In case you’ve ever wondered why someone would spend his or her hard-earned money and valuable time learning how to offer reflexology, here’s what I uncovered by interviewing about 20 grads of the Academy’s Therapeutic Hand & Foot Reflexology Professional Certification:
~ Massage therapists branch out for two reasons: to STAND OUT IN THE CROWD and to extend their careers. All were either struggling to define and grow their businesses over the scores of other massage therapists in their communities, and/or were concerned about their body’s ability to continue offering massage for many years to come.
~ Everyone else who was engaged in some other form of work, hated it. They did not feel personally fulfilled, and wanted to do something that would serve people more directly, especially in the realm of improved health.
And here’s a sampling of what some individuals did with their reflexology training:
~ One woman combined reflexology with crystal healing, so as to ground people in the physical body at the same time that she was addressing the energetic one.
~ A massage therapist who focuses on injury remediation discovered that her therapy was easier on her body and more efficacious for the client if she gave a 30-minute reflexology session before massaging the ailing body part. Smart woman.
~ A dedicated daughter spending more and more time with her aging mother found herself in great demand to give other residents of the community reflexology sessions as well. A new career was born!
~ A podologist (licensed footcare specialist) and nail tech added reflexology to his services so that his work would not just address the health of the feet, but the rest of the body as well. That’s the ultimate in my books: reflexology and a pedicure! Sign me up!
~ A resident of a popular vacation destination saw a business opportunity when she witnessed tourists complaining of aching feet from sightseeing all day. She plans to set up shop in a strategically located storefront to offer tourists relief from those hot, burning feet. Now, that’s a winner!
~ One grad, who also excels at teaching and coaching, convinced a integrative wellness company to let her teach their staff massage therapists reflexology to give to their clients dealing with chronic pain. How cool is that?
~ A massage therapist, whose husband preferred that she only give full body massage to women, plans to expand her clientele base (and earn more money) by offering reflexology to both men and women.
~ A manual lymphatic drainage specialist wanted another way to help people with chronic lymph conditions. Reflexology was the perfect match; another way to move excess lymph out of the cells.
If you’re a certified reflexologist, how are you sharing your gift with the world?