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Reflexologist

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Reflexologists apply pressure to certain parts of the hands and feet (reflexes) which they believe can help with relaxation and wellbeing.

Average salary (a year)

Variable

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

How to become

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How to become a reflexologist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You could take a foundation degree or degree in complementary therapies or complementary healthcare.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You could take a course that will give you some of the skills and knowledge required for this role. Courses include:

  • level 3 Diploma in Reflexology
  • level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies
  • level 3 Certificate in Holistic Health and Complimentary Therapies

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do a Wellbeing and holistic therapist advanced apprenticeship which may give you some of the skills needed to work towards this role.

This typically takes around 20 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Registration

Career tips

You may find it useful if you have experience in healthcare, massage, beauty therapy or counselling.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Association of Reflexologists and The British Reflexology Association, for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a reflexologist from the Association of Reflexologists and The British Reflexology Association.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • knowledge of biology
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • explain reflexology treatments to the client
  • take a case history, covering health, diet and lifestyle
  • examine the client's feet and hands for problem areas
  • apply pressure with the thumb and fingers to the client's feet, hands, face or ears
  • keep treatment records
  • refer clients to their GP if needed
  • if self-employed, market your service and do business admin

Working environment

You could work in a therapy clinic, at an adult care home, at a client's home, in an NHS or private hospital or at a hospice.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could go on to train and qualify in other areas of complementary therapy, like aromatherapy, massage therapy or Reiki healing. This can help you to attract more clients.

With experience and further training, you could become a reflexology teacher. You could also coach or mentor newly qualified reflexologists.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Well Being Holistic Therapist- 27 Two 6 Beauty

  • Wage: £117.00 Weekly
  • Location: Welling

Courses In England

Diploma in Reflexology

  • Provider: KENDAL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 14 January 2022
  • Location: Kendal

Reflexology Level 3 Diploma

  • Provider: SOUTH ESSEX COLLEGE OF FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: Grays

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