The field of holistic, or alternative, medicine is growing very rapidly. In most any town or city, you will find people who practice some form of holistic therapy. In Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for example, which is a town which was founded on the healing therapies of its springs, you will find a wide variety of holistic practitioners, such as massage therapists, herbalists, hypnotherapists, and naturopaths. The people who practice holistic therapies are doing so because they completed some sort of holistic studies.
Holistic studies was, at one time, not regulated by the states, but today most forms of holistic studies are regulated by the states as many forms of holistic medicine requires licensure. These include acupuncture, massage therapy, hypnotherapy, chiropractic, natural aesthetics, Chinese medicine and herbs, holistic nursing, midwifery, and some forms of natural physical therapy.
How to Begin Holistic Studies
Before choosing a course of holistic studies, it's important that you investigate the school, making sure that the program in holistic studies you are wishing to pursue is accredited (if necessary). Also, you will want to make sure the program in holistic studies you are wishing to pursue will prepare you for the state licensure exam where you want to practice, if this is applicable.
The first decision you must make is the type of holistic studies you wish to pursue. One of the considerations for the type of holistic studies program you wish to take might depend on the time you will need to spend in the program. The holistic studies programs for herbalists and midwifery, for example, could only take from a few weeks to a few months. The holistic studies for massage therapists could take from nine months to two years, while the holistic studies programs for nursing, acupuncturists, and chiropractors will take a few years to pursue.
Some schools will allow you to take at least part of their holistic studies programs online, but may require you to complete labs or other hands-on training on campus or at a licensed and approved clinic or spa. Many schools do offer financial aid for their courses in holistic studies.
Holistic studies programs can earn you a diploma, certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, or in the case of chiropractic, a doctorate.
The Types of Jobs You Can Obtain After Completing Holistic Studies
After you decide the course of holistic studies that you want to pursue, you will be able to find these types of jobs in the holistic field: homeopathic practitioner, holistic nutritionist, personal trainer, aroma therapist, colonic therapist, energy healer, feng shui practitioner, hydro therapist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, Chinese medicine (herbs) practitioner, chiropractor, herbalist, holistic health practitioner, hypnotherapist, kinesiologist, osteopathic doctor, reflexologist, yoga or Thai chi instructor, and naturopathic practitioner.