American Reflexology Certification Board ®

Setting the highest testing standards to which Professional Reflexologists aspire since 1991.

Reflexology Digest

Reflexology Changes Lives


Am I grateful to reflexology? You betcha!

I recall first hearing about ARCB® during my training and thinking, “Not for me.” Never being a good test taker, I couldn’t see the logic of putting myself in an additional stressful predicament after working so hard to complete my school certification.

With the letters ‘ARCB®’ rolling around in my head and the students being encouraged to test, I decided to give it a go. After all, wasn’t it up to us to be the best we could be and to support professionalism? Far be it from me to thwart professionalism, so I entertained the notion that maybe this time sitting for a test might be different. Needing all the help and support I could muster, I took a prep class, sent in my application and received the legendary Foot Study Guide.

Reflexology Changes Lives

Determined to reverse my academic history, I studied for six months by myself and with a study group, and finally tested in June 2001, in New York City. I’ll never forget that day—a typically hot and humid summer day. There I was all polished and professional looking, a bit cocky and somewhat confident. I used up every minute of the allotted time for the written exam and sweated profusely through the practical.

After what seemed like nine years of waiting, but was really only a month, I received an envelope from ARCB® with a congratulatory letter and my certificate. It literally changed my life and set me on a path I had no idea was possible a couple of years prior.

The tapestry that is the reflexology community is represented beautifully through the word gratitude. This work gives me the opportunity to reflect on my experience. Asking myself what I am grateful for about reflexology was a no-brainer. Hands down (no pun intended) it is the people. I am forever thankful to my teachers, who deftly taught the techniques and theory of reflexology, along with the talented and varied instructors of the numerous workshops I’ve enjoyed over the years. It is their passion that ignited my curiosity.

The folks I’ve met in my time working on the board of the New York State Reflexology Association, and currently on the ARCB® board, have enriched my life immeasurably. Each and every one, dedicated and focused, possessing remarkable perspicacity.

The experiences of national and international conferences bring the element of travel—which I absolutely enjoy—but more importantly it is the people I’ve had the privilege to meet. The exchange of ideas, and professional experiences with reflexologists from around the world has been a highlight of my career. Yet spending time and enjoying the company of so many wonderful human beings after the day’s work was finished holds some of my most fond and fun memories.

My experiences with the people of reflexology contribute to the matrix of my professional experiences. It is these experiences that fold into my practice and protocols that I give to my clients. Were it not for them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I most love doing. 
A divine circle, indeed!

©Michael Rainone and ©2016 ARCB®


Building Your Professional Credibility


National certification with the ARCB® takes you to the elite level as a professional reflexologist. Board-certified status lets you competitively differentiate yourself from other reflexologists and foot massage therapists. National board certification also demonstrates credibility with clients and other healthcare professionals.

Building Your Professional Credibility

Those reflexologists who successfully pass the national certification exams and documentation requirements receive an ARCB® Certificate to display on the wall, a lapel pin, and wallet identification card. Certificants may use the ARCB® Certified logo in their advertising as proof of certification. The ARCB® logo is a registered trademark of the American Reflexology Certification Board® and cannot be used except by certificants.   ARCB encourages certificants to use the “ARCB® Certified” logo to promote their national certification on their web site, business cards, stationery, brochures and advertisements for their business.

Being authentic is a requirement of lasting success. You can introduce yourself with authority knowing you have reached the highest level to which a professional reflexologist in the USA can aspire. Beyond having earned a certification from your reflexology school, passing a national board exam indicates you are a serious professional. A reflexology instructor who has achieved and maintains ARCB® national board certified status evidences to prospective students that they are truly a qualified practitioner. When building your business, your brief introductory bio for your website or networking meetings will carry more impact when you state you are national board certified.

Prospective clients can have confidence in your education, in the quality of services you offer, that you follow public safety guidelines, and demonstrate your commitment to the profession through fulfilling self-improvement and continuing education requirements. In addition, you are easily identified as having met industry standards through passing the rigorous exam and are listed on the ARCB® website ( This helps you to differentiate yourself from other therapists who may claim to provide reflexology services, but haven’t met the same standards. It also provides increased credibility for you when dealing with your clients’ other healthcare providers as well as local law enforcement and business-licensing entities. In some jurisdictions, passing the ARCB® exam is a requirement to receive a license to practice reflexology.

ARCB® certificants enjoy client referrals, legislative support and updated research, technique and business building tips from the top reflexologists in the nation, and have a professional resource—a place to go to get answers to questions. Through its various publications you are kept informed about trends in reflexology and the larger healthcare field, best business practices, and opportunities for continuing education.

“I tell my classes that I have passed national board exams in both dental hygiene and nursing, but it was the reflexology exam that was the most challenging for me! It was not just a multiple choice exam, but a very valuable learning process. In my typical Type A mode, I dove into the study guide, researching what I didn’t know. Doing the documentations “the right way” enhanced my skills in observation and description that actually improved my nursing notes, not to mention increased awareness of my clients’ issues. And when I passed my practical exam I finally felt confident in my knowledge and technique!

I’m proud to tell my classes that the ARCB® exam was a real learning process for me! And I am so grateful to all of you whose shoulders we stand on, especially for those who brought and bring credibility to reflexology through the ARCB®, yesterday and today. Thank you all from my heart. “~~~Judith Nourse, Hendersonville NC

Today your success depends on distinguishing yourself as a professional. National certification with ARCB® is an investment in your professional future.

©Christine Issel and ©2016 ARCB®