Want to help others realize optimal wellness by pushing the right buttons? Reflexology is all about pressure points and their influence on the equilibrium of the body, and trained reflexologists know just how to manipulate those points to bring about desired health outcomes like stress relief and pain reduction. Seek a reflexology certification and you'll be on your way to a rewarding career!
As described by the American Commission for Accreditation of Reflexology Education and Training (ACARET), reflexology is a manual technique applied to specific points on the body, specifically in the feet, hands, and ears. These points connect to specific zones of the body, and skilled manipulation of these pressure points leads to psychological and physiological normalization (a restoration of equilibrium, or homeostasis) of the entire body. It's a total body experience that is gaining popularity among the ranks of other proven natural healing therapies like massage, reiki or yoga.
There are many, diverse benefits of reflexology, ranging from relaxation and pain reduction, to the rejuvenation of tired feet and relief of phantom limb pain, to easier birthing, delivery, and post-partum recovery for new mothers. It's important to note that despite these benefits, experts recommend that reflexology does not replace standard medical care but should serve as a complementary therapy only.
Reflexology Certification "Pressure Points"
The first step in obtaining a reflexology certification is to check with your state's licensing requirements to practice the healing art of reflexology. Only two states have laws specifically regarding reflexology; many states include reflexology in their cosmetology or massage licensing laws.
Your next step: enrollment in reflexology classes. Many massage schools, colleges, adult education centers, or even your local parks & recreation department offer these classes, which typically result in a certificate or diploma.
Reflexology students study anatomy & physiology of body systems and the lower leg and foot. They also learn about the history and theory of this ancient practice, mastery of the zones, meridians, and charts used to map pressure points, along with hands-on techniques. A number of communication and business courses, such as ethics and documentation, and supervised clinical practice hours, are also included in the curriculum, further enhancing the study of reflexology and preparing graduates for every possible client interaction when they have their own practice.
After successful completion of classes and hands-on experience working directly with clients, you may pursue your national reflexology certification via the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB). In order to take the ARCB test, you must have fulfilled a hands-on reflexology program (covering a minimum of 110 hours, broken down into specific hourly requirements in the above-mentioned subject areas). Once you've checked these requirements off your list, you're ready to sit for the ARCB's three-part exam (written, practical, and documentation components) and you are one step closer to the title of ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist. Twelve hours of continuing education units must be completed every two years to maintain this certification.
Want to help others restore equilibrium in their lives? Seek your reflexology certification today!