March 13, 2015
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Reflexology is a type of alternative medicine that involves applying pressure to the hands, feet and ears in order to unblock corresponding energy channels in the body. It works on the belief that every organ or system in the body has a corresponding reflex zone located somewhere in the hands or feet. If the appropriate amount of pressure is applied to the correct zone, the corresponding organ or system will get healed.
A reflexologist has an intrinsic understanding of the different reflex zones and the part of the body that each one corresponds with. Their practice involves massaging patients’ feet, hands and ears in order to open up corresponding energy channels in the body and bring about positive change in their state of well-being.
When looking for the right reflexology course, it is always advisable to choose from one of the many nationally recognised diploma programmes as opposed to enrolling in a privately run course that is not nationally recognised. This is because private, unrecognised courses can be limited in their usefulness in terms of professional qualifications.
All reflexology courses include a mixture of theory, technique and hands-on practice.
After obtaining your diploma, you may apply for registration with the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC). This is an organisation that supports complementary and alternative medical practitioners and provides guidelines for safe practice for all types of complementary and alternative medicine.
Since you will be working very closely with your clients as a reflexologist, it is important that you have excellent people skills. You should enjoy interacting with people, have good communication skills and above all, be a good listener.
Confidentiality is a key trait that every reflexologist must possess. Individuals who come in for treatment usually want to discuss their problems first and it is important that they feel they can trust you with their problems.
To succeed in this career, you should also be patient while listening to the problems of your clients and offer empathy, support, guidance and advice during a session.
Most reflexologists have their own independent practice. If you have an extra room in your home, the best option would be to convert it into your own personal clinic and run your practice from there. Some reflexologists choose to rent a small space, either alone or along with other healthcare practitioners. Others choose to make home visits to their patients.
If independent practice is not an option that you find particularly appealing, there are several healthcare establishments including private clinics and hospitals that hire reflexologists on their staff. Although reflexologists are not commonly found in major healthcare facilities, more and more healthcare organisations are now including reflexology as a treatment. Certain spas and health clubs also employ professionals in this field.
The average annual salary you can expect when you are just starting out in this career could range between £11,000 and £14,000. More experienced professionals with a fairly large client base can expect to earn about £20,000 – £35,000 a year.
Self-employed reflexologists who run their own clinic can earn upwards of £35,000 per annum.