Are you interested in complementary therapy jobs? Complementary, or alternative therapies, cover a whole range of different treatments, from Alexander technique to art therapist, homeopath to hypnotherapist. What all these complementary therapy jobs have in common is that they are not generally recognized by the medical community as standard or conventional medical approaches. They are often used to enhance or support standard treatments.
However, it is becoming increasingly common for NHS practitioners to recommend these treatments to their patients. Complementary medicines are often hands-on, or involve the use of dietary supplements, vitamins, herbal preparations and teas.
Training varies widely in these different fields. While some, such as chiropractor, involve several years of study and extensive supervised clinical practice, others, for example aromatherapist, are unlicensed. Theoretically anyone can set up in practice.
However, if you are looking for a good career in these fields it pays to compare training courses. Most potential patients will want to see certification that is recognised by the governing body - this is particularly true if you are looking for referrals through the NHS or other practitioners.
Prices will vary widely for training courses, so look for recognised certifications that involve a combination of theory and practical studies, ideally with supervised sessions included. It is also worth checking what are the minimum qualifications accepted by the various people from whom you might seek clients.
This is an exciting field, and with the right training you can establish yourself in an enjoyable and rewarding practice.
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