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The Art and Science of Reflexology

Reflexology is widely acknowledged by the public in the UK and is recognised by the NHS, GP's and hospices as a viable non intrusive complementary health therapy. Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the organs, glands, and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in a natural way. Reflexology is a serious advance in the health field and should not be confused with massage. It is both a science and an art, a science because it is based on physiological and neurological study and an art because much depends on how skilfully the therapists apply their knowledge.

In the practical application of reflexology specific techniques are applied to the reflex points on the feet and /or hands thus improving blood lymph and nerve circulation, in turn the body relaxes, and the organs and glands are balanced. The skilled application of these precise techniques affects not only the physiological, but treats the whole person, thereby stimulating the body's own healing potential.

Over 75% of health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension; reflexology treatment relieves stress and tension and restores vitality. Suitable for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly,for pregnant women and those undergoing chemotherapy.

Reflexology is a unique modality in the health field. Its purpose is not to diagnose any specific medical disorder, but to promote better health and well being.

A Career in Reflexology

The majority of reflexologists work as self-employed practitioners, this gives them the freedom to determine their own working hours to fit their lifestyle. Some reflexologists choose to create a therapeutic space in their own home to practice from. In addition many offer a mobile service. Popular practice is to rent a treatment room in a complementary health care clinic or Dr's surgery.The advantage of hiring space in this type of environment gives reflexologists the opportunity to receive more clients through a referral system, and at the same time, build a strong network  with other CAM practitioners.

cover reflexOpportunities for employment as reflexologists are available in some NHS hospitals and hospices to provide treatments for patients. Currently this is most common within the oncology and antenatal departments. Other opportunities and employment for reflexologists include regular visits to residential care homes, gyms and health clubs and also providing treatments in the workplace for busy professionals.

The benefits of becoming a Reflexologist are that you can choose where and when you work, fitting your career around your lifestyle. The secret to success is in the energy and enthusiasm you put into your business. The past few years have seen a much greater awareness and interest towards complementary medicine, in particularly Reflexology. With the prospect of complementary medicine being integrated into primary healthcare, the opportunities for Reflexologists could be unlimited.

Training with Reflexology Academy guarantees comprehensive instruction in the skills and techniques that form the solid foundation needed for a professional reflexology practice. The techniques and skills taught provide the essential tools and expertise needed to go on to become successful practitioners. Reflexology Academy trained reflexologists have the ability and confidence to go on and work in the public sector, such as the NHS and set up in private practice as clinical reflexologists.