To study reflexology, an individual can enroll in a reflexology program that is designed to prepare students for a reflexology certification exam. The study of reflexology typically involves taking courses in anatomy and physiology, reflexology techniques, ethics, licensing regulations, and standard business practices. Given its hands-on nature, reflexology is best studied in a classroom environment, although it may be possible to study the ethics and business-related aspects of the program in an online program. Reflexology certification generally requires over 110 hours of instruction, although many programs deliver instruction well above the minimum number of hours.
Reflexology is best learned through specialized programs that cover both the physiological and business aspects of the field. An ideal program exposes the student to the required number of instruction hours needed for certification. Reflexology techniques and topics that examine body systems, such as anatomy and physiology, are the core components of a reflexology program. Students who study reflexology usually practice newly learned techniques in supervised clinical settings where they interact with clients. Additional courses in local laws and standard business practices are also a critical aspect of study for the aspiring reflexology practitioner.
Individuals who study reflexology with the intent to start their own businesses or to work for others must become familiar with the certification and licensing requirements in their locality. These requirements generally vary from city to city. In some locations, reflexology is considered an offshoot of massage and practitioners must meet massage requirements to practice reflexology. Other locations require that reflexology practitioners possess a license to practice before offering their services to the public.
For individuals who study reflexology with the intent to pursue certification, reflexology certification agencies usually stipulate specific standards and requirements. Proof of successful completion of a qualifying reflexology program must be provided to the certifying agency. Hands-on experience is a requirement for certification, and distance learning courses are typically not considered acceptable. To become certified, a reflexology program graduate must also pass practical, written, and documentation exams.
Those who study reflexology often continue their education beyond the initial program and certification. Continuing education classes exist that teach innovative and advanced techniques. Ayurvedic medicine, the study of meridians, and relaxation techniques are some of the subjects that may be studied at length beyond the initial reflexology program. These classes may be provided by colleges, private reflexology schools or through independent reflexology seminars. Once certification and licensing have been completed, continuing education through online seminars and home study are considered feasible ways for studying advanced concepts in reflexology.