Today we had a little chat with Rina Poerwadi, one of our early Diploma Course Graduates at APA.
1) Rina, you are one of the early graduates of APA. What were your reasons for studying aromatherapy in Hong Kong?
Among a few reasons, I have one valid reason that I wanted to learn a new skill that will help me to stay independent to build my own business, an opportunity to build my second career and convenience; to be applied wherever I live. At that time my family and I happened to live in Hong Kong. That year, Aromatherapy was a new growing business in the market but not many people had a true knowledge about it.
2) After receiving your Diploma Course Certificate, you returned to Jarkata and opened an aromatherapy treatment centre there. Can you tell us more about it?
Some of my Indonesian clients of mine in Hong Kong are working for Cathay Pacific. They were the reason to push me to immediately open a clinic in Jakarta. Then they started sending their family and friends to me. Word of Mouth marketing works wonder! Print media heard about me and being the only one - I ended up being featured in almost every leading print media, radio or TV and talk show.
My motive to introduce aromatherapy in Jakarta was because back then aromatherapy was very commercially used especially with so many Spa businesses in every corner of residential areas using oils from different sources without any knowledge about their toxicity. Knowing that Indonesian people are very curious and very welcoming about new things especially anything related with health, natural medicine and therapies, I felt responsible to educate them to use essential oils in a proper way. I didn't want the potential of aromatherapy being destroyed by irresponsible users of essential oils just because they could.
I think becoming a holistic therapist is not for everyone. Knowledge and personality play an important role but there has to be something specific in you in order to win the trust, comfort, feeling of security from the clients. Once you get the right 'blend', then you will win clients. Mostly I have long term working relationships with my clients. This relationship gives me the exclusivity to witness and work with them through their life journey.
|Photo Courtesy of Online Magazine Fimela.com - Jakarta, Indonesia|
I started teaching aromatherapy 10 years ago in Jakarta at my own centre. The opportunity to teach at Wellpark College in New Zealand came last March 2014. I was told by some people I've met that a Holistic Aromatherapist is hard to find in New Zealand. It really surprised me. So, maybe that's how I got accepted.
Thanks so much, Rina! Our next weekday part-time Diploma Course (English) starts on 17 November - find more details here.