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careerI taught the Level 3 diploma for 25 years, and although I trained many Reflexologists, some who have become successful, my advice to those prospective learners is as follows;

Consider doing a Basic Reflexology Course at One Day Courses first, because investing over £1000 in a course is a big commitment. Plus, the exam fee which is about £300 plus a First Aid Course which starts at £100 plus travel expenses, books and equipment, you are looking at £2000 for the whole shebang. You would need to at least 60 client treatments to recoup these fees! Most graduates will take a year to pay back the course fee at £30 a client.

The case study load is very detailed, and the amount of work involved is huge. Learners are committed to writing up at least 100 treatments in detail, as well as course-work in the form of essays and business plans. Not only that, the learner will have to study a great deal of Anatomy and Physiology either in the form of a detailed work-book or have to take a written examination at the end of the course which can be challenging. I have had many students who have dropped out of the diploma half way through and not only has it affected their bank balance (colleges/learning centres do not give refunds), but it has also taken a toll on their relationships, sometimes leading to divorce.

Most learning establishments charge for re-take fees for the full amount which is in the region of £300! Also, there are really very little full-time jobs as Reflexologists, especially in the NHS and people find it a struggle to make a good living out of Reflexology.

In my 25 years of teaching Reflexology, we always had a minimum of a third or more students dropping out because they could not cope with the work-load that the diploma demands, as well as work a full-time job and juggle a family. Starting up your own Reflexology business takes many years to build a client-base and you have to nurture each person to get a client-list.

If you decide you want to rent a clinic somewhere, the room rental is usually high, and you generally have to share the room with another therapist, which possibly means that security wise, you cannot leave valuable equipment in the room, or you have to take it away at the end of the day. If you decide to set a room aside in your home, there is a big Health and Safety issue and local councils have different rules, which mean that your house insurance will probably go up. Different Councils have different by-laws, and you may not be able to use a room at all as a clinic. If you want to create a domiciliary service, there are a few risks to consider. First of all personal safety, do you know whom you are visiting? Remember you are carrying out a body service, and people like to be treated in their bedroom, which is a potential minefield for personal safety. I have had many graduates who have complained about being verbally and sometimes physically and sexually harassed by clients who then refused to pay their fee. I also found that many female graduates after qualifying had problems with their partners or husbands letting them visit strange men in their homes, which ultimately put a strain on their marriage.

Of course, in our society it is important to protect the public and so insurance is necessary to practice any kind of body therapy, whether it is Reflexology, Massage, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy etc. but have you ever wondered what risks there are when treating clients with Reflexology? I can tell you, very little! Unless the client has a serious medical condition such as ulceration from Diabetes Mellitus or painful Pannus (doughy lumps on joints of feet) from Rheumatoid Arthritis, or they are taking Warfarin (blood thinners), then there is really no harm in carrying out a Reflexology session. Some even argue that Reflexology is a glorified Massage, and they will never change how they feel about it. Reflexology involves gentle pressure over specific points located in crevices under joints and bones of the feet and the hands and is absolutely harmless to the general public who have no serious medical conditions. It actually has beneficial effects, particularly on the Circulation, Nervous and Lymphatic System, helping to clear the body of harmful waste products that tend to accumulate in the distant parts of the body, namely the feet. Doing one day course with us at Will give you a basic understanding of Reflexology and a taster to see if this is the career change you have been looking for. If you enjoy the course, then you can go on to do a Basic Hand Reflexology course and have the option of doing Face Reflexology or even Reiki or Neck and Back Massage. You will be also part of an online community and can have the option to buy our Online Hand Reflexology Course. If you can find an insurance company to cover you, then you can make some extra money. You have an even better advantage if you are already in the medical field (Orthodox or Complementary) as say a nurse, doctor, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Podiatrist, Beauty therapist and many more healing skills and so you are already insured. There is actually nothing wrong with charging family and friends for Reflexology but be aware you are not insured.

So in conclusion, my advice is to think first before investing your hard earned cash into a course that is 9 months long, very expensive and requires dedication and commitment. Do not let this blog put you off doing the Level 3 diploma in Reflexology because at the end of the day with commitment, it is a very rewarding career, but think about it and do one day course as the financial investment is minimal.