Complementary therapies are part of an integrated approach to health and healthcare. The therapies involved can advance standard medical practice by taking a more holistic approach to the healthcare regime implemented by professionals. There are a range of conditions that can benefit from these therapies which include holistic massage, clinical aromatherapy and reflexology.
The three areas of complementary therapies are regulated by professional bodies, ensuring that professionals meet high standards. As the complementary therapies are a competitive market, students are trained with a business sense that will allow them to compete in the real world.
If you want to be part of the team that provides a holistic approach to healthcare, complementary therapies could be for you.
What will I study?
The course can be broken down into learning the professional skills, communication skills and the theory behind the therapies and illness. Students will develop their skills of the three areas of care: aromatherapy, reflexology and massage. These are taught to a professional standard, in a practical way, preparing graduates for work.
On top of this, students will be introduced to research within this area through a final project. This offers hands-on experience of the research world in healthcare and provides an easier transition, should a student wish to undertake a research career.
The majority of graduates from complementary therapies enter the private sector, offering healthcare options to those outside of the NHS. The competitive edge required within a market is introduced to students through business teaching as part of the syllabus.
If you would like to establish your own business while operating in healthcare, the complementary therapies course offers a firm basis, with past graduates establishing their own businesses.
Complementary therapists are also employed through the NHS, offering services such as palliative care, working with special needs and more.