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Reflexology Digest

Lessons From the Geese


In the fall when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying along in the “V” formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

This is quite similar to people who are part of a team and share a common direction; they get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another and lifting each other up along the way. That’s why it’s critical for reflexologists to be a member of their state reflexology association or the Reflexology Association of America or both. In addition, sitting for the ARCB® national board exam and becoming an ARCB® certificant provides support for the individual reflexologist and the profession as a whole.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go through it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the power of the flock. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will share information with those who are heading in the same way that we are going. Becoming an association member or an ARCB® certificant helps keep you informed and involved with regard to legislative activity and educational opportunities.

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wings and another goose takes over. Rotation shows it pays to share the leadership and take turns doing hard jobs. The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Words of support and inspiration help energize those on the front line, helping them to keep pace in spite of the day-to-day pressures and fatigue. It is important that our honking be encouraging. Otherwise it is just that—well, honking! In order to continue providing support to our profession, your state and national associations as well as ARCB® need you to support them with your time as volunteers.

Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow the injured one down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or is dead. Then they launch out with another formation to catch up with their group.

When one of us is down, it’s up to the others to stand by us in our time of trouble. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other when things get rough. We will stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. It’s important for reflexologists to stand together in educating the public about our profession, in differentiating it from massage, and in protecting our right to practice in the face of changing legislative requirements across the United States.

Due to human trafficking and other violations that are occurring with increasing frequency in many areas of the country, our profession is experiencing more state and local regulatory requirements than ever before. Protecting our right to practice as reflexologists, without becoming certified in massage therapy, is a very real issue today. If you aren’t a member of your state or national association or an ARCB® certificant who will you turn to for help and support if legislative activity could affect your right to practice?

There is strength in numbers and in working as a team! The next time you see a formation of geese, remember their message: “It is indeed a reward, a challenge, and a privilege to be a contributing member of a team.”

Lessons From the Geese

©Christine Issel ©Susan Mix and ©2017 ARCB®


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®


The Importance of National Board Certification for Reflexologists


Complementary therapies are one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare worldwide. Foot and hand reflexologists who have achieved and maintain the highest credentials are being sought by the public and health care industry.

As reflexology gains greater acceptance as a legitimate and credible discipline in the larger complementary health field there comes with this recognition certain responsibilities. The primary obligation is to protect the public through the identification of competent practitioners meeting industry standards and who practice according to a prescribed Code of Ethics. These issues can be addressed through national certification testing with the American Reflexology Certification Board® (ARCB®). National board certification is the bridge from where you are now to where you want to be – a professional, sought-after reflexologist.

Building Your Professional Credibility

About ARCB®

Certification with the ARCB® takes you to the elite level as a professional reflexologist. Even if you have been practicing for years and have satisfied clients, stepping up to national board certification demonstrates the ultimate commitment to professionalism and concern for the public. ARCB® is the only national certification entity providing a psychometrically developed exam that is recognized by the Reflexology Association of America (RAA). The exam is also the choice by legislative bodies for state and county licensing and aids law enforcement in identifying legitimate practitioners.

ARCB® is an independent non-profit corporation that acts as the national examining bureau for the field of professional reflexology. It is not affiliated with any educational program nor does it endorse any specific reflexology training curriculum or instructor. All testing materials have been reviewed by industry experts. Certification with ARCB® is beyond your initial education and can be viewed as a career advancement in meeting national standards.

ARCB® is also not a membership association—one cannot join. When you have successfully passed the examination you become a certificant.

About the Certification Process

To achieve ARCB® certification a reflexologist must meet educational requirements, successfully pass a written and practical exam and complete the required number of documented sessions.

Board certification is the highest standard to which professional reflexologists aspire. Consider national certification as having earned a college degree and then gone on to a graduate program. Applicants prepare for the exam by studying an ARCB® Study Guide that is provided upon registration and contains the material upon which the exam is based. This includes the most common information found in reflexology curricula across the nation as well as a composite reflex chart. This may be beyond what your initial program taught. Both the study guide and the exam instrument are copyrighted, confidential documents and may not be used by schools for curriculum development.

How ARCB® Certification Can Help Build Your Practice

  • Board-certified status lets you competitively differentiate yourself from other reflexologists and foot massage therapists

  • You have the option to be listed on ARCB’s® website and to receive client referrals

  • Board certification demonstrates credibility with clients and other healthcare professionals

  • You enjoy legislative representation and assistance where licensing requirements could impact your right to practice at local, state, and national levels

  • ARCB® keeps you informed about selecting a course of study, trends in reflexology and the larger healthcare field, best business practices, and opportunities for continuing education

ARCB’s® national certification process promotes higher standards of education, ensures public safety, and demonstrates practitioner commitment to the profession through self-improvement and continuing education requirements By choosing a national board certified reflexologist the public can be confident in the quality of services offered.

To learn more about the national certification process visit: or email

©Christine Issel and ©2016 ARCB®