ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist #B01530
Certified “Ingham Method” Reflexologist – #7150
President & Founding Member – Texas Reflexology Association
Greetings! Thank you for visiting my website. It is a work in progress, as is my quest for better health and longevity as I journey through this amazing experience called “life.”
I spent close to 30 years in corporate America, most of which was in sales and management for a Fortune 500 company. As I moved through my 4th decade my body and overall health began to deteriorate and I experienced dramatic changes that negatively impacted every aspect of my life. After a life threatening bout of congestive heart failure my cardiologist suggested I leave the high stress career I was in and find another career. The transition took five years, but I finally stepped out of my comfort zone and made the leap.
They say when one door closes, God will open another. Below I explain what inspired me to become a Reflexologist….after my initial certification in 2003 I opened my business and called it Healing Hands Reflexology. But that was just the beginning of a whole new world of learning and sharing. Since then, through my consistent desire to learn about other modalities, meet others who shared my passion for learning about natural alternatives, and a determination to figure out what was causing my own health issues, many other doors have opened…and thus in 2012 Steps2TrueHealth, LLC was born. It has taken me another three years to start the process of organizing and documenting what I have learned during this journey that could be of help to others who are seeking for answers. If these efforts result in just one person finding a nugget that can help them live a healthier, longer life it will be worth every minute!
What Inspired Me to Become a Reflexologist….
It was while vacationing in Florida in 1995 that I experienced my first Reflexology treatment. I had been having deep tissue and corrective massage work done for several years and was thoroughly sold on the therapeutic benefits of massage…but I had never heard of Reflexology. Of course, I was eager to try it. Only a few minutes into the treatment I realized this was not like any massage I had experienced. Where were all these sensitive areas in my feet and toes coming from??? I wasn’t feeling them when just walking around doing my daily tasks.
Although most of the session was pleasurable, there were moments of varying degrees of discomfort as the practitioner found what she referred to as “congestion” and relayed to me the areas of the body to which those reflexes correlated. As she worked those reflex areas, the discomfort subsided. Immediately following the treatment, and the next day, I felt like I was walking on a cloud…my feet felt great and I had an overall sense of well-being. The night of the treatment I slept sounder than I had in a very long time. A “seed” had been sown in my spirit that day…little did I know that 10 years later I would have my own Reflexology practice!
Over the next six years I delved into a self-study of Reflexology, practicing on family and friends. The more I studied and researched, the more I wanted to learn. In 2001 I realized that Reflexology was not a passing fancy … it was my heart’s desire to leave corporate America after almost thirty years and become a Certified Reflexologist. Due to career and personal demands, however, the timing wasn’t right…. for two more years I continued to read, practice, and research.
In the spring of 2003 God quicken my spirit, telling me “NOW is the time to get certified in Reflexology.” Although I was still working long hours in a demanding sales position in another industry, I took action immediately. That day I registered for a 200 hour program offered through the International Institute of Reflexology without a clue as to how I was going to fit this into my already hectic life. Two years later, in the spring of 2005 I obtained my certification and officially opened my practice in Austin, TX. Since then my business has grown solely (no pun intended) by word of mouth and referrals from satisfied clients.
The journey has been one of hard work and discipline. Education and experience are on-going for a Reflexologist, as there are CEU requirements to be met and every client and their circumstances are different. I derive a great sense of satisfaction knowing that I am called and gifted to help others in such a special way!
Mobile: (512) 573-1000
ARCB BOARD CERTIFIED REFLEXOLOGIST – #B01530
I am one of only a handful of ARCB Board Certified Reflexologists in the state of Texas. ARCB is an independent testing organization which sets rigorous standards for Reflexologists throughout the United States. In order to apply for ARCB Certification, one must have already attained a certification through an ARCB-recognized reflexology school. The minimum requirement for ARCB approved reflexology certification programs as of July 1, 2014 is 300 hours. The ARCB Certification Program is an additional 100 hours. A minimum of 12 CEU’s are required by the ARCB every two years to maintain the national certification.
ARCB certification provides recognition on the national level of having met core educational and skill standards within the field.
• National certification assures the public, and clients that the Reflexologist has met the core standards that have been established for the practice of reflexology in the US.
• It differentiates the ARCB Certified Reflexologist as serious about being a professional in this field, upholding a high standard of competency, and raising the educational bar.
• It distinguishes the professional from the non-professional, setting apart and bringing credibility to the practitioner who is committed to excellence.
• It promotes recognition of the field of reflexology as a serious, viable and unique complementary modality.
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF REFLEXOLOGY
200 hour Certification -“Ingham Method”
IIR Certificaton #7150
After two years of study, I certified through the International Institute of Reflexology in 2003 where I studied under Dwight D. Byers, the world’s leading authority in the “Ingham Method” of Reflexology. Dwight is the nephew of Eunice Ingham, known as the “Mother of Reflexology” in the U.S. A minimum of 16 CEU’s are required by the IIR every two years to maintain certification.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF REFLEXOLOGY
Foot Hand Ear Integrated Reflexology – “Flocco Method”
The American Academy of Reflexology teaches the “Flocco Method” of Foot, Hand & Ear Integrated Reflexology worldwide. In 2008 I attended a 24-hour Foot Hand & Ear Integrated Reflexolgy workshop under the direct teaching of Bill Flocco.
A.R.T. – ADVANCED REFLEXOLOGY TECHNIQUES
Tony Porter – London, England
In 2011 I had the great fortune of studying A.R.T. under the direct teaching of Tony Porter. A Certification from a recognized Reflexology school is the minimum requirement to register for A.R.T. training.
Tony spent many years promoting reflexology Internationally with Dwight Byers of the International Institute of Reflexology, but experience taught him that another dimension was needed to be added to the therapy to make it even more therapeutically effective. Drawing on his many years in practice, and observations made of other techniques used in other parts of the world, he created a system called ART (Advanced Reflexology Techniques).
These techniques proved so successful that his work came to the attention of a leading London Gynaecologist, who found that Tony’s techniques were helping some of his patients who were not responding to Allopathic treatment.
A pilot study was set up at a London hospital to monitor the results. These proved to be immensely successful. (McMillan/Porter Whipps Cross Hospital).
Harper’s Bazaar selected Tony Porter’s Advanced Reflexology Techniques as “Best Alternative Therapy” in the Bazaar Beauty Hot 100 supplement (Dec 2010).
Today Tony is in great demand Internationally, both to treat clients and to teach his unique methods. He works from two London Clinics, one in North London and the other in central London. He also holds clinics in Toulouse, France.
“It is my mission, and that of the ART tutors, to demonstrate to reflexologists and the public everywhere, the huge difference between the generally accepted image of reflexology as a gentle, relaxing, beauty type of therapy, with that of proper, authoritative, professional, therapeutically effective reflexology. There is a huge difference between a properly trained reflexologist-particularly someone who has attended post-graduate ART Training, and someone who gives a feeble foot massage and calls it Reflexology.”
Founder/Director ART Training
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING THROUGH KORYO HAND THERAPY…
KHT uses a micro-meridian/acupuncture and reflex system of the entire body which is mapped out on both hands. The use of pellets (as opposed to needles) makes this a non-invasive and low-cost approach to pain and stress reduction.
The Reflexology Association of America is a non-profit member association for Reflexologists which is dedicated to unifying all reflexologists for the recognition, excellence and professional strength of the Reflexology field.
The Texas Reflexology Association is a professional association for reflexologists in Texas. Services to students and practitioners of reflexology include, but are not limited to: mentorship, workshops, legislative involvement, information, and general assistance to promote the field of Reflexology.
ASSOCIATED BODYWORK & MASSAGE PROFESSIONALS
ABMP – Professional Member #848680
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) is a national membership association for massage and bodywork practitioners and students.