Reflexology Adult Education: An Overview

If you are searching for a new career in health and wellness, reflexology could be the career choice for you. Certificate programs in this field are available for practicing massage therapists, as well as for those who may want to later enroll in a massage therapy program. Read about program requirements and career information.

Here you can discover program information and course topics for adult education programs in reflexology. We also discuss some career opportunities and job outlook for those who complete these certificate programs.

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Program Information

Adult education programs in reflexology are most often certificate programs found at community colleges and schools of the healing arts. These programs are sometimes designed for practicing massage therapists who want to start practicing reflexology, so a certificate in the subject may not lead to employment without further education in massage therapy, as well as an adherence to any state laws that require certification or licensure for massage therapists.

Courses taken in a reflexology certificate program may transfer into a massage therapy program at some schools. Programs are generally about 200 clock hours, and, due to the hands-on nature of the field, most are offered on-campus. The table below provides some more reflexology program information.

Program At a Glance

Reflexology Certificate

  • This 12-month program requires a high school diploma or GED.
  • This program is offered on-campus.

Course Topics

Reflexology schools provide students with hands-on experience practicing the topics covered in their coursework through demonstrations and class interactions. Graduates of these programs are eligible to take the American Reflexology Certificate Exam. Some certification programs are also designed to serve as continuing education programs. Coursework will vary depending on the college you choose, but common areas of study within a reflexology program include:

  • Hand and foot reflexology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Marketing
  • Healing of the feet
  • Crystal usage
  • Pathology and assessment
  • Holistic practice

Career Opportunities

Reflexology is a way to focus on the full body to give your clients a relaxing, mood enhancing experience. You may choose to start your own massage therapy business, work with other alternative medicine professionals in their practices or work in traditional medical practices. With the appropriate training and adherence to any state requirements, you might work as a massage therapy assistant, massage therapist, physical therapist, acupressure therapist or physical therapy assistant.

Job Outlook and Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that massage therapists in general can expect to have good career prospects between 2014 and 2024. Job growth will be much faster than average at a rate of 22%. Your salary will depend on your position and the region in which you are employed. According to the BLS, the median annual salary for a massage therapist was $39,860 as of May 2016, with most making between $19,720 and $74,870 a year.

Reflexology programs are most readily available on-campus as certificate programs. Graduates of these programs are prepared to take certification exams to become various kinds of massage therapists.


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