- excellent verbal communication skills
- active listening skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work well with your hands
- customer service skills
- a desire to help people
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to sell products and services
- knowledge of biology
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
In this role you may be:
- explaining the therapy to the client
- taking details of the client's medical history, diet and lifestyle
- selecting the oils you feel are appropriate for helping the client
- blending the oils to be used
- applying oils by full or partial body massage
- keeping records of the blends of oils used
- supplying blended oils and instructions for clients to use at home
- referring clients to their GP when necessary
You may need to wear a uniform.
You could work in a therapy clinic, at a health spa, in an NHS or private hospital or at a hospice.
With experience as a self-employed practitioner, you could set up clinics at home or at other premises, or visit clients in their homes.
With further training, you could offer additional therapies, like reflexology or massage, to increase your income.
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You can find out more about working in aromatherapy and how to choose a training course from the Aromatherapy Council.