Preparing for your Practical Exam
Part 1 examines the Standard Reflexology sequence. It may seem tedious to memorize and practice the exact sequence, but it does build muscle memory and sets a standard. This way you are not likely to forget a reflex and it will translate to the client that you are competent. The exam is evaluated in 2 components.
The first deals with you as a therapist (20%) and is noted and evaluated while you do the sequence (2nd component).
Dress: please wear scrubs
Nails: make sure your nails are cut short and filed down
Hair: hair is neat and not going to fall into your face while working.
Disposition: greet and introduce yourself to the examiner, and be friendly (even though you are nervous).
Techniques: ONLY use Reflexology techniques that we have covered in-class. The only area that knuckling is permitted is on the sinuses and/or plantar heel.
Flow & pressure: Practice the sequence; so that you can work in a flowing manner with no stops & starts. If you forget a move rather continue and add it in; than stopping and going back to do it. (A client doesn’t remember if you did it perfectly but will remember if you fumble and appear confused.) Practice the Thumb Walk using the lateral-palmer edge with pressure enough to dent the foam tube I gave you in Module 1. If you use the flat of your thumb and bend your knuckle at 90°, it will feel pokey and hurt. Marks are deducted when this occurs.
Time management: completing the sequence in one hour, see comment below
The second component of the evaluation is the sequence.
Practice doing the sequence in one hour.
A suggested time guideline (approximate time):
5 min: greeting, clean feet, wrap Right foot and do relaxation techniques on the Left foot. Do at least 3 Reflexology Relaxation techniques. Refer to the blog post video on Relaxation techniques. REMEMBER: only use Reflexology relaxation techniques for your exam.
25min: sequence on left foot
2min: wrap left foot, relaxation techniques on Right foot
25min: sequence on right foot
3min: relaxation, deep breathing and thank the examiner.
Practice the flow and speed of the sequence so that it takes 25min. This is good muscle memory to have.
Please add comments or questions you have on Part 1 of the exam. You will be evaluated by outside examiners. Make sure you are completely comfortable with the process.
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