Why not find the latest aromatherapist jobs and opportunities here on the fitmap. Using essential aromatic oils, aromatherapists create a range of blends which are used in massage, for bathing or by inhalation. These natural oils contain products distilled from herbs, flowers, trees, spices or fruit, and each one has specific healing properties.
There is no set route to become an aromatherapist, but knowledge of biology, anatomy, physiology and pathology, are useful. At higher levels of study, previous experience in these subjects is essential.
As with any field, for aromatherapist jobs it is crucial to seek out training that is recognised by one of the professional bodies in order to gain recognition within the field. This will be important for a variety of reasons, including looking for work, attracting clients, and gaining liability insurance.
This is quite commonly a second career, with many entrants having a background in a caring profession, beauty therapy or massage. Qualifications are typically at the diploma level, though some people study for a degree in complementary medicine specialising in aromatherapy.
The International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA), International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) and Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) each offer a Diploma in Aromatherapy course. Diploma courses are usually part-time and last six to 18 months.
Registered practitioners are typically required to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training to update skills. Check with the individual professional body for further details.
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