The November/December 2018 issue of Massage & Bodywork featured an article on reflexology, a bodywork modality that works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function. To provide readers with more information on this modality and where therapists can receive training in reflexology, the three leading reflexology associations in the US graciously provided ABMP with the following article.
Reflexology Association of America (RAA)
RAA, founded in 1995, is a membership association open to reflexologists, reflexology schools, and to those outside the field who wish to support reflexology.
RAA’s primary goals include but are not limited to:
- Advancing its members' interests and acting as a national referral board for its members
- Sponsoring a biennial conference
- Encouraging the establishment and development of state reflexology associations that complement the purposes and goals stated herein and invite affiliation
- Educating the public on reflexology and its benefits
- Professional (minimum of 300 hours)
- Practitioner (minimum of 200 hours)
American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB)
In order to be a profession, every field needs a body of certified practitioners. ARCB was established in 1991 as a national testing agency. In maintaining its independence, ARCB is not affiliated with any school, instructor, business, or association.
Its primary aim is to protect the public by certifying the competency of trained reflexology practitioners through a comprehensive examination process. A second objective is to aid the public in locating ARCB certificants in their area through a national referral directory found on their website.
National Council of Reflexology Educators (NCRE)
NCRE emerged in 2016 with the intention of supporting the needs of reflexology educators. NCRE's mission is to meet the diverse needs of the reflexology educational community by bridging the gap between the individual’s desire to teach and evolving standards; and give a voice to experienced teachers and those who provide instructional aids.
- Reflexology as defined by RAA, ARCB, and NCRE: Reflexology is a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb and finger walking, hook and backup, and rotating on a point, applied to specific areas predominantly on the feet and hands. These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking body systems supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally
- Reflexology is a specialized discipline utilizing specific techniques that vary from massage
- National certification includes a written and practical examination, along with submission of documentations
- Reflexology is exempt from massage in 32 states
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