Launching a reflexology practice is an exciting project for the reflexologist. There are so many things to consider – decorating, supplies, linens, equipment, and so forth. Before the task becomes overwhelming it may be best to sit down and make a list of “musts” and “wants.”
The suggestions here will also be helpful for the clinic or spa manager who has been given the task of setting up a room for a reflexologist being brought into the practice. If this is the case, it may be best to consult with the practitioner prior to expensive equipment purchases. Some practitioners require more, some require less.
Equipment and the Reflexology Treatment Room
Most reflexology students have purchased some basic equipment and supplies to conduct required clinical hours through school. One of the most common pieces of equipment that a graduate will own is the LaFuma portable reclining chair from France. Part of a yard furniture collection from this outdoor supply company, the LaFuma has become very popular amongst reflexologists. It is lightweight and portable, making it ideal for outcalls and events.
When starting a brick and mortar practice, the reflexologist will be considering a more durable, stationary option to administer sessions. Some choose a massage table, others a reclining chair.
Additionally, these basic items will also be required for a new office:
- pneumatic rolling stool – for the practitioner to sit on when giving a treatment
- cabinets – to store linens and supplies when not in use
- filing drawer – this will be used to store client files, leaflets, brochures and other office paperwork
- table or desk – here the practitioner can conduct a proper intake with the client or work on session paperwork between appointments
- dimmable lights – a session can start out with bright lights while the reflexologist does a thorough exam of the feet and hands, and then dim the lights so the client can rest her eyes and relax
- white noise machine – that or a simple water fountain or a couple of fans
Supplies and Materials for the New Reflexologist
Fortunately, reflexologists do not require the same volume of lotions, creams or oils that a massage therapist would. However there are some very basic supplies that should be on hand for sessions.
These may include:
- linens – sheets to cover the table or recliner, small towels to wrap the feet during the session
- foot powder – A very little goes a long way so a single bottle should suffice.
- lotion or cream – For dry feet encounters or as part of some styles of reflexology, a little lubricant is necessary. Be sure to get an unscented, hypo-allergenic variety as well as a favorite plant scented product too.
Decorating the New Reflexology Office
What audience is the practitioner looking to attract? Will the room be located in a spa, a clinic or other venue? These are important questions to consider before purchasing equipment and decorative items for the office.