Assuming All “Reflexology”
is the Same
Not everything that claims to be Reflexology today actually IS Reflexology. Currently, only four states (New Hampshire, North Dakota, Tennessee and Washington) have their own law for Reflexologists, so in many areas, just about anyone can say or advertise they offer Reflexology, whether they are truly a trained and certified Reflexologist or not! Reflexology is not foot massage and it’s not acupressure.
Assuming All “Reflexologists”
Are the Same
Just as Reflexology is a unique therapy, a Certified Reflexologist has completed unique Reflexology only training (typically 200-300 hours in the USA). According to the standards of most state and national Reflexology associations and the national certification board, this training must include classroom instruction.
Not Checking Credentials
• Certification from their Reflexology-specific school. (Check the school credentials to determine if certification was online or included hands-on training and how many hours of Reflexology only instruction were involved.)
• Optimally, national certification by the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB). You can verify this at www.ARCB.net
• A currently valid professional liability insurance certificate.
• A local business license.
• If residing in one of the states mentioned with Reflexology laws, then a current state license.
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Education, Experience, and Professional Associations
Look for someone who continues their education after initial certification. ARCB lists certificants in good standing on its website (www.arcb.net), and members of state and the national organization are usually listed on their website as well.
Check whether the Reflexologist is a member of their state association or the Reflexology Association of America (InfoRAA@reflexology-usa.org). The asso-ciation gives you a path for complaint if you find unethical or unsafe conduct on the part of the Reflexologist you have chosen.Be sure to ask how many sessions the Reflexologist you’re considering performs in a typical year or how many session hours they have overall in their Reflexology career.
Being More Concerned About Their Wallet than Their Health
When seeing a certified Reflexologist who can provide evidence of the qualifications above, expect to pay between $50 and $120 per session, depending on the area of the country in which you live and the session length. Don’t foolishly try to compare this with the price of a similar length session at a foot spa. Bottom line: Don’t expect to receive Reflexology from a certified professional for the price of a foot rub at the mall.
For more information on how to choose a Reflexologist and other useful information, go to American Reflexology Certification Board, www.arcb.net