Aromatherapy Level 3 Practitioner

 

42 week course

Start date: 12th January 2017

Thursdays 6-9pm

Location:
HART, Shop 1, The Tudor House, 9 Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2NQ

A series of 42 weekly sessions. These are designed to help you to use essential oils for the health and well-being of yourself, your family and friends. You will learn about the properties of your selected oils, techniques of blending, and about contra-indications and cautions, as well as the history and development of aromatherapy and the techiques of doing a full body massage including facials. You will also learn the basic anatomy of the body as it relates to aromatherapy and massage. 

Taught in a professional enviroment, by a qualified and experienced teacher (I taught in FE for 15 years).  Small classes enable the students to receive focused attention (lots of tutorial support) and the costs include refreshments.

From a current student:

'This is the course I am doing. I've really enjoyed the course so far, especially the sessions on making blends. It's a really nice environment and having only a couple of other people in the class means there is a lot of individual attention. It's not restricted to the academic year so I can go more at my own pace and have the option of taking longer if I need to so I don't feel so pressured. Maggie is approachable and available in her shop for any queries or to get handouts and catch up if I've missed a session. I would be eligible for financial support to do it at college but without the extra support and flexibility Maggie offers I probably would've dropped out by now - instead I'm looking forward to developing my own business in a few months!'

Fee: £1350: 50% payable at the start of the course, the remainder can be paid in monthly installments

The fee includes registration with VTCT and examination fees and course books for anatomy and physiology, but not other materials and equipment. All materials and equipment below can be ordered from the shop.

Materials and equipment required:

(Oils, base creams, containers for your blends and measuring pots are available to order from our shop)

You will need to bring with you: at least TWO essential oil from each of the following categories, plus 3-5 others of your choice: (oils must be from a good quality supplier - contact me if unsure)

a) Exotics: Patchouli, Sandalwood; Vetivert, Ylang ylang.
b) Flowers: Chamomile (German or Roman), Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, Neroli.
c) Citrus: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Orange (bitter or sweet).
d) Herbs: Basil, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme (sweet).
e) Trees: Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Petitgrain, Pine, Teatree.
f) Spices: Black pepper, Ginger.
g) Resins: Benzoin, Frankincense, Myrrh.


You will also need a box to keep them in, and a measuring pot and mixer (bear in mind you will be making blends of 5-30ml).

You will need a few base creams and carriers of your choice, depending on the items you wish to make - information on requirements will be issued as the course progresses.

For weeks when we will be learning massage, you will need to wear comfortable, loose clothes and flat shoes for correct posture. You will also need to tie your hair back if you have long hair. 

A good quality reference book will be very helpful. Any of the following would be ideal:


Caddy, R. (2007) Aromatherapy: The Essential Blending Guide. 3rd. ed. Rochester: Amberwood Publishing Ltd.
Lawless, J. (1992) The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils. London: Thorsons
McGuinness, H. (2003) Aromatherapy: Therapy Basics. 2nd ed. London: Hodder & Stoughton
Price, S. (2000) Aromatherapy Workbook. 2nd ed. London: Harper Collins.

I also have a range of good aromatherapy books for sale, and I can order extra copies if required.

Course outline

The course will consist of

1. A detailed examination of essential oil blends, with practical exercises designed to give you the knowledge of essential oils and blends to use for a range of medical conditions and skincare, and even to help around the house! You will be able to create your own blends for use in a range of mediums, such as creams and incense blends, as well as for massage.

Assessed via portfolio evidence and observation.

2. Anatomy and physiology for therapists. This will cover all the systems of the body and will be taught in the classroom, although you will be expected to do some learning and revision at home. Course books will be provided for you.

This will be assessed via portfolio evidence and online examinations.

3. Aromatherapy massage. You will be able to perform a full body massage, including facials and scalp massage, to practitioner level. This will be taught via practical sessions in the classroom.

Assessed via observation and case studies, written up in a portfolio.

4. Business practice for complementary therapies. You will learn how to research, set up, and run an aromatherapy business. The project will be based on your own personal requirements and interests.

Assessed via portfolio evidence (business project)

Note: this course will qualify you to become a practitioner (VCTC certified)