Reflexologists apply pressure to certain parts of the hands and feet (reflexes) which they believe can help with relaxation and wellbeing.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- explain reflexology treatments to the client
- get the client’s details like health, diet and lifestyle
- examine the client’s feet and hands for problem areas
- apply pressure with the thumb and fingers to the client’s feet, hands, face or ears
- keep treatment records
- refer clients to their GP if needed
- if self-employed, market your service and do business admin
- knowledge of biology
- customer service skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
- sensitivity and understanding
- excellent verbal communication skills (leadership skills)
- the ability to work on your own (drive)
- active listening skills
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
You could take a foundation degree or degree in complementary therapies or complementary healthcare.
You could take a course that will give you some of the skills and knowledge required for this role.
In the UK, for example, courses include:
- Diploma in Reflexology
- Diploma in Complementary Therapies
- Certificate in Holistic Health and Complimentary Therapies
- Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology
You could do a wellbeing and holistic therapist advanced apprenticeship which may give you some of the skills needed to work towards this role.
This typically takes around 20 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You may find it useful if you have experience in healthcare, massage, beauty therapy or counselling.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 37-39 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends as customers demand.
You could work in a therapy clinic, at an adult care home, at a client’s home, in a public or private hospital or at a hospice. Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
You could go on to train in other areas of complementary therapy, like:
- massage therapy
- Reiki healing
With experience and further training, you could become a reflexology teacher. You could also coach or mentor newly qualified reflexologists.