The West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy, WCIA, was founded in 1999 by Beverley Hawkins and this year we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Over the past 20 plus years Beverley has guided thousands of students through the Aromatherapy Certification Courses and Aromatherapy Workshops. If you are interested in learning more about how WCIA was formed and what is covered in the different aromatherapy courses and aromatherapy workshops, you might enjoy our Behind the Scenes Video Tour.
Beverley says: “I have been blessed to have had so many students with inquiring minds. Their questions have prompted me to continually explore and expand my own knowledge around essential oils and other aromatics. One of the things I love about this field is that there is always something new to learn. It is a dynamic art, and never boring.” Just as she continues to learn from interacting with her students, she is also continually learning from her hands-on interaction with her clients. Her years of hands-on clinical experience with clients has ensured that her insights into the aromatics is continually deepening. She says “The more I work with the essential oils and my clients, and see the difference they make first hand, the more I love them. I cherish the opportunities I have to work with them and make a difference in the lives of my clients.”
Essential oils are extremely versatile and can be used in many different ways, for many different purposes, from the esoteric through to the medical and everything in between. We have seen this diversity of interests reflected in people who have chosen to take their aromatherapy certification through our aromatherapy school and it is apparent that our aromatherapy courses are able to deliver the information everyone is looking for.
At their core, all good aromatherapy courses should have a really solid foundation in the sciences. Essential oils are derived from plant material, so understanding botany, and methods of extraction, as well as the chemistry of the final product is important. Add to this a thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology and understanding how the aromatics work in the different body systems, plus how they are metabolized is a must. Coupled with this is the importance of essential oil safety and all that includes such as cautions, contraindications, dilution rates, methods of application and more. These days more research is being done on essential oils than in the past, and courses should provide a thorough understanding of how this research should be reviewed. Tips on how to do your own research, and how to use research studies to justify claims should also be covered. But this is not all, we also believe that aromatherapy courses should be designed to honour the whole individual, the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual being that they are and not get stuck concentrating just on the condition and/or the symptoms.
Beverley would love to support you and share her experience with you as you learn to safely and effectively use essential oils and work toward becoming an Aromatherapist. Because we know that working on your own can, at times, be a bit daunting, at WCIA help is always close at hand. Whether you pick up the phone, send an email, ask the question on the closed Facebook Group, or set up an appointment on Skype or Zoom, you will always get an answer to your questions and Beverley encourages all her students to ask as many questions as they need to. Additional support is also offered through the Student’s Corner and the closed Facebook Group.