Did you know that the sense of smell is so powerful that it can bypass your thinking part of the brain and directly affect your emotions, kind of like a drug? Such is the power of aroma! In fact, every time you light a scented candle, you are practicing aromatherapy on yourself.
What Is Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy came into being as a field after a French Chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, happened to stumble upon the healing power of lavender oil on his burnt hand. What exactly is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is a practice that uses essential natural oils derived from natural resources such as tree bark, flowers, stems, roots, leaves, and from various other plant parts for the physical and physiological betterment and well being. This alternative medicine has been gaining momentum over the years and aromatherapy education seems to be picking up the globe over. Aromatherapy education has become as much a professional field as any other popular conventional subject area today. It focuses on beauty, spa, and general wellness training.
Studies of aromatherapy are inclusive of the basics of physiology, pathology, anatomy, practice management and occupational safety and health. Generally most spa and aromatherapy education programs include basic studies in anatomy, physiology, pathology, practice management and occupational health and safety. It deals in detail with beauty treatments for the body, cosmetic chemistry, flower remedies, facials, pedicures, manicures, scalp massage, facial massage, spa treatments, waxing and hair removal, and therapies for skin nutrition. Some other related areas of study are most commonly reflexology, Reiki, and esthetics. Depending on the school and their course, the curriculum may vary.
Some Popular Aromatherapy Courses
Certificate courses in aromatherapy generally help students gain skills required for becoming an entry level aroma therapist. Students will learn about the selection and blending of essential oils, and health treatments and assessment. This certification course however will not suffice for a student who wants to practice independently.
Aromatherapy massage diplomas usually detail on distillation and blending of thirty oils through to massage techniques and movements. Students will learn about client counselling, the muscular system, the skeletal system, massage mediums, massage movements, procedures for salons, blending of essential oils, and such.
Diplomas in aromatherapy cover assessment of health conditions, how to offer different kinds of aromatherapy treatments appropriate for children, women, palliative care, and even aged care, development of professional expertise, improvement and management of professional practice, and maintenance of a health work environment.
Certificates in Aromatherapy Therapy Techniques take students through principles of complementary therapy, health, safety and hygiene for complementary therapies, client care, and consultation.
On completion of your aromatherapy course, you have scope to become an essential oil manger of a shop, essential oil manufacturer, an aromatherapy bar blender, an entrepreneur of an aromatherapy bar, an energy healer, a massage therapist, a tutor of aromatherapy, a retailer of essential oils and related products, ayurvedic clinician, esthetician, and the list goes on! This is definitely is a growing field and presents ample opportunities for you.
Aromatherapy around the Globe
The past ten years has seen a rise in scientific research papers based on the effective healing powers of essential oils in hospitals and medical clinics. Clinical aromatherapy is gaining momentum in many places globe over, and the UK and Ireland are world-leading in this area, as it has proved to be effective in cancer-care for patients. However in the UK, the market, of late, seems to be more saturated with more and more aroma therapists being churned out year on year. The employment scene is much better in the USA, which is known for its advanced programs that are suitable for those looking to become a full time professional. In places like Singapore, aromatherapy is a mix of what it is like from all around the world. In Singapore and generally the East, you must take caution when the courses are said to be recognised by any professional body. Make sure the professional bodies as well as the course you take is recognised.
Starting out you will be a professional aroma therapist and make around $15,000 in the USA and around £12,000 in the UK per annum. Salaries in the field now have good figures and there couldn’t be a better time to make the most of your passion in the field than right now!
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