It is quite scary that people can do a weekend course in a complementary therapy and then call themselves a professional in that field. It is an unregulated industry and that is why it is so important to do your research and find a professionally qualified and insured therapist, who always works within their framework of knowledge. I have trained to a Level 3 standard, which shows that I have gone through all the necessary training required to work as a Reflexologist and gain insurance……..so you know you are in safe hands, literally, when you come to see me. Here is a brief overview of what my training involved.
There was a lot of practical work obviously and we had great fun practising on each other. However, as we became more confident and experienced we were let loose on the public. We ran a supervised student clinic at the Stillpoint Centre in Bath, where members of the public would come for reduced price treatments. This gave us invaluable experience. As part of the training it was also compulsory to carry out over 100 treatments and complete 6 full in depth case studies.
We also had to complete a Level 3 certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathologies. I gained a huge understanding of how the body worked and how to apply what I had learnt to all the different systems of the body. Fascinating stuff! This knowledge allows me to put together a bespoke treatment plan in order to meet the client’s needs.
In addition to the Anatomy and Physiology theory, I also had to complete many work packs and assignments ranging from Zone and Meridian theory and its application within reflexology to exploration of why people get ill and understanding the issues and processes behind disease including physical and emotional health. The training was so thorough. We covered business modules, communication and reflective practice modules and principles and practice modules, to name but a few. You name it we covered it!