Hello! I am Kelly, RARI member #5. I have been with RARI since the beginning (2003) and have much gratitude for our founders and for those who have stepped up to keep RARI running. Having an association is so very important for legislative, educational and networking purposes. It’s also fun!
What were your early experiences with Reflexology and why did you decide to become a Reflexologist?
I started my journey in Teri Magnan’s 2nd class in 2000 and then continued education in ears, hands and feet with various methods. Included are Father Joseph, the American Standard, Ingham Method, Bill Flocco, Touchpoint, and hand certification by our own Nancy Bartlett. I immediately became nationally certified with ARCB. Following certification, I was fortunate to work at Kent Hospital doing reflexology for 7 years and at that time not many people knew what reflexology was. Working at Kent, I was one of the first paid reflexologists in a hospital setting in the U.S. It was such a great opportunity to educate the public and staff! By the time I left the hospital it was integrated into the care of patients and the staff. I even got to help deliver a baby with reflexology while there!
What do you love about your job?
The results that follow sessions! I also love that there is no end to learning about the body and how reflexology can help. I have a passion for doing and teaching reflexology. It's so exciting to be pioneers as this profession develops in our country. We have been given a gift and a responsibility to guide and direct reflexology as well as keep it as a stand-alone profession. Currently, I am taking classes in legislation with Christine Issel our historian and legislative mentor to do just that. I would encourage members to join, get involved and strengthen our associations. There are also many opportunities on the board or a committee.
Where do you see Reflexology going in the future?
I see reflexology following a similar path as massage and chiropractic in the future with steadily increasing standards and hours. I also believe that at some point the national exam by ARCB will be a requirement. Most licensed fields that are taken seriously in healthcare and wellness have an exam for licensing and have standards of practice. This is already the case in some states. For now it’s important we stick together and educate the public while encouraging practitioners to continue education and uphold professional standards.
Tell us about what you do when you are not working.
While not doing reflexology I can be found soaking in every moment with my son who is growing up way to fast! He is now almost 12. I also enjoy yoga, zumba and traveling.
Kelly is a Nationally Certified Reflexologist and is owner of Footprints Reflexology in Westerly, Rhode Island. Kelly also teaches Foot Reflexology. Learn more about Kelly and how you, too, can study foot reflexology with Kelly
We are also proud to let you know that Kelly has recently been honored with the board position of Director on the National Council of Reflexology Educators (NCRE) which is the accreditation board for teaching. Congrats to you, Kelly!