Today we had a little chat with Christina Paul, a recent Diploma Course Graduate at APA.
1) Christina, what were your reasons for studying aromatherapy?
I decided to study APA's diploma course in 2011 because, as an aspiring holistic therapist, I was yet to come across a training program at the time that was so comprehensive in its supporting subjects. I was also looking for something more sensory and tangible to complement my practice, and essential oils proved to be the perfect support.
2) What did you like most about APA’s diploma course? Any subject(s) you found challenging?
I liked that the course had a great balance of the scientific (anatomy & physiology, chemistry) and the energetic (TCM, holistic views). I also liked that it was structured with homework, exams, business plan and case studies - while challenging, it certainly supported our integration and application of knowledge.
The case studies provided a valuable opportunity to turn theory into practice, to really get to know our oils in a deeper, more personal way, to hone our communication and treatment techniques, and above all, to reflect on the quality of our practice and deepen our awareness as therapists.
As soon as I graduated I started my own practice, "Soulistic Asia". I integrate aromatherapy with energetic kinesiology in my treatments - my clients really enjoy the personalised blends I make them! Occasionally, I run workshops as well. It's been great to see such immediate results from the time and energy I invested into the course.
5) Any tips for our readers who are interested in taking this diploma course?
Make sure you have the right intentions before enrolling in the Diploma course. You must have a genuine passion and be prepared to invest a significant amount of time and energy into it. If you're just looking for a qualification, it might not be enough to sustain you through the course. The more you give, the more you will gain. Also, the best way to learn is not in books, it's in practice. Don't let fears of not being good enough keep you back. Keep sniffing, blending, enjoying, and experimenting! Then you will really 'own' the knowledge.
Thanks so much, Christina! If you are now inspired to start your journey into the art of aromatherapy, check out our next Diploma Course dates here. You can also join our free Information Talk on 10 May - email us to register.