Reflexology is an energy healing modality which is based on applying pressure to specific areas of the hands and feet that correspond to specific organs and areas of the human body in order to affect a medical result. Reflexology is learned by attending classes, either in person or online, and receiving a reflexology certification to practice this modality.
Most States require licensing; and that license may be a included as a massage therapists’ license. If you are planning on working in the field of reflexology you should check the requirements of your particular State licensing board. This information is typically available to students as part of a class or workshop where reflexology is taught.
Where To Obtain Reflexology Certification
Reflexology can be learned either in a classroom/workshop setting or it can be learned online. If there are workshops being offered in your location, or somewhere nearby, it is recommended that you take advantage of these opportunities. Getting hands on experience and guidance, especially when you are starting out, is not only an advantage, but a requirement. There are some very good and thorough online, or self-study course that are available, but they may not be enough.
Reflexology Certification is regulated by the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB), which requires a certain amount of supervised hands-on training in order to become certified. Supervised is the key word here. During home study, it is possible for you to “practice” on family or friends, but if the work is not documented by a certified or trained educator, it can’t be applied toward certification and you will not be allowed to sit for the ARCB certification exam.
When you are seeking certification courses for reflexology, the ARCB recommends getting training from instructors that have been certified themselves through the ARCB. In addition, top level programs can also accredited by the American Commission for Accreditation of Reflexology Education and Training.
Keep in mind, reflexology training often falls under the umbrella of massage therapy training and certification. These schools that teach a wide range of massage modalities, including reflexology. The benefit to these courses is that your training is more broad and therefore, as far a business in concerned, you are more versatile and offer more services than just reflexology.
Here are some available resources:
International Institute of Reflexology (www.reflexology-usa.net) – Florida/Nationwide
The International Institute of Reflexology (IIR), headquartered in Florida, offers programs that provide Reflexology certification in the specific manner of the Ingham Method of Foot Reflexology (this is a trademarked name). They offer a variety of classes and workshops for those interested in learning about Reflexology. If you plan on practicing Reflexology as a career, the Institute offers classes on how to prepare for the certification test as well as continuing education courses.
The International Institute of Reflexology has been in existence since the 1940s, and employs an entire teaching staff of certified reflexologists. Although IIR is located in Florida, they offer workshops all over the country. Click here to be directed to a page where you can search for workshops in your state.
Laura Norman Wellness (www.lauranorman.com) – New York/New England
For Reflexology training and reflexology certification or continuing education in New York and New England, there is Laura Norman Wellness. Courses offered here include Reflexology Introductory Workshop, Reflexology Basic Certification, and Professional Reflexology Certification. The center also offers free “teleclasses”. According to her website, Laura Norman is a Nationally Certified Reflexologist, has three masters degrees in education, is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and an Inspired Life Coach.
The American Academy of Reflexology (americanacademyofreflexology.com) – CA/Nationwide/International
The American Academy of Reflexology offers course in “Foot Hand Ear Reflexology” and have been doing it since 1983. They have trained thousands of students worldwide in what they termed “The Flocco Metheod”. Levels of training include beginning workshops, certificate courses, and continuing education.
National Holistic Institute (nhi.edu) – CA
The National Holistic Institute is a college of massage therapy in California. They offer a very in depth 900-hour program that teaches nearly every form of massage therapy, both western and eastern modalities. They also offer an advanced 450-hour Neuromuscular Therapy Training (NMT) that will further increase your marketability in as a massage therapist. NHI is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. You can see their full list of accreditation and affiliations on their website
Colorado School of Healing Arts – (www.csha.net) – CO
The Colorado School of Healing Arts offers a wide range of course in massage therapy, including a 228 hour Reflexology Certification Program to current massage therapists. They offer two levels of reflexology training and are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career School and Colleges (ACCSC). You can check out their full list of accreditations on their website.
Additional Massage/Reflexology Schools
Tennessee – Nashville Academy of Reflexology
Baltimore – Baltimore School of Reflexology
Washington DC – Thai Institute of Healing Arts
Canada – Atlantic School of Reflexology
Home Study Resources
Due to the lack of supervised hands on experience, home study courses are not typically enough to allow you to sit for the ARCB certification exam. However, using online or home-study courses is a great way to get familiar with the practice and theories of Reflexology before diving head first into workshop training.
Here are a few source we have found:
Alternative Healing Academy – Holistic Healing Home Study Courses:
Claire Marie Miller Seminars – Integrative Reflexology Certification Home Study 30CE
Universal College of Reflexology – Professional Foot Reflexology Certification
School of Natural Health Sciences – Reflexology Home Study Course
The School of Natural Healing (Utah) – College of Reflexology
Reflexology Course Subjects
Reflexology schools concentrate their efforts on providing information to their students on knowledge, skills, and techniques of Reflexology such as:
- History of Reflexology
- Human Anatomy
- The road map of the feet.
- The road map of the hands.
- The road map of the ears.
- Relaxation techniques
- Reflexology theory
- Hands on healing techniques with practice time for learning these new skills in a supervised setting.
- Practical matters for setting up a Reflexology business.
- Actual hands on practice in a clinical setting.
- Certification Test prep
As you can see, reflexology training is available at a number of different schools throughout the United States. We have only touched on some of them. There is a tremendous amount of resources out there at your disposal. Beware, though, there are plenty of shady and non-ethical “schools” out there as well waiting to take advantage of you. The schools we have listed we feel are ethically inline with the respected institutions out there. Still due your due diligence and find the school that is right for you. Good luck.