If you have been thinking about training in reflexology for a while, you might have found all the different options confusing – there are a LOT of courses out there!
So, how do you get to work on choosing the right reflexology training course for you?
This is a question I’m often asked, so here are a few things to consider:
Look for a reflexology course which is professionally recognised – this will allow you to practise as a fully insured and credible practitioner. I always recommend starting with the Association of Reflexologists and looking at the qualifications which allow student membership (and full membership after all your hard work pays off!)
Look for a course which is taught face to face. Online-only courses, whatever they may say, will not enable you to practise as a professional reflexologist. Consider this….how can a hands-on therapy like reflexology possibly be taught and learnt effectively online?!
Consider the level of training which you’d like to study at. You can choose between level 3 (equivalent to A level study) or level 5 (equivalent to a foundation degree). Choosing level 5 doesn’t mean that you have to have achieved prior learning in order to be accepted on to a training course though!
Look at the length of the courses you are considering. Even the same courses with the same syllabus can be run over varying lengths of time, but none should be less than an academic year. Our level 5 course runs over 16 months to make the workload more manageable than it might be over a year (around 9.5 hours self study a week).
Look at what is included in the syllabus. As well as the reflexology modules, you should be covering anatomy, physiology and pathology, plus business planning so that your career gets off to a brilliant start. Are there any specialist areas covered – eg. fertility, maternity, palliative care?
Talk to the tutor at any training school or college that you are considering enrolling in, and ask as many questions as you want. Make sure you are making the right choice for you! Some suggestions – how is the course assessed? Is there an exam or continuous assessment? How many case studies are required? (100 evidenced treatments are required for membership of the Association of Reflexologists).