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Career focus: Reflexology

Now alternative healing methods are being taken up by many young people as a career option one of them is reflexology.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 10:56 IST

More and more people are turning to alternative methods of healing to cure chronic problems. But did you also know that alternative healing methods are being taken up by many young people as a career option?
In a series beginning today, we will discuss four alternative healing career options.

Reflexology
Persistent headaches, stomach problems, back pain, migraines, arthritis…? The cure to all these and many more ailments lies in your feet. Indeed, this fraternity of acupressure professionals believe its all in your feet.

Foot reflexology, an acupressure therapy applied to a patient’s feet, is slowly and steadily gaining ground as one of the most effective alternative healing techniques. In mainstream hospitals of several European countries, it is now used in conjunction with allopathic treatment.

Pioneer: In the Capital today, there is the All India Association of Acupressure Reflexology that has a membership of over 300 reflexologists who have been trained under its umbrella. The founder of this association, the 85-year-old IP Bahl, is the father of the movement in this part of the country. “Reflexology triggers off the body's mechanism to heal itself,” said Bahl, who has taught hundreds of students.

Course: There is no formal course in any university for reflexology in India. Various colleges and association worldwide offer courses in reflexology, that are formal are last upto two years. In Delhi, the Association has three-tier certificate courses.
The basic module involves 36 hours of teaching and costs Rs 5000. The minimum qualification is a 10+2. The advance course has 24 hours of practical training and costs Rs 4000. To qualify, one must have undergone the basic course and be a member of the association.

The third and most advanced course is that of teacher’s training. It costs Rs 5000 and involves 36 hours of training. A person must be a graduate from a reputed university and have had work experience before enrolling. Candidates are selected after an interview.

Remuneration:
How much you earn will depend on the number of patients you treat in a day. Each session costs anywhere between Rs 200 and Rs 500. The duration can be anywhere between 30 minutes and 90 minutes.

“Most of the time its the process of healing that matters, and not the money,” said reflexologist Amit Mahajan. “I always tell people that they should not stop the treatment just become it is not financially viable,” he added.

SMART BOX
Mastering the reflexes
The following institutes offer courses in reflexology:
• Indian Association of Reflexology, New Delhi
• Indian Society for Promotion of Reflexology, New Delhi
• All India Association of Acupressure Reflexology, Delhi
• International Academy of Advanced Reflexology, USA
• Rosalind Oxenford Reflexology School, Lansdown, Bath
• Anne Hammond College of Complementary Healthcare Training, Cheshire
• International Institute of Reflexology, Florida
• British Reflexology Association, England