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Reflexology is a branch of holistic medicine which is based on the principle that every part of the body corresponds to reflexes in the feet and that working on the feet in a specific way can help to heal those parts of the body. It is believed that disease is caused by the body being constantly exposed to stress which gradually erodes the immune system.

The reflexologist therefore aims at reducing stress, thus enabling the body to heal itself naturally.

Circulation and the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the cells improves when the body is in a state of relaxation. The reflexologist, in keeping with the holistic approach to healing, combines this special treatment with advice on nutrition, exercise and positive thinking.

Reflexology is not regarded as a replacement for medical treatment, but as a supplementary maintenance therapy.

Satisfying Aspects
- helping others
- the satisfaction of finding healing and soothing ways to treat certain disorders effectively

Demanding aspects
- patients are sometimes difficult or uncooperative when treatment is painful
- sometimes long working hours or those to    suit patients

A reflexologist should:
- have an interest in natural healing and holistic medicine;
- have some life experience to enable empathy with clients;
- communicate well and have listening skills;
- inspire confidence;
- have flexible hands and fingers.

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: None
Recommended Subjects: Life Sciences

Appropriate courses are offered at some institutions.

Reflexology is a personally satisfying career and is a form of treatment which has become popular in recent times, but the material rewards are not good. Many holistic medicine practitioners practise reflexology in conjunction with other forms of natural healing, such as ostoeopathy, homoeopathy, chiropractic and aromatherapy. A reflexologist starting out needs to either start up a private practice or join an existing practice.

South african Reflexology Society
P O Box 15070
Panorama, 7506
Tel : (021) 558-9868 Fax : 088 021-558-9868