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Reflexology Therapist

Reflexology therapists apply varying degrees of finger pressure to specific points on a localized area such as feet, hands or ears to improve client’s health and well-being.

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  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education Varies
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  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Complementary Medicine Practitioner, Complementary Therapist, Reflexologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Reflexologists (3232.6) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing (D232) 
  • 2011 NOC: Practitioners of natural healing (3232) 
  • 2016 NOC: Practitioners of natural healing (3232) 
Interest Codes
The Reflexology Therapist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Reflexologists
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 Mar 31, 2018

Reflexology is a natural health science. It is based on the principle that specific zones and reflex points in the feet, hands and ears correspond to every part, gland and organ in the body. Reflexology therapists apply pressure to the feet, hands and ears to affect change in other parts of the body. Therapists strive to supplement conventional medicine, not replace it.

Reflexology sessions usually take about an hour. Clients may sit in a special chair or lay on a massage table fully clothed. Only the body part that’s being worked on is exposed.

In general, reflexology therapists:

  • ask questions about the client’s medical history, physical condition, lifestyle and preferences
  • assess the client’s physical, mental and emotional health
  • apply gentle pressure 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 what clients could do (self-care) to support their own well-being

discuss a plan and schedule further sessions.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Most reflexology therapists are independent workers with offices in varying locations, including their own homes. Some provide mobile services where they travel directly to clients. Hours of work vary depending on the therapist’s practice, but generally include evenings and weekends.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Reflexology therapists need:

  • 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
  • fitness and stamina
  • strong hands
  • the ability to speak and listen well
  • the ability to inspire trust from others
  • respect for other people’s opinions, beliefs, customs and values
  • the desire to improve their skills on an ongoing basis.

They should enjoy working with people and studying information to determine suitable techniques.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

There is no standard education for reflexology therapists. Self-employed reflexology therapists may need a municipal business licence, annual police security clearance or CPR and First Aid training.

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

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

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

The practice of reflexology is not regulated in Alberta. However, reflexology therapists 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. Registration with a professional association requires certification.

A variety of agencies (such as private vocational schools, school boards, the continuing education departments of post-secondary schools) offer personal interest and certification courses in reflexology. Courses are advertised in continuing education brochures and newspapers. However, not all courses or programs are recognized or approved by professional associations.

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Many reflexology therapists are self-employed, work part-time and offer additional services (such as reiki or iridology).

They may work in:

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

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 [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • 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 Mar 31, 2018

Reflexology therapists’ incomes vary. Incomes depend on the number of hours they work and their overhead costs (such as the cost of renting space in a clinic or salon).

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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

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

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Updated Mar 31, 2018. 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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