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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is an exciting area of complementary health that involves stimulating pressure points on the feet, hands and head to promote wellness in other areas of the body.

According to the philosophy of reflexology, all the parts of the body have representing reflexes on the feet, hands and head, which are believed to stimulate the body’s natural healing process for better health and well-being.

This holistic therapy is popular in the areas of sub-fertility, pregnancy, aged care, stress, sleep-related problems, backache, IBS, blood pressure, migraines and more.


The Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexologists believe reflexology can assist in many ways, including:

  • Reducing stress and tension
  • Improving circulation
  • Balancing the nervous system
  • Boosting the lymphatic function thereby reducing oedema, reducing toxicity and enhancing immunity
  • Stimulating sluggish, congested systems
  • Reducing pain in the body
  • Strengthening the body’s natural healing process
  • Improving sleep
  • Increasing energy and vitality


How to Practise Reflexology

If you’re studying reflexology – or are considering enrolling in an online course – you might find yourself wondering how to set up as a practitioner after graduation.

Many reflexologists set up a home-based clinic, some become mobile businesses (visiting people in their home) and others lease space to start their business.

Regardless of where you decide to work as a reflexologist, there are essential steps you should take, and equipment required to set up professionally.


Steps to Setting up a Reflexology Business

  1. Discover if the career is right for you by enrolling in an introductory online course (Introduction to Reflexology)
  2. Gain the education/qualifications required to practise reflexology professionally.
  3. Register with the Reflexology Association of Australia
  4. Apply for an ABN (Australian Business Number).
  5. Choose a business name (if it’s not simply your name, you may need to register it with ASIC).
  6. Take out insurance to protect your business
  7. Market and advertise your business (website, flyers, brochures, social media).
  8. Find networking events to promote your business.


What Equipment Is Required in Reflexology Practice?

If you want to set up as a professional reflexologist, you will need the following equipment to be successful.

  • Reclining chair or treatment table
  • A chair on wheels (for yourself)
  • A counter to set up supplies for a treatment
  • Books, charts or posters that help you explain reflexology to clients
  • Treatment supplies (creams, ointments, lotions)
  • A music player (to create a relaxing ambiance)
  • Candles, oils or other aromatherapy supplies (for relaxation)
  • Payment equipment (EFTPOS) and receipt supplies


Professional Development for Therapists

If you already work as a beauty or massage therapist, reflexology could benefit your business and add value to your clients.

In fact, reflexology complements massage treatments, especially for the elderly who may not respond well to the physical nature of massage.

It’s also a valuable addition to beauty treatments to aid relaxation.


Reflexology in Beauty Treatments

If you work as a beauty therapist, reflexology will give you the knowledge and skills to enhance client relaxation.

Reflexology relaxation techniques are an ideal addition to beauty treatments to calm clients before they receive their beauty treatment.

And because reflexology relaxes the body and the mind, it’s an ideal addition to facial treatments, as when tension is released in the face it shows (and glows)!


Why Choose Australian Online Courses?

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Visit us online to discover hundreds of industry-relevant, flexible, online courses covering almost every industry sector. Or contact one of our friendly Learning Consultants today on 1300 762 221 or via Live Chat.


Introduction to Reflexology

Introduction to Reflexology is an online professional development program that will introduce you to the philosophy and principles of reflexology.

In this online reflexology course, you will discover the history and development of reflexology, the principles of reflexology as well as the anatomical structure of the foot. You will discover a range of reflexology techniques including thumb, finger and hand techniques, which aim to promote health and wellness throughout the body.

On completion of this course, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to put reflexology techniques into practice in beauty treatments and complementary therapies.