Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists: How to Get Started

As a massage therapist, you are uniquely positioned to introduce aromatherapy to your clients. Aromatherapy for massage therapists begins with using essential oils to create a more positive, effective massage experience. Here are some of our favorite ways to use essential oils in massage. Use your intake form to address aromatherapy for massage We have been licensed massage therapists and started our sister business, Stillpoint…Living in Balance in 2005. We have always used essential oils in our practice. We ask our clients to fill out an intake form where they can list their physical issues as well as any prescription medications.
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The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and The Alliance of International Aromatherapists

With the tremendous interest and growth in the field of aromatherapy and essential oils, we as professionals are very fortunate to have two organizations in the United States to set standards for practicing aromatherapists. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy NAHA, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, was formed in 1990 with the interest in promoting high standards in aromatherapy education and to support the uses of aromatherapy in daily life. NAHA’s mission is to advance the knowledge of the medicinal use of aromatic plants and essential oils to its fullest extent and to support aromatherapy as a truly holistic
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Essential Oil Recipes for Hyperactivity

We have had helped many clients that suffer from various forms of hyperactivity. Despite what is touted on the internet, there is not just one blend or just some oils that work.  There are many essential oils that assist with calming the mind, psyche and spirit. Hyperactivity is, by definition, having increased movement, impulsive actions, a shorter attention span, and being easily distracted. It’s caused by ADHD, Brain or Central Nervous System Disorders, and a Racing Brain, among other things. While the first instinct when working with hyperactivity is to look for oils to relax, sedate, and calm down, it
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What does Aromatherapy Certification mean?

With the popularity of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, many people are embarking on a journey to become a Certified Aromatherapist or Clinically Certified Aromatherapist. Currently, there is no single, legally-required format to indicate the level of aromatherapy training – only a sort of consensus of what each type of certification is. So what exactly is the difference? How to Become a Certified Aromatherapist (CA) This is the most common title to describe someone that has taken an aromatherapy program with an approved school. Usually, certification entails at least the completion of a 200 hour professional level program. Once completed, the
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3 Signs You Need a Career Change

Maybe Monday always comes too soon, or Wednesday’s “hump” feels more like a mountain. We all have a bad day at work now and again, but if you’re waking up each morning dreading the day, sneaking off for extra breaks just to get away from your desk, or daydreaming of a job that feels less like work and more like a calling, you may be ready for a change. This can be a good thing! Change is an opportunity for growth and discovery.
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What are the Chakras?

The word chakra is a Sanskrit term that literally translates to wheel or disk.  Most agree that there are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. Each chakra represents a different aspect of our lives ranging from surviving and living on the planet, relationships, personal power to creative energy, expression, and intuition. Located in the auric field, our chakras are where thoughts, feelings, and experiences are recorded. The energy of chakras The chakras spin and energy flows through them. At times, this energy can become stuck
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What is an essential oil GC/MS report?

Lately, GC/MS testing and reports have gotten a lot of attention in the aromatherapy world. So what exactly is GC/MS testing? The letters stand for Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry. This is a method that combines the features of gas-liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify different substances within a test sample. Gas chromatography (GC) is a common type of chromatography used in analytic chemistry for separating and analyzing compounds that are in a given sample. Mass spectrometry (MS) is an analytical technique that is used for determining the elemental composition of a sample or molecule, thus informing us of the
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10 Common Misconceptions about Essential Oils

Social media is full of a lot of so called “experts” on essential oils these days. In your own practice, take time to sift through the white noise and discover the truth. Your truth may differ from someone else’s truth, and that’s the beauty of having a true relationship with essential oils, both therapeutically and energetically. These are some common misconceptions about essential oils we often see and hear. Have you heard any of them? Myth: A GCMS report means the oil in question is both pure and therapeutically vibrant. The existence of a GCMS report doesn’t guarantee the quality of
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Foraging: How to find food and medicine in your own backyard

Walk outside and look around your yard. Peer at the cracks between the sidewalks. Sift through the weeds in your flower bed. Does anything look appetizing or interesting? If not, it’s time to look into foraging. You could be missing spectacular treasures in your own backyard. What is foraging? Wild food foraging bridges the gap between your kitchen table and medicine chest with the nature around you. Foraging has become more popular year after year, partially as an offshoot of the farm-to-table movement. But it’s not just about taste: Foraged food is typically wild, unsprayed and organic. It’s healthy for
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