Calynda Triffo

Reflexology Association of Canada

Therapeutic Hand Reflexology Session & Course


Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands, and ears, which correspond to every part, gland, and organ of the body.  By applying specific pressure using thumb, finger and hand techniques, reflexology reduces tension, improves circulation, and promotes the natural functioning of the related areas of the body.

Nervous people pace back and forth; wring their hands; rub their hands together and some even handle worry beads and or rocks. Unknowingly they are relieving tensions by working the reflexes.


What Happens in a Session?

With the client relaxing in a comfortable position, the reflexology therapist will work on the hands. Sessions usually last from 45 – 60 minutes. Beginning with the right side, all reflex points on both sides are stimulated as the body is considered to be a whole unit.  

Reflexology is safe for everyone, although pressure and length of session may vary for babies, the aged or extremely ill.


Hand Reflexology Course

The following provides information regarding the RAC Hand Certification Course. This course is a certification program. This course is a part of a larger curriculum that RAC offers to its members.


RAC Hand Course registrants must be a Foot Reflexologists (either RAC certified or having completed a course equivalent to RAC training) and a Professional Member of the Reflexology Association of Canada.

Course Hours

The RAC Hand Reflexology course is 71 hours: 18 in-class hours (in a format selected by the teacher), 5 hours of a home study program, a 1.5-hour written exam, a practicum of 45 hours (30 treatments) and a 1.5-hour practical exam.

Course Outline


History of Hand Reflexology
Theory of Hand Reflexology
Contra-Indications of Hand Reflexology
Zones and Referral Areas of the Hands
Hand Reflexology Health Record
The Structure and Function of the Hand
Hand and Nail Observations
The Meridians of the Hand
Anatomy and Physiology
Key Areas of Emphasis for Specific Conditions in Reflexology
Session Protocol and Hand Palpation
Hand Reflexology Relaxation Techniques
Complete Hand Reflexology Routine
Practical Sessions: the practical portion is repeated several times throughout the course in order to gain skill in application and evaluation.

Home Study

Home study guides the student through the course material. Each student must complete the Home Study Workbook and submit it for review at the time of the theoretical exam. Once completed and reviewed, the student is accredited 5 hours of home study.


The practicum is a time for students to perfect the protocol associated with the practice of Hand Reflexology. Students must find their own clients and complete 30 treatments in a Case Study context where each case study consists of a health record, treatment records and assessment documentation. Case studies must be submitted for review at the time of the practical exam. Once completed and reviewed, the student is accredited 45 practicum hours.


The Exam Preparation chapter in the manual offers suggestions on how to help prepare for both the theoretical and practical exams.

The 1.5-hour theoretical exam must be completed within 3 months of the last day of class. (Those traveling a significant distance may contact RAC Head Office to discuss the possibility of a Proctor for the exam. Extensions are available.) The Home Study Workbook must be completed and submitted to the teacher at the time of the theoretical exam to receive recognition for having completed 5 hours of home study. Students must be Professional members in good standing before the exam may be administered.

The 1.5-hour practical exam must be completed within 6 months of the last day of class. (Extensions are available.) The practical component of 30 treatments must be submitted to the examiner before the exam may begin. Students must be Professional members in good standing at the time of the exam.

Award of RAC National Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be credited with 71 course hours, awarded an embossed certificate and receive a transcript of marks. This course fully qualifies graduates to practice as a highly trained and skilled RAC Certified Hand Reflexology Therapist.

Course Fees

RAC course fees (subject to change) are as follows:  $625.00. This is on top of any membership fees that may be required to get your membership status current with RAC.  All fees are subject to the most current Refund policy in place at the time.

For further information, please contact Calynda Triffo at or call 306.924.4940


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