How to become an Aromatherapist

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that uses essential oils to promote relaxation, emotional health and general wellbeing. The oils are applied in a number of ways, the most popular being through massage. As well as providing aromatherapy massages, aromatherapists usually supply essential oils for their clients to use, prepare bespoke oil blends and provide advice and guidance on aromatherapy treatments.

Aromatherapists typically operate from a home base or on a mobile basis. Many also share premises with related complementary therapy practitioners or services, such as massage therapists, reflexologists and health spas.

Aromatherapy is not statutorily regulated in the UK but there are two voluntary regulatory bodies for complementary therapy practitioners such as aromatherapists; the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is funded and supported by the Department of Health. Although registration is not mandatory, it demonstrates the aromatherapist's qualifications, training and professional standards.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as an aromatherapist. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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