Overview of Program


Educational Purpose

We strive to support and promote the art and science of reflexology by providing the highest quality education available to those with the intention of studying and practicing reflexology, and cultivating excellent reflexologists who add strength to the field.

Reflexology Diploma Program

Whether your intention is to practice on friends, add to your massage repertoire, build a professional reflexology practice or refine your current reflexology techniques, your participation in our diverse array of classes will set you apart from the average reflexologist.

Our classes may be taken independently or as a part of our Reflexology Diploma Program, designed to train reflexologists for professional practice. Reflexologists currently in practice will enjoy our continuing education courses, taught by leading experts in the field.

Levels of Reflexology Diplomas

SRMC offers four levels of reflexology diplomas.

Professional Level I is designed for individuals who have not had training in human anatomy and physiology in the past 10 years or since high school. This Level often includes those pursuing a career change. It consists of 250 hours of education (180 classroom hours, 70 practice hours) and qualifies students to pursue certification as a reflexologist by Washington State Department of Health and national certification by American Reflexology Certification Board.

Advanced Professional Level I is designed for individuals who have not had training in human anatomy and physiology in the past 10 years or since high school. This Level often includes those pursuing a career change. It consists of 300 hours of education (210 classroom hours, 90 practice hours) and qualifies students to pursue certification as a reflexologist by Washington State Department of Health and national certification by American Reflexology Certification Board.  Advanced Professional Level I provides a more thorough and broad-based level of training than Professional Level I. This level is designed to meet the highest national standard of reflexology education (300 hours), which is required for membership with Reflexology Association of America (RAA).

Professional Level II is tailored to those who have taken anatomy and physiology classes in their professional training and have experience with documentation. Level II students include Licensed Massage Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Estheticians, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors and Medical/Naturopathic Doctors. This Level consists of 215 hours of education (145 classroom hours, 70 practice hours) and is typically chosen by students wishing to expedite their qualification for certification by Washington State Department of Health and national certification by American Reflexology Certification Board. With proof of licensing, Anatomy & Physiology and Business & Ethics may be waived.

Advanced Professional Level II is designed for those who have taken anatomy and physiology classes in their professional training and have experience with documentation. Level II students include Licensed Massage Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Estheticians, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors and Medical/Naturopathic Doctors. This Level consists of 240 hours of education (170 classroom hours, 70 practice hours) and qualifies students to pursue certification as a reflexologist by Washington State Department of Health and national certification by American Reflexology Certification Board. Advanced Professional Level II is chosen by students wishing for more thorough and broad-based training in the art and science of reflexology than is offered through Professional Level II. With proof of licensing, Anatomy & Physiology and Business & Ethics may be waived. This level is designed to meet the highest national standard of reflexology education (300 hours), which is required for membership with Reflexology Association of America (RAA).

The list below indicates requirements for the Professional Levels (one class hour is equal to one hour of credit):

Professional Level I
(non LMPs)
Professional Level II
(LMPs)
Introductory Reflexology 16 hours 16 hours
Anatomy and Physiology 32 hours  32 hours
Structural Analysis of Foot/Lower Leg 16 hours 16 hours
Fundamentals of Addressing Foot Pain 16 hours 16 hours
Advanced Reflexology, Parts I & II 28 hours 28 hours
Business 7 hours 3 hours
Ethics 4 hours 2 hours
Documentation Class, Parts I & II 8 hours 8 hours
Supervised Clinic 6 hours 3 hours
Tutorials 2 hours 2 hours
Professional Sessions 3 hours 3 hours
Elective Classes 42 hours 16 hours
Documented Practice Sessions 70 hours 70 hours
TOTAL 250 hours 215 hours

The list below indicates requirements for the Advanced Professional Levels (one class hour is equal to one hour of credit):

 Advanced Professional
Level I (non LMPs)
 Advanced Professional
Level II (LMPs)
Introductory Reflexology 16 hours 16 hours
Anatomy and Physiology 32 hours  32 hours
Structural Analysis of Foot/Lower Leg 16 hours 16 hours
Fundamentals of Addressing Foot Pain 16 hours 16 hours
Advanced Reflexology, Parts I & II 28 hours 28 hours
Business 7 hours  3 hours
Ethics 4 hours  2 hours
Documentation Class, Parts I & II 8 hours 8 hours
Supervised Clinic 6 hours 6 hours
Tutorials 2 hours 2 hours
Professional Sessions 3 hours 3 hours
Elective Classes 72 hours 38 hours
Documented Practice Sessions 90 hours 70 hours
TOTAL 300 hours 240 hours

Please note: Reflexology classes not affiliated with SRMC will not count toward Reflexology Education requirements through SRMC.

After successful completion of the Reflexology Diploma Program students are awarded with a diploma. A copy of this diploma is required by the American Reflexology Certification Board when you test for National Certification, and may be required by the Department of Health if you seek Reflexology Certification in Washington State.

If you earn the Professional Diploma (Level I or II) and wish to pursue the Advanced Professional Diploma, you may apply your original hours to the advanced degree. Once the Advanced Professional Diploma requirements have been met, you may return your original Professional Diploma to our office along with your request to upgrade your Diploma. Upon receipt of it, we will issue you the Advanced Professional Diploma.

Reflexology Certification in Washington State

As of July 1, 2013, in order to practice reflexology in Washington State, all reflexologists must either be certified by the Department of Health or licensed as a massage therapist. In order to claim the title of Certified Reflexologist, massage therapists must become certified by Washington State Department of Health.  For more information about recent legal developments in reflexology certification in Washington State please visit  /law/.  For an application to become certified, click the following link to the Department of Health website:  ApplicationsandForms.aspx.

Continuing Education Credits for Reflexologists

SRMC classes count toward continuing education credits with for American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB Provider # P00119)

Continuing Education Credits for Massage Therapists

SRMC classes count toward continuing education credits for Washington State massage licensing and toward ARCB, ABMP, AMTA and NCBTMB (Non-Approved Provider) hours. Our Ethics class meets Washington State CE requirements for continuing education in ethics.

Continuing Education Credits for Acupuncturists

Certain class hours count toward continuing education credits for National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM PDA Provider # 167998).

National Reflexology Certification

Each diploma we offer provides eligibility for National Certification through the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB). Attainment of National Certification brings a level of professional distinction to your practice, demonstrating to prospective clients your commitment to providing reflexology that meets the highest national standards. ARCB provides potential clients a database of National Certificants on their website.

We strongly encourage students to become Nationally Certified. ARCB offers National Certification testing in Seattle and in Portland at least once per year and schedules approximately 20 examinations around the United States each year. We offer an ARCB Review Session to help students prepare for the written portion of the ARCB test. Another helpful study tool is to take our Anatomy & Physiology Review class (8 hours). Our two required tutorials will assist you in preparing for the practical portion of the ARCB test, if you choose to take that portion and become Nationally Certified.

Our Students

Our students come from many backgrounds and phases of life. Some take individual classes for fun or to do reflexology on themselves or their loved ones, while others take them to establish a reflexology career or augment their current massage practice. Students of the Level I Diploma Program are seeking a strong foundation of professional training when transitioning into a new career.  Level II students are often looking for a shift of focus in their current career or to enhance their current body-centered practice.

Class size and format

SRMC classes are generally offered on evenings and weekends. Most of our students are full-time working professionals and take our program at a rate of 1-2 classes per month. The Reflexology Diploma Program is designed to be flexible and accommodate the needs of working adults.

In order to allow for individual attention we limit the size of most classes to 12-14 students. Larger or more complex classes include an assistant or additional instructor. About 75% of each reflexology skills class is hands-on, using massage tables and chairs supplied by SRMC. This enables students to practice techniques learned during class with instructor supervision and assistance.

We request that you bring a bath towel, fingernail clippers and a pen or pencil and paper to most classes. Please keep fingernails and toenails trimmed and filed. Booklets are provided in class. A textbook is required for Anatomy & Physiology, but otherwise none are required (though we do offer many book references and suggestions).

Class participation and the practice of techniques outside of class are the best means to master the material presented. You will be required to practice and document 70-90 hours outside of class, depending of your level in the Program. Documented sessions are reviewed by SRMC and graded pass/fail in writing with feedback, and may be revised by the student until a passing score is achieved. Two hands-on tutorials on SRMC staff are verbally graded pass/fail and must be repeated at the student’s expense if failed.

Cost and Length of the Program

The total cost and length of the program will vary depending on whether you are in Professional or Advanced Professional Level I or II and your choice of electives. Program length will depend on the timing of the classes you choose. For an estimate of the cost add the price of the required Core Classes for your Level, your chosen Elective Classes and a Binder (see #1 below) to the cost of the additional recommended supplies (see #2 below).  In the estimates below, it is assumed that Level II students will have provided proof of licensing, so anatomy & physiology and business & ethics costs are not included in their totals:

1. Cost of Classes and Binder

Core Classes Level I Level II
Introductory Reflexology $295 $295
Anatomy and Physiology, Parts I & II $600
Structural Analysis of the Foot/Lower Leg $300 $300
Fundamentals of Addressing Foot Pain $300 $300
Advanced Reflexology, Parts I & II $600 $600
Business $170
Ethics $100
Documentation Class, Parts I & II $200 $200
Supervised Clinic (Pro I, Adv Pro I, and Adv Pro II students must take this class twice) $150 $75-$150
Tutorials (2 at $90 each) $180 $180
Professional Sessions (3 at market rate) $210 $210
Review of Documented Practice Sessions no cost no cost
Elective Classes – Level I Diplomas:
Professional Level I (42 credits@~20$/credit)
Advanced Professional Level I (72 credits@~20$/credit)
$840
$1440
Elective Classes – Level II Diplomas:
Professional Level II (30 credits@~20$/credit)
Advanced Professional Level II (52 credits@~20$/credit)
$600
$1040
SRMC Binder $30 $30
ESTIMATED TOTAL (w/o pro sessions)
$3765-4365 $2580-3095

2. Cost of Additional Recommended Supplies (which are provided by SRMC during class)

Anatomy & Physiology textbook $50
Massage table * $100 – $2000
Sheets, pillows, lotion, etc. $100
Reflexology text books $30 – $300
ESTIMATED TOTAL $280 – $2450

* If you do not already own a massage table, we recommend that you invest in one. Prices range from $100-$2000+. Used tables are frequently offered for sale on local massage school bulletin boards or online. An ideal table is light, portable and equipped with recessed legs (sometimes called a “reiki table”).

Class Registration

To reserve your space in a class, we require a deposit of $100 (U.S.). The remaining balance is due on the first day of class. If the total price of a class is less than $100, the full class fee serves as the deposit. Your reservation is not guaranteed until we have received the deposit.

Seattle Reflexology & Massage Center accepts credit and debit cards, cash, and checks or money orders made payable to “Seattle Reflexology” or “SRMC”.  Payments may be mailed to PO Box 9111 Seattle, WA 98109.

Please send in your deposit as soon as possible so that we can better anticipate the number of students in attendance. Classes are filled according to the order in which deposits are received. For the sake of all involved, we strongly encourage early enrollment.

Early-bird registration continues until 15 calendar days before the class and 30 calendar days before specific elective classes, unless otherwise noted.  If we receive your deposit after the early bird deadline, a late registration fee of $20 ($40 for specific elective classes) will be added to the total balance due for each class.  The only exceptions are Introductory Reflexology and classes offered to the general public.

SRMC’s Introduction to Reflexology class is a prerequisite to most other classes at SRMC.  After completion of Introduction to Reflexology and your first 20 documented practice hours, elective classes may be taken in any order (see Sequence of Classes for suggested order and Course Descriptions for prerequisites and exceptions).

Please call (206) 284-8389 if you have any questions.  Alida Schuh, our Student Admissions Coordinator, has gone through the program herself and can answer your questions with an insight brought by experience!

Sequence of Classes

It is best to complete the Introductory Reflexology class first. Begin practicing right away, documenting 20 practice hours as soon as possible to integrate what you have learned in class. Anatomy and Physiology I & II are the next core classes (Level I students only), followed by Structural Analysis, Fundamentals of Addressing Foot Pain, and Advanced Reflexology, Parts I & II. Documentation Part I and Supervised Practice Clinic should be taken early in the training. Schedule your first tutorial after at least 20 hours of practice. Take Documentation Part II, the second Supervised Practice Clinic, and Business & Ethics classes and schedule your second tutorial toward the end. Electives may be taken in any order except where additional prerequisites have been noted (see course descriptions for information about prerequisites for each class).

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