Reflexologist

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 a Reflexologist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course

University

You could take a foundation degree or degree in complementary therapies or holistic medicine.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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College

You could complete a Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Career tips

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

Professional and industry bodies

You'll need to join an accredited register managed by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council or the Federation of Holistic Therapists.

Further information

The Association of Reflexologists and The British Reflexology Association have more information about this career.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • explaining relexology treatments to the client
  • taking a medical history, covering health, diet and lifestyle
  • examining the client’s feet and hands for problem areas
  • applying pressure with the thumb and fingers to the client’s feet and hands
  • keeping treatment records
  • referring clients to their GP if needed

Working environment

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

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Reflexologist right now.

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Courses In England

Reflexology

  • Provider: CITY COLLEGE PLYMOUTH
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: PLYMOUTH

VTCT Reflexology level 3 Diploma

  • Provider: Wirral Met College
  • Start date: 04 September 2019
  • Location: Birkenhead

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