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Be prepared to learn everything you need to know about reflexology. This healing art is for everyone. Reflexology is not a massage. Reflexology is the gentle application of pressure, using specific thumb and finger techniques. This pressure is applied to points on the feet and hands that reflect areas and parts of the body. Through reflexology you will teach the body to relax, to let go of stress, to recognize a new way of being. Everyone responds to stress differently. The key is, everyone responds. Reflexology teaches the body not to react to stress but to relax, letting the stress flow off rather than in.

This book will help you to better understand the benefits of reflexology. Please note that Appendix A includes reflexology charts you will likely want to refer to often as you learn how to practice on yourself and others by applying the techniques offered here. Reading this book will give you tools to use to help others any time there is a need. Just think, you can help your child's stuffy nose, your spouse's headache, or even your own aches and pains. Everything you need to know about reflexology is here for you to examine. Try it — you will like it.

Whether you want to work on your family and friends or have an interest in pursuing a career, there is a class available to you. It is recommended to try an introductory workshop first; this gives you the taste of what is to come. “Introduction to Reflexology” workshops are everywhere as interest in this trade is growing.

Professional training in reflexology is on the rise as the consumer demands perfection in this trade. Full training in this modality consists of a number of fundamentals. The training courses today meet at least a minimum standard set by a national testing agency. For instance, a reflexology certification course must meet at least a two-hundred-hour training requirement. This standard allows the graduates of such a course to begin the process toward national certification. National certification is voluntary, a postgraduate objective of most professional reflexologists.

State boards of education further support the professionalism of our trade. Most departments of education require licensure of the schools that teach professional training courses. Licensed reflexology schools are now setting this standard throughout the United States. European and Asian countries have long accepted only the highest standards of training in reflexology. Canada also requires professional training in reflexology.

An educational program for professional training in reflexology is extensive, dealing with all aspects of this discipline. Students learn the application of reflexology techniques and when, how, and where to perform these specifics. The history and theory of reflexology is examined as well as the evolution of the modality. The aspiring reflexologist studies anatomy and physiology as it specifically relates to reflexology. Extensive study of the foot and leg is required.

Reflexology schools require an externship or apprenticeship before certification is awarded. Students are required to document a number of practical treatments, following a standard of protocol formulated from their training. Many schools now require a thesis developed from this clinical practicum, as well as the documentations. A formal exam accompanied by a clinical exam is required before certification.

Reflexology is not massage and as such is becoming recognized as a modality in its own right. As awareness grows and the standards of reflexology continue to strengthen, the professionalism of reflexology will be accepted. Consumers are requesting fully trained reflexologists.

Reflexology schools are separate entities, establishing standards to satisfy the consumer. An aspiring reflexologist can now feel confident that he or she can receive quality training in this field. This book is designed to help you decide on which path in the journey you wish to travel.

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