This VTCT diploma in Aromatherapy running in Southampton, Hampshire, combines Aromatherapy and Massage. No previous experience or formal qualifications are required to take this course, although all candidates are advised to discuss the course with Jackie James, before they enrol to ensure this is the right course for them and they understand the commitment required.
The course includes:-
Weekend theory and practical sessions in Southampton ( 15 days over 7.5 weekends)
Online content, including video and audio
All course notes
Email and telephone support during the course
Access to a student area of the website containing videos and learning materials
Student Facebook group
Use of Calming Influences Couches
There are four units within the course:-
Please note that classes on common modules (e.g. Business, Complementary Therapies and Anatomy and Physiology) are taught with Reflexology and Massage Students
The course covers 19 carrier oils and 42 essential oils.
We are located just off junction 8 of the M27. Start times vary slightly (because of the changing gate times of the park) but generally run from 9:30 until 5:30 on both Saturday and Sunday.
The course starts with an Aromatherapy Blending Workshop in October, where as well as trying out many of the oils, and being able to blend safely and accurately, you will produce a variety of aromatherapy gifts for you to take away. This normally includes Face Cream, Hand or Foot Lotion, coloured bath salts, bath oil, lavender bags and potpourri.
Following the blending workshop, on the Sunday we will run our first Massage workshop, covering set up of the work area, as well as massaging the back and the back of the legs.
You will be able to start your case studies after this first weekend,
From January, we will join the reflexologists. Morning sessions are theory covering anatomy and physiology, Complementary Therapies and Business. Afternoons are practical. Generally you will give and receive a treatment during every session until assessments start in June. For the practical session you need to bring towels, essential oils and carrier oils. Couches, pillows and blankets will be available for you to use.
Lunch times are limited to 45 minutes and most students prefer to bring a packed lunch. Complementary tea, coffee, herbal teas, fruit and biscuits are available throughout the day. Please see prices page for dates.
You will learn a whole body routine using effleurage, petrissage, vibrations, tapotement and deep tissue work. The aim of the course is to ensure you can adapt your treatments to ensure your client gets the most from their massage.
Carrier oils are the oils used to dilute essential oils before use and are often dismissed as unimportant, but they have a range of properties so choosing the most appropriate carrier oil and be very beneficial to your client. During the course we will cover 19 carrier oils including Almond, Apricot Kernel, Peach Kernel, Soya, Peanut, Sunflower, Grapeseed, Olive, Avocado, Sesame, Linseed, Hazel, Walnut, Macadamia, Coconut, Evening Primrose, Wheatgerm and Jojoba.
Aromatherapy Essential Oils
We will cover 42 essential oils including Lavender, Lavandin, Spike Lavender, Clary sage, Marjoram, Rosemary, Thyme, Peppermint, Basil, Patchouli, Neroli, Petitgrain, Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Geranium, Pepper, black, Fennel, Rose Damask, Rose Cabbage, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Benzoin, Ginger, Lemongrass, Vetivert, Cedarwood, Atlas, Cypress and Juniper.
Blending Essential and Carrier Oils
On the course we will learn to blend essential oils and carriers to produce the blend which will be most beneficial for the client. We will consider:-
Use of Blended Oils
In the UK Aromatherapy is mostly thought of as being associated with massage. However, there are many ways that aromatherapy blends can be used to benefit the client including:
You will be required to complete
Case studies (60 treatments, min 12 clients).
3 practical assessments which are carried out in July and September
Two anatomy and physiology multi-choice tests, one in March, the second in July
Portfolio of evidence.
Certificates will be issued by VTCT.
This is an in-depth course and students will be expected to spend approximately 10 hours each week working on the course.
This course is taught mainly by the principal, Jackie James although other Calming Influences assessors will be involved in your learning.
In addition to the course fees See Prices Page the following costs will be incurred by the student:-
Aromatherapy kit, which will contain the carrier and essential oils you will use in your practice. We will discuss this during our first weekend so please do not buy your kit before the start of the course. However, if you already have some oils, please bring them with you.
Student membership of the FHT or another professional body which will include insurance cover for case studies.
Aromatherapy books: Although there are no set books there are two Aromatherapy books which I would recommend "Change your mood with Aromatherapy" – this is a teach yourself book, and Aromatherapy Workbook – A complete guide to understanding and using essential oils by Shirley Price. This is currently out of print, but there are lots of second hand books around the £5 mark
Anatomy books: Although you will be provided with notes for all of the anatomy in the sylabus, one or two anatomy books can be useful as is the "Complete Pathology for Complementary Therapies" guide from Essential Training Solutions and the AoR
Uniform: White T shirt or therapists tunic of any colour. Black trousers and black shoes covering toes. Choose trousers and top with some give.
Two white towels bath sheet sized, 3 hand sized towels, massage couch (for home use), carrier and essential oils, three A4 ring binders, one of which should be lever arch
First Aid Course. You don't need a First Aid qualification, but I would definitely recommend one. I would suggest the Appointed Persons type first aid course. Courses specifically designed for therapists will be run by Calming Influences and for details See Prices Page.
Already a Therapist?
If you are already a therapist with a valid anatomy and physiology, business and complementary therapy qualification, you can fast track your way through the course. For more details call Jackie on 02380 406672 so we can discuss your current qualifications.
Number of Students on Aromatherapy / Massage Course
Generally there are 6 students on the Aromatherapy and Massage course. Note morning sessions from January are taught with the reflexology students.
There are no formal entry qualifications required, although all candidates should discuss the course with Jackie James, the school principal, before they enrol to ensure this is the right course for them and they understand the commitment required.
If you would like more information about this course please speak to Jackie James on 0780 5278 620, or e-mail her at Jackie@calminginfluences.com.
If you would like to apply, complete an application form Application Form. This is in MS Word format but other formats can be provided on request. Once completed, either mail or email the form to us with the deposit or full payment to. We are happy to accept bank transfer and cheques.
Calming Influences Holistic Training School
Oakside, Pylands Lane