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from the 16th seminar.
I was surprised to find that my previous impression concerning aromatherapy
was considerably different from what I have learned in this seminar.
Before talking about aromatherapy I should mention that I am just
a pet owner and I was worried about not being able to follow the
was that the participants were not using the aroma shampoo for pets.
They do not have any particular problems but they are learning about
this at the seminar, which is quite different from my case.
I attended the
seminar to apply the methods I would learn about aromatherapy right
away, but I felt that aroma should not be used lightly. Personally,
I wanted a confirmation by touching the model dog. If I think about
the stress of the dog, maybe that would be the limit. I thought
that a smaller sized type of seminar might be a good system, where
participants could bring their own dogs.
of chemistry is difficult for me, so I need to study more about
it. And, I would like to join the follow-up lectures, if any. When
I gave my dog a patch test using the multipurpose blend oils made
during the practical session, he fell asleep in 3 minutes. The effect
was significant. S.A., Tokyo. Note:The
participant suddenly wanted to learn about aroma and attended the
seminar, after her dog’s symptom had improved by AromaVet shampoo.
She had never had any previous knowledge of aroma, but her marks
in the qualification test were first class and at the top level.
Several years ago I attended a practical course of pet aromatherapy.
I began suffering from a strong headache when we were making blended
oils, especially using Lavender oil, I felt dizzy just as if I were
developing anemia. Ever since then, essential oils were not for
me, and also my dear dog did not like the blended oil I prepared
to repel insects. However, nothing like that happened in this seminar.
I learned there were various qualities and that some oils were dangerous
to animals. I would like to let other pet owners know about this
kind of illuminating information. I saw that there was a big difference
in levels of the participants, and so it would be helpful if, before
the seminar, information or references could be given concerning
any textbooks to acquire some minimum basic knowledge or preliminary
study regarding the subjects to be presented. K.M., Part-time
University Instructor, Tokyo.
The contents of the lecture were far more productive than I had expected.
Although I thought as a certified instructor I had knowledge of aroma
to a certain degree, at this seminar I had exposure to new information
and shocking facts, learning a lot more about aromatherapy. This seminar
covers lectures for pets, but there are many areas that are common
to human aromatherapy in respect of safety and usage. Areas that I
had doubt about have been clarified. I am not a pet owner, but I attended
the seminar, just hoping that additional value could be added to my
own scholastic education. But, just for chemistry of essential oils,
pharmacological properties and adverse effects alone, it was well
worth attending. I could also learn about the safe use of aroma for
animals needless to say, important factors, when we live with companion
animals. There are many technical contents and terminology's, and
I still lack understanding in many areas. However, I intend to read
the textbook thoroughly, and participate in subsequent classes if
possible. I am very satisfied, and have no particular requests. The
only thing maybe that clearer dark and larger writing on the blackboard
would be helpful. I hope also that English technical words are given
Japanese translations. S.M., AEAL Aromatherapy Instructor, Tokyo.
“Aromatherapy for cats can be harmful.” This sentence
encouraged me to attend the seminar. I was surprised to find that
the level of the seminar was very high for me, a cat owner, with only
a slight acquaintance with aromatherapy. However, the instructors
gave explanations why it is harmful, and it was convincing, and they
provided information sincerely and truthfully that was quite satisfactory.
Since I have a cat, I wonder how I can practice aromatherapy. The
knowledge I acquired at the seminar can be applied to my work, and
I hope that I can help to promote the right information about aromatherapy.
Y.K., Designer, Chiba.
became interested in aromatherapy, knowing that my new employment
from April would be dealing with aroma products. When I asked an instructor
of a specialist school, he told me about the seminar conducted by
Mr. and Mrs. Tanabe and this time I took the course. At the beginning,
as a beginner in the field, I was a bit worried, since the other participants
attending were all professionals, veterinarians and aroma therapists.
But, at the end, I was lucky to have attended the course by the instructors,
from my early stage of almost ignorance about the subject. I have
still much more to learn, but I will try to pass on correct knowledge
to the people around me. And, I will definitely recommend this seminar.
For this reason, I will try to collect the right information, so that
I may become a good animal aroma therapist. Y.M., Technical School
contents of the seminar were quite technical, but I learned a lot
of interesting subjects. I had studied aromatherapy before, but it
was the first time I had received such profound knowledge and information.
New information and background stories were so fascinating that it
was essential for me to know such information to be able to use such
knowledge for my future activity. It was difficult for me to follow
the lectures, but if I attend the follow-up ones I would like to deepen
my study. I am neither a vet nor an aroma specialist, but I hope to
continue to be active to benefit animals and am looking forward to
attending follow-up courses. K.M., Tokyo.
do not have any technical knowledge about animals, and I thought it
might be helpful if you could offer separate courses such as physiology,
anatomy and pathology. I think the course contents should be beneficial,
not only for pet lovers, needless to say, but also for more field
veterinarians. One of the reasons why I took this seminar was in fact
to introduce aromatherapy to my fellow veterinary colleagues and as
a result, I will certainly be able to provide them with the helpful
information I acquired at the seminar. K.K., Therapist/University
dear dog had been suffering from troubles that became manifest early
on, and I was wondering if I could somehow cure him using physiotherapy
or aromatherapy within my own professional activities. Although I
know essential oils are effective, I could not use aroma for my dog,
since I continued to feel uneasy about doing this, asking myself the
following questions and doubts. “Are the effects the same for
both humans and dogs?” “Can essential oils be used for dogs
having different physiology and metabolism from those of humans?”
“What should I do if this only aggravates the situation? All
these doubts and questions were clarified in this seminar. Bioavailability
of drugs, relation with oxygen, metabolism and detoxifying, all these
subjects that I wanted to know about were central to the contents.
Actual cases were also reported, but I think failures including ineffectiveness
(discussion on reasons) should also be introduced. S.N., Aroma
Therapist, Saitama. Note: Cases of failure
were also introduced by photos in the seminar, such as allergy developed
by essential oils. Essential oils and hydrosols have an intense pharmacological
effect, and the symptom improves hour by hour. But the usable cases
are limited. You will recall that in the seminar we discussed how
to deal with relapsing cases. Aroma cannot solve everything. In case
any irregularities are seen in animals, diagnosis at an animal hospital
and effective application of aroma is recommended.
taking this seminar, I had heard that a generous application of essential
oils for cats and dogs is dangerous, but did not know why. In the
seminar I learned not only about the effects, but also the risk of
essential oils, and it also became clear why this risk differs depending
on the animal species. I will instruct my students to use essential
oils only after having acquired correct knowledge. S.E., Instructor
at Veterinary Technician School, Gunma Pref.
had various doubts and worries about caring for animals. At the animal
hospital where I was working, I saw an old dog not responding to antibiotics
and a complex infection developed, a case of infection in the perianal
region treated with medical A, a dog with ticks and skin infection
treated with tea tree oil to reduce itching, and so on. Naturally
there were many successful cases, but the heavy use of drugs without
proper knowledge always troubled me. As aging advances in the world
of animals, alternative treatment will become more necessary in the
future, instead of depending on drugs. That is the reason why I decided
to get more information at the seminar. The contents were so informative
and helpful. I realized how profound a subject aroma is. O.M.,
Veterinarian, Chiba Pref.
duration of the seminar is short just for 4 days, but it was so rich
in content. I had access to aroma as my hobby, and had a chance to
read the separate supplement (Animal Aromatherapy Practical Course
in a Journal of Veterinary Medicine). Even a beginner like myself
could understand the lecture, which covers all comprehensive knowledge
from all angles for applying aromatherapy to animals. These 4 days
were so meaningful and passed so quickly. I hope follow-up courses
and follow-up seminars will be provided. I attended the seminar hoping
that the instructors who are vets could teach only truthful and academic
information with a scientific background, since veterinary medicine
cannot be excluded. It was far more superior in content than I had
expected, and I sent a mail right away to tell my vet friends of this.
Explanations from the point of view of chemistry and components were
very interesting. The style of lecture was ideal for me as a vet.
Not just telling that “essential oils may be harmful for cats”,
it gave reasons and dealt with the mechanism of metabolism of the
body of a cat. Because of this, all explanations were fully convincing
and clearly understood. Y.Y., Veterinarian, Chiba Pref.
am delighted to have passed the qualification test and I am very
happy and very proud to have been accepted as a member of the Japan
Animal Aromatherapy Association! It’s definitely the most wonderful
Christmas present for me and I am looking forward to receiving the
I do realize
this is only the very beginning and I do have a lot more to learn.
I am very lucky to have you as an instructor and I would like to
thank you very, very much for all your help and for teaching me
the first steps in becoming an animal aromatherapist.
C. Monfrère, aromatherapist, Belgium.
| I have enjoyed my intense exploration of the material provided.
Many thanks for your considered explanations. At some point I could
help you write the exam for an English speaker- a simpler way would be
to ask if the statement is True or False, that might make it less open
Dr.Barbara Fougère, Veterinarian, Australia.
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