Finding A Reflexology Educational Program
- Both the RAA and American Reflexology Certification Board websites may be able to provide you with a practitioner in your area who may know of an educational program. On the ARCB site be sure to spell out the state name completely.
- State Reflexology Associations (they don’t teach, but may know of courses or practitioner in your area to contact for more information). Enter reflexology followed by your state abbreviation in your web browser or refer to the Reflexology Association of America (RAA) directory of School members (http://reflexology-usa.org/schools/) or contact one of their state delegates (http://reflexology-usa.org/state-delegates/) who may be able to help you with your search for legitimate schools.
- University or Community College Adult Education Programs or those offering degrees in Wholistic Health.
- Massage schools— Reflexology training in conjunction with a massage school requires special attention. Many massage schools teach foot massage not reflexology that has a different history, uses different techniques, and is considered a separate discipline. This is a good example where the instructor’s training and education is crucial. For a course within a massage school a total number of 110 hours devoted strictly to reflexology are recommended in order to qualify to take the national certification examination through the ARCB upon completion of the course.
- Massage and ABMP magazines may have a listing of training institutes/opportunities.
- Training in reflexology may be included in a cosmetology course that features instruction in performing manicures and pedicures. The protocol taught is often that of a foot massage, not true reflexology and informed customers or clients know the difference.
- Anatomy and Physiology (A & P) as part of a massage or nurses training or at the college level is acceptable towards the 55 hours recommended as part of the 110 hours exam prerequisite requirement for National Board Certification by ARCB. A&P training through a college or university as an online course can be credited as long as the coursework has taken place within 3 years of the practical test.
Shorter hour courses will probably provide sufficient instruction to work on family and friends or give you a good idea whether or not you want to pursue the study of reflexology in more depth. The longer courses will usually prepare the individual to do reflexology as a career.
Once programs to contact have been located, it is up to the interested student to act as an informed consumer by asking the right questions—only then can an intelligent decision as to which course is best suited for you and your future goals. Ask to speak with the instructor if possible. See the page on this site: ask the right questions
DISCLAIMER: This website is provided as a public service and is not affiliated with any reflexology program and does not endorse or recommend any reflexology curriculum or instructor but is intended to offer valid comparison criteria for evaluation of schools and training programs.
Thank you for your interest in learning reflexology. Finding a reflexology course will take some investigative work on your part. It is up to the individual to do his or her research about any listings of interest and ask the right questions of those contacted.