What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the belief that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which are believed to correspond to all organs and parts of the body. Some practitioners may also include work on points found in the face and ears. Reflexology works on an individual basis and may alleviate and improve symptoms such as everyday stress and tension.
During a typical reflexology session the reflexologist will take a detailed medical history. Sessions are usually performed in a comfortable chair or couch. If it is to be performed on the feet, the client will be asked to remove footwear and socks but other forms of reflexology require no removal of clothing. The practitioner will make a visual and tactile examination of the area to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology massage movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers.
Reflexology can be a wonderfully relaxing experience where you can take time out from everyday pressures. The therapist’s expert touch will help you relax which can help improve mood, aid sleep and relieve tension. The result is an overall sense of wellbeing.
Choosing a practitioner
It is important to choose a qualified practitioner who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of Reflexology.
You can check whether a Reflexologist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register here
By choosing practitioners registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
Registering with CNHC
CNHC works with the following Reflexology professional associations who check the details of practitioners' training, insurance and experience and confirms whether they are eligible for CNHC registration:
- Association of Physical & Natural Therapists (APNT)
- Association of Reflexologists (AoR)
- British Reflexology Association (BRA)
- Complementary Health Professionals (CHP)
- Complementary Therapists' Association (CThA)
a) If you belong any of the professional associations listed above, click on the link to your association and you will be directed either to a ‘CNHC Request to Register’ form or to the association website with instructions on how to apply.
b) If you DO NOT belong to a professional association listed, please click here or contact us - call 020 3668 0406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will explain how you can proceed with your application to register.
Choosing to register with CNHC brings a wide range of benefits - but most importantly shows to the public that you uphold high standards of practice in your work. Being registered builds trust with your clients, health providers and the public by demonstrating that you “Stand up for Standards.” Click here for further information