I am Claire D’Cruz, a qualified and insured reflexologist. I am a professional member of the Complementary Therapists Association and abide by its code of practice.
I obtained the internationally recognised ITEC qualification for Reflexology and Anatomy & Physiology in 2002 and have kept my knowledge and skills up to date through continuous professional development (CPD).
I hold a current Emergency First Aid at Work certificate.
I have a DBS certificate.
Some background on additional courses I have attended.
Reading the Feet
These courses offered an insightful way of enhancing a reflexology treatment by highlighting wellbeing issues. The characteristics of feet provide valuable clues as to inner physical and emotional needs and provide potential for personal development and growth.
Foot Tapping Reflexology (FTR levels 1 &2)
Some of you may have heard about the Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as EFT. I have attended a unique reflexology course by Peter Tomlinson which incorporates a foot tapping technique into reflexology treatments to help release emotional blocks.
I have participated in a course specialising in reflexology for people with cancer, a complementary therapy which has been offered on the NHS for a number of years. The course was invaluable in updating me on current thinking and techniques that are helpful for people experiencing cancer and undergoing conventional treatments.
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage
I have attended a two day workshop focusing on specific techniques for lymphatic drainage via the feet. While the aim of the protocol is to reduce secondary lymphoedema in the arm following treatment for breast cancer, early indications suggest that the techniques may be helpful for other conditions, such as Fibromyalgia, M.E., Rheumatoid Arthritis and other inflammatory auto- immune disorders. and premenstrual fluid retention.
A full list of the courses I have participated in are:
Reading the feet with Chris Stormer and Dr Ann Hodson
Fast Track Vertical Reflexology with Lynne Booth
Indian Head Massage at the School of Oriental Medicine with Felicity Laurence and Gabriel Mojay
Aruvedic Head Massage at the Aruvedic Pura Academy with Dr Deepa Apta
Aruvedic Foot Massage at the Aruvedic Pura Academy with Dr Deepa Apta
Cancer Care Reflexology Course with Butterfly Touch Therapies with Marie Duggan
My Professional Background
My previous field of study was in Nutrition and Public Health and I have a BSc and MSc in Nutrition and a Masters in Public Health.
Working in the field of public health nutrition and public health for over 25 years I have enjoyed a long and varied career helping deliver, manage and commission health improvement and prevention programmes including diabetes, heart health and cancer screening for the local population. I have worked in the NHS, local government and abroad.
During my working career I have sought to develop my skills in helping people manage their personal and workplace stress, having completed the OCR qualification in Stress Management and an Initial Counselling Skills qualification from Oxford University.
In my consultations I have incorporated motivational interviewing techniques and active listening skills which I have found very effective in helping people identify and achieve their health goals.
I volunteer as a reflexologist for the charity ‘My cancer, my choices’ which offers free complementary treatments for people with cancer in Berkshire. For more information about the charity visit : mycancermychoices.org
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