|..Aromatherapy An article by Beverley von Marksfeld-Fuhrherr
Aromatherapy is the term given to therapeutic treatments utilizing essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from plant material, mostly by steam distillation, and are extremely concentrated essences. Essential oils are used for many different reasons and in a number of different ways. They can truly address the needs of the body, mind and spirit.
They can be used to help with emotional challengers such as lack of self esteem or they can be used for more physical and mental problems such as stress, muscle aches and pains, headaches, depression, colds and flu etc. Aromatics have a long history of being used in religious or spiritual practices and today essential oils can be utilized to access the spiritual side of our nature.
Aromatherapy is a very versatile therapy and lends itself to integration with many different professions. Some of the career options available to an aromatherapist include:
The West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy offers two aromatherapy home study courses:
Aromatherapy 101 is designed for anyone and everyone who has an interest in using essential oils safely and effectively. Once you have completed Aromatherapy 101 you will be able to effectively use Aromatherapy and the essential oils (20) covered in this course for yourself and family. This course could also prepare you to work in the Aromatherapy Industry. Examples of career opportunities include working in retail outlets selling essential oils as well as product formulation and blending. This course starts at the beginning and gives you everything you need to know to safely and effectively use essential oils every day.
Aromatherapy 201 builds on the knowledge already gained in Aromatherapy 101. Additional essential oils (35) are covered in this course, as well as Anatomy and Physiology, client interaction and business startup. Completing Aromatherapy 101 and Aromatherapy 201 will give the student all the necessary tools to practice Aromatherapy in a professional setting. Examples of career opportunities see above.
As both our courses are home study courses the length of time taken to complete each course varies depending on the time the student has available. What we have found is that students take on average, four months to complete Aromatherapy 101 and six months to complete Aromatherapy 201. For more details on the courses visit our website http://www.westcoastaromatherapy.com.
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