Prepare for a rewarding career in the healing arts as a qualified Reflexologist. In this Professional Reflexology Certificate course students are prepared for a career as a Certified Reflexologist. Classes are taught using a combination of audiovisual presentations, lecture, demonstration, and case studies.
About the Reflexology Program
The 300 Hour Reflexology Certificate Program offered at The Barefoot Dragonfly LLC is a total of 300 hours, offered in three levels: Foundations of Reflexology, Intermediate Reflexology, and Advanced Reflexology. The total program includes 120 hours of in-studio practicum, 120 hours of live lectures delivered via Zoom videoconference, and 60 hours of documented case studies performed independently (60, one-hour treatments done on clients). The final practicum will include a written and practical exam. This hybrid learning style makes studying Reflexology more accessible for folks traveling from out of town, and helps keep the program more budget-friendly.
Kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learning tools are used to assist your exploration of this hands-on modality in a hybrid environment where lessons on anatomy and physiology are delivered online then put into practice in the studio with demonstration and return-demonstration of techniques, reflex locations, and routines. Adult learners feel engaged physically, mentally, and energetically as they move through the learning units and prepare for graduation.
Foundations in Reflexology – Level One
This is the first course level in our 300 Hour Program and is open to folks interested in exploring the healing art of reflexology. Foundations in Reflexology is 24 hours of lecture delivered via Zoom videoconference software and 24 hours of in-person practicum at the Austin, Texas studio.
Tuition is $396 for 48 hour Foundations in Reflexology course
Intermediate Reflexology – Level Two
The Intermediate Reflexology course builds on our foundational understanding of reflexology by looking at the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of twelve body systems through a whole-person lens. Lectures give us a theoretical understanding of each body system and practicums help us translate that information into the reflex maps.
Tuition is $792 for 96 hour Intermediate Reflexology course
Advanced Reflexology – Level Three
The Advanced Reflexology course is designed to prepare the reflexology student for private practice and build on their experience with foot reflexology to include the reflex maps found on the hands and outer ears. This course includes 48 hours of lecture delivered via Zoom videoconference software and 48 hours of in-person practicum at the Austin, Texas studio.
24 hours lecture, 24 hours practicum, this learning unit covers origins, theories, forms of reflexology, indications, cautions, contraindications, structure and function of the foot and lower leg, foot assessment tools, sanitation and hygiene practices, client session documentation, body mechanics, reflexology techniques, and a 30 minute foot reflexology routine.
This course includes 48 hours of lecture delivered via Zoom videoconference software and 48 hours of in-person practicum at the Austin, Texas studio.
201 Body through Endocrine Systems – 48 hours
24 hours lecture, 24 hours practicum, this learning unit covers the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the body, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems as they relate to the reflexology practice. Practicum modules identify body system reflex locations, reflex techniques, and routines.
202 Respiratory through Reproductive Systems – 48 hours
24 hours lecture, 24 hours practicum, this learning unit covers the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune, digestive, urinary, reproductive systems as they relate to the reflexology practice. Practicum modules identify body system reflex locations, reflex techniques, and routines.
This course includes 48 hours of lecture delivered via Zoom videoconference software and 48 hours of in-person practicum at the Austin, Texas studio.
301 Preparing for Practice – 48 hours
24 hours lecture, 24 hours practicum, this learning unit provides a foundation in business planning, continues session documentation skills learned in 101, covers injury prevention and self care practices, structure and function of the hand and lower arm and the outer ears. Practicum modules cover body mechanics, reflex techniques, a 30 minute hand reflexology routine, and a 10 minute ear reflexology routine.
302 Holistic Reflexology Approaches – 48 hours
24 hours lecture, 24 hours practicum, this learning unit covers Eastern medicine approaches to holistic care, and support for special populations. Practicum modules cover hot stone reflexology, meridian theory on the reflex maps, chakra and sens theory on the reflex maps.
Students are responsible for documenting 60 hours of case studies outside of the classroom. Documentation of sessions are covered in Unit 101 and again in Unit 104 to prepare students to write accurate, concise, legible SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) notes using industry best practices. Students are responsible for sourcing their own case studies from their household members, circle of contacts, and the community at large. Case studies are designed to improve technique, build muscle memory, and aid in building confidence working with a wide client base.
This program meets the education standards set forth by the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB), the Reflexology Association of America (RAA), and the National Council for Reflexology Educators (NCRE).
ARCB requires 110 classroom hours – this program offers 240
RAA requires 180 classroom hours – this program offers 240
NCRE recommends 120 classroom hours – this program offers 240
The tuition for the 300 Hour Reflexology Certificate Program is $8.25 per hour for 300 hours or $2,475. The student is financially responsible for purchasing the required textbooks through their preferred book retailer. No equipment purchase is required for this program but it is advised the student obtain reflexology equipment to conduct their case studies on their own time.
To register, visit the Foundations in Reflexology page on our user portal over on Practice Better. Pay the $396 tuition and respond to application questions during the online checkout process. You will receive a confirmation via email (check your spam folder!) and an invitation to create an account in the student portal.
Reflexology is a gentle bodywork modality that encourages the body towards homeostasis in all physical and energetic systems. Primary benefits include deep relaxation, improved circulation, and an enhanced sense of well-being. This non-invasive modality has been studied in hospitals, clinics, and labs across the globe.
In this program I teach the reflex maps as a microcosm of the whole – the entire body mirrored on maps found in the feet, hands, and outer ears. Reflexology-specific stimulation is applied using finger, thumb, and knuckle techniques to these maps to encourage balance in each organ, gland, and part affected. Reflexology is not a fancy term for foot massage, it is a self-regulating modality recognized by the National Institutes of Health under the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
As a wellness modality, Reflexology’s popularity has grown in recent years through word-of-mouth, attention by the press, television segments, and through social media. Some states have instituted professional guidelines in the form of registration or licensure of professional reflexologists. At this time the state of Texas considers the modality of Reflexology to be exempt from massage licensure. The National Council for Reflexology Educators (NCRE) recommends a baseline curriculum of 120 hours of education. The American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) offers board certification to those who have received a minimum of 110 hours of education and pass their written and practical exam. To practice as a reflexologist in another state I advise you check with your state’s Department of Health or Licensing Department for their rules and regulations. Some states regulate reflexology, while others do not. RAA list of state laws.
About Your Instructor
Reflexology first caught my attention as a teenager sitting for one of my botanical medicine exams. Eunice Ingham’s book Stories the Feet Can Tell & Stories the Feet Have Told inspired me to enroll in a distance education program, the only option available to me in New Mexico in the 90s. Later, while working a desk job I went to night school for Reflexology at the Palmer Institute of Massage & Bodywork. By the time I was half through the 200 hour program I knew I was ready for a career change and opened my practice the same month I graduate in June 2004.
Since then I’ve had the great honor of some 12,000 client encounters, hundreds of hours of continuing education from mentors and colleagues around the globe, and a fulfilling career doing what I love. I was drawn to teach continuing education in 2006 and was asked to run my first full reflexology program in 2013. The Autumn 2022 class is my 11th program and I am inspired by those who train with me and take this healing art modality to their communities, offering deep rest and renewal for folks in all ages and stages of life.
Some of the styles of Reflexology I have been introduced to, include:
Chris Stormer’s Universal Method
American Standard Method
Father Josef’s Method
Bill Flocco’s Foot Hand Ear Method
Farida Irani’s approach to Ayurveda in Reflexology
Martine Faure-Alderson’s Craniosacral Reflexology
Dan Lobash’s approach to Korean Hand Therapy
Lillian Morten and Beryl Crane’s use of Meridian Theory in Reflexology
Karen Ball’s approach to Thai Foot Reflexology
Touchpoint Institute’s approach to Orthopedic Reflexology
Nico Pauly and Griet Rondel’s approach to Nerve Reflexology
Tuition payments and deposits are non-refundable, but may be used toward future classes within a 12 month period if you submit your withdrawal fourteen (14) days BEFORE the class begins. Should you withdraw with less than fourteen (14) days notice, all payments made are not refundable or transferrable AND your full balance is still due if your payment is not complete. Please understand that your tuition pays for your seat during the class, whether or not you are able to attend. If you have to miss some class time, we will work with you to help you make up the material. We know that circumstances change and life challenges come up, but we cannot make exceptions. Thank you.
Students are expected to be present at scheduled class times as outlined in the Calendar. Classroom attendance is required for the 240 hours of instruction.
Students should request an excused absence for illness, conflict of schedule, or family emergency. Unexcused absences will count against students in the participation portion of the grade for each learning module. Students who miss more than 20 hours of classes may be dismissed for unsatisfactory attendance. Students will be expected to make up the work missed by the next class.
Transcripts will reflect the student’s missed lecture and practicum hours and may no longer be eligible for membership with the Reflexology Association of America and board certification with the American Reflexology Certification Board.
Makeup hours are available in three ways:
Student retakes lecture or practicum in the next reflexology program – space depending; or
Student coordinates for private tutoring hours with Amy; or
Student attends elective lectures for lecture hours missed.
Tardiness poses a difficulty for all the students and teacher as the class either cannot begin on time or the tardy student misses out on important class time. Therefore, time of tardiness will also contribute to the hours of absence and will count against the participation portion of the course grade. If unexcused tardiness and absences should total more than 20 hours, students may be dismissed for unsatisfactory attendance unless the instructor approves the extenuating circumstances.
The Barefoot Dragonfly LLC expects that students will remain in communication via email, text messaging, group or private chat via the student portal, and voicemail at all times during the program. Changes in the schedule due to weather or other situations, class reminders, and other important communications are delivered via email, text messaging, group or private chat via the student portal, and/or voicemail. Students must be able to receive communication. Students who cannot attend classes or will be late for class must message the instructor via the student portal or text messaging to inform of the absence and its reason.
Students must complete all 240 hours of classroom instruction and practicum experiences, pass all final exams, pay all tuition in full, and comply with all school policies. In addition, students must complete 60 hours of documented case studies performed independently (60, one-hour treatments performed on practice clients) and submit to the instructor for review within six months of the final practicum.
Code of Conduct
The Barefoot Dragonfly LLC expects students to behave in the mature and professional manner that they will need in their career in Reflexology. If students become disruptive in class or misuse email or student portal communications during the program, they may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the program.
Students are expected to maintain their studies at their current class level.
Students are expected to attend classes sober and not under the influence of alcohol, recreational drugs, or strong pain killers that will interfere with studies.
Students are expected to hold themselves to a high ethical standard and not commit academic misconduct such as cheating, falsification of case studies, and/or misrepresentation of homework assignments.
Virtual Classroom Etiquette
Students are expected to help maintain the integrity of audio and visual presentations when attending a live lecture videoconference so all attendees can enjoy the presentation.
Participants are expected to familiarize themselves with the available settings to disable video and/or mute microphone as needed. Accidents happen and occasionally a participant is unaware they are broadcasting audio and/or video of themselves or their environment to the classroom when they intended to disable audio and/or video.
In the event of unprofessional, disruptive, or obscene audio or visual input from participant the instructor will disable the participant’s video and microphone. A participant may be banned from a live lecture if they are belligerent or hostile towards the instructor or classmates.
Communicable Diseases Policy
The Barefoot Dragonfly LLC uses an evidence-informed approach to protect its clients and students, whenever possible, from exposure to certain communicable illnesses. Students and clients with acute communicable illnesses transmitted by airborne, droplet or direct contact are not permitted to the studio while they are potentially contagious. In the setting of an epidemic or pandemic, participants will be expected to participate in protocols that make in-person practicum classes as safe as possible for all participants.
Responsibilities of Enrolled Students
Communicable Illness Screenings – if a student believes they have contracted a communicable illness that can be transmitted in the classroom must report their symptoms or illness. During high community spread all participants may be universally screened for symptoms.
Infection Control Measures – during community spread mandatory inflection control measures will be implemented for practicum classes. These measures may include filtering face piece that is NIOSH approved for a minimum of 94% filtration (e.g. KF94, KN95, N95 or greater), social distancing, screening, day-of rapid test, and/or the use of other personal protective equipment (PPE). Failure to comply with these requirements may result in dismissal or expulsion from the program.
Switch to Virtual Learning – in the event of symptoms of a communicable illness – vomiting, fever, cough, diarrhea, skin rash, head lice, eye infection – or a positive test result or diagnosis, the student will not be permitted to attend in-person practicum. Students can join the practicum via Zoom virtual conference instead, or be prepared to attend a makeup class.
Infection Control Measures
Universal precautions are in use at all times at The Barefoot Dragonfly LLC to prevent the spread of communicable illnesses. These measures include:
Airborne Cross-Infection Control – portable air cleaners and fresh air ventilation are in use at all times when the studio is occupied. A limited selection of NIOSH-approved filtering face pieces (e.g. masks) is made available for students use.
Disinfection – EPA-approved disinfectants for emerging viral pathogens are employed on high touch surfaces, equipment, tools, and the bathroom facilities. CDC Linen washing guidelines are in place at all times.
Outdoors – snack and meal breaks are held outdoors to benefit from maximum fresh air and reduce the risk of cross-infection.
In the event the instructor should develop a communicable illness, the practicum will be postponed, cancelled, or offered live via Zoom.