in 2006 and from then, taught science and psychology at secondary/sixth form level for 10 years, eventually leading the psychology department at A level. As a teacher, I frequently suffered unbearable levels of stress and anxiety which often resulted in headaches and migraines and so when I became pregnant with my first child, I looked for a complementary therapy that could alleviate these. I found regularly visiting a reflexologist not only helped improve my headaches but also reduced my stress levels and boosted my overall wellbeing.
I chose to re-train as a Level 5 Clinical Reflexologist and now assist on the Centralia Level 5 Reflexology Practitioner Course in Manchester. My research background has helped me take a clinical approach to all my clients’ conditions so that I can provide a clear, objective measure of their improvement. I believe that educating my clients is just as important as delivering the therapy itself, and so I pass on my knowledge as much as I can, so my clients feel empowered to help themselves.’