What does a reflexologist do?

Reflexologists apply special massage and compression techniques that many find relaxing in itself. The aim is  to alleviate pain or stress from the body by targeting corresponding areas or zones in the feet. There is a belief that this will have a continuing positive effect on the rest of the body. Reflexologists gain an understanding of a client’s needs before beginning treatment, to ensure their treatment is appropriate. Some of the daily duties a reflexologist will perform are: consulting with clients, performing reflexology techniques and monitoring client progress.

Tasks:

  • Liaising with patients
  • Administering compression techniques
  • Applying specialist massages
  • Monitoring the progress of a patient’s wellbeing

What skills do I need to be a reflexologist?

Reflexology is a career that requires constant face to face communication with people who suffer from a variety of different ailments. A reflexologist must be compassionate and possess an unwavering drive to help people. Reflexology also requires superb communication skills and the ability to have an understanding of a client’s ailments – through mutual dialogue and patience. You must enjoy working with your hands and be able to do so while respecting the boundaries of your clients.

Skills/attributes
  • Compassionate
  • Willingness to help others
  • Patient and understanding
  • Soothing professional demeanour
  • Superb communication skills

Specialisations

There are a number of specialisations within the industry of alternative medicine that one may consider as an additional career path. If you have an interest in complementary therapies, you may wish to expand your professional skills and acquire multiple qualifications.

Aromatherapist

Aromatherapists have a thorough understanding of essential oils, particularly their therapeutic applications. Aromatherapists are able to suggest essential oils and blends to improve the health and wellbeing of their clients.

Acupuncturist

Acupuncturists employ the ancient Chinese principles of acupuncture, with the aim of alleviating certain physical and negative symptoms which a patient may feel is detrimental to their wellbeing. Acupuncture is becoming more recognised within conventional medicine as having potential medical benefits.

Herbalist

Herbalists provide their clients with a natural alternative to modern medicine – prescribing plant and herb based remedies that aim to alleviate general illnesses. Herbalists have an understanding of plant life and their potential therapeutic properties.

Study pathways for reflexologists

There are a number of institutions that will provide you with the accreditations and knowledge you need to become a reflexologist. Obtaining your qualifications will improve your chances of employment within the alternative medicine industry.

Getting Started

Choose a course that will get you started on your career in complementary therapies.

Skill Building

Learn more about the principles and techniques that inform alternative therapy practices

Professional Development

Gain professional expertise and hone your understanding of the body with targeted coursework

Industry Recognition

In order to practice reflexology in a clinical setting you will need to obtain your accreditations through a recognised course provider.

Getting a job after graduation

Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your reflexology career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.

Job Prospects and Salaries

Complementary therapy in it’s many forms is becoming an increasingly popular industry as people seek alternatives to modern clinical medicine.