Being interested in complimentary therapies and alternative medicines can be a life choice rather than a simple passing interest or career. They can be part of a natural way of life, which might develop further interest in other alternative forms of living and belief systems. Gaining more information and training in an alternative therapy for a new career (or furthering existing knowledge) will provide you with the necessary tools to start practicing what you’ve learnt through a diploma to real life.
If you’re embarking on a new career in an alternative therapy it’s a good idea to join one or both of Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council and the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies as they offer accreditation and support.
What is complementary or alternative therapy?
Well, they’re two different things actually. Complementary therapy is used alongside medical treatment; it’s not an alternative to medical treatment. Alternative therapy on the other hand is a treatment that is used instead of conventional medicine, with the intention of treating or curing a health condition.
So fancy learning a new discipline? Here are our five best complementary and alternative therapy courses…
Diploma in Aroma Stress
Learn how scent can combat stress in life by using the therapeutic effects of aromatherapy. The course includes modules in controlling stress, health issues surrounding stress, aromatherapy and de-stressing.
Level 3 Diploma in Emotional Freedom Technique
EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique can be used on its own or as a complementary therapy to people who are already using psychotherapy or counselling. It’s emotional and psychological acupressure which is used to combat disorders such as phobias, anxiety, pain and addictions. The course covers EFT completely from applications, approaches and procedures.
Level 3 Diploma in Flower Remedies
Flower remedies are essentially treating the ailment with a corresponding flower or plant. The system of the 38 flower remedies of Dr Bach is a part of the modules in the Diploma in Flower Remedies. None of the flowers used are poisonous so it’s a safe way to treat a multitude of feelings, from self-loathing to dominance. The modules taken in this Level 3 Diploma include study into emotional medicines, remedy application, dosage, patient interviewing and prescribing, important combinations, the seven healers and prescribing for animals and babies.
Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology
Reflexology is based on the idea that there are pressure points in the feet, hands and head that relate to all other parts of the body, and that through applying pressure and massage illnesses can be relieved. This diploma in the complementary therapy of reflexology includes modules in anatomy, the language of touch, physiology of the central nervous system and other body systems and relaxation.
Diploma in Homeopathy
Homeopathy is where a person is treated with highly diluted substances. These substances if not in minute quantity could exacerbate the ailment. So it’s basically treating like with like. The Diploma includes essential anatomy and physiology modules, homeopathy and its uses, dosages and how to prescribe.
Diploma in Herbal Medicine
Interested in how we can heal ailments with natural remedies like herbs? Well a diploma in Herbal medicine will be ideal for you. This course covers the basics of which plants are used in herbal medicines and how they are classified. As well as identifying plants and there uses in medicine, this course covers extraction techniques and how this effects dosage. A knowledge of biology is useful but not essential.
Our spine is our central nervous system so through poor posture, compensating movements because of weight gain or injury or executing exercise poorly can lead to all sorts of ailments. The Alexander Technique can help with improving physical and psychological self through freedom of movement and general well-being. This course will take you through the practical and theory of being an Alexander Technique practitioner.
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