How to Become a Reflexologist
Reflexology is a centuries-old Egyptian treatment that focuses on various pressure points in the feet so as to relief stress throughout the entire body. It is a completely natural treatment that many people seek out to relieve everyday stress as well as promote wellness after injury or disease. A good reflexologist can get rid of aches and pains just by applying pressure to the right points on a person's feet. In fact, reflexology has been know to cure a variety of stress-related symptoms and conditions including tension headacphysihes, digestive problems and disorders, insomnia, arthritis, and hormonal imbalance.
In order to become a professional reflexologist, one must either become licensed through a massage therapy program or else search for programs that are offered specifically in reflexology. Often, a massage therapist will study reflexology and other techniques, like shiatsu, in order to offer clients a wider range of services.
Since reflexology is a technique that goes far beyond a simple foot rub, a person interested in pursuing a career as a reflexologist must study in a massage therapy program or an approved reflexology program. Anatomy and physiology is one of the most common and important classes in a program, as all reflexologists must have a good understanding of human anatomy, as the pressure points on the feet correspond with glands and organs throughout the body, all the way up to the top of the head.
Massage therapy programs often have a reflexology component to them, as this technique is a very natural extension of traditional massage techniques. While many programs do have at least an introduction to reflexology, in order to become certified, one must take coursework that is specifically dedicated to the study of reflexology. The best schools for reflexology are the ones that have received accreditation from the American Commission for Accreditation of Reflexology Education and Training, or ACARET. This accrediting commission is an important way of ensuring that the reflexology program you choose is up-to-date with techniques, as well as the methods that are necessary to create a healthy and hygienic environment for your clients.
Reflexology is a good technique to learn while in a massage therapy program because it will make a graduate of such a program more desirable in the job market. Employers in any field look for employees to have a range of skills, and it is no differently in the holistic health field. Therefore, when you apply for jobs at spas, physicians' offices, fitness centers, or physical therapy centers, your additional skills in reflexology will give you a more competitive edge.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reflexologists and other massage therapists will find favorable employment conditions these days, as more and more people are recognizing the benefits of natural health treatments.