The South African Reflexology Society [TSARS] [053-289-NPO].
The South African Reflexology Society [TSARS] was established in 1985 as a non-profit national professional society to promote the professional development and to be a supportive network for therapists who are registered as Therapeutic Reflexologists with the Allied Health Professions Council in South Africa [AHPCSA].
TSARS is recognised by the Allied Health Professions Council, S.A. [AHPCSA] as an official representative of the Therapeutic Reflexology Profession in South Africa.
As an independent entity TSARS acts in the interest of its members and on professional matters relating to the therapeutic reflexology profession.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE SOCIETY
- To govern, administer and set policy relating to the role and functions of the Society.
- To liaise with the Allied Health Professions Council, S.A. or other authority on legislation and matters relating to the profession of therapeutic reflexology.
- To promote professional ethics and ethical standards of practice according to the Guidelines of the Allied Health Professions Council, S.A
- To facilitate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for members through regional branch meetings, workshops and National Congresses.
- To protect and support the professional interests of TSARS members by addressing professional needs to enable them to practise as therapeutic reflexologists.
- To promote a greater emphasis on the Therapeutic Reflexology profession and practice.
- To list members on TSARS website for the public to find a qualified therapeutic reflexologists in their area.
- To represent members of the Society on any matter falling within the scope of their mandate.
Membership is voluntary and there are abound 215 Full members [46% of all registered Therapeutic Reflexologists – October 2019]
TSARS is managed by a National Executive Committee consisting of elected office-bearers and 5 branch chairpersons. The positions are honorary.
An appointed administration officer in TSARS head office deals with the general administration of TSARS, queries from members and the public via e-mail and telephone.
The National Executive Committee has monthly meetings via the internet and reports are submitted on portfolio activities. Annual reports are submitted at the Annual General Meetings.
As a national professional body, TSARS is committed to activities which include the following:
- Information: Members are assisted with their queries regarding the profession and practice.
- Website: The public utilizes the website of TSARS to obtain information and contact details of registered therapeutic reflexologists.
- Promotion of the profession: TSARS promotes therapeutic reflexology as a profession by means of the national media, i.e. articles; TV and radio talks, editorials and advertisements.
- Professional Practice: TSARS aims to uphold and further the standing of the profession among TSARS members.
- Annual General Meetings (AGM): Annual General Meetings play a vital role in the organization of TSARS where the National Chairperson, National Treasurer and Branch Chairpersons submit their reports.
- National Congress: The first Congress took place in 1991 in Durban. National and international speakers address members on the latest developments in the profession and numerous workshops are held. The Congress also affords all members from across South Africa the opportunity to meet and network.
- Branch Meetings/Workshops: TSARS Branches in Cape Town. Durban, Johannesburg Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Port Elizabeth arrange regular meetings and CPD workshops. Therapists have the opportunity to discuss case studies and to listen to different speakers on various topics relating to health care.
- Journals: The Journal aims to keep members informed, inspired, encouraged and enlightened. It highlights developments in the profession, both on the national and international level, and provides information on other health related issues and forthcoming events.
- Training: TSARS is not affiliated to any reflexology training institution.
For more information re Accredited Therapeutic Reflexology Training Institutions with AHPCSA