Leaders of the American Reflexology Certification Board (the testing arm of the profession), the National Council for Reflexology Educators (the educating arm) and the Reflexology Association of America (the membership arm) spent the last few months shaping a definition that would clearly explain what reflexology does and how it differs from massage therapy. The explanation leaves room for the scope of practice to include forms of reflexology not recognized by everyone at this point, but practiced by some reflexologists in the country.
Having this one definition supports the reflexology community’s efforts to gain better recognition for reflexology as a legitimate stand-alone practice in the public’s eyes and those of state and national agencies involved with licensure and healthcare.
So, here it is:
“Reflexology is a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb and finger-walking, hook and backup and rotating-on-a-point, applied to specific reflex areas predominantly on the feet and hands. These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally.
The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field.”
I invite and strongly encourage all reflexologists, no matter your level of education, to incorporate the new definition on your websites and in all marketing materials. It will take all our efforts and cooperation – not just the national associations – to advance the field of reflexology to professional status in this country.
Join the movement!