Choosing a Reflexology Education
Once the decision has been made to learn how to give a proper reflexology session and perhaps to begin a new career or part-time vocation, consider the following 9 steps to help you as you begin your journey.
- If you haven’t had a reflexology session, have one now. If possible, have a session from more than one reflexologist. Experience the styles of different people.
- Identify why you want to learn reflexology. Answer the questions: “what do I hope to gain?” “What do I like about receiving reflexology?” “How does reflexology fit in with my personality?” “Do I want to practice reflexology as a gift to your family and friends? Or either part-time or full-time and charge for this service? “
- Contact at least three reflexology educational programs and request information on what they offer. Consider contacting those not in your area, as some send instructors to different parts of the country. This will provide you with a broader perspective. The shorter hour courses will probably provide sufficient instruction to work on family and friends. They will give you a good idea whether or not you want to pursue the study of reflexology in more depth. The longer courses will usually prepare you for reflexology as a career.
- Review the material. Note the description of the program, the philosophy, costs and dates of the courses.
- Find out the instructor’s qualifications:
- What is the teacher’s educational background in reflexology? Where did he/she train in reflexology?
- Is the instructor certified by a school and/or nationally by ARCB?
- How long has the person been teaching reflexology and where?
- Does the teacher actually see clients on a regular basis?
- Ask for references.
- Check references and verify information.
- Then decide which program appeals to you? Which program reflects your goals, and the level of education that is most suitable for you?
- Make your decision.
- Complete and submit your application.
Questions to ask about the program in addition to cost, schedule and payment policy:
- Is there time for individual sessions with the instructor so your techniques can be critiqued?
- Does the course lead to a more advanced course with the same instructor or school?
- What subjects are covered in the program? (i.e. anatomy and physiology of the body correlated to reflexology; anatomy and physiology of the lower leg and foot; reflexology theory, history, and hands-on techniques; business practices, including documentations and ethics; supervised classroom or clinical work) .