How to Find a Reflexology Practitioner

Finding a reflexology practitioner is not difficult but you should be thorough when you are searching for one. Your goal is to find a practitioner who has the proper training and experience; preferably someone who has mastered the art of reflexology.


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    Ask friends and family for recommendations. Seeking advice from people you know and trust to find a reflexologist. It is important that you find a practitioner who feels right to you.
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    Consult other healthcare providers and see if they can give you a referral. You need not limit yourself to seeking advice from alternative healthcare providers since reflexology is often employed in traditional health care facilities.
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    Check out the Internet. There are several professional associations for reflexology. Their websites provide information on reflexology both locally and around the world. Links to trusted websites are provided at the end of this article.
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    Visit websites that solicit user-contributed reviews, such as and Keep in mind that reviews on social sites such as these are completely subjective. Some people will write an unflattering review because they have an axe to grind and some businesses have many reviews by family and close friends. It’s best to read between the lines of all "unsolicited" reviews with discernment. Look for a reflexology practitioner with at least five user-contributed reviews so that you can have enough comments to make comparisons.
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    Look in the Yellow Pages for a list of reflexologists near you.
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    Call a local day spa and ask for referrals. Many day spas offer alternative healing treatments and can probably offer recommendations for a reflexologist even if they don’t offer that particular service. If a day spa does offer reflexology, make sure they employ certified reflexologists. Otherwise, you may end up receiving a simple foot massage and not a healing modality.
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    Inquire about training and certification. You want to find a reflexologist who is certified, not someone who simply attended a weekend workshop. Ask them how many hours of reflexology training they obtained. A good reflexology certification program can require as much as 1,000 hours of training. Find out if the reflexologist you are considering has passed a national board exam. Nationally certified reflexologists have not only trained at an accredited institution, they have also passed a national board exam. You are likely to benefit more from your session if you choose a reflexologist who is nationally certified and experienced. Your time, energy and money will be wisely spent.
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    Think about your preferences and ask the practitioner how they work. For example, some reflexologists prefer not to use firm pressure. If deep pressure or gentle pressure matters to you, discuss your preferences with the practitioner before you schedule an appointment.
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    Explore your payment options prior to making an appointment. In most cases, insurance does not cover private reflexology sessions. Occasionally reflexology is reimbursed under employee flexible healthcare plans, but you should double check your company’s policy to make sure. Be sure to discuss payment details with the reflexologist you have chosen before you schedule a private session.


  • It is a good idea to do a little research on the art of reflexology before you schedule an appointment to have a session. If you understand the healing premise of reflexology, you will be better able to determine if a session would be beneficial to you, particularly if you have a specific health complaint you want to address.
  • If at all possible, schedule your reflexology session on a day when you are not busy and won’t be preoccupied with other duties and responsibilities. Ideally, you will be able to leave the practitioner’s office and go home to relax for the rest of the day.
  • Don’t be surprised if you fall asleep during your reflexology treatment. It is a deeply relaxing procedure.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing when you go to your reflexology appointment.
  • The more experience a reflexologist has, the better. It takes many hours of practice to build sensitivities in their fingers and to be aware of your energy flow.


  • You may experience some mild side effects after a reflexology session because your body’s reflex points have been stimulated to help you eliminate toxins. Symptoms are mild and usually don’t last more than a day. You may experience a mild headache or you may initially feel unusually fatigued. You can quickly alleviate any symptoms you may experience by drinking lots of water and by allowing yourself to rest for a few hours after a session.

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