I get lots of phone calls and emails from people expressing an interest in learning conventional reflexology. They have either experienced great success from receiving treatments themselves or have heard about the positive results others have enjoyed.
The question, “What course should I take?” inevitably generates questions from my end before an answer is forthcoming. That’s because it is necessary to first uncover what their interest in reflexology is, for there are three different paths from which to choose.
To begin with, is your interest in working with the feet, hands, or both?
Is your goal to provide deep relaxation for a client overwhelmed by responsibilities and non-stop thinking? If that is your target market, then you can learn enough from a two-day course in either hand or foot reflexology to do just that.
Do you want to help people find solutions to health issues that plague the quality of their lives, such as sinus congestion, diabetes, digestive issues, depression, constipation or menstrual imbalances? A full certification program of at least 200 hours can provide the training necessary to work at this level. In addition to learning specific hand and foot reflexology protocols for about 50 different pathologies, you will learn coaching skills that can empower your clients on their road to wellness. Certification will set you on your road to earning a reputation as a therapist that gets results.
Are you a facial specialist or nail tech wanting to add a little WOW to your current services? If you are, then a weekend course in either hand or foot reflexology will help you to stand out in the crowd.
Or do you what to help relieve people’s pain, either in the feet, hands or other parts of the body? Foot reflexology can go a long way in eliminating discomfort from plantar fasciitis, gout, sprains or other traumas to the feet. Hand reflexology can do the same for carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis or various overuse injuries. Reflexology added to massage therapy sessions almost always increases results, and with less effort too. A strong foundation of skill is required to bring about long-lasting results when people are in chronic pain; a certification program can provide this level of in depth training.
Not sure yet what your level of interest is? Then start with a weekend course. It’s a small investment of time and money to decide how you want reflexology to fit into your life.
(foot) Reflexology weekend courses (only one left this year)
Reflexology for the Hands weekend courses (two left this year)
Therapeutic Hand & Foot Reflexology Professional Certification (begins March 2013)