Reflexology, the use of compression massage on certain reflex points on the feet, has been found to be an effective method of assessing and treating a wide range of conditions and disorders. It has quickly become a mainstream modality that is practised and enjoyed by many. ntpages caught up with Tricia Lee from the Australasian Academy of Wellness Therapies (AAOWT) to find about reflexology study options.
What is so great about reflexology?
"Most people find reflexology deeply relaxing at a physical, mental and emotional level, thus allowing the body’s healing mechanisms to function more effectively."
What conditions can reflexology assist with?
"A variety of health conditions have been shown to have improved with reflexology – with improved circulation, digestion, sleep patterns and bowel function to name a few. Many health funds now give rebates for reflexology services, which is indicative of its popularity as a method of healing."
What makes an effective reflexology practitioner?
"You need to want to work with people and to heal – so be compassionate, patient and dedicated to the principles of reflexology."
Tell us a bit about study options…
"A Diploma in Reflexology can be studied full-time or part-time with flexible learning and a combination of practical and theoretical learning units."
Can you give us a snapshot of the course content?
"There are 21 competency units made up of 17 compulsory units. Some of the competency units comprise communicating with clients, managing a practice as well as OHS processes. There are also foundational subjects in anatomy and physiology and business skills – all designed to give graduates a comprehensive array of skills and tools. There is also a student clinic, which allows students to gain valuable practical experience."
What career paths would I have after completing my studies in reflexology?
"Our graduates go on to work in a range of settings, including nursing homes, hospitals, businesses and mine sites, clinics and spas."
Are your courses nationally accredited?
"Yes, the Australasian Academy of Wellness Therapies is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) accredited by the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia with a curriculum of syllabuses that offers national qualifications that are Austudy and Abstudy approved."
And to help you understand more how to become a reflexologist, here is a video interview with an experienced reflexologist Misha Frankel from Connecting Energies: