With National Apprenticeship Week upon us, we wanted to shed some light on what it’s like to be a CityFibre apprentice....
- Apply pressure to areas on the feet and hands
- You'll need excellent communication and listening skills
- You could go on to train and qualify in other areas of complementary medicine
- Explain treatments to the client
- Take a medical history
- Cover health, diet and lifestyle
- Examine the client's feet and hands for problem areas
- Apply pressure with the thumb and fingers to the client's feet and hands
- Keep treatment records
- Refer clients to their GP if needed
- You may use reflexology alongside traditional medicine and other complementary therapies
Your working hours would depend on how many clients you have, particularly if you're self-employed. You may need to work some evenings and weekends to accommodate your clients. You could work in a variety of settings, including hospices, clients' homes, complementary or holistic medicine clinics, beauty salons or in an NHS or private hospital. Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
This role would be ideal for someone with excellent communication and listening skills, the ability to empathise with clients, the ability to inspire confidence in your clients, coordination and practical skills, the ability to recognise when a client needs to be referred to a medical doctor, and business and marketing skills, if self-employed.
There are no set requirements, but you'll need to have insurance and pass enhanced background checks.
You could join an accredited register managed by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) or the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
You may find it useful if you have experience in healthcare, massage, beauty therapy or counselling.
You could take a foundation degree or degree in complementary therapies or complementary healthcare or you could complete a Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology.
You could join the Association of Reflexologists and The British Reflexology Association, for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
You could go on to train and qualify in other areas of complementary medicine, like aromatherapy, massage therapy or Reiki healing. This can help you to attract more clients. With experience and further training, you could go into teaching reflexology. You may also coach or mentor newly qualified reflexologists.