Profession complementary therapist

Complementary therapists use a range of complementary and alternative therapies to work simultaneously with the clients` body, mind, and spirit in a holistic approach. They offer practices and services for holistic wellbeing, health maintenance, health education, health promotion and prevention of illness, along with the sustainable treatment of certain illnesses, especially chronic illnesses. Their practices include but are not limited to acupuncture, aromatherapy, banotherapy, homeopathy, and herbal medicine.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Social

Knowledge

  • Human physiology

    The science of the mechanical, physical, bioelectrical and biochemical functions of humans, their organs and cells in good health.

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

Skills

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Follow-up on healthcare users' treatment

    Review and evaluate the progress of the prescribed treatment, taking further decisions with the healthcare users and their carers.

  • Develop therapeutic relationships

    Maintain the individual therapeutic relationship to engage the individual's innate healing capacities, to achieve active collaboration in the health education and healing process and to maximise the potential of healthy change.

  • Maintain work area cleanliness

    Keep the working area and equipment clean and orderly.

Optional knowledge and skills

reiki prepare oils conduct a homeopathic consultation prescribe exercises study topics marketing principles offer advice on diet-related concerns employ foreign languages for health-related research communicate with customers neurophysiology therapeutic massage ensure safety of exercise environment characteristics of plants listen actively apply deep tissue massage obtain healthcare user's medical status information relaxation techniques prepare exercise session collect healthcare user's general data maintain healthcare user data confidentiality monitor stock level types of spa complementary and alternative medicine etiopathy fasciatherapy archive healthcare users' records pedagogy interact with healthcare users advise on healthy lifestyles movement techniques apply a holistic approach in care kinesiology ensure proper appointment administration chemistry reflexology manage supplies special needs education biomedicine process medical insurance claims apply massage oil reflect on practice sterilization techniques psychology use communication techniques behavioural disorders general medicine manage healthcare users' data record healthcare users' progress related to treatment work in a multicultural environment in health care discuss the medical history of the healthcare user first aid pathologies treated by acupuncture balneotherapy pharmacology multi-professional cooperation in health care promote homeopathy breathing techniques types of essential oils attend to sophrology clients communicate professionally with colleagues in other fields inform clients of healthy lifestyle benefits demonstrate professional attitude to clients undertake healthcare examination deal with emergency care situations train employees consultation employ foreign languages in care massage theory provide preparation for childbirth spa products record healthcare users' billing information promote mental health older adults' needs traditional chinese medicine monitor patient's health condition apply business acumen promote inclusion acupuncture methods empathise with the healthcare user iridology apply context specific clinical competences accept own accountability communicate effectively in healthcare ayurveda medicine use e-health and mobile health technologies comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice be in touch with your body energy therapy pathology vojta therapy apply organisational techniques massage types advise on healthcare users' informed consent behavioural therapy clinical psychological treatment give shiatsu massages manage staff advise on mental health skin types apply massage therapy types of aromatherapy treatments apply acupuncture develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship health care system promote healthy lifestyle observe healthcare users work in multidisciplinary health teams apply aromatherapy safely instruct about fitness provide health psychological advice kinetics conduct physical examinations oversee spa maintenance administrative tasks in a medical environment auriculotherapy electrical stimulation in acupuncture undertake clinical audit tai chi educate on the prevention of illness composition of diets sell services health care legislation dietetics sell products biology homeopathy refer healthcare users prepare sophrology session work with chemicals comply with legislation related to health care shiatsu identify customer's needs sophrology sport and exercise medicine supervision of persons deliver sophrology exercises play therapy conduct cupping therapy identify energetic meridians applied kinesiology osteopathy develop personalised massage plan counsel healthcare users on medicines phytotherapy acupressure promote balance between rest and activity monitor patients' progress related to treatment give massages prescribe topical therapy homeopathy remedies follow clinical guidelines select acupuncture points provide health education direct movement experiences