Introduction to Holistic Therapies

Ref: C2523327

If you have always wanted to learn the secrets of how to blend ingredients and make your own bath and massage oils, or room refreshers and potpourri. Then this is the course for you! Discover the ancient art of aromatherapy and learn about the therapeutic powers of essential oils. The course will show you the beneficial properties of the oils to treat common ailments, promote good health and emotional well-being and enhance every aspect of your life. You'll develop the knowledge to start trying some simple blends and experiment with creating your own unique blends. You'll gain knowledge about the plants; you'll learn about essential oils and carrier oils and how to measure, blend and store these. You will also find out where to buy the oils and any other supplies needed. Also, we will cover safety and you will develop the skills and knowledge required to perform an aromatherapy massage.

Additional information about this course

Women only and members of WHIST. Please contact Susan Heptinstall for more information or 07899065285

Course aim

To develop knowledge and practical skills in Aromatherapy. To gain an understanding of how Aromatherapy can benefit individuals and learn the techniques required to perform an aromatherapy massage.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand about the ancient art of Aromatherapy.
  • Understand any safety issues with regards to using essential oils and explain the benefits of an aromatherapy massage.
  • Safely blend and store a range of aromatic oils and mixes and understand which oils give specific therapeutic effects.
  • Work in small groups, in pairs or operate independently.
  • Follow a sequence and perform an effective aromatherapy massage .

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course outline

Introduction to Holistic Therapies Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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