In the spring of 1997, internationally renowned Reflexologist Bill Flocco and Seattle Reflexology & Massage Center then-owner Geraldine Thompson-Villeneuve 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.
In 2013, the State law was changed, requiring reflexologists to become state certified. See more on our Practicing Reflexology in WA page. To learn more about this process, see the Legislative Update page.
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.
Members who joined the Association during the first two years of its existence (1997-1999).
Thank you to these pioneers.
Elma H. Bordwell
Carolyn K. Fielder
Wayne Gardner - In Memorium 1910 -2009
Barbara J. Griffin
Ann McBride Haskill
Mary Ellen Rutter
September 5th, 2013
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee recently proclaimed September 22 – 28, 2013 as Reflexology Awareness Week. He urges all Washingtonians to join him in this special observance, to be celebrated in conjunction with World Reflexology Week. View the Proclamation document.