Class Weekends 3 & 4:
The course work continues to be challenging. That is a nice way of saying it is a LOT of work.
It seems that our class has taken all the way to the fourth month to actually semi-bond (and only... semi
) with one another. In speaking with the lead instructor, this is not
common with the groups that she teaches. This lack of bonding has definitely contributed to my stress around the course. I have tried to send e-mails to get people involved; to give handy-dandy info or whatever other stuff I have come across in my new adventure. I get very few responses from anyone, and the occasional and rare thank-you. I got so frustrated with this after my last e-mail, that I have since decided to put useful information on my blog
instead. I haven't added much, but, I feel better about sharing with those who may be interested (via the blog
) instead of e-mailing bits and pieces to people who don't respond.
I completed the 8 weekly professional reflexology sessions I mentioned in the prior post, which seems to have really helped my system to get balanced.
I highly suggest anyone reading this who is planning on or is
attending the school, that you plan to get your case studies finished by the 4th class. Otherwise, you will find yourself in a postion where you are trying:
- ...to finish the case studies (including ALL of the typing that goes with those)
- ...studying for the 5th class Dewen Exams (there are exams at the beginning of each week-end class)
- ...beginning to studying for the the Derwen Written & Practical Exams (a portion of Class 6)
- ...beginning to study for the ITEC Certification Written and Practical Exams (~2 weeks after the Derwen Finals, when the examiner flys over from the UK to give the exam).
, you should begin studying 2 months in advance for the ITEC exams, if you have one or a combination of the following: are not really familiar with the anatomy or UK Business Practices (there is information expected on the ITEC that may not have been covered precisely in class, since the ITEC exam is European in origin
), if you have difficulty getting study time in and/or if you have a full time job. Because, as we all know... life happens!
A word about the case studies. They are required for both the Dewen school and the ITEC Certification. If you do them right, you will learn a lot. But, be aware that it is a lot of documenting and it must be elaborated on in a specific sequence. There is a Word document format that you will be given and need to follow. Here is a simple list of how we have been required to put the studies together.
• Binder labeled "Case Studies"
• Consent Form signed by each client agreeing to be a "Case Study".
• Consent Form signed by parent/guardian if "Case Study" is a minor.
• Consent Form signed by "Case Study" if there are any medical contraindications or letter from doctor, as necessary.
• Consultation, Initial & Foot Reading Picture; for 10 cases
• Follow-up 1 (that's the clients second visit) & Foot Reading Picture; for 10 cases
• Follow-up 2 (that's the clients third visit) & Foot Reading Picture; for 10 cases
• Follow-up 3 (that's the clients fourth visit) & Foot Reading Picture; for 10 cases
• Overall Conclusion - this is not an ITEC provided document, but a plain sheet; for 10 cases
• Case Studies should be typed or handwritten (but only if "extremely neat").
• Case Studies should be seperated by dividers.
- I took a picture of each Case Study's feet and put it at the beginning of their section.
- I placed all of my documents in page protectors.
Be prepared that if you have a full bodywork practice, something is going to have to give. And, in my case it has been working longer hours to get the case studies in, along with my regular clientele. Because I want to practice the information as we go, I have chosen to spread the case studies out over a series of months. However, it may have been best to knock all of them out on my days off, seeing 5 people per day for two days --- for 1 month. Then I would have completed my case studies and lessened the *amount* of time I am going to be tired. I guess it depends on how you want to structure it. Just don't let it go too long.
Looking back on this, the fact is, you need your case studies, but there is no requirement as to which body systems you work with (but you should be working with the systems you have learned to date
). The only way to limit the paperwork in the case studies, is to do all of the case studies within the first two classes, when you have only learned 2-4 body systems.
It is just my opinion, but as a full time massage therapist, if you can accomplish this feat, then it will give you more time to spend on personal case studies, instead of being bogged down for months in the ITEC documentation. Additionally, that would give you the benefit of practicing in a way that brings the work to a place where it can be more complimentary to your learning experience and subsequently decrease extra energetic output over a longer period of time (which, at least for me, was more detrimental to my rest cycles than it would have been, had I just sucked it up and done it all in 5-6 weeks, instead of 8-10 weeks
). However, your experience may be completely different.
Another item to mention is requirements for keeping Derwen Exams (in case someone is just looking for information for class req's in the future
): Personal exams (class tests
) are kept in a binder throughout the course, seperated with dividers for each segment, and with a log sheet of each sections' grades (behind each divider and in front of the exams
). There are usually 3-4 exams/tests per week-end class. --- Both the Case Study & Exam/Test binders are to be brought to both the Derwen Final Exams and the ITEC Certification Exams, for the examiners to go through.
Last, a very positive note about the Reflexology. As I said before, the Reflexology work is excellent
. What you will get in this class, is a System approach to learning. That means that they have just one system at a time, laid out on a foot chart for you. It makes learning so
much easier and keeps you from getting distracted with everything going on with a regular foot chart. Another nice thing, is that the charts are subtle coloring, instead of those glaring-burn-your-eyeballs-out colors of the average foot charts you find online. I highly recommend the Derwen Foot Chart Poster
if you are looking for a chart that would be complimentary to your office, instead of distracting.
Each class is broken up into 1 or 2 body systems. Instruction is verbal and visual - with a presentation of the system/s by an instructor, on an instructors feet. When practicing on another student, there is plenty of time given to going through the entire relaxation regimen and then dove-tailing into each specific body system you have learned to date. This forces those who have not been practicing to do the work, and gives the instructors the ability to correct any problems and see where someone may be lagging behind or needs a tweak here and there.
Each hands-on portion of the class is also structured in a way that you will be very prepared to take the ITEC certitication test, because you have been over and over and over the format of how the exam will take place. Proper dress, proper expectations of hair/nails/jewelry, proper room set up, specific client interaction, knowledge of posture and understading of how the equipment in the room works (chair locks, etc.
). Nothing regarding the hands-on reflexology exam protocol is left to guess about, as you start off at day one with this protocol and build upon it.
Breaking the class up this way, gives the student time to specifically work on just a few new systems for an entire month (once they go home
), and also provides time to figure out the best way to integrate the work into a full session.
I am pleased with the work, and suggest that any bodyworker take the time to learn more about reflexology travel this journey.