Everything that happens in our lives, from falling in (and out) of love, having children, divorce, loss, illness, death, and everything else, including growing the biggest pumpkin in the world, are all packaged up as life education or experience.
Reflexology has it own world of education; it is an enigma and, if you are serious about it, the learning process will cause all the 'endless head banging' frustrations I have mentioned. Sometimes it will seduce you into believing that you have cracked the Enigma Code of therapeutic success, while at other times it will lead you down the path of despair, urging you to 'throw in the towel', move to the country and learn how to plough.
You will only experience these things (and I can assure you that you will) if you are serious about becoming a true seeker of the truth which lies behind the façade of reflexology.
The only way to 'enlightenment' is to work feet - as many as possible, day in and day out! If you don't have enough patients to practice on (this is what a practitioner is after all), find friends or family to 'donate' their feet. Give free treatments, anything to attain dexterity and your familiarisation with feet. Through this you will develop the sensitivity of touch needed to attune you to what the feet are telling you.
There is no other way. You can walk barefoot in the grass at sunrise, surround yourself with crystals and burning incense, and spend weeks in silent meditation, and even perhaps confront your inner child in the process. All this may be liberating, but it will not make you a better reflexologist. Practice and more practice is the only way. How does a musician master their instrument? Only through constant practice.
You will know when you have arrived; when you no longer work the feet, but when they 'work' you - Realisation!
This path to reflexology 'enlightenment' is not easy, although reflexology on one level is straightforward, particularly to those who choose to stay on the periphery; to the true seeker the frustrations are part of the journey.
The interesting thing is that you do not need to set aims; merely doing the work will automatically lead you to the realisation.
For me, following this path made every treatment a form of meditation.
My Best Wishes
Excerpt from The Education of a Reflexologist (subtitle) by Tony Porter to be published 2015 copyright material May 2014
Tony is a London-based reflexologist and founder of Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART)