If you are thinking of learning reflexology in New Zealand, you need to read this.
If you are looking for a qualification in reflexology it probably seems like there is a myriad of courses available, but which one is right for you?
First of all it is worth thinking where you want to position yourself after your course; do you want to
If you want to treat friends and family then insurance is not so critical and professional support is not necessarily needed. In this situation any introductory course to suit your budget and your time scale will be OK, but you will not be able to become a professional member of Reflexology New Zealand or other professional organisations in future unless you train further.
It is worth noting there is no protection of title for reflexology in NZ so anyone can call themselves a 'reflexologist'. The difference comes from the level of training.
Anyone currently undertaking a course that meets the required RNZ standards. A student may remain in this membership category for up to 3 years and will not charge for treatments. Upon qualifying they become eligible to apply for Professional Membership.
First year of student membership when training through an accredited training provider (RNZ school) is free, the 2nd and 3rd year they will have a membership fee to pay.
Student Membership Forms First year student application -updated Jan 2020
You can join RNZ as an affiliate member if you are not going to be charging for treatments and/or you are just working informally with family and friends. Affiliate membership includes those with reflexology certificate trainings that fall below the RNZ diploma minimum standards.
If, however, you want to make a career of being a reflexologist then it is important to make sure your qualification opens the right door for you in the future. There are bridging courses available for certificate-trained reflexologists to upgrade.
For professional membership to RNZ, practitioners must possess indemnity insurance and have a current workplace first aid certificate. You must also meet continuing professional development requirements each year.
Warning: Total distance learning for manual therapies is not a good idea, as you need to feel what you are learning in person. Blended learning courses offer some distance or eLearning, with some 'hands on' classroom modules.
Reflexology New Zealand is a self governing body, which has set the NZ reflexology educational standards. There follows a list of RNZ accredited education providers, and what they offer.
Tutor: Shelley Monrad
Please contact Aromaflex Academy Enrolments for further information.
TEL : 03 545 6218
EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE : www.aromaflexacademy.com
Tutor: Cathy Caldwell MRNZ
Download a current prospectus.
Please contact Reflexology Manawatu for further information.
MOB : 027 4413 169
EMAIL : email@example.com
FACEBOOK : www.facebook.com/reflexologyroks
Contact Southern Therapies School to register interest.
Tutor: Cathy Searle
Please contact Southern Therapies School for further information.
TEL: (03) 437 2366
MOB : 027 4126170
EMAIL : STSchool@xtra.co.nz
FACEBOOK : facebook.com/SouthernTherapiesSchoolofNZ
WEBSITE : southerntherapies.school.nz
Courses held in Cambridge
Introduction to Reflexology weekend courses – every February and June
Diploma in Reflexology – a 12 month hands on course. Monthly classes held on weekends only.
Please contact Waikato School of Reflexology for further information.
TEL : (07) 312 5947
MOB : 021 456865
EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
FACEBOOK : facebook.com/waikatoschoolofreflexology
I came to reflexology with encouragement from my wife. I had a motorbike accident 15 years ago and head injuries. I suffer from memory loss and poor circulation. I get a boost every time I have a reflexology treatment, and sleep better. Reflexology has been a big help since my two major surgeries last year. Reflexology is very beneficial and I look forward to it every 3-4 weeks on our lifestyle block.