Reflexology courses are offered throughout the world in a seemingly infinite array of styles, techniques and methods. Different types of reflexology appeal to different people and learning what is available and doing some research is a valuable approach and time well-spent. Pay particular attention to what students say and the varying opinions and reviews that are posted. And, of course, gathering information from the schools, institutes and training facilities will provide some insight and the ability to compare notes and information. A simple phone call or an email of inquiry is all it takes.
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Finding out about reflexology courses by searching online is somewhat helpful, however the information is geared more toward the selling proposition than simply informing a would-be student. While it is important to quickly assess prospective reflexology courses by viewing them online, a full and complete understanding of the offerings can only be done by directly connecting with the organizations themselves and having a conversation, where you can ask your questions and have them answered to your satisfaction.
In the United States, reflexology courses are taught at reflexology and massage schools, community colleges, health and wellness centers, senior centers and other facilities that cater to bodywork and healing. There are also correspondence and online reflexology courses available, as well.
In some cases, a professional reflexologist will provide specialized training, on a one-to-one basis, for those who desire learning how to provide reflexology for family and friends. This, of course, does not qualify someone to provide reflexology professionally. However, it does offer an opportunity to learn a wonderful healing modality and share it with their loved ones.
Reflexology Courses – What To Look For
Before making your selection form the numerous reflexology courses, ask yourself these questions:
- What do I hope to do with what I will learn?
- Am I hoping to become a professional reflexologist? If so, will I work for someone or open my own practice? (If you decide to work for someone, they may have a course of study in mind they would like you to take.)
- After thoroughly researching the reflexology courses that appeal to you, is the education desired being offered locally? Or, will I need to travel to a different state or country?
- Do I want to learn at a more leisurely pace over a period of time and not be pressured with a focused curriculum that requires several modules and hundreds of hours of study and practice?
- Or, am I satisfied to learn just enough to provide reflexology for my family and friends and maybe some local volunteer work at a hospital or senior center? A hospital may require that you complete a series of shorter reflexology courses.
These are important questions to ask and answer in order to gain clarity about your educational intentions. I attended a reflexology school where I put in hundreds of hours of class time and also performed sessions for clients that were a part of my training, as well. I kept notes for over one-hundred hours of client sessions and then reviewed this information with an instructor. It was very valuable experience. I had made up my mind previous to deciding which of the reflexology courses I would choose, that I wanted to do reflexology as a career. It was a huge move, however I had made up my mind and accepted the work and the challenge. All I can say is that it has more than paid off – both financially and professionally. I love what I do and I have a thriving practice. And you can, too!
Reflexology Courses – Making Your Decision
Once you are clear on the direction you will take, the next step is selecting one of the many reflexology courses offered.
If you live in the United States, many states have reflexology associations and can make an unbiased recommendation of reflexology courses. They can be a great resource for educational offerings. I live in Washington State and the Washington Reflexology Association – or WRA – is the state association. Depending on what state you live in, you may or may not have a reflexology association to reference. If you do, contact them by phone or email and “pick their brain” a little. I have compiled a short list of questions you should ask when contacting your state association (HINT – ask to speak with one of the officers of the organization):
- Where did you get trained?
- What reflexology courses do you recommend and why?
- What equipment do I need to perform reflexology ?
- Can I attend one of your chapter meetings to learn more about reflexology?
Reflexologists are very friendly people. And, for the most part, they love what they do and want to share it with others. They also have an interest in keeping the standards of their industry as high as possible. Integrity and professionalism are the hallmarks of a reputable reflexologist. Doing your due diligence when selecting from one of the many reflexology courses will ensure you are keeping yourself apprised of what you need in order to make an informed decision.
An online search for reflexology courses will return a staggering number of results! Some offer a free trial period or a discount if you ask for one. As the saying goes, it never hurts to ask!
The last resource you can access to learn some reflexology, is your local library. Although, technically they don’t offer a course of study, the information in books, on CD’s and DVD’s can be a great starting point for someone wanting to become familiar with and learn about reflexology.
The bottom line is: make your plan, do your research and subsequent due diligence, read reviews and choose wisely.
Choosing from the many reflexology courses available, and dedicating yourself to the curriculum will pay great dividends.