3.1 Demonstrate how to perform a foundation clinical reflexology treatment, to include:

Clinical Reflexology and Reflected Anatomy

Unit Reference Number


Unit Title

Clinical Reflexology and Reflected Anatomy

Unit Level


Number of Credits


Guided Learning Hours (GLH)


Total Qualification Time (TQT)


Mandatory / Optional


Sector Subject Area (SSA)

1.2 Nursing and Subjects and Vocations Allied to Medicine

Unit Grading Structure


Unit Aims

To develop an understanding and foundation skills in Clinical Reflexology along with the application and interpretation of the macro to micro representation of the human anatomical body reflected onto the feet and lower legs. (This unit underpins all other units.)

Learning Outcomes, Assessment Criteria, and Indicative Contents

Learning Outcomes – the learner will:

Assessment Criteria – the learner can:

Indicative contents

1. Be able to perform preparation and relaxation techniques

 1.1 Explain how to prepare a client for a treatment.

 1.2 Demonstrate how to prepare and deliver relaxation techniques

 Introduction of student reflexologist hands to client study feet and the pre-treatment movements to prepare the micro reflected body for base, systemic foundation treatment

2. Be able to reflect the body (macro) onto the feet (micro) for reflexology

 2.1 Explain the 13 micro reflected body systems as an anatomical reflection of the macro body systems on a clinical Reflexology chart.

 2.2 Describe the precise location of organs and systems from a three-dimensional (3D) perspective.

 2.3 Describe with accuracy all systems against the actual vertebral level and position on the skeleton.

 13 Body System; Skeletal, Muscular, Digestive, Urinary,   Cardiovascular & Circulatory, Nervous, Integumentary.

Fascia & Senses, Endocrine & Exocrine, Immune, Lymphatic,   Respiratory and Reproductive.  Macro body anatomical systems reflected as the Micro onto the feet and lower legs. Reflexology foot map representing real macro feet and X-Ray’d bones with micro reflected skeleton.

 3D anatomical precision using the micro reflected skeleton. So that all other micro systems can be placed against the vertebral levels.   Supports the theoretical basis for reflexology being a treatment that is conducted on a micro reflection of the body.

 Prepares for treating holistically via the feet and lower legs

3. Be able to carry out case studies of clinical reflexology practice

 3.1 Demonstrate how to perform a foundation clinical reflexology treatment, to include:

 a)  Use bi-manual techniques

 b)  Use organic and dynamic treatment movements

 3.2 Use both feet simultaneously to treat micro body systems.

 Use both feet working systemically

 Preparation for clinical practice in a supportive environment.

 Promotes time management and appropriate care. Signposts areas for improvement as well as recognition of competency.

 Legislation: GDPR and Record Keeping

4. Be able to perform foundation clinical reflexology practice

 4.1 Demonstrate how to undertake clinical reflexology under supervision to include:

 a)  Holistic awareness of client needs and expectations.

 b) Explanation of potential body and mind healing responses to reflexology treatment

 c) Tactile Consultation Process

 d) Visual Assessment

 e)  Recording of treatment findings/assessments

 f) Formulate evidence assessed further treatment plan

 Organic rather than mechanical use of hands, correct posture when using reflexology foundation techniques; Biomechanics of hands.

 Practitioner and Client Study- Health & Safety and GDPR.

 Procedures: Student Disclaimer, Authenticity Document, SOAP Notes,   Reflexology foot map, Foundation treatment questionnaire,   Extenuating Circumstances.

 Record Keeping: SOAP Notes, practice file of treatments SET 1.

 Holistic treatment: recognising the interaction of all body systems:   Skeletal, Muscular, Digestive, Urinary, Cardiovascular & Circulatory,   Nervous, Integumentary, Fascia & Senses, Endocrine & Exocrine,   Immune, and Lymphatic, Respiratory, Reproductive. Macro body anatomical systems reflected as the Micro onto the feet and lower legs.

 Preparation: Treatment area, treatment chair/couch, suitable environment for clinical practice, receiving and then consultation with   Client Study

 Time management for consultation procedures and treatment.  Recording all findings with anatomical precision on a Reflexology foot map.

 Taking responsibility for any course of action, exercising autonomy and judgement within the parameters of the reflexology foundation treatment protocol.

 Reviewing and evaluating treatment results from treatment findings.   Reviewing and evaluating treatment results from Client Study information; simple questionnaire and feedback.


To achieve a ‘pass’ for this unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria.

Learning Outcomes to be met

Assessment criteria to be covered

Type of assessment

Word count

 All 1 to 4

 All AC’s under LO 1 to 4

 Case studies of Clinical Practice / Anatomy   Reflected reflexology charts for all systems /   Unsupervised Clinical Practice Portfolio


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