Frequently Asked Questions about the AoR
Who are the Association of Reflexologists?
The Association of Reflexologists is the foremost aspirational and independent Professional Association for reflexology in the UK since 1984, providing benefits, advice and guidance to reflexologists and working with other external bodies and advisory groups to promote the highest standards in the profession. The Association is a not for profit organisation.
What does not for profit mean?
This means any profit the Association makes go straight back into member services, such as The Find a Reflexologist search, research, videos, the website and the promotion of reflexology and our members.
When was the Association of Reflexologists established?
The Association was established in 1984 by a group of reflexologists that wanted to promote and support reflexologists.
Membership of the Association of Reflexologists
Why should I join the Association of Reflexologists?
The Association has supported over 25,000 reflexologists in the UK and worldwide since 1984. We represent reflexology and reflexologists on several influential organisations such as The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), Parliamentary Groups, and the Reflexology Forum. We also offer our members a fantastic array of membership benefits, which help to make life easier and more cost effective for the practitioner.
Who can join the Association of Reflexologists and how much is it?
For more information about joining and the cost go to our membership page.
What questions should I ask about my membership organisation?
Below are some examples of questions to ask your membership organisation.
When were you established?, Do you have a full time office/team to answer my queries?, What are your opening hours?, What experience do you have?, Is the organisation not for profit, if not who profits?, Do I get a printed magazine?, How and when do you communicate with your members?, Where are you representing me and reflexology?, What benefits will I receive if I become a member?
I live abroad can I still be a member of the AoR?
Yes, lots of our members live abroad, you just need to apply or renew as an overseas member. The AoR team will be happy to advise you of the best option for you.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients.
What happens during a reflexology treatment?
Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; depending on the type of reflexology, the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place will be your socks and shoes.
A full medical history will be requested on your first treatment, and you will be asked to sign a consent form for treatment. This information will be kept confidential.
The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet, lower leg, hands, ears or face, depending on the type of reflexology chosen. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing.
The therapist may recommend a course of treatments. Watch this video to find out more about reflexology.
How can I find a reflexologist?
You can find a qualified reflexologist in your area by visiting our Find a reflexologist search.
I am a reflexologist and want some advice about a client.
Reflexology advice is only available to our members. The Association has a three reflexology advisers who are here to guide and support our members about reflexology, conditions, regulation, research, advertising and training.
I want to train as a reflexologist, what do I need to know?
If you are thinking of training as a reflexologist you need to read our training guide and visit our list of reflexology training schools. Alternatively call us on 01823 351010 and we will be happy to advise you of the different options available.
Find a Reflexologist
How can I find my nearest AoR Recommended reflexologist?
We have a helpful ‘Find a Reflexologist’ search which you can use for free to find your local AoR recommended reflexologist. Simply enter your postcode or town into the search to find your nearest recommended therapists.
How can I be listed on the Find a Reflexologist search?
Only members of the Association can choose to be listed on the Find a Reflexologist search.
Seminars and Webinars
What is a Webinar and how do I join in?
This is the fastest growing way of watching events. For more information about webinars and how to join go to our online recordings page or if you are a member, visit this page and log in to access your special discounted rates.
I am a member, how can I book onto an event?
Members can log into the Members’ Area, there they will be able to access the discounted members rates.
I am a non member, can I book onto an AoR event?
Non members can book onto AoR online recordings on this page, but they will not be eligible for the discounted member rates.
What is Reflexions?
Reflexions is the printed quarterly magazine of the Association of Reflexologists, packed full with information on reflexology techniques, case studies, regulation, training, qualifications, product reviews, news, research, and much more.
What formats does Reflexions come in?
Reflexions comes in either a printed copy which is posted to you, or an electronic e-version.
Where can I buy the Reflexions magazine?
The Reflexions magazine is only available to members of the Association as a membership benefit.
How can I advertise in the Reflexions magazine?
It is very easy to advertise in Reflexions, but for more information contact Laura Franzen at email@example.com.
Where can I buy reflexology supplies from?
The Association has its own reflexology shop that sells items from royalty free music to reflexology foot charts, reflexology creams, client medical history forms, reflexology leaflets and much more.
Who are CNHC?
CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government funding and support. Its key function is to enhance public protection by giving the general public and commissioners of services access to a list of practitioners that have been assessed as meeting national standards of competence and practice. It currently registers practitioners from fifteen disciplines with more to follow.
Why register with the CNHC?
This leaflet might explain more.
How can I register for CNHC?
CNHC has agreed that the Association of Reflexologists may verify applications for CNHC registration and we encourage AoR members to register in order to gain the CNHC quality mark. AoR Members wishing to register can find a form and more information on our Regulation page.
We're here to help!
If you need any further information regarding reflexology, becoming a student or joining the AoR, then feel free to call us on 01823 351010 or