Monday, June 28, 2010

ACHS in the News: Could a New Career in Aromatherapy Be a Natural Choice for You?

ACHS was recently featured in the online publication Improve Your Home and Garden!! Check out the article "Could a New Career in Aromatherapy Be a Natural Choice for You?" by Dee Baugher excerpted below for some great ideas about how to build a career in holistic health:

In these times of layoffs and downsizing, many people are considering changing careers. The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) in Portland, OR, gave us insight into the myriad of choices available to people interested in careers in these expanding fields.

What Types of Alternative Health Careers Are Available?

The number of choices is pretty impressive. ACHS is one of the first accredited, fully online colleges offering distance education programs in complementary and alternative modalities that include:

* Aromatherapy
* Iridology
* Flower Essences

You can study herbal medicine, holistic health, nutrition, wellness consulting and other fascinating subjects.

For several years, I’ve had an interest in aromatherapy. What is aromatherapy and what could I do career-wise if I had more of an education in that modality?

Careers in Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can be a career in itself or it works complimentary with other careers, such as massage therapy.

Aromatherapists must have knowledge about each oil and its affect. They are the people who develop specific mixes of oils in proper ratios to create the desired results. These compounds are often custom created for individual clients.

Another career option for someone with an education in aromatherapy is an aromatherapy retailer or, more specifically, the person who sells the oils to individual customers and practicing therapists. They need to be able to educate their clientele about the affects of each oil. Many of these specialists own their own business or work at a specialty counter in a natural health store or other business.

Aromatherapy is also a natural extension to the skills of a massage therapist. Being able to enhance a client’s experience by reducing stress levels or creating deeper relaxation can only benefit a massage therapist and her customers.

Aromatherapy is just one of the natural and holistic healing fields that are going to make a difference in the future of health care. Prevention of health problems, along with remedies that are sustainable and natural, are going to play an ever increasing role in taking care of both our physical and emotional needs. Along with learning a new career, following this path will also enable you to help others and enhance the quality of life for all the people who come in contact with you, including your own family.

It seems to me that if you are looking to make a career change, something in the naturalistic or holistic field would just be…well…natural.

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