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What are the Different Types of Reflexology Courses?

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  • Last Modified Date: 22 June 2018
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Reflexology courses are specialized training sessions designed to teach the therapeutic hands-on techniques to relieve pain and stress or tension without direct contact with that specific area. Reflexology, also referred to as Zone Therapy, is a form of holistic alternative care implementing the use of massage and pressure point techniques to areas such as the hands, feet or ears to elicit a positive effect on other body parts. It is based on the theory that these three areas are essentially “maps” of the entire body. Reflexology courses are specialized training sessions designed to teach the therapeutic hands-on techniques to relieve pain and stress or tension in any part of the body through manual techniques applied to the hands, feet or ears.

Reflexology courses are based on an ancient form of therapy which utilizes the art of manual acupressure. Its basis is using these specific points which have a direct correlation to other parts of the body to realign the life force, or Chi. For example, when you massage the area of the foot that corresponds to the back area, it is believed by practitioners there can be positive results felt in the back area.

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To date, there are no universal requirements necessary for reflexology courses nor are there any set requirements necessary to practice as a reflexologist. However, when considering becoming a reflexologist it is important to obtain a credible education. To find reputable educational institutes it is best to contact the local reflexology association by contacting the International Council of Reflexologists.

Different reflexology courses include studying the map or zones of the foot, the hands or the ear. Some courses study all three areas. Reflexology courses can be located at a variety of locations including places such as massage therapy or holistic healing institutions or schools specializing in reflexology. On some occasions, private courses may also be available through professional practitioners.

Reflexology courses of study often involve some basic medical classes such as anatomy and physiology in addition to the history, practices and methodologies or techniques, including reflex points and techniques to read the foot, hand or ear, the science behind the reflexology theory and basic exercises of the specific areas chosen to study. Reflexology courses can range from a 200-hour to 650-hour program or more. Each state, region or country has specific requirements in order to practice as a reflexologist. In some areas, there are no requirements whereas in other areas, a massage license is required before specializing in reflexology. Other areas require registration, certification or even licensure in order to practice reflexology techniques.

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