Proposal for Regulation of Reflexology Practice

This a proposal for the certification of competency of the reflexologist by the creation of the following parameters:

I. Definition

"Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet (and hands) with techniques that do not utilize cream, lotion or oil, assessed on the basis of zones and reflex areas with the premise that such work effects a physical change." (Kunz and Kunz, 1983) More definition

II. Educational Requirements

Completion of a course of study in a specific reflexology curriculum over a specific number of hours from an approved school / accredited course.

See Reflexology Association of America Educational Committee Report, January 6, 1996,

III. Specific Curriculum

See Reflexology Association of America Educational Committee Report, January 6, 1996

IV. Standards of practice

See Kunz and Kunz, "Professional / Ethical Code."

V. Teacher requirements

Completion of a course of study in a curriculum specific to the profession and two years of professional practice. After Texas Massage Law. See Reflexology Association of America Educational Committee Report, January 6, 1996,

VI. School requirements

After Texas Massage Law, See Reflexology Association of America Educational Committee Report, January 6, 1996

VII. Consumer safety

Informed consent / Full and fair disclosure system: Posting of written notice in workplace of: definition of service (scope of practice); the practitioner's training in the service; safety concerns inherent to service; address to write about practitioner's services. See Board of Medical Quality Assurance, State of California, Report of November 1982, "Appendix IV: Proposed Legislation"

VIII. Regulation of reflexology practice

Create two levels of reflexology practice, (1) Registered reflexologist (certified as competent to practice for relaxation and beauty) and (2) Licensed therapeutic reflexologist (certified as competent to treat for specific conditions? / diagnose disease? / prescribe remedies?)

 

A. Requirements for Registered Reflexologist

1. Educational requirements: Completion of a course of study of 200 hours of education in reflexology specific curriculum (see above-mentioned) from an approved school / accredited course.

OR (Grandfathered) Completed course of study / Traditional education of reflexology practice and two years of professional practice.

2. Practitioner requirements

Participation in an Informed consent / Full and fair disclosure system. (See Board of Medical Quality Assurance, State of California, Report of November 1982, "Appendix IV: Proposed Legislation," p. (1).)

 

B. Requirements for Licensed Therapeutic Reflexologist

1. Educational requirements: 500 hours. Specific curriculum hours with research paper. (Create requirements typical of a licensed therapeutic profession such as nursing or physical therapy.)

2. Practitioner requirements

(a) Participation in an Informed consent / Full and fair disclosure system. (See Board of Medical Quality Assurance, State of California, Report of November 1982, "Appendix IV: Proposed Legislation," p. (1).)

(b) Requirement of further oversight.

ŠKunz and Kunz 2003
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