How to choose a good Reflexologist
When choosing a good Reflexologist there are a number of things to consider. Here are some of the things you need to look out for to help you choose.
What level of training do they have?
Firstly look for someone who has had a good level of training. They ideally will need to have at least a Level 3 Diploma in either Reflexology or Complementary Therapies. Three of the main Level 3 Reflexology Diploma course providers are ITEC, VTCT and City and Guilds. There are of course also some others.
There is also a Level 5 Reflexology diploma available. Level 3 is the required level of training in order to get insurance and be accepted into the best Professional Organisations. Sadly Reflexology is not currently regulated in the UK. It is possible to take a 1 or 2 day course (for some ridiculous price like £29!) but really, in order to be a good Reflexologist you need to have a good level of tuition. When I trained I had to do 100 case Studies for Reflexology alone. This meant that by the time I was qualified I’d had 100+ hours practical experience and felt confident to provide an effective treatment.
Are they insured?
Reflexologists should be insured for both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity. Without it, they shouldn’t be offering treatments for money. Don’t be afraid to ask about insurance and qualifications.
Do they have membership of a Professional Organisation?
Being a member of a professional organisation ensures that the therapist has to keep updating their skills and knowledge so that year on year they become a better therapist. They also have to agree to abide by a code of conduct and be of good character. Look out for people with initials like M.A.R or M.F.H.T or MCThA after their names. This means that they have got a membership of a professional organisation and have had to prove that they are fully qualified and insured in order to join. Some of the health insurance companies will give you a refund on your treatment fee if the therapist is a member of a professional organisation. It is worth checking with your insurance if this is the case and if so which associations they are looking for.
Are they on a professional register or in a Find a Reflexologist Search?
The Association of Reflexologists have a Find a Reflexologist facility (which will bring up a list of the members in your area) Here is my listing
Word of Mouth
If you have friends in the local area, ask for recommendations. A friend may have already found a great Reflexologist. It would be worth giving them a call and seeing if they’re right for you.
Check out Reviews both on Google or Facebook.
Good therapists tend to get Reviews on either Google My Business or on their Facebook Page. Check these out to see if you can get a feel for how the therapist operates and what sort of person they are. It can help to get a feel for what kind of person the therapist is by checking out their social media presence on Facebook and Instagram. If they have a mailing list maybe sign up to that, again so you can start the process of getting to know them. It’s important to get a sense of whether you’d get on on a personal level.
At the end of the day the most important thing is to listen to your gut feeling. You need to feel safe and comfortable in the presence of your therapist so it helps if you get to know them on some level before booking your appointment. I believe that the therapist you choose has to feel right. It may take a few different treatments with a few different therapists until you find the right one for you.
Good luck! Please let me know how you chose your therapist in the comments below.