Your host, Christopher Shirley, Director of the Pacific Institute of Reflexology, has a professional background in counseling psychology. With a BA 1st class honours 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 British Columbia. 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 attendance at 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 British Columbia 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.
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.
The Basic Hand Reflexology Certificate Course was offered by Chris for the first time in March 1999. The "Reflexology Ear Charts" and the Basic Holistic Ear Reflexology Course were both introduced by Chris in 2003.
In 2006, Chris studied Reflexotherapy with Hanne Marquardt and Vertical Reflex Therapy with Lynne Booth. He also reproduced the "Recreational Reflexology" instructional video as "Foot Reflexology - A Step-By-Step Guide" as both an instructional video and DVD.
In 2007, he studied Vitaflex with Tom Woloshyn, and, additional studies of Vertical Reflexology with Lynne Booth from England and Hanne Marquardt from Germany. He updated the basic and advanced reflexology courses to prepare students to write the Reflexology Association of British Columbia professional standard exam. He also made franchises available to persons wanting to develop a career in reflexology and open a Pacific Institute of Reflexology in their city.
In 2008, Chris continued broadening his knowledge of reflexology attending training courses: Ayurvedic Reflexology with Sharon Stathis, Advanced Reflexology Training with Anthony Porter, more Vertical Reflexology Therapy with Lynne Booth, and Cranial Sacral Reflexology with Martine Faure-Alderson. Lynne Booth accepted Chris as a tutor for Vertical Reflexology Therapy, and he taught the VRT Basic and Advanced Courses in November 2008.
In 2009, Chris introduced the "Advanced Reflexology: Clinical Skills Course" to the Pacific Institute of Reflexology curriculum. This course provides the advanced training to practice reflexology as a clinical therapy for health conditions.
In 2010, Chris sponsored Hagar Basis to visit from London, U.K. to teach Anthony Porter's Advanced Reflexology Training (ART) Course.
Currently, Chris serves his clients, sponsors internationally acclaimed reflexology instructors, and teaches the regular program of courses in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also serves as association treasurer and as member of the Examination Committee for the Reflexology Association of British Columbia, and, continues to expand his knowledge of reflexology by attending training with acknowledged masters in the field.
Chris is available for public speaking engagements, radio and television interviews, and, teaching courses for groups anywhere in the world.