There are lots of different Reflexology techniques around and each represent different standards and levels of experience.
In the UK, there are currently no laws or regulations, therefore anyone can set up a business and call themselves a “Reflexologist”. Thankfully, an organisation has been set up called The Reflexology Forum, which is working towards self-regulation of Reflexologists and creating National Occupational Standards for our industry.
When looking for a Reflexologist who can help you with particular health conditions, it is important to find a Practitioner who has undergone a minimum of 100 hours of tuition over at least a year, plus 100 hours of case studies. There are many schools that offer short courses in Reflexology and all they are really teaching is how to give a relaxing foot massage, which whilst lovely, will not bring about benefits to the client’s health other than relaxation.
The International Institute of Reflexology® is the oldest Reflexology School and in the UK, our Practitioners have to achieve the highest theory pass mark of any Reflexology School. Our courses cover in-depth study into anatomy and physiology and lots of practical work to ensure that our members are very competent and experienced before they pass their examinations.
Members of the International Institute of Reflexology have all trained directly with us in the Original Ingham Method® of Reflexology - in fact, we are the only Reflexology school to teach this method.
You will find our graduates using the letters IIR after their name. Once trained, our graduates are eligible to join the Association of Reflexologists and will be listed on the practitioner directory.
It is important to ensure that you choose a practitioner who is fully insured, holds a First Aid certificate and is committed to regular post-graduate training.
Here are some of the questions you might want to ask before booking an appointment. A professional practitioner will have no problem answering all of these questions.