What is a Clinical Reflexologist?
A Clinical Reflexologist will be certified by a recognized school or certification board (certifications should be on display in the therapist’s office), and tends to work more closely with the medical community. In contrast, uncertified general reflexologists, or Eastern Reflexologists, lean more towards the massage community.
With some of the Eastern systems, the therapist immediately starts hands on work (massage) on the client, with no interview or discussions regarding the client’s history. Conversely, a Clinical Reflexologist, who is trained in the Western Reflexology system, including fundamental Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology, will develop a structured session plan prior to working on a client.
With a Clinical Reflexologist, before any work takes place on the client, the client will fill out an intake form package, which includes a medical history (such medical history is bound to confidentiality by the Code of Ethics of the therapist’s certifying board). Once the forms are complete, the therapist will review and discuss the client’s medical history and current concerns.
Following the interview, the therapist will examine, assess, and chart the client’s feet. Once all of these preliminary steps are complete, the therapist will design a unique session plan that meets the client’s specific needs. The therapist will not begin any work on the client until a session plan has been created.