Aromatherapy: Becoming a Practitioner

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!

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I’d be interested to know if any other therapists have faced this dilemma and how they approached it.


4 thoughts on “Aromatherapy: Becoming a Practitioner

  1. That sure is a lot that you can do in the meantime 🙂 I never did study aromatherapy professionally although I thought about it for a long time. I was first introduced to the world of essential oils when I decided to start making aromatherapy candles – since then I now have a selection of essential oils and dried herbs in my ‘medicine cabinet’ 😉

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