HSC 158 – Aromatherapy

Course Outline

Course Number & Name: HSC 158 Aromatherapy

Credit Hours:  1.0             Contact Hours:  1.0          Lecture:  1.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  None

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: A course designed to give massage students an introduction to the use of essential oils in the art of massage for healing.  Students will learn the history and use of essential oils, and how they interact with body chemistry affecting organs and organ systems.  They will come to understand that essential oils interact pharmacologically, physiologically, and psychologically with the human body.  Students will be educated in the indications and contraindication, and the scope of practice associated with the use of essential oils.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. discuss the history of the use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes;
  2. explain the extraction process and the need for purity of essential oils; and
  3. discuss and identify various oils and their uses in massage therapy.
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