How to become a Reflexologist

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Reflexologists are complementary practitioners who treat clients by applying pressure to various points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face and ears that are believed to correspond with different parts of the body.

Reflexology is used to promote relaxation, emotional health and general wellbeing, and is also claimed to provide pain relief, aid conception and alleviate the symptoms of conditions such as stress, digestive disorders and chronic pain. Many reflexologists also provide related complementary therapies such as massage and Reiki. Reflexology is not routinely available through the NHS and most clients pay for treatment privately.

Reflexologists typically work from home or on a mobile basis. Some hire a room, couch or space in a small clinic from a third party, such as a complementary health practice or health spa.

Reflexology is not statutorily regulated in the UK but the majority of reflexologists are members of the Association of Reflexologists (AoR), the leading professional association representing practitioners in the UK. There are also two voluntary regulatory bodies for complementary therapy practitioners; the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is funded and supported by the Department of Health. Although registration is not mandatory, it demonstrates the practitioner's qualifications, training and professional standards.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a reflexologist. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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