Are you a Massage Therapist or a bodyworker who wants to use essential oils to benefit your clients – and grow your practice? Are you curious about learning to make all-natural products + healing remedies you can share with (and possibly even sell to) others?
You’re in the right place!
This course is designed primarily for Massage Therapists with little-to-no prior training in aromatherapy – to help you set yourself apart in a crowded industry, while offering deeper levels of healing to your clients.
Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists is an online course that provides a comprehensive foundation for you to use essential oils safely and effectively in your bodywork practice.
This class is led by Andrea Butje (co-founder of Finger Lakes School of Massage and founder of Aromahead Institute) and Cindy Black (co-founder of Finger Lakes School of Massage and founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing) – experts with decades of practice and study of Massage Therapy and Aromatherapy. You’ll love their lighthearted and down-to-earth teaching style that makes learning FUN.
Ready to begin?
Grow your business + income by offering aromatherapy among your skills and services.
Ease chronic and acute muscle pain naturally with the powerful combination of massage and essential oils.
Create therapeutic products designed specifically for each client's concerns.
Reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches with aromatherapy inhalers. (These are so simple and convenient for clients to use on their own!)
Create a variety of blends for anxiety and stress – so your clients can relax and heal physically, mentally + emotionally.
Make your own aromatic massage oils that tap into the power of natural plant medicine – with no additives or chemicals.
Understand important safety considerations for the 20 essential oils you’ll study in this class.
Create salves with beeswax, avocado oil, and Trauma Oil, so your clients stay pain-free between massages.
Calculate the cost of making blends and know how to price them for retail sale… so clients can purchase your therapeutic products (and YOU can increase your income!).
Take better care of yourself, so you have more energy to give – without feeling drained.
Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists is an independent, self-study course.
As soon as you register, you will have immediate access by logging into your account and accessing our beautiful user-friendly online classroom, which includes all of your written + video content, as well as interactive learning activities.
You’ll also have full access to our online forum – where you can ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors (as well as other Aromahead Institute students and graduates).
An in-depth study of 20 essential oils
Printable datasheets for each oil (with their therapeutic, emotional + energetic properties, safety considerations, massage applications, shelf life, and more)
The Aromahead Approach to safety + dilution
Introduction to carriers, butters, salt + soap
All about preservatives and antioxidants
Benefits of relaxation massage
Introduction to “stock blends” for massage therapy
Understanding stress – and the role of cortisol
Olfaction and how perceptions are formed
Cold + flu immune support
Aroma spheres and diffusers
Understanding muscle pain, nerve pain + chronic pain
4 essential oils that are great for reducing pain
How to make a headache inhaler + trauma oil
Stock blend for muscle, nerve + chronic pain
Anti-spasmodic cream for belly massage
How inflammation heals injured tissue
Signs of inflammation
5 powerful anti-inflammatory essential oils
How to make scar butter + injury salve
A great stock blend for reducing inflammation
The role of the immune system in chronic conditions
How to reduce colds, flu + seasonal allergies
Natural remedies to help ease headaches
Ways to improve sleep
Ideas for easing tendonitis and osteoarthritis
The importance of YOUR self-care
A guide to making your very own blends
Recipe for a fabulous natural massage table cleaner
How to make foaming hand soap + lemon aloe cleanser
Calculating cost + retail pricing for your products
6 in-depth aromatherapy lessons – which you can access 24/7 in our beautiful, user-friendly online classroom.
13 instructional videos and webinars led by Lead Instructors Andrea Butje and Cindy Black.
Blending exercises and other FUN hands-on projects to deepen your learning.
20 detailed datasheets for the essential oils studied in the course. Aromahead Institute's printer-friendly datasheets clearly lay out all the most important information you might need on hand for easy reference – including each oil's: therapeutic properties, massage applications, emotional and energetic qualities, safety data, Latin name, plant part used, aroma, note, suggested shelf life, and a quick recipe.
An extensive private list of resources for high-quality Aromatherapy products and related services.
Contact information for prominent aromatherapy organizations and journals. Stay current with the industry, learn about the conferences, and gather articles from aromatherapy experts.
15% off discount on all essential oils, carrier oils, butters, bottles, supplies, and specific blending kits from Aromatics International for 6 months after you register.
Permanent unlimited access to all the course materials and videos – including any updates to the content – even after you have completed the program.
Permanent unlimited access to the exclusive Aromahead Institute Online Forum – where you can ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors… as well as connecting with other Aromahead students and graduates from over 180 countries around the world.
In addition to studying 20 essential oils in depth, you'll also learn how to make…
• Foaming hand soap
• Massage table cleaner
• Scar butter
• Lemon aloe hand cleanser
• Injury salve
Essential Oil Remedies
• Cold + Flu
• Immune System Support
• Tendonitis and Osteoarthritis
“Stock Blends” to Support With…
• Muscle, Nerve + Chronic Pain
Start the class the moment you complete your registration OR sign up now and get started later! Your course never expires.
You have permanent unlimited access to your course materials – as well as any subsequent updates to the course content – even after you have completed the program.
Aromahead Institute meets the rigorous training and education qualifications of three highly respected organizations: the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA).
Work at your own pace and on your own timeline (our online classroom is available 24/7).
Approved for 36 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in massage therapy by the NCBTMB – as well as by the Florida and NYS massage board.
Ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors – along with other Aromahead students and graduates – in our fabulous online forum.
This class was great! I have enjoyed creating blends and using them on my clients. Going through the process and focusing on the different issues to treat was very satisfying! I had a 27-year-old woman on my table last evening. I used the blend you named UPLIFTING, with essential oils (grapefruit, orange and lemon in a carrier of jojoba). She noticed the aroma right away and remarked how she really loved how it smelled. After the massage I gave her the bottle. She is using it as perfume!
Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists was my first Aromahead class. I was going into it with a fair amount of skepticism. I was afraid that I'd end up in a class that basically said, "These oils will help with relaxation. These oils help with sore muscles. Add them to your massage oil." I wanted so much more than that. I wanted to know why these oils would help. I wanted to be confident in explaining to my clients what I was doing and why, and I wanted science to back me up. That's what I got with Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists.
I have to tell you, I just adore your enthusiasm. You exude love and passion for what you do. It makes it a true pleasure to learn from you. The class you put together was absolutely amazing. I was very grateful to be able to do it at my own pace and yet be a part of a community that I could pop in and share with and learn from. Thank you again for creating such a wonderful class!
Aromahead's Aromatherapy for Massage class is a great reference for Massage Therapists (and non-therapists) looking for an overview and/or refresher on the basics of Aromatherapy and its safe application during massage. Although I have used essential oils for years with my massage clients, this class taught me things I hadn't thought of, and it reinforced safety basics that had slowly started to slip my mind. As always with all Aromahead classes, the instruction is concise, yet comprehensive, with reference material accessible in perpetuity once you register. Thank you, Andrea and Cindy!
Your video lessons and program content will be led by Andrea Butje, an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who is changing the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching + creating community online.
Andrea founded Aromahead Institute in 1998 to help people everywhere learn to use essential oils safely and effectively. Thousands of students from more than 180 countries have studied with Aromahead since that time – and many of our alumni have gone on to pursue successful careers and businesses in aromatherapy and the healing arts.
In 2013, Andrea won the Alliance of International Aromatherapists' Lifetime Achievement Award for her heartfelt work in educating and connecting people involved in all aspects of the aromatherapy industry – from renowned authors and distillers to those who are brand new to essential oils.
When she isn’t sharing her love of aromatherapy with others, you’ll usually find Andrea in her kitchen – cooking, baking and playing with new recipes.
Cindy Black pioneered the innovative Meridian Massage method and is the founder and lead instructor at Big Tree School of Natural Healing. Her work is focused on teaching Massage Therapists how to incorporate Traditional Chinese Medicine into their practices.
Andrea and Cindy founded the Finger Lakes School of Massage in 1994. Cindy served as the lead anatomy instructor. She quickly developed a reputation for her ability to easily navigate students through even the most complicated subjects.
Cindy's love of teaching is only matched by her love of learning. She went on to study acupuncture, earning her master's degree in Chinese Medicine in 2007. She continues her study and practice of Chi Nei Tsang, Qi Gong, the I Ching and Yoga.
In addition to the classes she offers through Big Tree School of Natural Healing, Cindy teaches the Aromahead Institute's Anatomy and Physiology course. Andrea and Cindy co-teach two of Aromahead's online classes: Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists and Viruses and the Immune System.
While anyone may register for this class, it's designed for practicing Massage Therapists with no previous aromatherapy training.
No. All the online classes at Aromahead Institute are self-paced. You can complete them on your own time, from anywhere in the world that you can log on to the internet. Your access to your course material never expires.
Yes! Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists is approved for 36 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in massage therapy by the NCBTMB – as well as by the Florida and NYS massage board.
It depends! Most students complete this course within a few weeks to a few months, and then continue to refer back to it over the years. However, the program is completely self-paced, which means you can slow it down or move through it more quickly, depending on your learning style and availability. You’ll have permanent unlimited access to your course materials and the Aromahead Institute online forum – as well as any subsequent updates to the course content – even after you’ve completed the program.
You will need some supplies in order to try the blending exercises and recipes in this program. You may use your own supplies or purchase them (supplies are not included in your tuition). Aromatics International has designed a beautiful kit with most of the essential oils, carrier oils, and bottles you’ll need. This kit is completely optional and sold separately through Aromatics International. Some students choose to begin the class, and then decide which recipes they want to make. This allows them to purchase their oils and supplies over time, as they make their way through the course (instead of buying the whole kit up front). Others buy the kit right from the start. The choice is yours!
Lots of it! The Aromahead Institute team is a dedicated community of educators that are ready to assist you and offer guidance when you need it. All of our teachers are Certified Aromatherapists, and have been in the profession for many years. You’ll have access to Aromahead’s online forum, where you can ask questions, participate in discussions and learn from other Aromatherapists. Plus, you can email us anytime, and your emails will always be answered right away.
Yes! Thousands of students from more than 170 countries have studied with Aromahead Intitute, and we’d love to welcome you to our online community.