ACARET's mission is to promote, advance, and uphold educational standards for the profession of reflexology in America and to provide voluntary accreditation for reflexology educators and their curricula.
Who We Are
ACARET is a non-profit, independent accrediting body founded in 1999 and incorporated under California Law and is not affiliated with any school, educational program or any branch of government.
The ACARET Board of Directors consists of seven board members from various states across the nation with professional training, diverse backgrounds and knowledge in reflexology and related health fields
- To create standards of excellence in reflexology education through accreditation of educators and reflexology curricula.
- To serve the reflexology profession as the Accrediting Organization to support self-regulation, a code of ethics and setting uniform educational standards for reflexology education by: evaluating competency of teachers, establishing a standardized core curriculum, accrediting educators and curricula (programs not schools) and evaluating adult learning dynamics.
Why Accreditation: Professionalism, Recognition, Credentialing, Connection, Commitment, Support, Growth, CAM Guidelines Compliance. Accreditation says, “This program or this educator meets the highest standards of excellence in the industry.
Accreditation assures quality education and a uniform professional approach to the business, science, quality, service and art of reflexology. ACARET Accredited Educators (AAEd) are listed on the website for those seeking quality education and credentialed educators in the field of reflexology.
ACARET's voluntary accreditation process accredits:
- Reflexology educators by measure of their competency and ability to meet ACARET standards.
- Reflexology curricula that meets or exceeds the national criteria as established by ACARET.
Who Benefits from Accreditation: reflexology students, current & future educators, school owners, the profession, the consumer.
Our Professional Definition of Reflexology
Reflexology is a manual technique applied to specific reflex points on the body, (feet, hands, ears), within specific zones and microcosms of the body for psychological and physiological normalization of the total body.
- Manual: Direct use of finger and hand, no tools.
- Reflex Points: Areas of the microcosm that reflect the organization of the body.
- Zones: Vertical division of the body from the top of the head to distal aspects of the digits.
- Microcosms: Discrete areas that reflect the organization of the total body.
Code of Ethics
- Provide professional educational services in a nondiscriminatory manner, respectful of the dignity of each individual regardless of gender, race, religion, or national origin.
- Insure that the relationship between teacher and student shall be established, maintained and terminated in a professional manner. The educator shall be respectful of the personal integrity and privacy of students at all times.
- Conduct professional behavior, avoiding false or malicious statements about students or colleagues.
- Maintain documentation and records that are honest, factual and accurate.
- Represent and disclose their training, education, and experience accurately to the public.
- Recognize those services beyond the scope of their professional preparation, skills and/or capabilities and refer others to appropriate resources or services when appropriate.
- Provide applicants seeking information about reflexology education with an honest description of the educational program.
- Avoid making exaggerated claims or misleading statements regarding the efficacy of reflexology.
- Strive at all times to maintain the highest level of instruction; including assessment, evaluation and instructional planning as well as maintaining an instructional environment that is conducive to learning.
- Update reflexology skills and teaching skills through continuing education.
- Maintain and strive to improve professional awareness, knowledge and competence.
- Engage in behavior that conforms to high standards of ethical, legal, and moral behavior
- Abide by all prevailing community standards, adhering to all local, state, and federal laws regulating business practice.