Reflexology Event – THE Check List

October 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Articles by Wendy

When you’re just starting out in reflexology, this is a great way to hone your skills and build your client base…

Offer your reflexology at a conference, a corporate event or a health fair.

There are plenty of people there who want your service, but you’ll be wasting your time if you don’t plan ahead.

Early in my career, I did lots of these events, and I still have a handful of clients who have come to see me ever since.

It took me a lot of trial and error before I came up with a checklist. If you forget any of these items, you do so at your own peril.

I gathered all the materials I needed and kept them in a “kit” by my door.

When the phone would ring, I’d just need the time and location. And, then when I was about to leave for the event, I’d grab my case and would rest assured that I had everything I need.

You need to talk to the organizers to find out what they want you to do, whether it’s: 5 minute, 15 minute or 30 minute (etc.) sessions. Find out how long you’ll be working and then divide the session minutes by the length of the day and that’s the maximum number of sessions you can do.

Rest up the night before, it might be a long day.

Here’s my fail-safe “event check list”:

1. Fill a small pump bottle with your favorite lotion – no need to take the jumbo size – unless you’re working on a small army.

2. Take rubber or latex gloves – the kind you can get at the drugstore – and put as many pairs as you think you’ll need. You’ll need the gloves if there’s no hand washing facilities nearby. There will always be a bathroom, but sometimes it’s so far away, and for 10 minute sessions, a 15 minute hand washing break is not going to work between each guest.

3. Have a hand sanitizer packed. There are times when you’ll want to use it, so have a small bottle ready.

4. Bring your business cards! Oh how many times did I go without them and would kick myself all the way home. You can print your own with on “Avery Business Card” paper you can buy at Staples. Or, you can go to www.VistaPrint.com and get 250 business cards for free. Just make sure you order these at least a week in advance… rush orders are not free.

5. Have a sign in sheet. This is maybe the most important thing you pack! You want people to sign in so you can them if they give you permission. How do you get permission? Ask them. Tell them to call you if they have any questions or tell them “I’ll give you a call or send you a card with some reflexology follow up information… if that’s that okay?”

6. Have some tissues and/or paper towels handy. You never know when you’ll need to clean up a lotion spill or remove some “sock bunnies” from the toes or blow your nose. You might even offer a tissue to your client if your fabulous “sinus magic” techniques produce the desired effects.

7. Have a pillow-board or a small “boogie-board” (the small version of the kind of foam board you use for floating in the pool). You’ll need something to put over your knees unless you want to lug a big table or chair there and back.

8. Carry a clip board and some pens. Make it easy for them to give you their contact information.

9. Have your schedule ready for additional sessions.

10. Don’t forget to bring some gift certificates. One year I did more business with gifts than with follow-ups. Mention the next significant holiday…

In addition:

– Don’t forget – the magic is in the details

Be attentive and listen for what your clients needs.

– Be clear about your reflex location.

Never work beyond your client’s pain threshold.

– Even in a crowd, hold the healing space as sacred.

Enjoy your wonderful reflexology skills.

Wendy Coad – Online health and reflexology expert and the “Reflexology Professor” publishes the popular “Reflexology Secrets, Tips and Techniques” weekly email newsletter to subscribers from around the world. If you’re ready to enjoy health, express creativity, gain knowledge and skyrocket your reflexology or holistic health career, get your FREE tips now at http://www.ReflexologyProf.com and join us at the top right corner.

To your reflexology success –

Reflex, Live Long and Prosper,

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“THE FOOT FACTOR PROGRAM”

Are you a Professional Reflexologist?

January 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Reflexology Teaching

It’s been a busy 12 months and that’s just how I like it. It took a long time, but I finally realized that if I want to be successful at reflexololgy and business, I had to be willing to keep on learning.

It’s a well know success principle – the work you do on improving your skills is the a BIG factor in how well you do.

Let me point out my favorites.

You’re as current as the last training.

Yes, you might be practicing and doing a good job, but there’s more to continuing education than meets the eye.

Everything that you’re doing is being done in the way that you know how. It will always have the same habits and parameters… and might just get a little stale.

Stepping outside of your comfort zone will effect change in several ways.

1. You get to experience someone else’s take on what you do. Why would this be of interest? Because they will be presenting it differently, they’ll have a look, feel, style that you can draw from.

2. Surround yourself with like-minded people. This is a huge energizer. The gathering of different students with different interests creates a networking opportunity. That’s one of the best parts of any learning experience.

I’ve actually gone to several workshops just to network. The course material is a bonus. Contacts, colleagues and friends made in the program were worth the price of admission. (Here’s a reality check – paying tuition of $1,000.00 a day, or more, is standard for workshops in the top professional fields.)

3. Find the best to learn from. There are a lot of people offering a lot of information, but the people who have been around and have solid programs are going to attract a more professional group of students – not to mention more information and experience to share.

4. Find a coach, a Mentor or a Mastermind Group. Stay in contact with someone who is doing what your want to do or doing it better than you are currently. The cost of the investment should be made back many times over.

We’ve all looked to others to model our practices. Pick a good model.

5. Invest in your practice. For some this means putting aside the time and for others it means you have to lose the poverty mentality. It doesn’t mean that you can’t work with people who can’t pay, but you too deserve to earn a living and you won’t if you don’t have balance in the the financial’s.

6. Go out and get some reflexology and pay for it. Find the best and most expensive practitioner you can and leave a really big tip too. Yes, I know there’s better than a 50% chance you’ll be disappointed because there really isn’t that much great reflexology out there, but it will teach you one or more of these 3 things:

a.) You can be happy you did because you got some “dynamite” reflexology. In addition, a couple of the techniques that you experienced are new or different and you can use them in your sessions too.

Or,…

b.) The session was lousy, so now you know for sure that people will pay well to have even mediocre reflexology. Imagine how thrilled they’ll be when they get the real deal from you!

And, therefore…

baseballc.) You’ll be confident that your work is 10 times better (and it will be if you trained with me or one of my colleagues – someone who really does know how to teach). Some practitioners claim to be reflexologists with only 16 – 20 hours of training… I rest my case.

After all you’ve had a minimum of 200 hours of reflexology specific techniques, anatomy & physiology, and practicum. (And, some of my students have had 500 hours of unique reflexology training – you can’t beat that.)

So, all you have to do is tap into your own goldmine.

That’s what my reflexology skills are to me – my goldmine. I have 8 years of college, a post graduate degree, up to 10,000 hours of bodywork training and yet, I make a great living and have a great life with reflexology.

I work for myself and I skip to work. I’m so happy, helping people have a better quality of life and “healing the world one foot at a time”™.

If you’re not there and you’d like to be, then implementing the above will help you – “step up to the reflexology plate”.

“Live long, reflex and prosper”