Serendipitously, my journey to learn more about meditation at this time also led me to the company of fellow ‘seekers’ and ‘travellers’, many of whom bought with them their own talents and skills, knowledge and expertise, and from whom, as a curious teenager, I learnt so much. Of all the complementary practices I was introduced to then (awakening to the intrinsic awareness of meditation being the primary ‘gift’ bestowed), essential oils intrigued me the most.
I worked for Robert Tisserand during those early years, when he first began to develop his business. Then, later, I studied at the University of Salford and was awarded a BSc (Joint Hon) Degree in Counselling and Complementary Medicine and Masters Certificates in Integrated Mindfulness, and Supervision of Counsellors. I also gained a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate (PGCE) from Bolton Institute. I have also published a number of articles and research papers in associated professional journals, including the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy (IJCA), and recently (to my delight) signed a contract with Inner Traditions – Bear & Co. (Vermont, Rochester, USA), who will publish my first book in Spring 2018.
I was employed at the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, in the College of Health and Social Care as Programme Lead for the BSc Integrated Therapies in Practice and BSc Complementary Therapies in Practice Top up Degrees, Module Lead and lecturer for the Aromatherapy, Supervision and CPD, and Communication and Professional Skills modules, and as a personal tutor (prior to relocating to Dorset),. I also ran a private essential oil therapy clinic, and provided professional supervision for therapists, and delivered CPD workshops and courses.
I am a Fellow of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA), and was Chair of Education during 2013. I continue to support the IFA’s educational programme as a consultant and an examiner. I am also a member of the International Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). I continue to provide essential oil treatments and training through my current business, Aromantique, situated within the Town Mill complex at the heart of Lyme Regis, which nestles on the south coast at the border of Dorset and Devon (the counties of my family roots). I re-established my clinic here on completion of my writing sabbatical.
My first book belongs to a compilation which explore the dynamic role essential oils play in supporting health and wellbeing and provides a comprehensive overview of essential oils; from the role they play entrenched within the history of medicine, their botanical derivation within plants, to their dynamic holistic role as hedonistic, healing and wellness ingredients. Although aimed at the curious ‘everyday’ user who wishes to learn more, these books also provides a sound, valuable foundation for further deeper study.
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