Victoria Templar – Winner of our Golden Graduate Award in April 2018 tells her story!
Victoria is based in Somerset, UK and has the following holistic therapy qualifications:
SNHS Dip. (Aromatherapy), SNHS Dip. (Advanced Aromatherapy), SNHS Dip. (Herbalism), SNHS Dip. (Hot Stone Therapy), SNHS Dip. (Holistic Skincare Products) & SNHS Dip. (Indian Face Massage)
I first began studying with the School when I moved over to the UK in 2013 from Southern Ireland. I started work as a consultant for a company selling natural products including essential oils, herbs and cosmetics and I felt that attaining a diploma in herbalism and one in aromatherapy would benefit my work. So I enrolled for some courses with you and loved doing the coursework.
When I had finished the courses and attained my first certificates, my kids clubbed together and bought me a massage table for my birthday and a set of stones for doing the practice required for the massage course and the hot stone therapy diploma. They also kindly offered themselves as guinea pigs! When I had completed the training for these, and then the Indian face massage course, I had enough confidence to set up my own practice. I first of all worked from home and then in 2016, moved into a place on the high street as my reputation spread and I had more customers.
I am currently working on setting up a retreat centre, which is particularly aimed at women as they seem to be the majority of my clients. My winning prize from your competition will be used to help my research.
At this centre, I will be offering a chance to rejuvenate, detox, de-stress and rebalance. It will be an opportunity to set the 21st century demands and tensions aside and to enter into a state of utter relaxation. Treatments will be available every day, ranging from an initial herbal consultation to find a unique herbal remedy for rebalancing, to an Indian Facial combined with a Hot Stone full body massage. The retreat will be in a divine rural setting where only the sounds of birdsong and the scents of the flowers and herbs growing in the beautiful gardens will nourish the senses at the deepest level. Food and juices will be served fresh from these gardens and relaxing in the Jacuzzi or purifying in the Turkish hammam or bath and meditation sessions will be combined with dance and yoga opportunities, swimming, walking and excursions for achieving a balanced lifestyle.
With some clients, I have found that prescribing a specific combination of herbal tinctures, (from my own recipes that I have developed from my herbs) that then works beautifully for that client, is particularly rewarding. One lady who had been suffering from extreme sciatica for months and had tried everything from the doctors that she could, had hobbled into my apothecary in desperation. She was over the moon when the ‘Inner Peace’ herbal combination took all the pain away and after a month’s treatment of this, combined with massage, it has not returned in the past two years. She has since, sent her mother and friends for treatments for sciatica and other problems.
Another special moment was when a woman came to me saying that every month when she was pre-menstrual, she would get so mad at her husband that she worried she might kill him! She had come to me as she was aware that she had got to that stage of frustration and anger again and was literally in pieces in the corner of my treatment room. I prescribed her with herbal tinctures and my specially formulated Oil of Aphrodite (from flower and tree essential oils)…her husband is still alive and things are much calmer each month!
Other women who have been suffering from the menopause have found my ‘Change of Life’ really helps with all the hormonal changes; one client who was travelling around the world had to stock up on bottles of this to ensure her travels were kept enjoyable. Other clients who have come to me in pain or stress and have left the treatment room relaxed and smiling have encouraged me to continue my work to achieve the dream of a Green Lady retreat.
I believe that in these days of constant mobile communication, it is imperative that there is time out to re-centre and refresh mind, body and soul. Thanks to everything that I have learnt, I am excited that I will be able to provide this opportunity in the, fingers crossed, near future. I am looking for the right place to be able to grow all the herbs and fruits I can manage, where the air and water are clean and where clients can relax fully. I have shortlisted some places and am now working on raising the finance to complete the dream.
Many thanks for this Graduate award. I will use the money to check out a place in Italy that I have on my shortlist!
I have loved studying with you and feel very honoured to receive this award.
All the best
My Green Lady Herbal Apothecary facebook page can be found at:
SNHS Dip. (Aromatherapy), SNHS Dip. (Advanced Aromatherapy), SNHS Dip. (Herbalism), SNHS Dip. (Hot Stone Therapy), SNHS Dip. (Holistic Skincare Products), SNHS Dip. (Indian Face Massage)
Studying: Advanced Herbalism, Reflexology, Acupressure, Meditation
Public Liability insurance with Westminster
My final goal – to attain a Higher International Diploma in Holistic Therapy.