I’m a fully trained and qualified aromatherapist, yet, aside from massage for friends and family, I don’t practice or charge for treatments. When I first qualified in 2005 after a year’s full on training, and with many hours of case study under my belt, I was absolutely sure that I would become self employed and leave my desk job. However, I still needed an income, so couldn’t just plunge straight in. So, it went on the back burner until I figured out what to do, and to all intents and purposes, that’s where it has stayed.
The itch to practice however, has never gone away. I love the feeling of heat in my hands when massaging. I love the study of the plants, the essential oils and their uses. I periodically dream of setting up in business and seeing clients in their own homes. Yet, I don’t actually do anything about it. I know I can’t work from home because my house is just not practical in its configuration. I worry about the cost of hiring a therapy space and then finding no clients coming through the door. I guess I’m just super cautious and clearly not a risk taker.
So, what can I do to share my love of aromatherapy? Well, I can write about it, that’s for sure. I can grow medicinal plants and herbs in my garden. I can get creative, making lotions and potions as gifts (I’m thinking teacup candles in vintage china). I can read all the latest professional journals and keep up to date with what’s happening in the aromatherapy world. And of course, I can still offer massage to my friends and family when they need it!
I’d be interested to know if any other therapists have faced this dilemma and how they approached it.