What is the course about?
This beginners course offers a basic but thorough introduction to the art of aromatherapy, in a safe environment. Learn about the history of the practice, find out more about essential oils and discover how to prepare, store and use your own blend of oils for a basic massage.
What will we cover?
- What is aromatherapy/history of aromatherapy
- Essential oils, guidelines of use, safety and contraindications
- How essential oils interact with the body systems
- Buying and storage of essential oils and carrier oils
- Preparing a massage blend with essential oils
- Basic massage strokes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise some benefits of essential oils
- Gain an insight into how aromatherapy benefits the individual in a holistic way
- Recognise and follow the safety guidelines when using essential oils and performing massage
- Give an aromatherapy massage to the arms and hands and face.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Introductory - no previous knowledge or experience necessary. Please note there are some contraindications to aromatherapy oils, which will be discussed on the course. You should be able to:
- Read simple sentences fluently including instructions and directions
- Express own feelings and statements of fact
- Be flexible in discussion making varying contributions
- Use imperial and metric measures.
The following list is to be used when undertaking a professional course in body work. We have strict guidelines to protect the health and safety of students in training whilst providing widest possible access. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake a bodywork course and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor, otherwise please do not participate in a bodywork class/course.
- An untreated medical condition
- Spinal injuries
- A recent operation
- Severe skin disorders
- Severe mental illness
- On medication
- Cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, severe varicose veins, heart problems, thrombosis)
- Bone or joint disorders (Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis)
- Pregnancy (or post natal)
- Endocrine disorders
Is there anything else we should know about your health before you enrol for a course? If there is, please let the Health and Lifestyle Studies team know. If accepted onto a course, a student could be given alternative practical tasks and adjustments may be made where reasonable. However, a student could be asked to leave the course if any situation were to arise which could endanger the well being of that student, or any other student.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Group discussions
- Questions and answers
- Preparing your own oil blends
- Identification of oils through smelling
- Demonstration by tutor/ observation
- Aromatherapy massages working in pairs.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring massage oil (e.g. grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil) and two large towels. You may wish to buy your own essential oils, books, videos or burners. Your tutor can provide advice on further reading.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
- ITEC Level 3 Massage Diploma
- ITEC Level 3 Complementary therapies Diploma
- Other Health and Lifestyle courses at City Lit.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details