Foundations of Aromatherapy – Short Course

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Foundations of Aromatherapy – Short Course

Foundations of Aromatherapy – Short Course


04 October – 22 November

Tuesday Afternoons 1.30pm – 4.30pm


This short course introduces students to the foundations of Aromatherapy.

For the first time we are inviting community students to join our 6-month Certificate of Relaxation Massage students for one afternoon per week over 8 weeks  while they study Foundations of Aromatherapy (AT101). On this course you will learn about a range of essential and carrier oils, as well as cover basic chemistry, safety, toxicity and methods of extraction. You will have the opportunity to practice blending and practical massage with a variety of aromatherapy applications. You will gain knowledge in the safe usage of essential oils for blending and application for the improvement of wellbeing and you will briefly cover the history and philosophy of this ancient practice.

Who is this course for?

This short course is beneficial to those wanting to gain a foundation in Aromatherapy, whether for home practice or for upskilling as Bodywork practitioner.

What the Course Covers:

  • A range of essential oils, carriers will be studied including basic chemistry, safety, toxicity and methods of extraction.
  •  A variety of blending suggestions for use within a relaxation massage practice.
  •  First aid, common ailments, integumentary system, care and applications.
  • History of aromatherapy.
  • Holistic aromatherapy philosophies.
  • Practical massage with a variety of aromatherapy applications.
  •  Self-observation of essential oils effects.

What are the benefits of doing this course?

Gain the confidence to work safely with essential and carrier oils for application in relaxation massage. Take your interest for Aromatherapy to the next level or if you are an existing bodywork practitioner add a new dimension to your skill set.

Should you wish, you will be allowed to complete the same assessments taken by the 6-month Certificate of Massage students.  If you pass the assessments and you maintain a good attendance record you will be able to cross credit this paper should you wish to enrol onto the 6-month Certificate of Relaxation Massage, full time in 2017. You will be given limited access to Moodle so that you can refer to all the reading material talked about in class.

Who is your Teacher?

Rina Poerwadi

Rina Poerwadi

Rina holds a Holistic Aromatherapy Diploma from the Asia Pacific Aromatherapy College, Hong Kong, Certificate of infant massage instructor and Paediatric Massage consultant, Australia. Rina has been practicing Holistic Aromatherapy since 2002. As well as teaching at Wellpark College, Rina runs her own holistic aromatherapy practice in Auckland.

Books and Materials.

You will refer to the following books in class and it is recommended that you purchase a copy.

Battaglia, S. (2004). The complete guide to aromatherapy (2nd ed.).

Brisbane, Australia: International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy.

ISBN 9780646428963

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Materials – You will need the following materials in class.

Essential Oils (14):Chamomile Roman, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus globulus, Geranium, Lavender True, Lemon, Manuka (wild), Orange Sweet, Peppermint, Rose 10% in Jojoba, Rosemary cineol, Sandalwood Australiana, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang. 5mL (2mL for Sandalwood).

Sources – or (09 4115442)

1 ceramic bowl for inhalation, min 10cm deep, max 15cm diameter

1 Large Towel

1 Light Blanket (polar fleece)

1 pillow case (or face cradle cover)

2 Cotton Sheets – Single size

2 Bottles x 25ml and 1x10ml bottle (blue/brown glass)

25ml plastic spray bottle

Carrier Oil (each student should purchase 2 of their choice)

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We will do our utmost to run the course on the advertised date however dates can be subject to change should the timetable need to be altered.

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