Being a reflexologist is one of top five career choices in field of holistic health. The trend shows that more and more people are turning toward holistic practices to enhance traditional medical therapies. Being a reflexologist also allows practitioner to create a flexible schedule in many circumstances.
If you have thought about a career in reflexology, it is time to start getting more information. The first thing you should do is contact local reflexology association in your area. One such website is for American Reflexology Certification Board at www.arcb.net. Although, certification is not required in United States, for professional reasons, you should be certified if it is available.
At website, you will want to find answers to several things. You can look for schools certified to teach reflexology, licensing and certification requirements, and any other information you think would be helpful to you.
Going to school to become a reflexologist is a requirement in most places, even if you donít need to be licensed or certified after graduating. Classes range in duration from six months to one year or more. The class usually is at least 100 hours in classroom time and at least 300 hours practical time. Depending on your location, requirements may vary.
You should look for a reflexologist program that focuses on more than feet and hands. Look for a school that discusses health, nutrition, biology, chemistry, physiology, anatomy, ethics and professionalism. Finding a school that also explains business side of being a reflexologist is a plus. You may want to consider a school that also offers a massage therapist program. Even if you donít do it now, becoming a massage therapist can add to your income potential and increase your marketability. You may decide to wait to take these classes later, since they are more intense and licensing is a requirement in many areas.
As a reflexologist, you will be working with a clientís feet and hands for 45 minutes to one hour in a normal session. You should be able to talk with client before, during and after session. It is your job as a reflexologist to calm and relax client while being a good listener.
Once you are in final stages of reflexologist program, you should start working on marketing your services. From your practical experience, you may have a small client base, but you need a large client base that will continue to grow. You should decide if you want to go to your clients or have them come to you. If they come to you, consider renting space or partnering with a chiropractor, doctorís office, podiatrist, or holistic health center.