I am a life long learner with a degree in Sociology (BA) from Lancaster University and in Criminological Research (MPhil) from the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. As an independent researcher, I delivered a diverse range of evidence-based research projects for both voluntary and statutory organisations such as the youth offending service and county and district councils. Since then I have been a teacher for over fifteen years, teaching a variety of subjects in schools, colleges, adult education, as well as valuable one-to-one work with vulnerable young people.
Training as an Aromatherapists at the NHS Natural Health School in Harrogate was a fantastic experience, learning from experienced and knowledgeable practitioners within the health service and complementary therapy sector. I was inspired by the vision of the school:
“Our mission is to develop a new generation of expert complementary therapists for the future.” NHS Natural Health School
I was keen to learn the NHS ethos of client care using a holistic, integrative approach. The long term plan for health in the NHS recognises that we have to have a system of health care that has to – and can – adapt and diversify with our ever changing and complex UK population and I wanted to be part of it!
In addition, there is a growing body of evidence-based practice detailing the benefits of complementary therapy such as Aromatherapy, helping people live with a range of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and mental health issues. As therapists, our practice places patient care at the centre, and aims to enable people to alleviate and manage short and long-term symptoms.
“A full 40 percent of the drugs behind the pharmacist’s counter in the Western world are derived from plants that people have used for centuries…” US Forest Service
I was drawn to Aromatherapy mainly because I use essential oils as part of my daily life as well as with my family and friends, and am passionate about the positive and long lasting benefits of oils. It is an area that is growing as our knowledge of plants increases combined with our approach to health.
My skills within this area are:
Information and advice
Consultation and assessment of client care on a wide range of conditions
Knowledge and use of essential oils including methods of use such as baths, creams and lotions, compresses, and inhalations
Safety including cautions and contraindications.
Health Eating for the complementary therapist client.
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