Reflexologists apply pressure to areas of people’s feet to aid healing via ‘energy pathways’.

What does a reflexologist do?

Reflexology is an alternative therapy that is based on the belief that areas on the feet are connected by energy pathways to other parts of the body. Reflexologists apply pressure to these areas to try and help the body’s natural healing process and balance of energy.

Reflexologists’ clients range from people suffering from stress and sleep disorders to sports injuries and back pain.

What do I need to do to become a reflexologist?

To be a reflexologist you will first need to gain membership of a professional body, which usually requires a level 3 diploma. 

Related skills

  • Business management
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills

Academic route

  • GCSE (A-C) in biology
  • Foundation degree in complementary medicine

Vocational route

  • Level 3 diploma in reflexology

Related subjects

  • Biology

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

Most reflexologists are self-employed and work from their own homes, but you may also be working at holistic health centres, beauty salons, hotels and hospices. 

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