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Events & Webinars

All the webinars listed are FREE to all IFA registered therapists to support them in their continual professional development (CPD). Previous webinar recordings can be accessed in the members area and are typically 1-2 hours with a Q&A. If you are not a member of the IFA but would like to access our webinars you are welcome to join us as a friend member by clicking here. 

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Aromatherapy and Women's Mental Health with Pam Conrad

Pam will touch upon the promising evidence base and clinical findings from her 20+years experience. For example her, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Aromatherapy research study showed significant positive results. In 2019, "Women's Health Aromatherapy evidence based guidebook for nurses, midwives and therapists". Published in August 2023, "Aromatherapy and Women's Mental Health" which will be the focus of the webinar.

Scar Massage Webinar with Emma Holly, Educator and Clinical Scar Specialist

Scar tissue has physical characteristics which are not the same as pre-injury tissue, and the influence of a problematic scar, or scar adhesions, through the fascial tissue can have far reaching affects. Psychologically, scars can have a powerful impact, a place where they hold emotions relating to a traumatic event. In this talk we will explore the impact of scars from a massage perspective and the benefit of hands-on treatment.

UK Conference & Annual General Meeting of IFA Members

We are delighted to announce we will be having a UK conference next year in person. At the end of the conference we will also be holding our Annual General Meeting to hear an overview of the activities and accomplishments of the previous year and future plans including chairs report, financial overview, PR and education report. Please save the date in your diary!!! More details to be announced.

Featured: Science of Essential Oils Webinar Series

Sacred Scents Masterclass Webinar with Salvatore Battaglia

In this masterclass, Salvatore will explore the role of scent within culture and spiritual practices and how this relates to the way we use essential oils today. Researchers have always struggled to understand the complex role of scent. We will explore the six key factors that I believe contribute to the spiritual dimension of scent: biophilia, awe, sacred space, rituals, myths and neurobiology.

Hydrosols: New Research in Practice Webinar with Suzanne Catty

Suzanne Catty works for the plants. She is an author, educator and Registered Natural Health Practitioner with over 40,000 hours of clinical practice and is internationally recognized as one of the pioneers of aromatherapy. Her ground-breaking book, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy, established a new healing paradigm, turning a waste product into a global healing resource.

Aromatherapy: Bridging Lifestyle Medicine and Functional Medicine Webinar with Salvatore Battaglia

In this webinar we explore a very different paradigm for the practice of aromatherapy, one that will help us re-evaluate the way we have been traditionally taught aromatherapy and also create a framework that will ensure aromatherapy will become a truly remarkable healing practice for the 21st century. 

Impact of Hedonics on Mood Effects of Essential Oils Webinar with E. Joy Bowles

In this webinar, E. Joy Bowles, PhD BSc Hons will look at the components of an olfactory experience that can help or hinder an aromatherapy treatment. Joy brings her love of essential oil chemistry and curiosity about how the body-mind-mood connection works to provide a stimulating and entertaining enquiry into how we experience aromas. 

The Rose Botanical Family Oils Webinar with Susan Parker

The plant world gives us any number of carrier oils and it turns out that some botanical families are more generous in their lipid oil production than others. This webinar with Susan Parker will focus on Rosaceae, the Rose family of lipid oils. As of writing this there are 12 different oils that we can look at, including almond, apple, rose hip and cherry and will be sharing new information with you.

Healing of Scent, Phytotherapy & Skin Care Webinar with Jimm Harrison

Skincare is a powerful and ever-growing industry with an increased global interest in the use of botanical, phyto-therapeutic ingredients. This webinar reviews beauty in relation to health. You’ll learn how to combine the science of smell with intention (including verbal cues and branding) as a core element to emotional and physical healing through botanical skin care.

Anatomy & Physiology Webinar Series

What goes Wrong with the Knee and Why Webinar with Dr Jane Johnson

In this webinar, physiotherapist Jane Johnson provides a vivid description of the structures of the knee and what can go wrong with them. She will guide you through each of the structures of the knee and the most common conditions that affect them. This webinar provides a great resource for anyone learning or refreshing their anatomy knowledge or simply want to know more about knees.

Why Do My Muscles Hurt Webinar with Josie Donaldson

This webinar covers why muscles create pain by exploring the physical and emotional reasons. We all ache but have you ever wondered why we do. It takes you through the process of muscle pain and what psychological stress each muscle relates to, what you can do to counteract that stress so the muscle can relax and stop hurting and which essential oil relates to that particular psychological issue.

Facial Freedom: Releasing Stress Stored in the Muscles Webinar with Beth Spindler

This webinar explores how working with the neglected muscles and nerves of the face and head have a profound impact on the brain and nervous system for better facial balance and muscle tone. We'll also investigate what Dr. Stephen Porges calls the "social engagement system" and its impact on unresolved trauma, social anxiety, depression and more.

Multi Discipline Webinar Series

Lingering Psychological Trauma Webinar with Dr Heather Herington

Lingering psychological trauma presents itself in almost any condition and disease the co-morbidities are endless. So how can a health professional with little training in PTS or ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) spot this deeper root without having a specific diagnosis? This webinar presents an introductory overview of lingering trauma, underlining what to look for and when to refer.

Essential Oils & The Chinese Meridian Time Clock Webinar with K.G Stiles

In classic Oriental, or Traditional Chinese Medicine, all disease is seen as disordered elements. Restoring balance to the five (5) elements and the harmonious flow of Chi is at the heart of Chinese medicine. In this webinar you will find out the actions associated with each element the chakras and essential oils to use to balance the 5 elements and restore the flow of chi through the organ meridians. 

Essential Oils and Vibrational Matching Gemstones with Margaret Ann Lembo

This webinar is a hands-on approach to engaging with the enhanced powers of allies from the mineral (gemstones) and plant kingdom (aromatherapy). This unique approach to working with crystals offers guidance and affirmations for Focus and Protection; Health and Well-Being; Friendship, Romance; Money and Creativity; Happiness and Self-Confidence; Intuition and Communication.

Thai Yoga Massage Webinar with Quantum Metta School of Massage

Thai Yoga Massage is a combination of acupressure, stretching and applied yogic postures. It’s both amazing to give and amazing to receive. Great for therapists to incorporate within their practice both relaxing, energising and fun. The webinar will touch on foot massage, leg massage, leg stretches, back and neck massage.

Palliative Care Webinar Series

Dementia Care, Essential Oils & CO2 Oil’s Webinar with Madeleine Kerkhof

Optimal care for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs for people with dementia is a real challenge for loved ones and carers. Madeleine is a leading trainer for health care professionals in dementia care, using a range of aromatics, including CO2 extracts, to support all levels of care. Madeleine will share strategies for you to integrate essential oils into patient and family wellbeing.

Integrating Clinical Aromatherapy in Palliative Care: Ways in which we can bridge the gap with Carol Rose

In patients with life-limiting illness, where the aim of palliation is to optimise their quality-of-life, the challenge arises among healthcare professionals with being able to see the opportunities for healing at a spiritual level, even though a biological cure is no longer possible.  It is within these realms of spiritual and emotional care that aromatherapy can arguably make its greatest difference.

Cancer Care: Utilising Aromasticks Webinar with Dr Peter Mackereth

This webinar explores the professional, moral and ethical issues in clinical practice utilising the AROMA and SYMPTOM models in acute cancer and palliative care. Reviewing the rationale for the use of aromasticks, demonstrating an ‘installation' approach for specific concerns, such as insomnia and anxiety; supported by reference to research/evaluation work and case studies.

Sacred Oils – To Heal Spirit and Soul Webinar with Felicity Warner

This webinar focuses on working one-to-one with dying people in the last days of life to ease the passage and bring relief from fear and suffering. Felicity explains her Gentle Dying method (now called TLC) which offers comfort when medicine has reached its limits. It can be learned and used by anyone, in any care setting, to make death a peaceful and dignified experience.

Product Formulation Webinar Series

Cosmetic Preservation: What is there to know with Dr. Nina Kocevar Glavac

Cosmetic preservation is a key step in formulating water-containing cosmetics, as it ensures microbiological safety. Preservatives, however, may also express skin reactions. Why do we need them, which are the most important preservatives of natural origin, which toxicity concerns are relevant in terms of dermal use, are some of the questions that will be addressed in the webinar.

Natural Product Making Webinar with Purodem

In collaboration with Purodem this webinar will teach you the step by step of how to make a variety of products. Examining the ingredients you are adding to your recipe & choosing essential oils that will enhance transdermal penetration, improve skin protection, function & repair, as well as offering antimicrobial power & immune resilience & add a sense of wellbeing through the overall scent.

Massage Cream Emulsion Webinar with Purodem

In collaboration with Purodem in this webinar you will learn how to make massage cream emulsion, covering the whole process from selection of raw ingredients to the final product. This demonstration shows you the equipment and instructions you need to recreate it yourself at home. 

Professional Practice Webinar Series

Code of Conduct & Practice: Client Modesty and Towel Management Webinar

You must be respectful and sensitive to a client’s dignity and modesty at all times during a treatment. It is important to note that everyone has different opinions of what it means to respect their privacy. This webinar demonstrates how to protect a clients modesty, how to avoid any potential misunderstandings and towel draping.

12 Steps to Business Success Webinar with the Jing Institute

Not getting enough clients? Not earning enough money? Can’t figure out how to leave your full-time job? Burned out and thinking of giving up?  In this webinar you will learn from the expertise of Rachel Fairweather and Meghan Mari, exclusive practical tips to ignite your hands on business.

Risk Assessment Checklist: In a Post Covid-19 World

This guide is introduces you to assessing risk in a post Covid-19 world. It includes a planning checklist, presents you with a clear and simple checklist process, documentation, plus relevant risk control actions that will help you take the necessary precautionary steps to identify and manage the risks associated with the Coronavirus.

Research Webinar Series

Rosemary Essential Oil & Cognition Research Webinar with Dr Mark Moss

This webinar will examine the inhalation of the aroma of Rosemary essential oil to enhance cognition as featured on BBC’s ‘trust me I’m on doctor’. This is the first study to demonstrate such effects in children and suggests that the potential for enhancement is greater than in adults. These findings will be discussed in terms of the potential for improving academic attainment through natural interventions and the mechanisms behind such effects.

The Effect of Aromatherapy on COVID-19-induced Anxiety by Dr. Jessie Hawkins

Dr. Jessie Hawkins is the Director of Research at the Franklin Health Research Center who investigate botanical products, dietary ingredients, nutraceuticals and natural product evaluation, for safety and efficacy. They conduct clinical research into preventive and integrative health. This webinar will focus on the affects of COVID-19 on mental health and essential oil research that support it. 

IFA Research Project: Therapeutic Effects of Traditionally Distilled Oils & CO2 Extracted Oils on Stress Webinar

This webinar delivered by Dr Mark Moss, head of Northumbria University and the IFA Research Committee, will discusss the findings so far. This study, funded by the IFA, could pave the way for people to use essential oils to combat stress. One part of the study also leads onto establishing whether CO2 oils have the same effect as traditionally distilled essential oils.