0 Pacific Institute of Reflexology
Chris practices, teaches and promotes reflexology. He is available for private sessions Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Tuesday evenings he has a Student Clinic where reflexology sessions with a student are available for a reduced fee.
Basic Certificate Courses are available for Foot Reflexology, Hand Reflexology and Ear Reflexology. The Basic courses consist of 20 hours of instruction (generally on a weekend) plus 40 hours of practicum (generally on your own time with friends and family)and a home study assignment. The promise of each course is that on completion you will be able to practice that mode of reflexology competently.
In addition three Advanced Reflexology Courses are available that provide opportunities to expand your knowledge and ability to practice reflexology to a professional level. For much more information visit our website.
Profile and Credentials
Chris Shirley, Director of the Pacific Institute of Reflexology, has a professional background in counseling psychology. With a BA 1st class honors degree in Human Resources Development from York University, and two years post graduate training in counseling psychology at the University of Victoria(1975), Chris relinquished his career in counseling to promote, practice and teach reflexology in 1978.
He commenced his studies in reflexology in 1977 with the late Laura Kennedy, chairperson of the education committee of the Reflexology Society of B.C. After studying with Laura he worked alongside her in an informal apprenticeship.
In 1978, Chris attended a seminar in the Ingham Method of Reflexology with Dwight Byers of the International Institute of Reflexology. In subsequent years Chris repeated this seminar.
May 1982 saw Chris establish the Reflexology Centre of Vancouver with a regular program of courses, a private practice, and an outreach educational program of lectures and speaking engagements.
Chris served as President of the Reflexology Association of B.C. from 1985 - 1987, and succeeded in having reflexology entered in the Yellow Pages under its own heading.
In 1989 he was certified to teach the Reflexology Association of Canada's courses which he taught until 1994.
In 1990 he became the founding president of the British Columbia Holistic Healing Association.
Publishing his own "Reflexology Foot Charts" in 1990 led him to produce the "Recreational Reflexology" instructional video in 1992.
Chris attended an "Advanced Reflexology/Foot Manipulation" course with podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lampell in the United States in 1992, and in 1993 attended The American Academy of Reflexology "Hand and Ear Reflexology" and "Stress Management" courses with Bill Flocco.
Chris conducted research at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1995 to evaluate the effects of reflexology on the conductivity of the peripheral nervous system. And in 1996, Chris changed the name of his practice to Pacific Institute of Reflexology and added the Advanced Holistic Foot Reflexology Course to the Institute's curriculum. He also published his "Reflexology Hand Charts".
In 1998, Chris developed this web site which he is continually building. He also completed training in Su Jok Therapy - Korean Reflexology and in 1999 he introduced the Basic Hand Reflexology Certificate Course.
In 2003 the "Reflexology Ear Charts" and the Basic Holistic Ear Reflexology Course were introduced by Chris.
In 2005 Chris upgraded all courses in the curriculum to meet the new professional standards of the Reflexology Association of British Columbia.
From 2006 to present Chris has studied Reflexotherapy with Hanne Marquardt, Vertical Reflexology Therapy with Lynne Booth, Ayurvedic Reflexology with Sharon Stathis, Vitaflex with Tom Woloshyn, Advanced Reflexology Training with Anthony Porter and Hagar Basis, and, Cranio Sacral Reflexology with Dr, Martine Faure-Alderson. He was certified as a Master Reflexologist by the Natural Therapies Certification Board and became an approved tutor for teaching Vertical Reflexology Therapy.
Currently, Chris serves his clients, and teaches a regular program of courses in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Chris is available for public speaking engagements, radio and television interviews, and, teaching courses for groups anywhere in the world.
Philosophy and Comments
I believe that the spiritual, psychological, emotional and physical aspects of a person are all inextricably interconnected. Hence they all effect each other and reflect each other. When working I look to all these aspects of a person to ease their stress and facilitate healing. I regard healing as a process of expanding one's comfort zone. My teaching of courses includes and expands on this philosophy.
Work Hours and Fee Schedule
Mondays: 12 noon - 5.30 pm; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm.
Fees: $65.00 session ( 60 minutes, with 40 - 50 minutes on hands, feet, or ears). $275.00 five session package.
Student Sessions on Tuesday Evenings: $20.00