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Integrating Reflexology and Five-Element Theory

12 CE Hours - E1034

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Reflexology has been an effective way to relieve stress, alleviate pain and combat ailments. Integrating traditional Chinese Medicine and standard Western reflexology practice, this continuing education course identifies reflexology points and the corresponding Chinese meridians on the foot for a unique and proven method to getting even better results. In simple and straightforward terms, the course text explains why the meridians are essential for reflexology, how to use meridian therapy and the 5 elements for effective assessment and treatment, how to relate structural foot problems to imbalances in the rest of the body and much more.

In this course, you will explore:

  • how Europe and America influenced the development of reflexology; the Chinese connection, and the ways that zones and meridians relate to each other
  • the differences between energy and Chi
  • the yin/yang, 5 elements and meridian theories
  • why the meridians are essential for reflexology
  • correct applications of meridian theory and the 5 elements in reflexology practice
  • how the muscles, each of the 5 elements, and the 12 meridians relate to health and to massage and bodywork practice
  • each specific area of the foot and its corresponding reflexive area of the body
  • structural foot problems affecting imbalances in the rest of the body
  • the responsibilities of a reflexologist, common client reactions and how to determine the appropriate length of treatment
  • the correct way to perform the basic treatment techniques and the recommended sequence for a reflexology treatment

Dozens of illustrations are included to guide readers step-by-step through the treatments.

Featured Reviews

Excellent book and course. My training for LMT was done with a huge focus on TCM, dx and tx. This was an excellent presentation and right to the point. If you had a lot of training in TCM, OCA (Oriental Clinical Assessment) and AMMA, this course would be very interesting if schooling focused more on Euro-massage. This may spark an interest in TCM. Love it!!

- Adele L. DeMeo

An excellent text for any professional reflexologist I found the course well written clear precise very interesting and and inspiring. This course has encouraged further study in the eastern modalities. So glad i enrolled in the course because I learned so much about TCM. I will definitely reread the text.

- Deneen Jenkins, LMT

I enjoyed seeing all the connections found in one source as a massage therapist in nursing school this book will be a resource for educating patients!

- Marilyn Manning, LMT, NCTMB

I loved this course, it really taught me a lot. I know a lot more about reflexology/medians of the body now. I really liked that a treatment plan was put in the last chapter and how it also showed how to place our hands to help with the strain on the therapists. I really liked how it showed where the different reflex points for the organs of the body was shown on the feet also.

- Janet Burns, LMT, NCTMB

I would highly recommend this course. This course was chock full of great information on reflexology. I feel that I need to go back and read the book again. Too much to absorb in one read. It was so interesting and useful. It made me want to go back and take more courses relating to Eastern accupressure studies. A little tough at times to find the correct answer to the question as I thought it could be between two answers for some of the questions. Overall, a great course.

- Virginia Adams, LMT

The book is excellent, and I liked the review of TCM. I will definitely use the techniques provided in the book to enhance my reflexology treatments.

- Kelly Kurttila, LMP, NCMT, Seattle, WA

I loved this course and I am so excited to integrate reflexology and all that I learned about the meridians into my practice. I had already taken a reflexology course in my massage program but this book was an enormously helpful guide that offered many new perspectives and background. I could use some study charts to go with the course and to use in my practice to further help me. Thank you.

- Karen McCraw, LMT

I have applied the techniques of reflexology for years. This course gave a deeper understanding of how and why reflexology is an excellent approach to stimulating the body's profound ability to heal itself when given proper feedback.Thank you for this course, I will definitely apply the knowledge presented in it.

- Michelle Parker, LMT

I loved this course once I actually took the time to do it! I was completely fascinated and excited with the information and I have been practicing reflexology for many years.

- Deborah Henne, LMT

Awesome course! Love taking my CEU's with you. Thank you!

- Daniel French, LMT, BCTMB

This is my third course with the Institute ... They are helpful and easy to follow ... Thanks !

- Daniel Swetman, LMT

This is an excellent course that will help both personally and professionally. Highly recommended.

- Sharon Miller

This was the best continuing education I have ever taken and I have been an LMT for 16 years and a Reflexologist for 35 years. I learned so much more than I anticipated. Inge Dougans is a wealth of info! Thank you!

- Jeanette L. Golter, LMT

I really loved this course! It sparked my interest in TCM! I have studied it here and there through the years, but it seems now that this may be my next course of study for the direction of my business. I am interested in an online course specifically in TCM and acupressure therapy.

- Donna Ramirez, LMT

Loved this system of reflexology, as I had loved the authors first book. It puts it all in a perspective that makes sense since I knew a bit of the systems she teaches. So looking forward to practicing this!

- Lisa Quam, LMT

I really enjoyed the course!!! It is very interesting and illuminating. The author explained the material very clearly and in an organized structure. Thank you.

- Nora Sasson, LMT

This course was extremely interesting to me. I have practiced Reflexology for 14 years and the information in this course has broadened my knowledge about meridians.

- Cynthia Atha

I have been looking for a Reflexology course because I had an interest in it when I was in school. This course was very interesting. I enjoyed reading the book and it will be a good reference tool. Thank you!

- Marie C. Grove, LMT

This course was extremely well done and informative. I would have liked a full-foot reference chart. I will recommend this course to my co-workers! Thank you!

- Carole Buehler, LMT

Thank you for offering this type of course. It will greatly enhance my reflexology practice.

- Angela Conroy, LMT

Good course. Glad I chose this course to further my continuing education.

- Patricia Troutman, LMT

Clear concise and to the point. A wonderful refresher for anyone who's familiar with the practice.

- Pamela Phillips-Steele

This is a very convenient way to accumulate CEUs. I am a more visual and hands on learner so it was a little bit more difficult for me and took me a little longer to get through the printed material and visualize it, but none the less valuable. I am so glad this is an option! Thank you!

- Desiree Marana, LMT

I was very interested in this subject and it will definitely enhance my practice! Thank you very much!

- Mickie Joseph, LMT, NCTMB

I learned a great deal and will incorporating this material into my practice.

- Cynthia Hayes, LMBT, NCTMB

Great material.

- Jill Scott, LMT

Great course for understanding the meridians.

- Steve Pearson, LMT, NCTMB

Great class, I knew reflexology, but a good refresher and the chinese meridian info was wonderful.

- Donelle Mann, LMT

The course was extremely comprehensive & interesting. I wished a DVD was provided to show a demonstration of the reflexology manual sequence. That would have been so helpful!

- Mary Chlebina, LMT, NCTMB

This is the first time I took a course on line. I already was familiar with the materials, and was happy to learn more on the subject. I will be using this in my practice

- Suzanne Tilden, LMT

I really enjoyed this course, exceeded my expectation.

- Patricia Refermat, LMT

I would highly recommend this course.

- Sherri Cooley, LMT, NCTMB

I have always been interested in TCM and this course did a great job of incorporating it with reflexology. I will definitely use this information.

- A. Marciniak NCTMB - Wichita, KS

Info was very clear and easy to understand.

- Jaci Cappels, LMT NYC, NY

I enjoyed the course material. The text book is well written, easy to read and refer too.

- Patricia McCary, Therapeutic Massage, Lincoln, VT

Informative material, good presentation, easy to use

- Ricky Young LMT Charleston, SC

I was very impressed with the service and the overall course. It was very informative.

- Tina M. Baer, LMT Brandon, FL

I found this course to be an interesting and informative basis for this modality

- Wanda King, CMT Aspen CO


  • Text - 324 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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