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Catherine Vestracti, RN, BC, NCR
A Reflexologist?
Reflexology by Catherine

A Reflexologist?

Well as awesome as a reflexology experience can be, embracing a journeying to become one even elevates the experience to more unimaginable dimensions. Reflexology is becoming more and more popular as people share wellness testimonials. Amazed by the diverse benefits, with relaxation and stress reducing at the top, people often want to learn how to do it for themselves. Many even feel that this is the more meaningful work for which they have been longing and make major career changes.
What ever the catalyst, reflexology training can be as diverse as practitioners and is available around the world. The Reflexology Association of America is diligently working to establish more standardized training on a national level. Having a modality with a worldwide history of approximately 4,000 years, lends itself to a metamorphosis of various methods of practice. I was delighted to discover that I could get training right here in Maryland at the Baltimore School of Reflexology (http //www.baltimoreschoolofreflexology.com). I thought Canada and New York, or traveling states training from Florida would be my only recourse.
For a little practice history, you would be interested to learn that the Maryland legislature in April of 2001 deemed reflexology as an energy work, and became the seventh state in the nation to receive an exception from the massage law. Most states either have no impediments for reflexology practice, have deemed it an energy work (unlike massage), or have a separate reflexology practice law. There are a number of states that still require one to be licensed as a massage therapist prior to applying the acupressure of reflexology.
The Reflexology Association of America website (www.reflexology-usa.org) displays state reflexology practices. The minimum educational component is currently 200-hours for basic reflexology training.
This minimum training is a prerequisite for registering with the national American Reflexology Certification Board (www.arcb.net), which requires other 200-hours for national board certification. The Reflexology Association of America has coordinated efforts for national educational summits for more closely examining educational requirements to explore increasing the training for initial certification.
The Baltimore School of Reflexology has nationally certified instructors with American Commission for Accreditation of Reflexology Education and Training (www.acaret.org) and is located in Reisterstown, Maryland. The 200-hour course consists of three weekend workshops, five independent study books and two videos, 100 pairs of documented foot sessions, and a written and practical exam. Satellites are available in Southern Maryland, DC, and with a mobile sites instructor.
As both a practitioner and instructor, I have learned that there are plenty of feet, and hands, needing the wellness benefits of reflexology that far exceed available reflexologists. Certification in reflexology is the key to professional reflexologists. There are enormously diverse practice forums from wellness centers and health clubs, to physicians and dental offices
As a truly non-invasive wellness modality, reflexology training can be put to good use as a business and/or even in end-of-life and palliative care instances, to usefulness within one’s own family and self-care. It is truly a trained skill well-worth obtaining.

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