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How Can Reflexology Training Benefit Your Massage Therapy Career

April 23, 2015

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You can get a degree in massage therapy at First Institute and take the first step toward a career in reflexology. Do you like to help people? Would you like a career that is fulfilling and rewarding? You may want to train as a reflexologist, and work in one of the most popular modalities of massage therapy.

Two male massage therapist students giving a woman a massage


According to the Mayo Clinic, reflexology is the “application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears.” This is often a way to relieve stress and pain. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person’s health, through energy meridians in the body.

Reflexologists generally use a chart that guides which areas of pressure correspond to different areas of the body. Practitioners often use tools like wooden sticks, rubber balls and rubber bands to help them with their work. There are several careers that use this modality including chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists. At First Institute, reflexology is taught in the massage therapy program.

Why become a massage therapist who specializes in reflexology?

Massage therapy is a flexible career that can be very rewarding, and specializing as a reflexologist can improve your chances of earning a higher salary. According to, The average salary of a massage therapist certified in reflexology is $4,000 more a year than a massage therapist without training in this modality. Massage therapy in general is a good career path; according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the massage therapy field is expected to grow 23% from 2012-2020 which is much faster than average for all occupations.

If you are interested in reflexology, the massage therapy program at First Institute could be your first step! For more information call 815-459-3500 to enroll today!

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