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Our Mission

WRA's mission is to promote excellence and professionalism in the practice of Reflexology in the State of Washington.

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About The WRA

WRA History

In the spring of 1997, internationally renowned Reflexologist Bill Flocco and Seattle Reflexology & Massage Center owner Geraldine Thompson-Villanueve spearheaded the movement to determine how Reflexologists in Washington State could legally practice Reflexology. At that time, the State health board considered Reflexology as a sub-category of massage therapy, subject to the same licensing regulations.

At that time a dedicated group of reflexologists formed the WRA. Over the next five years, our membership grew dramatically, private monies were raised, lobbyists were hired, friends and colleagues were gained and lost, and political mountains were moved. In 2002, the State officially recognized Reflexology as an independent bodywork modality separate from massage.

Since then, the focus of the WRA has been to unite Reflexologists across the State under a common vision, to promote reflexology to the public, to uphold the highest standards of practice and professionalism, and to inspire a similar level of integrity and leadership in other organizations nationwide.

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Reflexology History

American physician William Fitzgerald, credited with being the father of zone therapy, is not the beginning and end to our history. Research indicates that the history and scientific basis of reflexology actually links Russia, the United States, England and Germany. It includes pioneering work by medical doctors, knighted physicians, and Nobel Prize winners. At present, not enough is known to determine with certainty the exact history of reflexology. The story is filled with gaps, but it has been established that cultures including those in India, Japan, China and Europe have left traces of foot work. Since no early written record has yet been discovered, the earliest evidence of the practice of reflexology is found in the form of pictures or statues. The oldest possible documentation of the use of reflexology was found in Egypt… about 5,000 years ago.

American doctor William Fitzgerald is usually credited with being the founder of reflexology in 1912. ¬†Zone therapy, as it was called then was known in Europe as early as the 1500’s so Fitzgerald can perhaps re-discoverer of the modality that would become reflexology. Fitzgerald can be credited with the woodcut of the body divided into ten zones, establishing the reflexology zones. From 1915 into the early thirties the subject of zone therapy was controversial, but did meet with a certain amount of success with doctors and dentists as form of pain treatment during dental work and an aide to speed recovery.

One physician who did believe in Fitzgerald’s work was Dr. Joe Shelby Riley of Washington, D.C. Riley, who was personally trained by Fitzgerald, was one of the most untiring developers and practitioners of zone therapy. Riley’s work with reflexes and zones also included the ear.

During the 1930’s Eunice Ingham worked with Dr. Riley as his therapist in St. Petersburg, Florida. Eunice made two major contributions. Her first was that she found alternating pressure, rather than having a numbing effect, stimulated healing. Secondly, with encouragement from Riley and other drugless doctors she took her work to the public and non-medical community. For forty years she lectured and traveled back and forth across the United States. She wrote three books in the process. Today, the International Institute of Reflexology… is run by Ingham’s nephew, Dwight Byers.

(This history has been excerpted from Reflexology: Art, Science & History by Christine Issel. Used by permission of the author.)

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Join WRA

Membership is open to Reflexologists, students of Reflexology, colleagues and friends of the Reflexology community. Visit our Membership page for more info.

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Board of Directors

Board Job Descriptions (click to download PDF)

As per our Bylaws Concerning Terms in Office:

 

Election, Designation and Term of Office for Directors. In even calendar years, two (2) members shall be elected to the Board of Directors in a written ballot through the mail and/or email. In odd calendar years, three (3) members to the Board of Directors shall be elected in the same manner. A Director shall be limited to serving two (2) consecutive terms in any one (1) office on the Board of Directors. Board terms shall commence with the next meeting of the Board of Directors immediately following the annual election.

Term of office as an Officer of the Association shall be two (2) years with a limit of two (2) consecutive terms served in any one (1) office. Officer terms shall commence with the next meeting of the Board of Directors immediately following the annual election.

Current officers:

¬†WRA’s 2017¬†Board of Directors: Drusilla Meyer, Kate Benak, ¬†Debby Ferrell, and Liz Pyle

20150509_165117-2    President: Drusilla Meyer, CR

Drusilla Meyer has been practicing reflexology since 2009, specializing in feet, hands and ears. She had a chance encounter reflexology session and after that session felt amazing, as if she was in some type of hypnotic state that induced a sense of peacefulness and wellness. She knew she needed to find out more about reflexology. She then become a mastery certified reflexologist to expose others to the amazing experience that reflexology can have on their bodies, minds and spirits.

Professional profile   Vice President:  Kate Benak, CR

Kate Benak has practiced reflexology for almost a decade. She earned her Certificate of Reflexology from the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy in 2007 in Olympia, WA and was licensed by the State of Washington Department of Health in 2013.  Licensed Reflexologist                 # RF 6043332

Kate studies with renowned health and wellness teachers from around the world and continues to expand her therapeutic technique portfolio, focusing on integrated and holistic healthcare. She has over a decade of experience in private in-home nursing, enjoys teaching Laughter Yoga, and specializes in Vertical Reflexology. Kate believes the healing process can be joyful as well as productive for her clientele.

          Administrative Secretary: Szilvia Girincsi, LMT, CR

Szilvia is a Certified Reflexologist, a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Reiki Master and a Yoga coach with a private practice in Richland.  She uses an integrated approach to address the individual needs of her clients and has experience as a therapist and  has worked in spa management as well.   She is excited to join the WRA Board and share her administrative expertise.      #RF60422237     #MA60175001

 

debbyferrell              Treasurer: Debby Ferrell, CR 

 

lizpyle      Membership Secretary: Liz Pyle, NBCR

Liz is a Washington State and National Board Certified Reflexologist with a private practice in the Interbay neighborhood of Seattle.  She previously served as the Administrative Secretary of the WRA and returns now as the Membership Secretary and looks forward to continuing our legislative efforts.      #RF60394033

 

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Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to volunteer with the WRA, please consider using your talents to help reflexology become a common household word.

Committees include:

Call (425) 818-4785 or email us for more info.

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Standards of Practice

Reflexologists shall:

  1. Know the client’s objectives and provide reflexology to benefit accordingly.
  2. Make their individual statement of policies regarding scheduling, fee structure, etc. available to the client at the time of the first appointment.
  3. Assume responsibility for individual judgments and actions in the course of a reflexology session or series of sessions.
  4. Maintain their physical and mental well being in such a way as to promote the profession.
  5. Abide by all laws governing reflexology practice.
  6. Truthfully and accurately represent their education, training and experience relevant to their education, training and experience relevant to their practice and be able to provide verification.
  7. Report to WRA officers incompetent, unethical or illegally practicing reflexologists.
  8. Participate in efforts to guard the public from misinformation and maintain the integrity of reflexology.
  9. Respect all health care practitioners who operate ethically and help them in their understanding of reflexology.
  10. Obtain informed, written consent from clients before videotaping, audio recording or permitting third party observation.

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Code of Ethics

The practice of good ethics is not limited to the welfare of the individual client, but also to the reputation of the art and science of Reflexology.

As a professional Reflexologist I will protect the standard practice of reflexology as a body of work, and I shall:

  1. Keep the best interest of the client in mind.
  2. Show respect to the individual’s dignity, and practice reflexology with honesty and integrity.
  3. Keep the standard of my professional work current and as high as possible by continuing my education and training and attending conferences.
  4. Perform only that for which I have been specifically trained.
  5. Not diagnose, prescribe, or treat for any specific problem or condition unless specifically trained and permitted by law.
  6. Keep all client information and conversations strictly confidential.
  7. Work within the client’s comfort zone and pain tolerance.
  8. Not engage in sexual activity with any client.
  9. Not discriminate against or refuse service to anyone on the basis of race, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, or sexual orientation.
  10. Ensure that anyone employed by and or working with me shall adhere to this code of ethics.

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