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Aminya Natural Therapies Academy

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Reflexology Subjects Explained

Reflexology is the art and science that based on the principle that reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to organs, glands and other body parts. Using the thumb and fingers, the specially trained Reflexologist works these reflex areas to facilitate the healing process. It is a fast-growing therapy which is rapidly gaining acceptance by both the general public and within sectors of the orthodox medical field.

The Diploma of Reflexology HLT52515 includes a comprehensive range of approaches to prepare the Reflexologist in a wide range of settings including:

Reflexology 1 – Reflexology for Relaxation

This unit addresses the necessity for the student to understand the basic requirements for employment within a reflexology environment, addressing reflexology as a complementary health care modality, researching its history and evaluating its use in the health-field workplace.

Reflexology 2 – Perform advanced reflexology techniques – Basic Podiatry

In this subject students will learn advanced reflexology techniques and additional reflex areas. Hand reflexology will be introduced in this module and a range of techniques will be taught. Biomechanics, common foot disorders and conditions will be covered. (Prerequisite Reflexology 1).

Reflexology 3 – Perform hand, ear & foot joint mobilisation

This unit is designed to allow the student to integrate various Reflexology Methods: Hand Reflexology, Auricular Reflexology and Foot Joint Mobilisation will be taught in this module. Furthermore students will discuss and explore common disorders and how to apply Reflexology effectively to these health issues.

Reflexology 4 – Universal reflexology techniques – Feet reflections

Throughout this module students will be taught the Universal Method of Reflexology. This method is a subtle energy technique and students will be encouraged to explore the metaphysical component of illness. Foot reflexions will be taught which will allow the student to gain further tools necessary when analysing the feet.

Reflexology 5 – Oriental reflexology techniques. Advanced Clinical Techniques.

Throughout this module students will be taught a variety of Asian Reflexology techniques, including Thai Foot Massage, Oriental Reflexology and the acupuncture points and meridians of the hands and feet. Students will practice Reflexology using Asian tools and gain a greater scope evaluation of Reflexology methods .

Reflexology is offered on campus at Aminya Natural Therapies Academy, Marcoola, Sunshine Coast; Cairns, North Queensland and Adelaide, South Australia. You can download a full prospectus outlining all course inclusions and fees at

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Study Lymphatic Drainage with Aminya Academy

Lymphatic Drainage also known as Lymphatic Massage is primarily used to assist circulation and eliminate toxins and excess fluid. It can be used to treat a number of conditions where the flow of lymphatic fluid is hindered in some way.  It is a gentle technique that is also calming to the nervous system.

The lymphatic system is of primary importance in transporting digested fats from the intestines to the bloodstream, in removing and destroying toxic substances and resisting the spread of disease throughout the body.

Lymphatic Drainage is an essential course component of both Diploma of Remedial Massage HLT52015 and Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy HLT52315. It can also be taken as a workshop only for CPE points.

What the Lymphatic Drainage Massage Course covers

  • Origins and history of Lymphatic drainage
  • History of Lymphatic drainage
  • Lymphatic system (an overview)
  • Immune system (an overview)
  • Circulatory system (an overview)
  • Endocrine system (an overview)
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Self care
  • Indications for Lymphatic drainage
  • Contraindications and precautions
  • Pregnancy
  • Pressure Points
  • Energy pathways and centres
  • Lymphatic massage sequence
  • Student assessment

By the end of this course you will be able to plan a specialised session and perform a lymphatic massage sequence.

$440 includes for 4 day course, all training notes and workbooks and assessment.

Download a full prospectus for all course information and fees and campus information.

For our upcoming calendar please choose your preferred campus from the navigation menu to view their schedule of view their contact details or contact head office at Marcoola on Phone 07 5450 5077.

Available in Adelaide, Cairns, Gerringong NSW and Marcoola Sunshine Coast.

Should aromatherapy and massage be a part of health care?

As a trained nurse and aromatic medicine practitioner, I would like to share with you what a difference aromatherapy and massage can make to the quality of life for people with chronic illness, the elderly, the palliative, their families and carers.

Incorporating the benefits of aromatherapy with touch is powerfully incredible (or incredibly powerful).  As we journey through life, our needs change.  Aromatherapy and the essential oils work with you through all stages of that journey.

The power of smell

Our sense of smell is powerful and immediate – your body chemistry reacts with the chemical constituents in the plants – essential oils being the life blood of the plants. This assists you in selecting the essential oils you require.  If you like the aroma, then this indicates that it is the best oil or blend of oils for you. Smell association is also a factor in selecting the oil. Aroma often conjures up feelings, events etc from the past that you are comfortable with.

The role of aromatherapy in palliative care

Palliative care aromatherapy and massage work together to bring comfort and quality of life to our palliative client, family and friends alike. It is often difficult for people to say those three words – ‘I Love You’. A gentle hand massage combined with a delightful, beautiful aromatic smelling essential oil or blend does just that!  This is proactive in bringing family and friends together while encompassing and sharing the end of life journey of your ‘loved one’. An example of an essential oil blend that I often use in these instances is a combination of:

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) – for letting go of any anger, frustration or grief
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) – calming, slows and deepens the breath
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium/amara) – soothes and relieves anxiety

Be aware, however, that in choosing essential oils, that the medication/s that your client is being administered, do not contain the same chemical constituents – the elimination pathways being the same!  Avoid essential oils that are contraindicated and also be aware that oil and water do not mix and that the ingestion of essential oils is not advised unless under the supervision of a qualified aromatic medicine practitioner.

Discover the difference these actions described above can make.  Enjoy the art of blending. There are so many wonderful combinations with multifunctional chemical properties for many different ailments and uses.  It is lovely to receive and equally as good to apply.

Working holistically on the physical, emotional and the spirit – a wonderful adjunct to conventional treatments.

Aromatherapy for Health Workers and Carers will be held on the Sunshine Coast Campus on AUGUST 19 AND 20, 2019  



BRAVE – Back to School with Essential Oils by Susanne Turner

Is your child needing a little support going back to school or starting something new?

I graduated from Aminya Natural Therapies with a Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy and late last year released a range of  I AM bath soaks, foot soaks and Mood oils.

All products have been formulated with pure essential oils sourced from a range of excellent suppliers,  and follow a theme of I AM .. designed to encourage reflection, self awareness , self love, and discussion around the I AM’s that we are creating for ourselves.

Mood oils include – I AM Calm, I AM Free, I AM Enough, I AM Peace, I AM Beautiful, I AM Travelling, I AM Focused,  I AM Loved and I AM Sleepy.
Each bottle contains an affirmation and a reminder.

I am BRAVE mood oil has been gently formulated with children in mind and is available in a 10ml Roll on Bottle.

This perfect little back to school blend contains  Australian Jojoba oil, Australian Lavender, Frankincense and Juniper Berry and is  a gentle reminder that you or your loves ones can choose courage and be brave.  Lavender was chosen for its calming properties, Frankincense for its support with fear, insecurity and anxiety, and Juniper because energetically it encourages determination, confidence and protection.

Roll on a little on their wrists as they start the day and remind them …..


Deep Belly breathing communicates to your body that you are safe and are going to be okay, Breathe slowly and deeply. You can even count quietly in between breathes as you do this.


Shoulders back, stand tall.  You can do this.  Putting your shoulders back helps you to feel stronger and enables the deep breaths to get right down into your stomach.  Stretch if you need to.


It is okay to be scared and brave at the same time. Accept yourself for what you are feeling. Accept the situation.


It is okay to communicate to someone how you are feeling. Connect with someone who may be able to help. Your voice matters. It is also really important to be kind to yourself and to tell yourself that you are going to be okay


Feel your worries float away as you exhale.  Make your exhale  ( that’s the bit where you let your air go out of your belly) longer than the breath you take to fill up your belly)  Exhale for as long as you can. This can take practice – and that is okay too. You can do this.

Products are available on Susanne’s Website. 


From Diesel Mechanic to Body Mechanic – follow your dream career…

Words Krishna Everson

When I caught up with Jesse McKinnon he was preparing to take part in ‘Trail to Triumph’, a gruelling 250km, 3 day Ultra Marathon, to raise money for Mesothelioma cancer research. Jesse had only taken up running a year ago, but it didn’t take long for me to realise that he isn’t easily fazed by challenges, and is committed to personal growth and being a better father, husband and individual.

Jesse’s personal development journey had begun 6 years ago, after a period of extensive travel, finding love, and starting a family.

“The big catalyst for change was first meeting my wife, I wanted to be better for her and then we had our first child, was a big kicker. That’s when I realised I really wanted to have them grow up and not have a father who’s going to a job where he’s not fulfilled, and just going and getting it done, I wanted to lead by example, and do something I was actually passionate about.”

Jesse is soon to graduate from Aminya Natural Therapies Academy with a Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy, and has started his own therapy business Myosync.

I asked Jesse how he first became interested in massage. “I was looking towards something in training or therapy of some sort. I had been interested in professional boxing which was a performance thing, and I was interested in how to make things work better, because of some little injuries I had. I started reading about the body, and trying to learn how I can make myself function pain-free. I got to the point where I was reading anatomy and physiology text books for kicks and doing little online courses and stuff like that. My wife Elysha was like ‘you’re reading text books, you need to do something’. That was my aha moment. I drove past Aminya Academy and saw the building, and went and saw Denise (the Principal). I’d almost given up trying to find somewhere that was flexible, where I could also get my health fund registration to claim health rebates.” Jesse hasn’t looked back!

I asked Jesse what he thought was important for happiness.  “I think good relationships with friends but family as well. Relationship with your partner is massive, communication. I’ve also noticed since I’ve gone down the path of changing careers that it is a massive factor as well. I feel like I can’t be happy when I’m not fulfilled and purposeful in my work, where you spend most of your life.”

This article first appeared in Holistic Bliss Magazine – you can view the original article here: 

Advanced Aromatic Medicine with Ron Guba | 22-25 October, 2018

Ron Guba - Advanced Aromatic FormulationgHave you always wanted to increase your knowledge of Aromatic Medicine at an advanced level right here in Australia?

Advanced Aromatic Formulationg Guest Teacher Ron Guba will be joininging us from Monday 22 October until Thursday 25 October.

Gain yourself CPE points, do it as a workshop or take this opportunity to enrol into the accredited Aromatic Therapies Skill Set HLTSS0046.

This course is part of the Aromatic Therapies Skill Set HLTSS0046.

Why go overseas to further your training when you can do it right here in Australia and save yourself money on airfares (and jetlag), time and develop your existing Aromatherapy knowledge and business.

Overview of Advanced Aromatic Formulating

This unit provides the skills and an extensive level of knowledge of essential oils, including those suitable for ingestive purposes and also, to provide specialised aromatic medicine care for less common conditions/disease states in accordance with the age, gender and mental health needs of the client. These must be undertaken within relevant legal and regulatory requirements, such as Therapeutic Goods Administration and state/territory drugs and poisons acts and regulations.

Teaches the skills and knowledge an aromatherapist requires to identify organic and aromatic plant oil chemistry and apply it to treatments. It requires advanced knowledge of the properties and chemistry of a range of aromatic plant oils and skill in application of this knowledge for a range of purposes, conditions and treatments. Knowledge will be gained in the application of relevant legislation, workplace policies and procedures in regard to health and hygiene.

Overview of What is Taught in the Four Days

  • Concept of terrain
  • Discussion of traditional medicine systems
  • Discussion of Pierre Franchomme’s Structure & Activity Chart
  • Essential oil characteristics
  • French Approach to use of herbs & essential oils
  • Terrain Support
  • Discuss Naturopathic principals as relevant to Aromatic Medicine
  • Concept of Terrain Support with essential oils
  • Discuss whole system models:
    • Traditional Greek Medicine System
    • The Hippocratic temperaments
    • Other traditional systems
    • Neuroendocrine approach
    • Osmobiosis (Dr Daniel Penoel)
  • Aromatic Chemistry – discussion of the various chemical families found in essential oils; characteristics, therapeutic benefits, pharmacokinetics, safety considerations and essential oil examples.
  • Discuss and demonstrate:
    • Aromatic Medicine application methods + preparations
    • Ingestible preparations
    • Disper
    • Capsules
    • Tablets & Lozenges
    • Other methods: use of vegetable oils, honey, Vitamin C tablets and sprays
  • Formulating basics: working with weights and measures to prepare accurate Aromatic Medicine remedies.
    • Rectal Suppositories
    • Vaginal Application
    • Other methods of application: o Eyes, ears, nose and throat o Formulation & dosages, all considerations of application methods.
  • Q & A, review of weight calculation for preparing capsules; use of vegetable oil and various powders for capsules.
  • Discuss and demonstrate: Aromatic Medicine application methods, preparations & safe use of:
    • Eye treatments & formulation guidelines
    • Nasal treatments & formulation guidelines
    • Oral & throat treatments & formulation guidelines
    • Vaginal treatments & formulation guidelines for:
    • Vaginal pessaries
    • Use of tampons
    • Water-based douche preparations
    • Rectal treatments & formulation guidelines for:
    • Suppositories
    • Mini’ oil enemas
  • Q & A; review regarding the days topics
  • Demonstration and discussion of the aromatic perfusion technique.
    • Appropriate essentials for use and formulation examples.
    • Discussion of safety issues and contraindications for use. o
  • Discuss and demonstrate: Aromatic Medicine application methods, preparations & safe use of:
    • Inhalation therapy
  • Discussion & preparation of essential oil formulae for common disorders
  • Discussion of essential oil safety:
    • Potential drug interactions when using essential oil therapy
    • Potential contraindications with the use of essential oil therapy in various physical disorders
  • Formulation practice: Discussion of case studies in student groups
  • Q & A; review of days topics
  • Conclusion & discussion of study requirements

Advanced Aromatic Formulating

Guest Teacher: Ron Guba
Dates: Monday 22 through to Thursday 25 October, 2018 inclusive
Time: 9am until 4 pm over all 4 day
Venue: Aminya Natural Therapies Academy, Suite 6, David Low Way, Marcoola, QLD 4564
Cost: $900.
All materials provided.

If you would like to attend this course, you may phone or email (see contact details below).

A Deposit of $100 is required to hold your place (bank details are listed below).

When making a payment, please put your Surname and the letters ARF with your payment entry.

Bank: Combank A/C Name: Aminya Academy Natural Therapies BSB: 064-153 A/C: 10119175

For inquiries and bookings, please contact: Faye Marie Vyoral Days: Monday through to Thursday Time: 10am to 4.30pm (EST) Phone Number: 07 5450 5077 Email Address:


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Aminya Natural Therapies Academy Courses 2018


Aminya Natural Therapies Academy is the only College in Australia to offer the Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy and the Aromatic Skill Set!

Study At Your Own Pace – Pay As You Go

Course we offer include:

  • Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy
  • Aromatic Medicine Skill Set
  • Diploma of Reflexology
  • Certificate IV in Massage
  • Diploma of Remedial Massage
  • Diploma of Kinesiology

Government Accredited Training RTO 40815

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Are you Coughing to be Heard?

Coughing to Be Heard | Elizabeth Hughes
Irritation to the throat and lungs causes a cough as a natural healthy response to rid the body of the irritant. Most of us cough now and again, but coughing can become uncontrollable and be a sign of an infection in the airways.  Coughs can be productive in order to expel mucus, however a dry cough is non-productive.

Coughing is a wonderfully noisy condition. The whole household can hear you coughing, so this symptom can occur because we feel the need to be heard. We want attention. “Listen to me” says our cough, “I  am irritated”.

Write out the following affirmations and post them on your bathroom mirror. As you brush your teeth morning and night repeat these words to yourself:

  1. I am listened to and understood
  2. I express myself easily and clearly
  3. I have room to breathe.

Use a humidifier to keep the air moist. Even bowls of water stood around the room can help, but you will need to refill every few days as they will collect dust.

Eating the right foods can help too. Licorice tea can help make a cough more productive. Slippery elm powder in a glass of water can help a dry cough. Soups have been shown to be good for coughs, especially chicken soup. Spicy foods can have an expectorant effect.

Keep Vitamin C levels high by consuming lots of kiwis, blueberries, citrus fruits and broccoli.  And don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

Avoid dairy products  as these can encourage mucus production as can bananas, oats and wheat products in some people.  Caffeine in tea, coffee, chocolate and cola should also be avoided as they can contribute to dehydration.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Hughes is the founder of Your Body Has The Answer Pty Ltd and was Head of Progressive Kinesiology in the United Kingdom. She graduated from Warwick University in England, with a B.A. Honours degree in Psychology and Education.

As well as running a busy private health centre, teaches the nationally recognised Diploma of  Kinesiology. She is an Advanced Australian Bush Flower Essence practitioner, has studied Cranio-sacral therapy and Aromatic medicine.

She is author of the comprehensive self help books YOUR BODY HAS THE ANSWER and YOUR CHILD’S BODY HAS THE ANSWER which guide you through common health conditions and how to treat them naturally.




Essential Oils for The Cold and Flu Season

Essential Oils for Colds and Flu, woman sneezing

Each of us will suffer through the runny noses, persistent coughs or aches and pain of the cold and flu at some stage in our lives. When we are run down, we become susceptible to the dreaded lurgies and illness will always come at the most inconvenient time.

Essential Oils for Symptom Relief

Essential oils really stand out when it comes to symptom relief. They have a natural affinity with our respiratory system and have the ability to reduce congestion and thin out mucous, reduce our cough response, ease the pain of fever and kill off air borne bacteria. They can also ease that desolate feeling that only a bad snuffle can produce.

Tailor Made Aromatic Chemistry

Knowing your aromatic chemistry really pays off at times like these. We can tailor our blends to suit individual needs and use nature in a directed way. Bring out the 1,8-cineoles and feel the benefits. Cineole-rich essential oils will reduce inflammatory reactions and prevent the spread of infection. Terpene alcohols are excellent choices for chronic bronchitis. Monoterpene alcohols will be pleasantly uplifting and safe and antiseptic.

Recently I developed a very bad flu, which was lovingly passed to me from my beloved. I was stressed out, overworked and then out action for 2 weeks!

My 5 Oil Response List and How I Use Them

I have included my 5 oil response list and these choices are a mix of essential oils which I have a personal affinity for:

  1. Myrtle Myrtus communis
  2. Lemon Citrus limon
  3. Eucalyptus Eucalpytus radiata
  4. Honey Myrtle Melaleuca teretifolia
  5. Pine Pinus sylvestris

It’s possible to mix and match depending upon your situation, and I like to swap each oil synergy every 48 to 36 hours in order to avoid sensitisation. I also have found anecdotally, that by rotating my blends, their efficacy improves – or I feel a sense of improvement, at least. Let’s face it – when struck by flu, any positive mood enhancement is a plus! This is how I used my experience in Clinical Aromatherap

Myrtle Myrtus communis and Lemon Citrus limon combined at a 1& dilution for a chest rub and foot rub and applied 3 times a day for three days eases head congestion, warms the chest and soothes the cough response. I used Olive Oil out of my pantry as a base.

Eucalpytus radiata is a wonderful inhalation that eases catarrh and decongests the head. I added 3 drops to a cup of Magnesium sulphate and added it to the bath for the relief of aches and pains. As I had my flu when the weather was still warm, my choice was cooling to my body, and clearing to the mind. Inhalations significantly improved my respiratory function.

Note for Asthmatics and Small Children: Do always be careful with Eucalpytus oils though, People who have Asthma, or small children under 5 years of age should choose their oils carefully. Eucalyptus can actually be too much for some people, so start with minimal doses and work your way up if unsure.

Honey Myrtle Melaleuca teretifolia eases congestion and kills air-borne bugs. 4 to 6 drops added to a electric oil vapouriser gets rid of that ‘sick smell’ and brings a sense of freshness. Even though I was snotty and miserable and feverish, I felt clean. I find Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus will have a similar effect, even though my preference is to use the herb over the oil.

Pine Pinus sylvestris is a safe and gentle decongestant and disinfectant which contains 50 to 97% monoterpene hydrocarbons. It is suitable for prolonged use and is one of the best oils to clear cold phlegm from the lungs. Sometimes I would add this to my bath and I added drops to my Shower Gel base and used it on a face cloth in a steaming shower at night. It was less stimulating than a Eucalyptus oil, and similar in its decongestant effect.

This was my healing kit, which allowed me to sleep with only one pillow at night and without cold and flu medication. My body was able to heal itself naturally and the infection did not travel from my head. My room smelled prettier than it could have, which was an added benefit.

Choosing Your Own Essential Oil Kit

When choosing your own essential oil kit it is important to choose oils that will possess a wide range of properties. Your choices should be antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral. They should also be immunostimulants.

Rest and proper nutrition should help with the rest.

Katherine Lloyd
About the Author: Katherine Lloyd is the Principal of Aminya Academy Adelaide campus. She was a journalist before embarking on her 25 year journey learning about aromatherapy.  Her speciality lies in the mind-body aspect of essential oils. Katherine creates custom blends and botanic artisan perfumes. Her love and passion is education and empowerment. “I have humbly witnessed essential oils and botanicals support our physical bodies while simultaneously soothing our spirits. I think Aromatherapy is one of the kindest and most nurturing of all the healing modalities as a result.”



Reflexology – what is it and how can it help?

reflexology chartA lot of people ask me, what is reflexology?

Reflexology is the ancient treatment of the feet – dating back thousands of years from many cultures of greater Asia, the Middle East and Egypt. Old graphic texts show people massaging the feet of others in various ways. These texts also show various maps of the feet and the relationship to the organs and major joints of the body.

Many forms of treatment took place including massage, oils, and the use of instruments, sticks, stones, knuckles, brushes and the like.

The modern form of reflexology is similar with attention given to our soft skin as these days we tend to wear better shoes than ancient people did. It involves specific massage techniques which stimulate the reflex points of the feet in relation to the organs and joints.

What is reflexology good for?

reflexology massageApart from the obvious – (it’s great for your feet!); research studies have shown that reflexology is very effective for constipation, diarrhoea, anxiety, depression, and during uncomplicated labour to bring balance and improve efficiency of contractions.

I have also helped people with headaches/sore neck/hips/knees/back using specific reflexology points to alleviate pain and soreness from those areas. They are usually amazed at the result. The great thing is I can then teach them how to massage those points at home and continue the treatment for themselves.

Students of reflexology are surprised with wonder at how effective reflexology is when they are learning and experiencing it for themselves on a regular basis.

Reflexology is a mostly gentle, non-invasive way to treatment many common complaints of pain and discomfort without the use of drugs. That’s why more people are interested in learning more about it.

Kirsty Newbery - Aminya AcademyAbout the author:

Kirsty teaches reflexology for Aminya Academy

Kirsty is an experienced therapist and teacher with a studio business in Strathpine called Caring Cottage.

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