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Reflexologist

Reflexologists apply varying degrees of finger pressure to specific points and areas on clients' feet, hands or ears to improve health and well-being.

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  • Employed 2,100
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Complementary Medicine Practitioner, Complementary Therapist

NOC & Interest Codes
The Reflexologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Reflexologists
NOC code: 3232.6
SOCIAL

Interest in analyzing information provided by patients to determine appropriate pressure points for applying reflexology techniques

INNOVATIVE

Interest in manipulating specific areas of patients' hands and feet by applying finger pressure to appropriate spots to promote well-being

METHODICAL

Interest in assisting patients with their health conditions by providing an alternative form of health care through the application of reflexology methods and techniques

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Feb 18, 2015

Reflexology is a natural health science based on the principle that there are zones and reflex points in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to every part, gland and organ in the body. Reflexologists apply pressure, to the feet, hands and ears, to effect change in other parts of the body. The session is complementary to conventional medicine and is not intended to be an alternative.

Reflexology sessions usually take about an hour. Clients generally sit in a specially designed chair or lay on a massage table fully clothed with only their feet exposed. In general, reflexologists:

  • ask questions about the client's medical history, physical condition, lifestyle and preferences
  • assess the client's physical, mental and emotional health
  • use gentle compression techniques with thumbs and fingers to stimulate specific reflex points or areas (the actual pressure varies depending on the client and the client's responses to pressure)
  • identify and record reflex sensitivities
  • provide feedback to the client
  • suggest some self-care that client could do to support their own well-being
  • discuss a plan and schedule further sessions. 
Working Conditions
Updated Feb 18, 2015

Reflexologists may work in wellness centres, spas, chiropractic offices, physiotherapy clinics, hospices or palliative care homes. Some work from their own homes or travel to clients' homes. Hours of work vary considerably but generally include evenings and weekends.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Feb 18, 2015

Reflexologists need the following characteristics:

  • an interest in working with people on a one-to-one basis
  • a willingness to make direct physical contact with clients
  • a genuine interest in clients' well-being
  • good health and stamina
  • strong hands
  • the ability to communicate and establish rapport with others
  • respectful of others' opinions, beliefs, customs and values.

They should enjoy working with people and analyzing information to determine appropriate techniques.

Educational Requirements
Updated Feb 18, 2015

The practice of reflexology is not regulated in Alberta. Self-employed reflexologists may be required to have a municipal business license, annual police security clearance or CPR and First Aid training.

Reflexologists must be registered with a recognized professional association for their clients to be reimbursed for the cost of reflexology services through extended health care benefits plans.

Personal interest and certification courses in Reflexology are offered by a variety of agencies (private vocational schools, school boards, the continuing education departments of post-secondary institutions). Courses are advertised in continuing education brochures and newspapers.

See the Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC) website for more information on the Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist (RCRT) certification and the Continuing Education Credit and Professional Development program.

See the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada website for education and insurance opportunities and information.

Before enrolling in a reflexology course or program, prospective reflexologists should discuss their training options with several practicing reflexologists who are working in different types of environments.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Feb 18, 2015

Many reflexologists are self-employed, work part-time or offer other services (for example, reiki, iridology) as well. 

They may work in:

  • private homes
  • chiropractic offices
  • physiotherapy clinics
  • spas or wellness centres
  • hospices
  • palliative care homes.

Advancement in this occupation generally takes the form of building a larger client base.

Reflexologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3232: Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing. In Alberta, 75% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance (PDF) industry.

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Feb 18, 2015

Reflexologists' incomes vary considerably depending on the number of hours they work and their overhead costs (for example, the cost of renting space in a clinic or salon).

Related High School Subjects
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Health Care Services
    • Human and Social Services
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Feb 18, 2015

Natural Health Practitioners of Canada Association website: www.nhpcanada.org

Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC) website: www.reflexolog.org

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 13, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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