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Why You Should Retrain as a Holistic Therapist

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Retrain as a Holistic Therapist

How many of us have dreamed of moving on from our 9-5 office job and moving into a profession where we can really make a difference? For many Moms, having a baby can present the ideal opportunity to do just that. If you’re thinking of returning to work and have an interest in complementary medicine then retraining as a holistic therapist could be a great option for you. It may feel daunting returning to education but if you’re determined, passionate to learn and organized it is an achievable ambition. Options for learning include part-time College-based courses as well as online distance learning courses, meaning you can learn from the comfort of your own home. If you’re a caring, empathetic person who loves helping others, then here are some of the reasons why a career as a holistic therapist could be for you:

It covers so many fields of medicine

Many Moms are attracted to this option because they’ve experienced the benefits of a specific type of treatment, sparking a particular interest. However, there are many holistic disciplines to choose between, depending on your area of interest, including:

Aromatherapy – This therapy uses essential oils to reduce stress and anxiety, alleviate pain levels and promote overall health and wellbeing. The oils can be massaged into the body, given orally or inhaled in a vapor. One of the most popular alternative treatments, aromatherapy courses are among the most sought-after qualifications from course providers.

Homeopathy – another hugely popular alternative therapy, homeopathy has shown proven results in both humans and animals. Designed to help boost the body’s healing systems, homeopaths use small amounts of substances that cause health conditions to help kick start the immune system.

Reflexology – This extreme form of massage focuses on specific points on the sole of the foot, that are connected to body organs via energy channels. A reflexologist can work on specific areas of the body by applying pressure to the corresponding area of the foot, removing blocks from these channels and allowing energy to flow freely again. Both a science and an art, reflexology is fantastic for revitalizing energy levels as well as preventing illness.

Holistic massage – Proven to treat a variety of ailments, massage has amazing health benefits. Massage therapists manipulate the skin, muscles, lymph and nervous systems to improve health and wellbeing.

Short time to retrain without incurring massive debts

In contrast to a degree that takes a minimum of 3 years to study, gaining an accreditation as a holistic therapist can take weeks rather than months. You can choose the level of qualification you want to acquire, building your qualifications and accreditations up over time, meaning it’s also a very cost-effective option, costing hundreds rather than thousands of dollars.

There are great career prospects

Research indicates that a third of Americans use alternative medicine, so this is a career option that has great earning potential. In fact, according to the US. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, successful holistic practitioners can earn up to $80,000 a year; with massage therapists typically achieving figures of $40-$50,000.

Good flexibility to suit your lifestyle

As a holistic therapist you can easily set yourself up to work from home, flexing hours around your childcare needs and avoiding a daily commute. Once the children are at school, you can easily increase your working hours, booking clients in during school hours as well as evenings if you choose.

Excellent career progression

The beauty of this profession is that you can easily set yourself up from home, making it an ideal choice for Moms. Depending on your lifestyle, you can build the business at your own pace. Ultimately, you could look to expand your business, working in a clinic alongside other therapists or even setting up your own clinic. Many therapists also combine their roles with teaching at local Colleges or providing workshops.

It’s easy to see why this is such an attractive career option, particularly for Moms returning to work. If this article has got you interested, don’t be daunted, start looking into it today!

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