Who is a reflexologist is among the most important questions in defining reflexology. A good definition of a reflexologist can make or break the credibility of any research paper.
Who is a Reflexologist in Research?
A reflexologist is an adequatly trained individual that provides a protocol of reflexology based on his or her training.
An adequate training is defined differently in every country. In Greece a 500 hour 2 year training course is the minimum, but the Center of Reflexology and Research (our main supporter) provides more than 700 hours training in those 2 years. In Europe the minimum standard is 300 hours, with a proposal soon to proposed to upgrade this to 500.
In any case, “self-taught”, “online courses”, “distance learning”, “partial distance learning” and “studying under a mentor” are not considered adequate training for reflexologist.
Limiting the protocol he/she is trained to provide alters the utilization of the training, so it is also not properly called reflexology.
A protocol of a reflexology session will always include:
- Taking medical history according to the needs of reflexologist
- Relaxation techniques, for at least 5 minutes at the beginning and at the end of the session
- Specific manipulations and pressures at areas in the hands and/or feet (or other specific area) chosen based on the medical history
- Specific manipulations and pressures at areas in the hands and/or feet (or other specific area) chosen based on finding on these areas
- Visual and oral communication between the reflexologist and the client during the session
From this you might see that double blind research is difficult to achieve, but not impossible. Single blind research is achievable though with ease.