How to Become a Reflexologist

Four Methods:Research the Requirements for Becoming a ReflexologistChoose a Reflexology School or ProgramGet Your Reflexology LicenseGet Practice in the Field

Anyone with a passion for the healing arts can become a reflexologist. The gentle art of reflexology focuses on specific reflex points located on your feet, hands and ears that correspond to every area of your body. If you’re interested in becoming a reflexologist, you’ll have to learn about the modality and get certified by an accredited institution. Below are some guidelines to help you find a reflexology certification program that will work best for you.

Method 1
Research the Requirements for Becoming a Reflexologist

There are hundreds of websites on the Internet that offer reflexology training. It’s important for you to be discerning when you are searching for educational resources that will help you begin a new career as a reflexologist. While there is no degree program in reflexology, there are certification programs. In many jurisdictions, licensing requirements must be met before you can practice reflexology. Consult the website of the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) as well as the websites of accredited universities that offer courses and certification in reflexology.

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    Read about the requirements for becoming a certified reflexologist. The ARCB requires that reflexology training includes a minimum of 110 hours of hands-on instruction or a combination of college-level coursework in physiology and anatomy with hands-on training.
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    Research the area where you would like to practice reflexology. Some locations don’t have any certification or licensing requirements at all, while others require as many as 1,000 hours of instruction and passing a written licensing exam. It is important that you understand the requirements that you need to fulfill so you will be able to practice in the area(s) near where you will live.
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    Ask respected reflexologists where they studied. Practitioners you are comfortable with can tell you from their experience, some background and insight into the industry and the quality of training offered by various institutions.

Method 2
Choose a Reflexology School or Program

There are lots of sources of information you can tap into to learning about your options.

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    Find a list of reflexology schools online or in the yellow pages. Call the schools or visit their websites to gather information and ask them to send you information about their programs.
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    Ask reflexology schools if you may conduct informational interviews. Discussions with their instructors and past graduates can help you determine if the structure and approach of the program will meet your needs.
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    Inquire about the number of practice hours you’ll be required to complete. Some reflexology schools build practice hours into their coursework. Others ask that you practice outside the school environment and submit proof of practice hours through a feedback form from your patients.
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    Determine if your school of choice addresses the topics covered on the final examination. Research licensing exam requirements by asking the licensing institution for its examination outline. For example, an examination may include categories that cover assessment and evaluation, treatment plan development, treatment skills application, and topics related to professional responsibility and ethics. Choose a school that adequately prepares you for the examination you will be taking.
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    Verify the suitability of online programs for licensing purposes. Reflexology is generally taught in a hands-on environment. Online courses do exist, but before enrolling in these courses, verify that they meet requirements established by the licensing agency.

Method 3
Get Your Reflexology License

Follow your jurisdiction’s guidelines closely so that you don’t experience any unpleasant last-minute surprises.

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    Successfully complete your reflexology program. A typical reflexology program offers courses in human anatomy and physiology, pathology, Eastern and Western approaches to reflexology, business ethics and supervised clinical work.
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    Apply to take the licensing examination. Find out if you need to submit any documentation, such as a certificate of program completion, a CPR certification, proof of practice hours, or proof of citizenship.
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    Study for and take the licensing examination. Review your reflexology program materials and your jurisdiction's examination outline. Before graduating from your reflexology program, ask your instructors to direct your focus to the specific information covered by your jurisdiction's licensing examination.

Method 4
Get Practice in the Field

Consider all the possibilities available to you when figuring out how to start gaining experience in the field. The demand for licensed reflexologists is growing.

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    Join an established reflexology practice. You won’t have to worry about start-up costs and marketing, giving you the time you need to further develop your skills and interact with other reflexologists.
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    Start your own practice. Establishing your own private practice requires more marketing effort, but allows you to establish your own treatment philosophy, prices and hours of operation.
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    Apply for positions at hotel spas or on cruise ships if you’re open to traveling.


  • Go to a several reflexologists to get an idea of different techniques. *Not every reflexologist conducts a session in exactly the same way.
  • Avoid any program that does not include hands-on training. You can’t learn the art of reflexology without real practice.
  • If possible, treat yourself to each form of reflexology. It might help you decide if you want to specialize in foot, hand or ear reflexology.
  • Rent or buy videos that illustrate reflexology techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer or access to a computer

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