Did you ever wonder what proactive measures practitioners could take to move reflexology to a stand-alone profession? We know about calls to action by our national associations when the practice of reflexology is in question in various states or when the national massage organizations believe we are a good fit - under them! Are these calls to action enough? Are legislative hearings enough? Both are valuable and should continue, but again, are they enough? Can reflexology practitioners do more to strengthen our profession?
This is the discussion Caroline Klem and Brenda Makowsky were having in early May. They pondered thoughts on how practitioners could reinforce their commitment to their own business plan. What was missing or inhibiting practitioners from working full-time? After all, growing strong practices would in turn grow the overall profession. After 30 minutes or so of energized thoughts over the airwaves, the National Conference for Reflexology Practitioners was born.
The National Conference for Reflexology Practitioners is a two-and-a-half-day conference devoted to designing, maintaining and growing your business. Whether you are a recent graduate or have been in the field for over a decade, this conference is for you. Conference presenters are fluent in technology, marketing, body mechanics and hand and thumb health. Participants will have access to the presenters during break-out sessions to refine what was taught in the general session.
One of the great organizational pieces to the conference is that the conference planners are doing this for the profession. This event is not connected to the national sister organizations. Other planners of the conference include diane Wedge and Linda Frank who are raising funds to help lower the cost for participants. All the organizers understand the importance of the state associations and the value they have in the sustainability of our profession. Part of the conference emphasizes our commitment to them. Any monies left over after the event will go back to the associations who invested during our fundraising phase in proportion to the amount offered.
States and corporate sponsors who offered financial support or made contributions will be proudly advertised on our website and Facebook page.