The Power of Aromatherapy

by Liz Dose, Clinical Aromatherapist, Cht, LC “Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived. The odors of fruits waft me to my southern home, to my childhood frolics in the peach orchard. Other odors, instantaneous and fleeting, cause my heart to dilate joyously or contract with remembered grief. Even as I think of smells, my nose is full of scents that start to awake sweet memories of summers gone and ripening fields far away.”Helen Keller Since the dawn of time humans have been under the spell of perhaps the most mysterious of the senses – the sense of smell. Our ancestors relied heavily on this gift to find food, detect a predator in the area or alert them of a nearby fire. But on another level, our sense of smell has blessed us with the ability to experience … Read More

Aromatherapy for Healing Pain

What is a aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes.Essential oils are the plant’s “life blood”, as they protect the plant from infection, attract pollinators, repel harmful predators, and assist the plant in healing and repair. The term aromatherapy is a bit of a misnomer as the essential oils are not used solely by inhaling them. Essential oils are used aromatically (inhaled), topically (applied to the skin),and some use the oils internally (orally, pessaries, douches, suppositories). The use of essential oils has been around for centuries. Pictographs have been found in Egyptian tombs along with vats of expensive oils such as Frankincense. Throughout history and across cultures, the use of essential oils for health purposes has been recorded. Essential oils have many therapeutic properties based on the plant’s chemical components. Commonly essential oils are bactericidal, antiviral, immune supportive, and analgesic. Dr Jean Valnet , a French … Read More


Program Courses – What’s this? Learn Aromatherapy On-campus – Certificate of Excellence – 100 hours – Tuition Southwest Institute of Healing Arts’ comprehensive 100-hour Aromatherapy Certificate of Excellence educates students on the vast therapeutic properties of various essential oils, including the differences between true and synthetic oils and substances, methods of extraction, appropriate applications, and how to correctly blend selected oils for desired health outcomes. As you begin to study the many types of trees, flowers, grasses, and herbs, you will gain a broader perspective and respect for plants and their precious healing properties. This creative therapy is often used in combination with other holistic therapies such as massage, energy work, hypnotherapy or any other mind/body modality to improve physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. When used by a properly trained practitioner, these potent, aromatic oils are known to provide remarkable health benefits based on the effect they have on all … Read More

Online CEU’s By Hours

How to register for classes At SWIHA, we make registration simple – you can register online, by phone at (480) 994-9244, or stop by the Student Services office in Tempe, Arizona. Start your journey with us today! To register online, click on the class below. Hours Course Name NCBTMB Approved CEUs 16 AR 133-OL – Flower Essences ONLINE   16 RF 150-OL – Toe Reading – Reflexology Assessment I – Elemental Online   20 AR 100-OL – Aromatherapy – Intro ONLINE   40 AR 121-OL – Aroma-Auriculotherapy ONLINE  

On Campus CEU’s By Hours

How to register for classes At SWIHA, we make registration simple – you can register online, by phone at (480) 994-9244, or stop by the Student Services office in Tempe, Arizona. Start your journey with us today! To register online, click on the class below. Hours Course Name NCBTMB Approved CEUs 4 AR 109 – Aromatherapy – Ginger Compress   4 AR 300 – Aromatherapy – Toning & DeTox   4 TE 143 – Breast Health I   4 TE 144 – Breast Health II   4 EL 600 – Canine Massage   4 EL 220 – Face-Lift Acupressure   4 OE 320 – Hand & Wrist Health Maintenance   4 RF 575 – Reflexology – Hand for Bodyworkers   5 MT 540 – Comprehensive CPR   6 BC 110 – SOAP Notes   7 MT 520 – First Aid   8 AR 125 – Aromatherapy – Essential Oil Hydrating … Read More

Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner Online

Build a profitable private practice as an integrative healing arts practitioner…from the comfort of your home! Diploma – 750 hours View Program Course No matter where you live or how busy your daily life, online learning offers you the freedom and flexibility needed to pursue and obtain an integrative healing arts education. Our online Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner Diploma is focused on teaching you proven wellness tools, introducing mind-body-spirit balance to your life, and preparing you to meet the needs of those you will ultimately serve. Transformational Life Coaching, Holistic Entrepreneurship, and Transpersonal Psychology. Gain introductory experience with such mind-body healing modalities as aromatherapy, aroma-auriculotherapy, flower essences, toe reading and soul coaching. Then, with your new found clarity of heart and mind, select your specializations and begin the work of building the foundations of your future business. On-Campus Option Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of … Read More

Massage Therapy CEU

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) offers a wide range of CEU classes to help you meet necessary license requirements. Our Massage Therapy courses range from 4 to 60 credit hours and include Aromatherapy, Cranial Unwinding, Medical Massage, Myotherapy, Polarity, *Reflexology, Reiki, Breast Health, Corporate Chair, and more. Many of these classes are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). We also offer several online CEU courses for out-of-state students or those who desire the flexibility of online study. *Final approval of Massage CEU is determined by the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy — We encourage you to check with them directly if you have any questions about a course being approved. All CEUs offered by SWIHA are designed with the same care and attention as our certificate, diploma, and degree courses. As always, our focus is on honoring our mission, vision, and values, … Read More

Reflexology ~ Ancient Foundations and Modern Applications

‘This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home’ is a rhyme we hear as children, playfully explaining the significance of each toe. While the elementary explanation may be a little nebulous, the concept that each toe represents something is true from the point of view of reflexology. Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflex points in the feet, hands, and ears which directly correspond to every part and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflex points by a skilled practitioner’s hands, along with the use of tools, lotions and aromatherapy, tension and dis-ease can be relieved or eliminated. Practices resembling reflexology can be traced as far back as 2450 BC to ancient petroglyphs on the walls of an Egyptian tomb. In fact, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, wrote about the curative effects of this modality. … Read More

Marci DeBord: Serving Mind, Body, Soul, & Spirit

Marci DeBord was divinely led to the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA). “After asking for guidance from the Creator to assist and guide me to the answers I sought, I was directed to SWIHA.” During her time at SWIHA, Marci experienced a beautiful transformation — she discovered an occupation and passion that she feels privileged and honored to be doing. Marci first enrolled in the Mind Body Wellness Practitioner program and right before she completed the program she felt led to complete the Mind Body Transformational Psychology Associates program, which she graduated from April 2015. Through-out each program she maintained a 4.0 grade average, was passionate for each class. “From each class I learned valuable information for self-transformation and how to successfully guide others. What stands out the most would be the complete acceptance of myself and my abilities, and how to effectively serve others for their highest good.” … Read More

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