Expanding Prospects for Holistic Therapists!
by the School of Natural Health Sciences
Holistic therapy is a growing industry around the world and more and more jobs are opening in the field, especially as holistic and complementary therapies become more accepted by the public as a whole and general practitioners (GPs) too!. If you’re thinking about how to become an holistic therapist, how to learn the basics of the career, your future job opportunities, and what you need to get started, we can help you!
What is an Holistic Therapist?
An holistic therapist is anyone who practices/works with any number of holistic therapies, such as Nutrition, Crystal Healing, Hypnotherapy, Aromatherapy etc; aimed at treating the entire body, rather than just a physical symptom. As a therapist, your job is to work with your clients to ensure mental, physical and emotional health, benefitting clients in many ways. For that reason, you have to be understanding, caring and genuinely interested in your clients in order to identify their needs, improve their wellbeing and lifestyles.
What are the Types of Holistic Therapy?
There are dozens of different types of holistic therapy. Most people choose to research the available options and find themselves drawn to one or more subjects. All therapies complement each other, so it is beneficial to learn about, practice/work, with two or more different subjects. (Not all therapies suit everyone!) The best way to decide on a subject to study is to consider if you want to take a ‘hands on’ approach with massage techniques or ‘talking therapies’ like Nutrition, Meditation etc. Or maybe even a mix of both. With the latter approach you reach out to a larger ‘client base’ to build your business.
To get ‘Professionally qualified’.
Select courses that provide a therapist level ‘diploma qualification’ in the subjects of your choice. Make sure your qualification is accredited and approved by independent ‘professional bodies’. If you want to set up your own practice, it is necessary to get your Public Liability Insurance policy in place. This covers you should a client make a claim (unlikely but it can happen)! You may wish to apply for ‘membership of an accrediting body’. There are many benefits although membership is not compulsory.
There are numerous career opportunities for Holistic Therapists and those opportunities continue to grow. While the majority of qualified individuals operate and run their own business, you can also work as a ‘mobile therapist’ or work in a Health club, Gym or Spa as a trainer, therapist or counsellor. Check out therapists advertising in your area to get an idea of hourly charges!
See some of our successful Graduates here
Did you know? The holistic health field is expected to grow between 8 and 25% by 2022. Depending on the course subjects you choose – Holistic Massage is expected to grow by 22% and 8 -14% for every other type of therapy. That’s an impressive growth for a relatively small branch of healing.
Holistic therapists earn a widely varying salary depending on therapy skills and local area. One consideration is that, if you are starting a new business, it is up to you, your marketing skills and your customer service to earn money to grow your business into something sustainable. We even provide a Business & Marketing Course for Holistic Therapists, packed full of tips about how to ‘start up’!