Students who are interested in becoming a certified reflexologist need to learn a lot about the practice in order to do so. The American Reflexology Certification Board offers an exam that should be passed by anyone who is seriously considering a career in reflexology. The certification exam consists of three separate parts: a written exam, a practical exam, and documentation showing the results that you have gotten from performing reflexology on patients. In this article, we’ll give you a basic idea about some of the things that you should study for if you are considering taking the written exam in the near future. The exam consists of three hundred multiple choice or true and false questions, and you need to successfully answer two hundred and forty of them correctly in order to pass the exam. Hopefully, the following information will help give you a good point to start on when it comes to studying for the exam.
- In addition to learning about the actual methods of performing reflexology on a patient, there are many other aspects of the business that you will need to learn in order to successfully pass the certification exam. The study guide created by the American Reflexology Certification Board stresses that candidates should learn the history of reflexology as one of their principle studies so that they can see where the practice came from and where it is going.
- Additionally, candidates are required to learn about the different theories on why reflexology works the way that it does. There are several theories that are being propagated regarding reflexology, including the ‘Qi’ hypothesis which states that there is an invisible energy that flows through the body. When this energy flow is disrupted, illness occurs. Reflexologists who believe this theory state that blockages in the energy flow system often originate in the feet, and by performing reflexology, the blockages can be removed so that the energy can flow more freely and the body can begin to heal itself to the best of its abilities.
- You will also need to familiarize yourself with contraindications. Contraindications are health problems that may result in a person being unable to receive benefits from reflexology treatment. If you work on someone who has contraindications that should prevent them from receiving the treatment, you may actually be doing them more harm then good. Some common contraindications that might prevent an individual from receiving reflexology treatment include recent fractures, open wounds, or an active case of gout.
These are just a few of the things that you are going to have to study up on in order to successfully pass the exam. It currently costs one hundred and fifty dollars to take the exam, so be sure that you are well-prepared going into the exam or you may find yourself disappointed. That being said, having a certification in reflexology is one of the most important things that you can do for your practice and for reflexology as a whole, ensuring that you are performing the art exactly the way that it should be performed.