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Learning Reflexology: Schooling Options for Studying Reflexology

Students enrolled in a reflexology program will learn to use pressure points in the hands or feet to allow the body to heal itself. There are very few schools in the U.S. offering degrees in this holistic therapy.

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Students wanting to add reflexology to their holistic therapy practice may pursue a degree in reflexology or massage therapy through private healing arts or health sciences schools or at public colleges.

Schools with Reflexology or Massage Therapy Programs

The table below lists a few of the schools that offer massage therapy programs, their location and estimated tuition.

College/Trade School Location Institution Type Degree Offered Tuition (2015-2016)
California Healing Arts College Carson, CA Trade School, Private Certificate $17,700*
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO 2-year, Public Certificate $3,429 (in-state), $13,145 (out-of-state)*
The Swedish Institute New York, NY Trade School, Private Associate's $35,286 (includes fees)**
Cortiva Institute Multiple U.S. locations Trade School, Private Certificate $12,007*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **The Swedish Institute

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when selecting a reflexology school:

  • Students interested in enrolling in a reflexology school should make sure that the program will prepare them to be certified by the American Reflexology Certification Board.
  • Students might want to research the various types of schools that offer programs in reflexology to determine what works best for their career and educational goals. For example, accredited reflexology programs can be found at massage and alternative holistic health schools in conjunction with other modalities or as standalone programs.
  • Ensure that the reflexology school meets the standards and regulations for the state in which the student plans to practice.
  • Look for schools that offer business classes if the student has an interest in opening their own practice.

Reflexology Degree Overview

Reflexology and massage therapy programs will include coursework in medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology as well as clinical work. The clinical work involves hands-on work with patients designed to help students develop a foundation to begin his or her career. In some cases, reflexology coursework is offered on a standalone basis or as part of a massage therapy program.

Both reflexology and massage therapy programs prepare students for careers in holistic therapy. These programs may be found at the certificate or associate's level at a few colleges and trade schools around the country.

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