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Recommendations

Creating Recommendations

Many reflexologists have expressed concern about massage and cosmetology inroads into the licensing of reflexology. The state has, in essence, granted official sanctioning of reflexology practice to those other than reflexologists. Nine states and seven cities currently require massage profession licensing of reflexology practitioners. (See page 29.) Reflexologists in Florida are facing a $50,000 challenge from the massage community to reflexology licensing currently under consideration in the State legislature. Reflexologists in Wisconsin are currently attending meetings concerning the possibility of licensing in that state.

 

Governmental agencies have expressed specific concerns about public safety in the providing of bodywork services. (See pages 30 to 38.) They and American bodywork fields (see pages 12 to 14) and national reflexology organizations (see pages 8 to 11) have established parameters to judge and certify the competency of the practitioner for professions such as reflexology. Those requirements are:

a. completion of / passing a course of study*

b. over a specific curriculum*

c. from an approved school / accredited course*

d. in a specific number of hours

e. with testing.

 

It is a basic tenet of professionalism that highest prestige and highest income is accorded to those professions which meet the most stringent professional requirements. (To sociologists, doctors are the highest ranking of all professions)

 

Two specific models provide information that closely approximates resolution of educational issues similar to those confronting members of RAA. Material from the (British) Association of Reflexologists (AOR) (see pages 45 to 75) and the Texas State Massage Law provides food for thought about these issues.

 

Within the AOR model, issues are addressed by creating a procedure. The procedure consists of establishing an on-going working group to examine the issue, create recommendations, find consensus, and oversee continuing quality control.

 

The following list of recommendations includes the central recommendation that working groups be established as described above. Each working group would undertake the creation of a procedure for a specific topic.

 

*Items a. and b. or c. are required by 4 of 4 national associations, 7 of 8 body work profession fields, and 19 of 19 state massage laws.


RAA Reports - 14 MAY 1998

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