“It is not the strongest of the species that survives…It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
– Charles Darwin
I have been a practicing Holistic Reflexologist and educator for forty-seven years. I am also a nationally board certified and licensed massage therapist in three states. I went to massage school to add to the Reflexology services I was providing.
What I discovered is that massage therapy, especially full-body massage, can be very physically demanding for the therapist. It takes a lot of energy and strength to be a massage therapist, and requires the therapist to spend many hours standing and bending. I have known many massage therapists who experienced “burnout” and left the field after practicing for just a few years.
Burnout is characterized by fatigue you cannot easily overcome, physical injury, diminishing joy in your work, and stress—and is the number one reason for ending massage therapy careers. Almost any kind of injury can result in an inability to work, leading to a loss of clients, income and, ultimately, one’s passion for the work.
Reflexologists, while practicing a very different modality from massage, share a common passion with massage therapists for helping people experience better health and well being. There are few jobs that are as emotionally rewarding to you and your clients.
Here’s what one of our graduates, who had been experiencing burnout as a massage therapist, said:
“I really loved having the skill to use my hands to make people feel better, to facilitate their healing, to help them experience themselves with more peace and flexibility. I loved seeing the transformation from when people came in for massage to when they left. Now, with professional reflexology training, I am again performing at a high level and making a difference in people’s lives that I can see, hear, and feel, and that’s so gratifying.”
– Maria Reynaldo, LMT, Certified Reflexologist
Professional Reflexology Training Program
Maria took the Laura Norman Professional Reflexology for Massage Therapists Program. It is tailored specifically for the experienced massage therapist, taking into account your massage training and knowledge. Our hands-on Program focuses on teaching and helping you embody the fine finger and hand techniques in our Foot, Hand, Face and Ear Reflexology protocols, which allow you to reach and balance a client’s organs, glands, and body systems. And, you earn continuing education credits toward your license renewal.
“As a massage therapist, I’ve always been taking care of everyone else. The hands-on exchanges that are a big part of Laura’s Reflexology training gave me the opportunity to be on the table and experience my own powerful healing.” – Joan Fine, LMT
Reflexology is a natural choice. Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology encompasses the whole person—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And practicing Reflexology can help prevent both physical and emotional burnout.
As a massage therapist, you will find that performing reflexology sessions is much easier on you. Mostly performed while sitting, and in a meditative state, reflexology sessions are actually energizing for the practitioner, while being pleasurable and therapeutic for the client.
“What a gift! After practicing massage for over ten years, I got certified in Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology. It’s so much kinder to my body, Now I can handle more clients in a day, and it is healing for me as well.” – Jim Davis, LMT
With professional training, you can make Reflexology a “value added” part of your massage practice. Offering a half hour or more of reflexology as part of a massage session will bring significant benefits to your client—and to you.
And, you may choose to make reflexology your primary practice! Giving yourself these options can extend your career for many years. As I mentioned, I’ve been in practice for over forty-five years, and two of my instructors have been in practice for forty-one and twenty-seven years!
I know that you, like me, love helping others. Now is the time to help yourself, so you can continue to help others heal. Take care of yourself, rekindle the joy in seeing your clients leave feeling happier and healthier, and have a long, satisfying career with Reflexology.