What the graduates say
Graduates of Deirdre Murray Holistic have reported that this course is more than just a reflexology training course. It has exceeded their expectations and has opened the door to many who choose to work with the therapy in a clinical setting, by paving the way for further advanced post graduate training in Reflexology and other Holistic Therapies. Without exception they have reported changes for the better in many aspects of their lives, including
- personal growth and development
- self care
- understanding and relationships
- health and lifestyle changes
- the concept of having a holistic perspective on life
- meeting new friends with similar interests, and particularly
- the ability to believe in themselves in achieving something that they always wanted to do
This is what the graduates had to say about the course as outlined in the following graduate testimonials:
I am a graduate from the Deirdre Murray Reflexology Academy Class of 2019/2020. This course was everything that I expected it to be and more. Where do I start? When commencing a new course there is going to be uncertainty and apprehension and it takes a certain kind of individual to instil calm to their students. Deirdre inspired confidence to all of us and had a gentle, considerate, and supportive manner to each individual. The detail of the course was challenging but necessary. Deirdre was able to guide us through the content required with ease using power point presentations which was meticulous in delivery. Handouts were given every day on the learning content which was the perfect tool for revision coming up to exams. The venue was beautiful and well equipped and I eagerly looked forward to the practical aspect of the course which followed in the afternoon, which was upstairs and was so tranquil and inviting. I felt on occasion overwhelmed by the work, but Deirdre was reassuring, giving me the confidence that I had the ability to complete the tasks. Despite the emergence of Covid 19 it did not deter or prevent us completing the course and Deirdre kept us updated on events. I am delighted that I completed this course. It has impacted in a very positive way on my whole perspective on life in general. I am looking forward to the future when I can practise and treat clients and show them the benefits of Reflexology.
I have just completed my Reflexology Practitioner Diploma with the Deirdre Murray School of Reflexology, and I am absolutely thrilled to have chosen Deirdre for my course. To say that Deirdre is a wealth of knowledge is an understatement. Having trained and worked in multiple holistic modalities, Deirdre’s knowledge and passion shines through in every way, and you know that the training that you receive is firmly rooted in all of that expertise. Our particular class had the added layer of working through the Covid-19 restrictions. Deirdre adapted our course with ease, having regular zoom calls with us, and many extra hours for exam preparation. The case study element of the course is extremely thorough, and as a student, this is where you get to apply all of your learning. By choosing the Deirdre Murray School of Reflexology for your course, you can be confident that you will be completely prepared to head out into the world as a qualified Reflexologist. Thank you Deirdre!
I’ve just completed my Diploma in Reflexology with Deirdre Murray and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. She is an excellent teacher and keeps you engaged in every aspect of the course. If you’re lucky enough like me to meet some great new friends along the way it’s just the icing on the cake ! If you’re thinking about doing this course just go for it… I have never been happier and prouder of myself and Wow !! the amount of things I have learned. I’ve wanted to train in Reflexology for years and finally took the plunge last year but what made me even happier was that I choose to do it with Deirdre she is amazing and will be with you every step of the way. I’ve fallen in love with this form of therapy even more and can’t wait to get started.
I have always been drawn to reflexology and decided to undertake a course with Deirdre Murray’s School of Reflexology in 2019. Deirdre is a wealth of knowledge, delivering a course to very high standards, which is underpinned by polices/procedures and a strong code of ethics.
Deirdre initially identified each student’s learning style, incorporating this into the excellent delivery of the extensive course content, through handouts, power point presentation, practical/hands on and a library of literature. The course was demanding, with theory and practical, but Deirdre provided excellent support, motivating and encouraging one to continue and look forward to the end goal.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course, made life long friends and would strongly recommend anyone to take this course. It has given me the confidence and ability to now preform Reflexology in the professional manner as it was taught.
After a long time wanting to do Reflexology, I am just finished the course and I am very grateful to Deirdre for all the help and support throughout it. Deirdre’s classes are designed to suit a variety of different learning styles and at all times Deirdre keeps it both practical and interesting. I have learned so much from this course and feel more than ready to work in the sector. I also have the comfort of knowing that the support from Deirdre continues after the course. I also met wonderful friends on the way and we had some great laughs. I highly recommend Deirdre Murray Holistic Training Academy.
Deirdre was recommended to me by my sister-in-law and it was the best recommendation I ever got. I have just completed my Diploma course in Reflexology and did my exam on Sunday, and I found Deirdre to be both passionate about Reflexology and her students .A very informative lady of many talents and beautiful rooms for her class both upstairs and downstairs. I would have no hesitation in recommending Deirdre and her Reflexology course to anyone that is interested in doing it. Have trained with a fantastic bunch of girls and cannot believe how much knowledge I have obtained since September. Thanks Deirdre
Having completed the diploma course in reflexology with Deirdre, I found that this course exceeded all my expectations from initial contact with the tutor to the final exam. The course itself was held on Sundays and the tutor ensured all students were happy with the time and venue. The venue was a very open and warm with a homely environment. The course was rolled out over 9 months in a timely structured and professional manner. All notes were handed out over the course and no question was ever unanswered. Our tutor Deirdre epitomises professionalism. Her attention to detail and willingness to impart information over and above the requirements of the course was something I found truly amazing. Deirdre was on hand at any time we had questions. The course overall provides excellent value for money. To anyone seeking to complete a diploma in reflexology I would not look beyond Deirdre. I found this truly rewarding. Best Wishes on your Reflexology Journey!
I completed my Reflexology Practitioner Diploma Course with Deirdre in 2018. I had no previous background in reflexology and Deirdre was so helpful when I first made that phone call to enquire about the course. She is a very talented and experienced Reflexologist. This comes through in her ability to teach the theory involved in the course in a practical and relevant way. All modules have easily accessible handouts and power-points along with all important practical sessions included in every class. The minute I walk into Deirdre’s classroom I was immediately at ease with the friendly greeting, relaxed atmosphere and comfortable setting. Since graduating, I have had compliments from other Reflexologist on my technique, which is all down to Deirdre’s impeccable standards and ability to transfer her knowledge to others so easily. Before signing up, I wasn’t sure if I could manage work and study but the course is laid out in such a way that this is very possible. The class sizes are small ensuring lots of time to create a support group among the students and engage one to one with Deirdre’s expertise also. I have gained so much from this course not only in my ability to practice Reflexology but also in my overall holistic approach to working with and healing others. I would not hesitate to recommend the Deirdre Murray School of Reflexology if you are looking to enrol in a highly professional accredited Reflexology course.
Very knowledgeable therapist and tutor, offering a very high standard in the many therapies she offers as well as the courses she teaches. I highly recommend Deirdre’s treatments and her Reflexology Training Academy.
The Deirdre Murray School of Reflexology was recommended to me by a practising reflexologist in January 2017. I started my Diploma Course that April and it finished in March 2018. We had training days every 3-4 weeks, off-site study and research. This culminated in a written, practical, case study and oral examination.
Deirdre’s professional focused approach was evident as she communicated clearly regarding the course details. We were given detailed handouts, visual and audio presentations, access to 3D anatomy models and to Deirdre’s own vast knowledge and library of resources. The option to pay over a period of months was also beneficial. Being close to Sligo town, the tranquil setting is an ideal location for a course of holistic study. The venue itself is bright and airy with a large open learning space, the warmth added to by a stove which is very welcome on cold winter mornings! A separate space, fully equipped with a number of high spec couches is ideal for the practical elements of the training while the kitchen with free teas and coffees was a lovely oasis during the short breaks.
The expected standard of student engagement is outlined from the outset. Students are introduced to the relevant policies including Code of Conduct, Risk Assessment & Health and Safety, Complaints Procedures, Equal Opportunities, Anti Bullying and Confidentiality. These policies were built upon as we established a practice policy, ethics, record keeping, customer service, business, treatment preparation and dealing with clients as future Reflexologists.
I felt the group contract created a firm basis for our group of four’s development and subsequent bond. Our responsibilities were defined with emphasis on participation, respect, commitment, confidentiality and enjoyment. Each student’s learning style was accommodated and was reflected in the teaching methods. This coupled with Deirdre’s own natural warmth, created an environment which was inclusive and conducive to learning and fun. This all led to a bonding which became very supportive both in-class, and when we met to practise our treatment techniques and revise course content. We continue to keep in contact.
Deirdre’s passion for reflexology and her in-depth knowledge shines through and creates an infectious enthusiasm which motivated us. As a tutor, she delivers concise, targeted lesson plans with a variety of teaching approaches. We were also directed to a wide selection of on-line facilities and access to her own holistic library. I feel that Deirdres’ students are at the cutting edge of current best practice in reflexology as she shares insights from her involvement with her local Network and The Irish Reflexologists’ Institute Ltd. I can understand why she is the Education Officer of the IRIL.
I enjoyed the balance of theory, practice and research which kept us engaged. I thought I’d never learn the treatment sequences but with practise it fell into place. I particularly enjoyed the relaxation of receiving a treatment!! The Anatomy and Physiology sections were thorough, and the students who hadn’t a strong basis in it were well supported. The case studies formed an integral part of the training. It was amazing to see the convergence of theory and practice as we worked on ten different people. I loved the aspects of the course which dealt with the Emotional Body! I have a particular interest in this area and it linked in with the energy healing study which I have done in Integrated Energy Therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques and Healing Beyond Borders. The elements relating to stress, holistic health, therapeutic touch, self-care and wellness were well considered and are very relevant today, personally, and as a practising reflexologist.
I am delighted I did this training with Deirdre. The course was extensive but I felt well prepared to undertake a reflexology practice. It formed a wonderful basis and springboard for me to undertake courses in Reflexology for Women’s Health and Fertility Reflexology. I intend to study Reflexology for Cancer care at a future date. When not working professionally, I have found my reflexology skills very useful and of great benefit particularly to alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety.
I highly recommend choosing the ‘Deirdre Murray School of Reflexology’ for training to become a reflexologist. Deirdre provides a very in depth course in an easy to understand and interesting manner. Learning about the inner workings of the body from head to toe has been so beneficial for dealing with clients as well as being a fascinating and fun learning experience for us as a group, marvelling at the wonders of the human body. Deirdre provided the perfect balance of ‘hands on the feet’ and theory, I came away from each lesson feeling we covered a lot of ground without feeling overwhelmed. The Powerpoint presentations and notes provided at each lesson could not be faulted. Deirdre has a lovely spacious place for conducting the teaching with a separate area for theory and hands on, she always had the stove lit for our arrival and the kettle was to hand. Deirdre herself is a fabulous teacher, she made it easy for me to learn and provided not only an enjoyable course but a very comprehensive one enabling us graduates to confidently build our own practice. I am very grateful for the knowledge I have gained from her. – Louise McHale (www.louisemchalewellness.ie)
A few years ago a friend talked me into enrolling in Deirdre’s Reflexology course because she thought it would be a great addition to my Nutritional Therapy business. The location and weekend study suited me, and I was keen to learn more about the benefits of Reflexology – I had treatment before for different ailments and found Reflexology wonderful for pain relief. Deirdre’s course was everything I hoped it would be. The school premises are very welcoming, there’s even a kitchen area for relaxed lunch breaks and for making tea, everything is so well thought through. We students loved the little stove in the winter for added cosiness. The treatment room couldn’t have been better – there’s enough space for everyone, lots of attention to detail, everything is of a high standard. Deirdre is a great tutor with an abundance of knowledge about Reflexology, both practical and theory. She is calm and kind, always supporting and encouraging. I loved our weekend sessions! Deirdre passed on her passion of Reflexology to me. Over the years I have added both hand and face reflexology, but working on a client’s feet, listening to them and helping to improve health issues still brings me the most joy.
I attended Deirdre’s course for Reflexology in 2016/2017 and I can honestly say it has been one the best things I ever did. We were a small class so there was a very intimate learning environment. Her premises are so comfortable and relaxing with both the fire and the kettle always on it has a very relaxed atmosphere for learning. I found Deirdre so knowledgeable and generous with her time, explanations and patience with us all, as we were all at different levels when it came to learning. Her course was full of content and she is an amazing tutor and I feel very confident with what I have learned from her. I have kept in contact with Deirdre since I finished in January 2017 and I know she is only a text message away if I have a question which I have had several times. To anyone thinking of training in Reflexology, I would highly recommend Deirdre to be the one you train with!
I attended the Deirdre Murray School of Reflexology in 2015/16 and from day one I was delighted with my choice to study Reflexology here. Deirdre herself is a fountain of knowledge and while there is a lot of content within the course she has it planned and broken down to manageable bite-size information to study and as the course continues brings it all together without overwhelming you. As a teacher Deirdre has such a passion for her work and students, she makes you feel very welcomed and relaxed within her school environment. Even though it is 5 years since I graduated, I know I can still contact Deirdre with any queries I have within my own clinic and she will happily help and advise as best she can. If you are considering studying Reflexology I highly recommend the Deirdre Murray School of Reflexology.
I completed my diploma training in reflexology with Deirdre Murray School of Reflexology. The school venue is excellent, warm and comfortable with all facilities that would be required. Deirdre is an excellent tutor with great skills and knowledge and the delivery of her courses are easy to follow both in education and hands-on training. Her presentations are very well put together. Whether you use reflexology in practice or privately this is a very worthwhile course with a skill that you will have for life. I have attended further advanced courses which Deirdre has either presented herself or organised with other tutors through her school. These have always been well organised and very informative and of great benefit to me in my reflexology work. Deirdre also organises and hosts the local Reflexology Network Group, which is a great benefit for practicing reflexologists. She gives freely of her time and venue and is always available for advice. I highly recommend this course because Reflexology is taught to a very high standard and this prepares you as a therapist for doing reflexology professionally.
I am a graduate of the Deirdre Murray school of reflexology and I really enjoyed the course. The course content was meticulously thought out, thorough and concise. The rapport between all of the students was very respectful and was a great forum for exchange of knowledge and information. It was through Deirdre’s extensive knowledge and sharing of this knowledge that promotes and supports this approach throughout the course. Deirdre is very passionate about her work and this is very evident in the way she runs the course. Her teaching of the course is extremely professional. She keeps up to date on all aspects of the course. The school is ideally designed to support the students and this again is down to Deirdre’s professionalism, practicality and passion. She also has an extensive reference library, where she encourages her students to take books and read. She is open to ideas and ways of working. Her support on the journey for the student after the course is exceptional. She runs and facilitates network meetings in the school for all her students, for exchange of knowledge, treatments and chat. She organises additional professional courses for members and she has set up a ‘What’s App’ group available to all therapists to share information, guidelines and support during this Covid Crisis. She is an active member of the IRIL and she continues to keep all members updated on the latest guidelines with respect to Covid 19. She is approachable and honest and is always willing to give support when asked. I highly recommend the course as Deirdre is a true professional in everything she does.