Aromatherapy Education and Training Center Launches in New York, MASSAGE MagazineNew York, NY. The New York Institute of Aromatherapy is New York City’s first education center to offer premiere professional level training in Aromatherapy. The certificate program begins Sept. 28, 2013.

The New York Institute of Aromatherapy’s (NYIA) mission is to offer innovative and inspiring professional level education in aromatherapy, while advocating for natural beauty and body care.

Introductory and advanced level courses provide students with the required training to become nationally certified aromatherapists, and also offer licensed massage therapists, health care professionals, yoga and Pilates teachers, estheticians and other wellness experts National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)-approved continuing education units (CEUs) to expand their skills and knowledge.

NYIA is an approved partner school with The East West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies and teaches their highly acclaimed and nationally recognized curriculum. Students who complete all course requirements will earn a certificate of completion of professional training in accordance with the regulations and standards of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Continuing education hours are approved by the NCBTMB.

“It’s time New York City had a place where locally based organic beauty business owners, yoga teachers, massage therapists and health care providers can receive top level training in aromatic studies and be nationally recognized as certified and/or registered aromatherapists,” says NYIA’s Executive Director Amy Galper.

Why study aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is slated to be one of the fastest-growing healing modalities in the 21st century. In recent years, the study of aromatic plants has gained in popularity and has been noticeably integrated into the treatment of stress-related disorders and complementary care. Spas, yoga studios, pilates centers, health clubs and even hotels and department stores are all experiencing the benefits of incorporating the use of essential oils.

Professional opportunities

Studying aromatic plants and earning a professionally recognized certificate in aromatherapy can offer graduates a variety of career options to be competitive in today’s growing wellness industry:

  • Aromatherapy or aromatic consultant
  • Business owner
  • Aromatherapy writer
  • Spa consultant/practitioner
  • Retail specialist
  • Aromatherapy educator
  • Integrative health care practitioner
  • Product designer
  • Hospice/palliative care

About Amy Galper

Amy Galper, Cert. A.T., is executive director of the NYIA. Galper has been passionately engaged with essential oils and natural beauty for more than 12 years. She is the owner of Buddha Nose, an award-winning yoga-inspired brand of mind-body-beauty products and has been a strong and visible advocate for safe, toxic-free beauty and body care products.

In addition to running her product-based business, Galper has produced and curated a series of interactive pop-up shops called The Yoga Beauty Bar that not only showcased and celebrated unique artisan organic beauty brands, but also incorporated educational panels and workshops to inspire and empower women to make more conscious beauty choices.

In addition to her training in Aromatherapy, Galper is also a shiatsu practitioner with a private practice in New York City.