Reflexology is the application of pressure to specific areas on the feet and/or hands using thumb, finger, and hand massage techniques without the use of oil or lotion. Reflexology is a therapy that dates back thousands of years traced back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, India, Native America, and China. The theory behind reflexology is that areas in the feet and hands correspond to organs and systems of the body promoting healing. The most common form of reflexology is foot reflexology. The stimulation of reflex areas in the foot triggers a response in corresponding organs, promoting healing in that area of the body.
While reflexology courses are recommended for licensed massage therapists it is not required that you have already become certified or even plan to. Many salons and spas offer stand-alone reflexology massage sessions as well as private session providers. Our reflexology course will allow anyone to become a certified reflexology practitioner in the state of Pennsylvania. With that said we’ll go through a few of the reasons that LMTs should seriously consider adding reflexology to their services.
An effective way to grow your practice
Many health care centers are adding reflexology services for their patients, or at the very least recommending reflexology to help alleviate symptoms associated with many ailments including patients undergoing chemotherapy. Reflexology is an effective way to help counter nausea and anxiety in just one short session. As a result, many hospital systems and healthcare clinics have begun to partner with local massage therapists and chiropractors who can offer this service.
A more efficient way to work hands and feet than standard massage techniques
Reflexology enhances massage by making it a more thorough experience, without it needing to be deep tissue, via working the points on the feet and hands. By adding reflexology to your massage technique you can save stress on your body because it involves less deep tissue work. For example, you can help alleviate a client’s shoulder pain by starting with loosening that area of the foot before working on the shoulder itself.
Adds a new revenue stream to your massage practice
Reflexology is a specialty on its own apart from massage. Offering multiple services to clients will result in more bookings, referrals, and repeat business. Reflexology will also help you become more efficient in time management during the day due to the need for less downtime between clients for recovery. Reflexology is less demanding on a therapist’s body which means you can see more clients and more clients means more revenue for your practice!
There are many reasons why you should consider becoming a certified reflexologist, proven by the growth within the industry and validated by clients and clinical research. The Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks offers a certification course that offers convenient day and evening classes that can be completed in just 4 ½ months. This course is offered many times throughout the year to both massage therapists and non-therapists. For more information please visit us on our reflexology page and request more information.