Dream job in holis­tic health

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REX­INE HAWES

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.

REX­INE HAWES

Claire Broughton was an adult stu­dent, work­ing to be­come a holis­tic health ther­a­pist.

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