Dream job in holistic health
As part of our On the Job series, reporter Rexine Hawes speaks to a woman who studied as an adult to fulfil her dreams of becoming a holistic therapist.
While many people are leaving school and going on to university, Claire Broughton ditched the norm and became a student at 50-years-old.
The decision to return to study as an adult student fulfilled a dream of becoming a holistic health therapist.
She achieved her certificate (diploma level) with credit in 2012 at Elite International School of Beauty & Spa Therapies. And while, gaining her qualification is invaluable, the journey wasn’t an easy one.
Claire discovered holistic therapies while working in her admin role for Hospice in the UK.
It was the beneficial properties for people affected by cancer that had her falling in love with the complimentary therapy.
She started training in complimentary therapies and Indian head massage but a move to New Zealand meant putting her training on hold. It was five years later while working for the Waikato Dis- trict Health Board that she returned to study.
‘‘I plucked up the courage to leave my job to follow my dream
‘‘I wasn’t sure if I could do it, I hadn’t studied since being in school.
‘‘I was the eldest student with girls young enough to be my daughters. There was me at 50, thinking, what was I doing there at my age trying to re-learn? So with my husband encouraging me - I got through it.
‘‘I don’t think I slept, I just studied. I got the highest marks in the aromatherapy theory exam. When I graduated, I was very proud.’’
Claire is now trained in relaxation massage, Indian head massage and reflexology, but aromatherapy true passion.
‘‘Aromatherapy is huge, not just about what smells nice, it’s all about cultivating is her nature fom the very essence and using the essence of plants, fruits and flowers and trees.
‘‘They have different chemical compounds and have different effects on the body so you can treat the body psychologically and physically.’’
She opened Angelica Organic Holistic Therapies in Tamihana St just under six months ago and is living her dream.
Claire Broughton was an adult student, working to become a holistic health therapist.