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Be an Informed Consumer for Optimal Reflexology Experience: Reflexology is often used as a natural tool for pain management.

May 30, 2017 09:37PM ● By Margaret Cucchiarella

As word gets out about the benefits of reflexology, the noninvasive healing process that reduces stress throughout the body, more practitioners and wellness centers are offering this natural therapy. The concept seems simple: alternating pressure is applied to certain points on the feet, hands and outer ears that correlate to all the organs and limbs in the body. Because it elicits relaxation and increases circulation throughout the body, reflexology is often used as a natural tool for pain management.

Before investing in reflexology sessions, however, make sure to ask the practitioner the following questions:

1. Have you completed at least a 200-hour certification course in reflexology?
2. Are you certified by a national certification testing board? (The American Reflexology Certification Board is the gold standard in the United States, and an ARCB certificate should be displayed on the reflexologist’s wall. For the ARCB, question 1 is a prerequisite of question 2.)
3. As a practitioner, are you a member of your state and/or national reflexology association?

4. Are your continuing education hours current and related to the field of reflexology? (ARCB requires 12 CE hours every two years.)

If your practitioner does not answer yes to all four questions, proceed with caution, as you may receive a modified foot rub.

Be an informed consumer to get the best reflexology session available. To find a qualified practitioner nearby, visit the New York State Reflexology Association at

Margaret Cucchiarella is a nationally certified reflexologist with 12 years’ experience. She works at AON Physical Therapy, 953 Rte. 6, Mahopac, NY. For appointments, call 845.208.0963. First-time clients will receive 20 percent off a 60-minute reflexology session.