"You want to do what?!" That is what my lovely dad said when I asked him if I could borrow the money to enrol myself on the Jubilee College Level 5 Reflexology Practitioners' course. He clearly thought I was bonkers, and that it was possibly another one of my fads! Four years later, now I'm a qualified Reflexology Practitioner and Tutor, he likes nothing more than to lie back in my Lafuma chair and enjoy a Reflexology treatment, which relieves his Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms. I enjoy it too. It is amazing to have that bonding moment with my dad and to help him with his pain (and no doubt there is a subconscious part of me that enjoys seeing how proud he is of my achievements).
Whilst I really enjoy helping my clients with a variety of different medical conditions, in my opinion, one of the best things about being a Reflexologist is being able to help the people you love. Seeing your parent or child suffering can be heart-wrenching, and being able to physically help to remedy their symptoms via Reflexology, in addition to providing emotional support, is incredibly powerful. Quite often, my 13-year-old son will come home from school, whip his socks off (dramatically throwing them across the room of course!) and lie on my Reflexology chair with his feet up ready for treatment. This is often how he finds his way to open up about the challenges of his school day, plus he knows that "Mum can help to balance his pesky teenage hormones" through Reflexology, as well as improving his quality of sleep – oh how I wish I had been a Reflexologist when he was a baby!
Working as a Reflexology Tutor for Jubilee College, I have the privilege of seeing my students progress and learn as they complete their case studies. I get such a thrill when they have, what I call, the "oh my goodness, this really works" moment, where they are treating a case study and they call or text me with excitement because "the Reflexology has actually worked!" Whether it has relieved a headache, shoulder pain, anxiety, a trapped nerve, or symptoms of a chronic condition, it is always a wonderful breakthrough moment for them, particularly as it is often a friend or family member that they have helped.
One of my current students has been working on her 4-year-old daughter, who suffers with enlarged adenoids. After just a few treatments, her daughter slept for the first time without snoring, waking up without pain in her face. On a Zoom tutorial today, the little girl announced to me that "Mummy did my feet, and I can smell again!" What a wonderful achievement, both as a trainee Reflexologist and a mother.
So, if you are reading this and you are tempted to either give Reflexology a try, or if you fancy training to be a Reflexologist… my advice would be to go for it. I might be biased, but it truly is a very powerful and amazing therapy.
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I am just blown away by what I have been taught by you Caroline and so incredibly privileged to call you a friend as well as a tutor I learnt and still am learning so much and I’ll be forever grateful! You believed in me to be a reflexologist having had a massive change of heart in career and gave me the courage to help people with an amazing therapy xx
Thank you Sarah. I'm glad that you have enjoyed the lessons
Caroline is a wonderful reflexologist, she’s really helped me with my sinuses and breathing issues
Thank you Chloe. I'm so glad that Reflexology helped you