What does Reflexologist do?
Reflexology is a form of massage that involves applying various levels of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears. Reflexologists work with patients to help alleviate pain and strain in their lives. They use therapeutic massage exercises to relieve pressure points in the hands and feet of patients. Some reflexologists also work with pressure points around the ears. By reconditioning the nerve, a reflexologist helps the affected body part function better and, over time, improve overall health. The reflexologists eventually aims to help a client's body achieve homeostasis, the condition in which all aspects of the body, organs, cells and tissues function in harmony. A reflexologist does not diagnose conditions or diseases, nor does they prescribe medication. They also do not treat specific conditions or diseases; she simply treats different reflex areas of the body to reduce stress and allow the body to heal itself.
There are various requirements an aspirant has to fulfill to pursue a career in Reflexology. These requirements are categorized under three heads -
Just a few institutes in India offer short term degree, diploma, certificate and training courses in Reflexology. The basic requirement for joining any of these courses is 10+2. Besides these, several Massage therapy schools and Ayurvedic and cultural centers also offer short-term training in basic reflexology that may last for 4-10 days. Reflexology can also be pursued through Distance Education. A reflexology program must provide not only technical training you will need to do the job, but also fundamental business concepts and other essential aspects of the profession. Reflexology course covers topics such as Definition and meaning of Reflexology, History of Reflexology, Anatomy and Physiology of Reflex Zones, Theory of Reflexology, Benefits of Reflexology, Contra-indications to reflexology, Mapping of the Feet, Guidelines on the foot, Reflexology Chart, Reflex and Acupressure Points, Techniques and Movements, Practice of Basic Reflexology, Steps of Foot Reflexology, Different organs of the body etc. The course offers both theory classes and practical training. By studying reflexology course students achieve knowledge about how to improve the overall health of an individual by the therapeutic technique of reflexology and realize how pressure is applied to specific reflex areas. By practical training, student learns how to reduce stress by using the thumb, fingers and hands for a variety of methods. The foot reflexology course imparts the students that reflexology can create physiological improvements within the body.
Various institutes that offer courses in Reflexology in India:
1. Indian Institute of Aromatherapy and Cosmetology
2. Holy Angels College of Alternative Medicines
3. Mahendra Institute of Alternative Medicine
4. Bharat Sevak Samaj Vocational Education
5. Institute of Alternative Medicines
6. AIM Spas and Academy
7. Pristine Senses Academy
8. Dr. Praveera’s Institute of Herbal Solutions
· Skills: It is almost obvious that incase of therapy, one doesn’t only needs need professional training but also requires certain skills to pursue a career like reflexology. The desired skills are:
a) Good communication and listening skills
b) A good understanding of human biology and anatomy
c) Genuine desire to help people
d) Ability to develop empathy with clients
e) Ability to inspire confidence in clients
f) Hands-on training is extremely important
g) Good co-ordination and practical skills
h) Know when to refer a client to a qualified medical doctor
i) Business and marketing skills are also essential for a self-employed therapist.
You must be certified from an authentic institute before you start practicing as a reflexologist. Just possessing the skills and the knowledge about the procedures isn’t enough. Also it is illegal to practice without a proper certificate. Some countries even issue license for practicing as a Reflexologist.
A Reflexologist may operate in a number of medical settings such as hospitals, hospices, GP surgical services, nursing homes and fitness centers or complementary medicine clinics (aromatherapy, massage therapy or healing). They may also work in rehabilitation centers, wellness spas, beauty salons, fitness centers, sports centers, luxury hotels and cruise ships as a therapist. Reflexologists are eligible to function as a freelancer and provide treatment rooms in their own homes or work in rented facilities, or visit patients at home. To succeed as a self-employed Reflexologist, a strong reputation and client base must be built up and preserved. One could teach reflexology with experience, and more training. Also, nurses and health-care workers can practice reflexology to earn extra income.
· Average Income:
A Reflexologist's remuneration depends primarily on how many patients they see in a day. A reflexologist's working hours depend on the number of treatment sessions and can differ by individual requirements. Majority of reflexologists are self-employed and are willing to charge for each session. A reflexology session normally lasts from 30 to 60 minutes. Reflexologists earn around Rs.200 to Rs.500 per session. The earnings may be small at the initial stage of their practice, but may earn more with years of experience, credibility and loyal customers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Acupressure and Reflexology same?
Ans.: They are similar yet not the same thing. While reflexology uses reflexes that are in an orderly arrangement resembling a shape of the human body on the feet, hands, and outer ears, acupressure uses over 800 reflex points that are found along long thin energy lines called meridians that run the length of the entire body.
Are Reflexologists certified therapists?
Ans.: Yes, Reflexologists are certified therapist (only if they’ve pursued a proper qualification in it)
Is working for an organization preferred more than freelancing?
Ans.: According to my opinion, reflexologists should prefer a freelance business rather than working under someone. Working alone gives them the space to gather more clients and doesn’t limit their earnings.