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Reflexologist

Reflexologists apply pressure to areas on the feet and hands, to help the body’s natural balance of energy and its healing processes.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: Variable average per year
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1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but you could register with a professional body to enhance your professional reputation and help you find work. You’ll usually need at least a level 3 diploma to register.

Relevant courses include: 

  • level 3 diploma in reflexology or complementary therapies
  • foundation degrees and degrees in complementary or holistic medicine
  • postgraduate qualifications

Experience in healthcare, massage, beauty therapy or counselling can help when applying for a course. You can find course providers from these awarding bodies:

You may need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication and listening skills
  • the ability to empathise with clients
  • the ability to inspire confidence in your clients
  • coordination and practical skills
  • the ability to recognise when a client needs to be referred to a medical doctor
  • business and marketing skills, if self-employed

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:  

  • explaining treatments to the client
  • taking a medical history, covering health, diet and lifestyle
  • examining the client’s feet and hands for problem areas
  • applying pressure with the thumb and fingers to the client’s feet and hands
  • keeping treatment records
  • referring clients to their GP if needed
You may use reflexology alongside traditional medicine and other complementary therapies.

4. Salary

You’ll usually be self employed and will charge from £25 to £70 an hour. 

Business costs like rent and materials come out of these fees.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Your working hours would depend on how many clients you have, particularly if you’re self-employed. You may need to work some evenings and weekends to accommodate your clients.

You could work in a variety of settings, including hospices, clients’ homes, complementary or holistic medicine clinics, or beauty salons.

6. Career path and progression

You could go on to train and qualify in other areas of complementary medicine, like aromatherapy, massage therapy or Reiki healing. This can help you to attract more clients.

With experience and further training, you could go into teaching reflexology. You may also coach or mentor newly qualified reflexologists. 

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Last updated: 13 September 2017