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About our Courses: Career Programs, Diplomas, Certificates

Students who attend the Canadian Institute of Natural Health and Healing will enjoy three program levels;

  • Career Programs (Diploma and Certificate Programs)
  • Certificate Courses 
  • Individual Courses.

The following descriptions will give you a better understanding of the advantages of each:

1) Career Programs: Diploma and Certificate

After completing any of our diploma and all of our certificate programs you will be able to get a business license. All of these programs have four or more courses in them. The more knowledge and versatility you have, the more likely you are to receive a job. Our career programs focus on the following natural health professions and spa professions.

You can add extra individual courses to a career program to receive more then one diploma or certificate without having to repeat courses or to pay again.

An example would be, if you where taking the Wholisitc Practitioner and would like to also have the Natural Health Practitioner Diploma. It would only cost an extra $800.00 for the extra seven courses. See our complete courses list.

Diploma Programs

Defined As: "A document conferring some honor or privilege, esp. one recording successful completion of a course of academic study." Student loans accepted.

Our diploma programs have been designed for job likeliness.

Benefits of our Diploma Programs

  • Well rounded training to offer potential employers.
  • Employers appreciate versatility of a Diploma student.
  • Each program has individual certificates that are given also with the Diploma.
  • Greater and more extensive education.
  • Visually impressive - a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • Higher academic standards (90% passing grade required).
  • Better job opportunities.
  • Faster completion.
  • More confidence for the student.

2) Certificate Programs:

Defined As: "A written statement attesting some fact, esp. the status and qualifications of the person holding it."  Student loans not accepted.

Benefits of our Certificate Courses

  • Clients can have confidence that their practitioner has the proper training.
  • Able to receive a business licence and insurance
  • Professionally recognized worldwide.
  • Credibility.
  • High academic standards (80% passing grade).

Courses we offer that are certificates (All need Anatomy/Physiology, Business and Pathology)

See our complete courses list.

3) Individual Courses:

A student can also take one course at a time. Student loans not accepted and no certificate is granted.

Benefits of our Individual Courses

  • Price is the same as Diploma program - courses are paid one at a time.
  • Student has a longer duration time; each course is on its own.
  • Freedom of choosing what you want to learn.
  • Ability to enhance your knowledge as time and money allows.
  • All courses are credited towards certificates or diplomas.
  • Clients can have confidence that their practitioner has the proper training.

Courses we offer

All the certificate courses are listed in certificates plus:

See our complete courses list.

Extra Information on Massage and Aromatherapy:

The many different types of massage...

You may have had a massage and wondered why it hurt so much, and the one you had done months ago did not?

The answer to this is simple. Every practitioner has had different training, and has different hand pressure (softer to very firm). There is also a difference between a Spa Massage Practician and a Massage Therapist.

1. What does a masseuse/massage therapist do?
There is a big difference between a Massage Therapist and a Spa Massage Practician or Day spa massage.

A Massage Therapist goes to school for two years and can have client's claim the massage on extend health insurance. The Therapist will decide the best action to help the client heal and will perform 30 minute to 1 hour long session. He / she will work on the specific area that is having issues and usually one to two other affiliated areas on the body. The client may come for weeks to years for treatment.

The practitioner is governed by an Association that regulates the rules and guidelines the Massage Practitioner has to follow. All modalities that a Massage Therapist offers must be approved by the association. Energy work, hypnosis, chakra healing, holistic counselling or any intuitive work is not allowed to be offered in the same practitioners practice.

The Massage Therapist has a very specific deep pressure and can cause pain and/or bruising to re-align the muscle fibers. He / she hardly ever give a full body relaxation massage.

Spa Massage Practician or massages performed in many Day Spas are more focused on relaxation and the client has a full one hour session. The session will usually proceed as follows: Back, back of legs, front of legs, stomach, arms/hands, shoulders and end with face and head. The spa practitioner goes to school for 4 to 8 months to learn many different types of massages and holistic healing methods.

Spa Massage should never hurt anyone, and most clients leave in a state of rejuvenation and relaxation. The Spa Practitioner can vary between many different types of massages; Hot Stone, Swedish, European Lymph Drainage, Deep Tissue, Chair and Chakra to name a few.

2. Are there different types of massage/therapists? If so, what are some of the main differences?
See above

3. What kind of person/personality is best suited to this job?
The practitioner needs to love hands on work, standing for long periods of time, caring and sensitive to each person's needs.

4. What are the main challenges associated with being a massage therapist?
For men, it would be the fear of a strange man touching them.
Women, it is the extras some men are asking for.

5. Are most massage therapists paid an hourly rate? What, on average, does a massage therapist make per hour in Canada?
If working for themselves, the rate is $65- $125 per hour for either type of massage personal.
Hourly wage;  -Massage Therapist $12.00/hr and up (usually no tips)
                     -Spa Massage $10.25/hr to half the rate charged (plus tips)

6. How many hours a week does the average massage therapist work?
-Massage Therapist usually no more than four days a week (the stress of hand pressure of deep tissue the Massage Therapist work life is on average ten years.

-Spa Massage five days /week and can be in the occupation for many, many years. He /she usually will never wear out the wrists, due to the fact that they are using a lighter pressure and doing other types of modalities.

7. In what types of settings/businesses do massage therapists typically work?
Massage therapists tend to have a more health related image (but can have the spa image).
Spa Massage tend to have a exotic or relaxation look to the room and environment.

8. Is self-employment possible as a massage therapist?
In most cases both type of massage practitioners are self employed.

9. What type of training is needed to become a massage therapist in Canada (i.e., what does training involve, how long does training typically take to complete, what is the cost, on average, of training)?
-Massage therapists costs are approximately $30,000 and up plus living expenses
-Spa Massage costs are $3000 – 10,000 for a few months plus living expenses

Depending on what type of work environment you are looking for, and what other modalities you want to offer your clients, should be why you choose one title over the other.

The main types of Massages used by a; Day Spa or Spa Massage Practician, Natural Health / (W)Holistic Practitioner or Musclologist are:

  • Aroma Scalp Massage
    Specific Techniques, taught to use on the head and scalp, a personalized therapeutic blend of Essential oils are blended to stimulate your senses.
  • Athletic Massage
    Using the techniques taught in the Swedish Massage course, a practitioner combines specific moves on specific muscle groups for each individual sport.
  • Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
    Using the techniques taught in the Deep Tissue Massage course a practitioner combines specific moves on the back, neck and shoulders.
  • Breast Massage
    Specific techniques & moves for the purpose of lymphatic drainage. Excellent for cancer patients or preventative medicine.
  • Chair Massage
    The client is clothed and usually sitting in a specially designed chair. This massage can be done using Swedish Massage moves, though usually taught using the Shiatsu pressure points.
  • Deep Tissue Massage
    The practitioner is using approximately a 9 to 10 pound pressure while massaging the client for the purpose of muscle, fascia and connective tissue manipulation. Can be very painful for the client.
  • European Lymph Drainage Massage
    This is a very specific massage taught to help drain the lymphatic system. Excellent for pre-post surgery, weight loss, relaxation and after competition sports.
  • European Lymph Drainage Massage with Aromatherapy
    Just adding therapeutic essential oils to the carrier used in the massage to help boost energy, natural healing or to uplift the spirits. Pressure is at approximately 2 pounds. 
  • Hot Stone Massage
    The ultimate relaxation massage, using heated basalt (lava) stones! But be careful, this massage has contra-indications (cannot use if you have some medical issues – if you can be in a hot tub submerged for twenty minutes, you should be able to have this massage).
  • Pregnancy Massage
    A wonderful massage to do on a pregnant woman, during her whole pregnancy. Relief of muscle aches and pain, cramping, swelling, the carrier oils help to prevent stretch marks.
  • Swedish Massage
    We call this a muscle massage; it is used to stimulate the body to have more energy and to help relax those aching muscles. Pressure is at about 4 pounds.
  • Swedish Massage - Advanced
    Is taking the Swedish Massage pre-knowledge of the individual massage techniques taught in the first level, and combing them with the other course knowledge you have learnt; Muscle Testing, Table Shiatsu and European Lymph Drainage massage.
  • Table Shiatsu
    Not really considered a massage, the client is clothed and lying down on a massage table for the entire session. It is excellent for improving flexibility and balancing the body's meridian system. The practitioner uses Chinese Medicine's knowledge of finger pressure (acupressure).

There are many Spa Practitioners working all over the world, in Spa's, Hotels, health or fitness centers, cruise ships or owning their own small private business. Most sessions are approximately an hour in time and usually priced between $40.00 to $200.00, depending on if it is a private business or a large fancy hotel chain (average price seems to be around the $60.00 - $80.00 range). If you call one of the schools and be a student case study (client for a new student learning) the price is about $29.00 for the session. Look a sap practitioner up in the yellow pages under: massage services, schools, technical or trade, or Day Spas (some advertise under Beauty Salons).

A professional Spa Practitioner has graduated from an accredited college; training is anywhere from six months to a couple of years (depending on how many types of massages they know how to perform). A graduate can prove their training with their certificates they have received. Spa Practitioners usually ask you to fill out a client health form to make sure they are addressing your issues.

No matter what type of massage that you are having, the results should be beneficial for your mind, body or spirit...relaxed muscles, extra energy, uplifted spirits and best of all your body should feel balanced.

Spa massage is great for everyone, anytime of the year; spring, summer, fall or winter!

Aromatherapy Certificates we offer:

  • Aromatherapist (Aromatherapy / Essential Oil Program)
    This extensive Aromatherapist certificate course and program is designed for anyone seeking an Aromatherapy career and professionally working knowledge as an Aromatherapist or Essential Oil Therapist. Contained within this course are 70 Aromatherapy essential oils, blends, carrier oils, perfumery and lotions, the therapeutic effects, basic study of chemistry, European Lymph Drainage Massage and clinic management necessary for Aromatherapy. After completing all program requirements students may apply for their BC Registered Aromatherapist RA or Essential Oil Therapist EOT from the association.
    Five courses make up this certificate:
    • Aromatherapy –Standard
    • European Lymph Drainage Massage
    • Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology
    • Introduction to Business
    • Introduction to Pathology
  • Aromatherapy – Standard
    This Aromatherapy course is designed for anyone who would like to be professionally working with the knowledge of Essential oils. Our Aromatherapy training provides the students with a well-rounded education in this fascinating and dynamic subject.
    You will be learning basic study of chemistry, 70 essential oils, blends, carrier oils, perfumery and lotions, the therapeutic effects and clinic management necessary for Aromatherapy.
    Four courses make up this certificate:
    • Aromatherapy –Standard
    • Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology
    • Introduction to Business
    • Introduction to Pathology
  • Advanced Aromatherapy – Chemical
    Aromatherapy is known to have active molecules (anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-fungal to name a few) that are easily absorbed through our skin, and will boost and aid our immune system to destroy, dis-ease. You will be learning a new way of how to blend aromatherapy essential oils, using the best choice of the chemical constituents from the client's Therapeutic Cross Referencing and Health chart. This process will inform you of the highest percentage of active chemistry in the essential oils (aromatherapy), that you will be able to use in a blend for the client's particular issues
    *Pre-requisite is the Aromatherapy- Standard or Aromatherapist Certificate
  • Aromatherapy Scalp Massage
    This Aromatherapy Scalp Massage is performed only on the Face, Head and Neck. You will be using a therapeutic aromatherapy (essential oil) blend for inhalation and topical use while performing the scalp massage. This is a great half hour scalp massage to perform alone or blend with your other styles of massages.
    *Pre-requisite is the Aromatherapist Certificate
  • Chakra Stone Technique
    This course is designed to use your previous knowledge of energy balancing, hot stones and aromatherapy in a special way, while the client is clothed. Designed to be extremely relaxing yet mentally and motivational invigorating.
    *Pre-requisite are the Aromatherapy -Standard Certificate, Energy Balancing Level 1 and Hot Stone Massage
  • Floraopathy
    Is a Vibrational Energy Healing method using aromatherapy essential oils in a unique way, of a diluted blending that is administered by a drop under the tongue, as a spritzer, in the bath, and as a cream; great for Emotional and Spiritual issues.
    *Pre-requisite are the Aromatherapist Certificate and Aromatherapy- Chemical
  • Therapeutic Cross Referencing Charting
    This program is designed for a practitioner who already has working knowledge of Aromatherapy. Learn a new technique for blending essential oils.
    *Pre-requisite is a certificate accepted by the BCAOA association (note: this course is part of the Aromatherapy- Standard or Aromatherapist Certificate)

If you have any more questions about our courses or credits then please Contact our College.