A holistic health education is becoming more popular as people are becoming more aware of the cost and risks of pharmaceuticals and surgery. If you are interested in a holistic health education, it is important to go about it the right way so you make money. Here are the top 5 important tips to help you get started on the right path in your career.
Tip #5 – Determine what, exactly, it is that you want to do. Some people want to be nutritional counselors, some people want to be Registered Dietitians, and some simply want to “heal.” Your goal is more than likely to help other people with their health. But, you have to be specific of how you want to help people.
Once you think about this and determine what you want to do, then find out what type of training you need and if you are even in the “right” field. For example, a dietitian is not in the field of holistic health.
Holistic health is a broad area, perhaps too broad. Because of this it is difficult to get the training you need. You must ask around and research to find professionals who do work similar to what you want to do. It is best to see what types of training others have received. Since there are many types of training and schools, this makes it easier for you to learn what is available in your area. From there, you must also determine what type of licensing is required in your area.
Some ideas to get you started are; Nutritional Counselor, massage therapist, aromatherapist, Herbologist, Doctor of Acupuncture, supplement dealer, Naturopath, Lymphatic Drainage Specialist, Endermologist, educator, colon hydrotherapist, yoga teacher, Hypnotherapist and the list goes on. But, as you can see, the area is vast with varied types of training.
Tip #4 – Getting your first job in a holistic health office is an excellent way to interact with working professionals. By working with them, you find how and where they trained. In addition, you can see how the whole office scene works from reception to management and bookkeeping and then therapists pay and scheduling.
Getting your first job before you complete your actual training has a lot of benefits in the holistic health education arena. First of all, getting a job in this field may not always be easy. Having your foot in the door first may help with securing a job once your training is complete.
Second, working in the holistic health field while you are training can help you see how your knowledge is being applied in the work place. You have professionals working around you that may be willing to help answer questions or clarify things for you while you are learning. All of this leads us to the next tip, which is a very important one…
Tip #3 – Nothing Makes up For Experience. Nothing. All the degrees and book training in the world will not mean anything until you are able to use it and work with people. This is why Tip #2 was so important. You can get 2 things accomplished by getting your first job in a holistic office; learning while working and gaining hands-on experience with clients, since that will be your ultimate goal.
If you are very lucky, you may work in a place where they do some type of training in massage therapy or other area. As you progress, you can ask if you can gain experience and sit in on some therapy sessions to see how the therapist interacts with the client. Some apprentices do this before actually working with clients.
If you are doing any type of massage therapy training, experience will be a must before you get your certification. In some cities, up to 1200 hours of hands-on massage therapy with clients may be necessary. Finding your “practice” clients may not be as easy as it sounds.
This experience will come much easier if you have accomplished Tip #2 and are working in an office. Some places will allow you to set up in a spare room or share with somebody else. Offering “free” massages by a worker in training may be an ideal set up for both you and your boss.
Tip #2 – Diversify Your Income. In this day and age, this may be an important aspect for anyone to consider. Even if you work for someone else, you might want to have a couple of different income sources just in case a lay off or unexpected closure happens.
How do you diversify your income with getting another job? There are a variety of ways to earn an income with a holistic health education. Here are some ideas to get you started, read them over and consider two or three that may be an option for you; work in a holistic health office, work in a spa, work in a professional’s office such as a doctor of chiropractic or acupuncture, sell supplements, rent a room take individual clients, teach seminars to other newbies in your field, teach fitness classes if you are into yoga, teach meditation, have a website and build that up over time to make income in a variety of ways from ads to selling supplements, write a book to help people, write articles for both online and offline magazines, teach people about the smaller known therapies such as Bach flower remedies or essential oils.
Any of these income sources needs to be built up over time. But this can come as you are working in a “regular” job and they just may supplement your income. If you develop it correctly, you may be able to create a full time income without having a traditional “job.”
Tip #1 – The most important tip to help you stand out from the crowd of therapists is to specialize. This is how you find your voice and what makes you different. There are a number of massage therapists, but some specialize in deep tissue massage, some in sports therapy massage and others in essential oil massage in a spa setting. Nutritional Counselors all vary in their specialties, as well. Some specialize in weight loss while others specialize in healing from disease.
Your specialty will be determined by who you are, who you enjoy working with and what you enjoy teaching your clients. Perhaps you do not even care to work with individual clients. Some people have went on to discover they love teaching large classes and find it more rewarding. Others feel that writing books is satisfying. Working in your area will help you eventually identify which specialty you might choose.
No matter what you decide to do with your holistic health education, plan your strategy using tips like the ones above. A little planning can help you go a long way, save you some money and help you to make money in the process. For this is the ultimate goal of any career because you cannot help others unless you have the means to take care of yourself, first.