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What does a Reflexologist do?

Reflexologists are complementary medicine practitioners who apply specific pressure to reflex points on their clients' hands and feet. These points are said to be joined to the major organs by 'energy pathways'. The aim is to encourage the bodies natural healing.

Reflexology can be used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, for example stress, sleep disorders, sports injuries and chronic back pain.

To stimulate the healing process, they use thumb and finger pressure on different points of their clients’ feet and hands. Reflexology is based on the belief that reflexes in the feet and hands correspond to all organs and parts of the body.

To start with, the practitioner takes a detailed medical history, asking their client about health and lifestyle problems. They then work on the clients’ hands and feet, assessing possible problems. To clear blockages and improve circulation, they apply pressure to specific spots in short ‘crawling’ movements, which ease tension and restore the body’s natural balance.

Nurses and health care workers are increasingly learning reflexology as an additional skill.

What's the working environment like working as a Reflexologist?

Reflexologists have no set working hours and much may depend on how many clients they have, particularly if they are self-employed. Evening and weekend work may be needed to accommodate clients.

Reflexologists can work in a variety of environments, from hospices and hospitals to clients’ homes or complementary medicine clinics. It is also possible for a reflexologist to work as a therapist in a beauty environment such as a salon or health farm.

Reflexologists might work in a number of centres or travel to clients. A driving licence is useful.

What does it take to become a Reflexologist?

As a reflexologist you should:

  • have a good understanding of human biology and anatomy
  • have good listening skills and be able to develop empathy with clients
  • have a genuine desire to help people
  • be able to inspire confidence in your clients
  • be good with your hands and have good co-ordination
  • know when to refer clients to a qualified medical doctor
  • have the commercial skills needed to successfully run a business.

Reflexologist Career Opportunities

There are opportunities to work in a variety of medical settings such as hospitals, hospices, practices attached to GP surgeries or natural health centres. You may work from home, from rented premises or at clients' homes. Some reflexologists also offer other therapies, such as aromatherapy or massage.

Although there have recently been some openings for employment within the NHS, most reflexologists are self-employed.

You need to be prepared to market your business, often working part-time hours at first until you have built up your practice. Long hours may need to be spent on marketing and building contacts.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Reflexologist that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Association of Reflexologists
27 Old Gloucester Street
Tel: 0870 5673320

Scottish Institute of Reflexology
Flat 1/2 110 Easterhouse Road
G34 9RG
Tel: 0141 773 0018

International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC)
2nd floor, Chiswick Gate
598-608 Chiswick High Road
W4 5RT
Tel: 020 8994 4141

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)
3rd Floor
Eastleigh House
Upper Market Street
SO50 9FD
Tel: 023 8068 4500

British Register of Complementary Practitioners
C/o Institute for Complementary Medicine (ICM)
PO Box 194
SE16 7QZ
Tel: 020 7237 5165