September is now here and time for me to get studying again. I know the children have gone back to school ……… but so have I. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the six weeks summer holidays, but I guess I did once upon a (very long!) time.
My experience in building my business so far, as well as working at both Hartland Spa and North Devon Hospice (The Long House, Holsworthy) has given me the taste for all things complementary and I absolutely love the massage side of what I do. So, as I fast approach the completion of the second year of my business, I have decided to embark upon a Diploma in Complementary Therapies VRQ Level 3 course. Having already gained three massage qualifications at the beginning of last year, I am now studying Reflexology and Aromatherapy. I am extremely excited as I will, once qualified, be able to extend further my diverse treatment range – there should be something for everyone.
What are Complementary Therapies?
The most comprehensive definition of this I have found is:-
Complementary therapies (‘alternative’, ‘traditional’ or ‘holistic’ therapies) often claim to treat the whole person, rather than the symptom of the disease. These may include, but are not limited to, therapeutic touch, massage, relaxation, meditation, visualisation, aromatherapy, reflexology and acupuncture. They are sometimes used alongside conventional medicine/medical treatments in the belief they can ‘complement’ treatments and may help you cope better with symptoms.
Most complementary therapies are also practised in a standalone sense. They are widely considered to be excellent aids for general relaxation, anti-stress, balancing and grounding. They also encourage a preventative approach to health. People often use complementary therapies to make their immune systems stronger, as well as to give themselves a well-deserved treat!
It is important to remember that complementary therapies should never be used as an alternative to prescribed medicine and your GP should always be consulted prior to undertaking. Complementary therapy should be used to promote an increased feeling of wellbeing and relaxation.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside evidence based medicine/healthcare to promote better health for their clients.
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. Some people find it works for them – some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it!
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy essential oils are made using dozens of different medicinal plants, flowers, herbs, roots and trees grown all over the world — which have proven, powerful effects on improving physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
For over 5,000 years, aromatherapy has been a trusted practice among cultures spanning the globe. Natural healers turn to aromatherapy for the many antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of aromatic essential oils. So what is aromatherapy used for? Some of the most common reasons that people use it, according to research done by the PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Board, include managing pain, improving sleep quality, reducing stress, overcoming symptoms of depression, soothing sore joints and even battling the effects of cancer.
Want to be a Case Study?
I will need to undertake various case studies in the coming months for my course. I will, therefore, be offering Aromatherapy and Reflexology, at a reduced rate, in exchange for some feedback on the treatment. If you feel you would like to be a case study do let me know via the contact form here
Many thanks for reading.