Working as a professional reflexologist can be a rewarding career. If you are a caring, helpful professional you will go far. Whilst a Reflexologist is not a counsellor, you do have to be a good listener as often clients will want to off-load their problems during a treatment. Your role is to be supportive and to offer recommendations and suggestions based on your area of expertise and your training. There may be occasions when you work with other therapists by way of client referral.
You may choose to work as a self-employed practitioner. Many reflexologists start out using a room in their home or offering a mobile service, providing treatments for clients in the comfort of their own home. You might also decide to rent a treatment room.
Some reflexologists are employed. Opportunities for employment are available within health spas, complementary health clinics and even on cruise ships. Some NHS hospitals and hospices also employ reflexologists to provide treatments for patients. Currently this is common within oncology and antenatal departments, although reflexology would certainly be of benefit to all patients and their carers.
Other opportunities for reflexologists include regular visits to residential homes, gyms and health clubs and also providing treatments in the workplace for busy professionals.
In addition to your ‘hands-on’ work, a professional Reflexologist also has to have sound organisational and administrative skills. It is essential that comprehensive records are taken immediately after every treatment and that business accounts are maintained for taxation purposes. You will also need to understand marketing and public relations work to be able to effectively promote your business and grow your client base.
All of these skills are taught thoroughly as part of the International Institute of Reflexology’s Diploma course.
The sky really is the limit for a Reflexologist. We have some graduates working full time and seeing between 8 and 10 clients every day, with a waiting list. Other practitioners prefer to work part time or alongside another job.
The benefits of becoming a Reflexologist are that you can choose where and when you work, fitting your career around your lifestyle. The secret to success is the amount of energy and enthusiasm you put into your business as this directly impacts on the quality of your work and client satisfaction.