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To welcome and support you through your college aromatherapy practitioner diploma programme we produce this student handbook which has information that will be of use to you during your time at the Shirley Price Aromatherapy Training Centre. This handbook includes sections such as term dates, useful telephone numbers, information on student facilities and is available at the beginning of the autumn studies each year.
The Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy has a long and proud tradition of excellence with over 6000 alumni of the Shirley Price Aromatherapy Practioner Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy. We are committed to your success and provide outstanding support to help you achieve. 

Find out more about our 2014 programme here

In Module One of the Shirley Price Aromatherapy Diploma you master a first level ten part aromatherapy massage.  Step one towards becoming a master practitioner.
watch step 7 of the 10 part level one Shirley Price Aromatherapy massage 

   Rose Brandrick VTCT, College Secretary T: 01455 615466

We specialize in students wishing to study in a weeklong modular setting. 
The Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma leads to  professional clinical qualification (Level 5) and consists of 5 flexible weeklong modules plus home study and practice relevant to each module. 
Other routes.  We also offer a Distance Learning Aromatherapy Practioner Diploma.  Conversion and upgrade courses are available from Level 3 standards of FHT, ITEC, VTCT, City and Guilds to the standards of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists.
We hope this handbook will give you all the essential information you need while you are with us. If you should require any further help, advice or guidance then do not hesitate to ask a member of staff who will be pleased to help you.
Best wishes for your success from all the staff of the College.


The College Secretary and point of contact for students is Rosie Brandrick, herself a qualified beauty therapist.  T: 01455 615466  E:
Rosie Brandrick is responsible for liasing over the Shirley Price Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma and the program of CPD events.
Ms Brandrick also liases over Alumni Events.  In 2014 we have a real treat as Robert Tisserand will be holding his weekend seminar Aromatherapy Research and Synergy of Essential Oil Constituents at Imperial College London, May 24,25 (provisional dates, to be confirmed).  Details
Book your place here

General Points
Students are expected to be punctual.  There is disabled access to the training area.  Dress is informal for modules one, two and three.  Salon Uniform is to be worn for module four, module 5 and the examinations. There is car parking at the College.  Tesco is opposite the College.  Students have access to the staff kitchen.
Assessment Malpractice: Plagiarism, Cheating and Copying
Plagiarism means copying from published sources (including the internet) without acknowledgement.  Cheating includes copying work from others, or getting someone else to do the work for you.Copying includes allowing your work to be copied by others.  You must ensure that all the work produced in assignments is your own. Work must not be copied from other students or from any other person. You must not produce assignment work in collaboration with other students unless this is allowed as part of the assignment and clearly indicated by the tutor. Quotations from published sources (including books, newspapers, magazines or the internet) must be clearly indicated in the assignment. All cases of suspected plagiarism, cheating or copying will be investigated and, if proven, the student will be subject to the College’s Disciplinary Procedure. Awarding bodies may also impose their own sanctions and penalties, including disqualification.
Data Protection
While you are at college we will collect various pieces of personal data about you, all of which are necessary to meet accreditation requirements, or for health and safety reasons. The College is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998.  The College’s Data Protection statement is printed on the enrolment form and on the back of your enrolment receipt and on the College website
Disciplinary Procedure
Disciplinary action is occasionally necessary in cases of poor attendance, failure to complete and submit work, including meeting coursework deadlines, inappropriate behaviour etc. The Disciplinary Code applies to all students during their time at the college.  Depending on the circumstances, the disciplinary process may commence at any stage. Serious breaches of discipline may result in us asking you to leave the College immediately.
What Does Equality Mean?
Everyone is entitled to receive support to achieve their potential regardless of their age, ethnic background, disability, gender, religion, sexuality or social grouping. You are entitled to be treated with respect and in return, are expected to respect others.

Policy Statement
The College supports and promotes the principle of equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work. All reasonable steps will be taken to ensure that all applicants and students are treated equally and fairly, irrespective of age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, nationality, culture and religion or belief.
Diversity and Respect  
Diversity is about recognising that we are all different and respecting each person as an individual, regardless of their:
•           Age
•           Gender
•           Disability or learning difficulty
•           Religion or belief
•           Race, ethnic origin, nationality
•           Sexual orientation
•           Marital/civil status
•           Financial Background
•           Family situation

First aid
The College has a number of qualified First Aiders who can administer simple medical helpShould you require first aid assistance, contact the College Secretary who is a qualified First Aider. If you require hospital treatment, transportation will be arranged and your next of kin informed. It will be their responsibility to arrange for your collection from hospital and transport home

Health and Safety
The health and safety of learners is of fundamental value to the College. We believe that learners are entitled to learning that takes place in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. In addition, we consider that safe learning is essential to maximise each learner’s experience and achievement. You are required to follow all safety rules particularly in practical areas.  Please help us by identifying and reporting any safety hazards immediately to a member of college staff.

In the case of an emergency or a serious incident contact the tutor or College secretary
Fire Drill
The fire alarm is given by the continuous ringing of the fire bell/siren. When the alarm sounds you should immediately evacuate the building. If you have difficulty in evacuating unaided, you will be given special instructions.  Close doors behind you.  Assemble at the designated assembly point.  Keep well clear of the buildings and access route for emergency vehicles.  Do not re-enter the building until do so by the tutor.  Practice fire drills will be held throughout the year.
Students have access to the College Library and internet during normal working hours and may study in the College General Office.  Books are to remain within the Library.
Money and valuables
Please note that the College works hard to ensure it is a safe and secure environment for students and staff alike. However, it does not accept responsibility for the theft, loss or damage of any personal property of students, staff or visitors which is brought on to the College premises

Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma Key dates
Our UK aromatherapy diploma class lasts one academic year from start to finish beginning with the UK module one in winter 2011. 
Students enroll in a waiting list.  Once a class of six students is assembled and completes module one dates for modules two, three and four convenient to students and Jan Benham MIFPA are agreed for February, April and June 2012.
The module five, practical and theory examinations are held in August 2011. Sue Jenkins MIFPA will conduct the theory examination and SPICA’s independent external examiner will conduct the practical examination.  The aromatherapy diploma will be issued once the external IFPA examiner has approved the student portfolio of case studies and essays.
International students
SPICA specializes in the education of international students.  International students join the UK taking module one class on 16-20 January 2012.  Recognising the fact that international student visas last 6 months this allows time for completion of the examinations in August 2012.  International students complete their case studies on their return home.
Please note: Anatomy and Physiology needs to be acquired before proceding with Module 4.
Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma
The Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma Course consists of five in–house modules. Four are of 5 days each and the fifth module is 5 days, plus home study and practice relevant to each module. In addition a qualification in anatomy and physiology is required (there may be exemption from the A&P modules if the student already holds a relevant qualification). A First Aid certificate is also required by the end of the course and is included in Module 5.
The minimum period for the completion of the Aromatherapy Practioner Diploma Course is 12 months: the time usually taken is 18 – 24 months. The maximum time recommended for completion is 36 months. To secure the practical and theoretical skills learned during the day, homework may be given to assist the students during the evenings of the course.
Comprehensive course notes and handouts are given out for each module. Treatment couches, towels, essential oils, carrier oils, and other aromatherapy products used during the course are provided. Textbooks, accommodation and food are not included in the fees.

APD Module 1 - £500 - Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma Course - Foundation level for all students
  • Aromatherapy massage, its principles and benefits
  • The properties and effects of 12 of the most popular essential oils
  • Methods of extraction, storage and blending and the use of carrier oils
  • History of aromatherapy and massage together with the philosophy of holistic healing
  • Introduction to botany, plant cell function and photosynthesis
Attendance on the foundation module is enough for those who wish only to use essential oils safely at home, to help their family and to enhance their own life. 10 case studies and 5 essays should be completed before Module 2

APD Module 2 - £500 - Aromatherapy Diploma Course
  • Comprehensive appreciation of body analysis for assessment of clients
  • Selecting and blending essential oils for a personal treatment plan
  • Choosing appropriate oils, creams and lotions for the aromatherapy treatment of specific ailments and conditions
  • Extended massage principles are demonstrated and practiced thoroughly
  • Introduction to plant families and therapeutic and physical properties of essential oils and their pharmacological effects on the body
  • Properties and effects of 15 essential oils are studied
  • Introduction to hydrolats
  • Hygiene, health and safety and professional practice management
15 case studies and 5 essays should be completed before Module 3.

APD Module 3 - £500 - Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma Course
  • Specific techniques in massage including foot reflex massage.
  • Information on plant families and essential oils is expanded
  • Organic chemistry and essential oil components awareness
  • Toxicity, essential oil purity and safety
  • 15 carrier oils are discussed in depth
  • Allergy and substance sensitivity.
  • The properties and effects of 15 essential oils are studied.
10 case studies and 5 essays should be completed before Module 4.
APD Module 4 - £500 - Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma Course
  • Differences between plant medicine and orthodox medicine
  • Comprehensive study of common ailments, including those arising from care for the elderly, pregnancy and paediatrics, depression, special needs and massage with cancer patients
  • Olfaction and its psychosomatic effects
  • The properties and effects of 12 essential oils are studied.
  • Techniques of neck and shoulder massage and relaxation are included in this module.
5 case studies and written homework should be completed before Module 5.
The students portfolio of practical case studies and essays will be reviewed by the principal tutor and will comprise in total 60 hours of coursework.

APD Module 5 - £500 - Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma Course
  • Rudiments of business and management procedure are taught and cover some of the aspects of starting up and running a successful clinic including the client/therapist relationship.
  • First Aid is included
  • The exam is on the final day, both practical and theory. Successful students will be entitled to wear academic dress appropriate to this level and append the letters SPAPD to their name.
The Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma Course is assessed by:
  2 and a half hour written examination
  2 and a half hour practical assessment
  200 hours of case studies
  Continuous assessment by homework and class work

Anatomy and Physiology Programme £500 includes:
  Section 1 - Bones and Joints
  Section 2 - Muscles and Movement
  Section 3 - Circulation, Lymph and the Immune System
  Section 4 - Nervous System and Hormonal System
  Section 5 - Urinary System and Digestive System
  Section 6 - The Skin and Respiratory System
  Section 7 - Reproductive System, Structure, Growth and Ageing
The in-house Anatomy and Physiology course is assessed by:
  Attendance of the course - 50 hours contact teaching
  Completion of assignments
  1 hour written examination
The Anatomy and Physiology distance course is assessed by continuous assessment through essay and multiple-choice questions. The certificate will be a College certificate.
Anatomy and Physiology Exemptions
There are many recognised qualifications in anatomy and physiology studies that are accepted by the College. If you hold a qualification already, please ask about exemption from further study in this area.


The training room at the Shirley Price Aromatherapy Training Centre.

The factory and training centre at 8 Hawley Road, Hinckley LE100PR

The following materials are supplied with each module

Aromatherapy Kit, storage box with oils below
Black Pepper
Chamomile Roman
Eucalypus Smithii
Tea tree
Ylang Ylang
White lotion
Care For Aromatreatments Kit and storage box oils below
Clear head
Easy breathe
Respiratory System
Stresses and strains
Visible veins
Measuring cup
Aromatherapists Cosmetology Kit and storage bag
Chamomile eyedrops
Cleansing milk
Clear skin moisture cream
Hand and body lotion
Honey Mask
Minute Gel Mask
Moisture cream
Moisture lotion
Reflex cream
Rejuvenating night cream
Special E moisture cream
Superlight eyecream
Toning lotion

No. 2 Aromatherapy Kit, storage box with oils below
Clary sage
Chamomile german
No 3 Aromatherapy Kit, storage box with oils below
Bitter orange
Clove bud
Rose absolute
Rose otto
Sweet orange
Thyme red
Thyme sweet
Carrier Oil Mix
Evening primrose
Lime blossom
White lotion

No 4 Aromatherapy Kit, storage box with oils below
Marjoram Sweet
Carrier Oil Mix
Evening primrose
Lime blossom
White lotion
Accessories kit
Smelling sticks
Mixing bowls
Cotton wool

The Aromatherapy Practioner Diploma syllabus can be found at
The IFPA website is
The IFA website is
The FHT website is

Details of Upcoming Shirley Price Training Courses

Jan Benham UK principal tutor
The Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy, Training hotline 01455 615436

Clinical Aromatherapy and Holistic therapy Courses


Introduction to Aromatherapy.
Course date  
Course fee £ 90 pounds

Reflexology and Aromatherapy for the elderly.
Course date: 
Course fee: £ 90

Neck and shoulder release.
Course date:   
Course fee: £ 90

Cellulite and Detox
Course dates: 
Course fee: £ 180

AbsOlutely FabUlous Abs
Course date: 
Course fee: £ 90

Qi drop therapy
Course date: 
Course fee: £ 95 pounds

Creamy craft of cosmetic making
Course date:  
Course fee: 125 pounds
Advanced Holistic Facials Aroma Cosmetology Leading to a Diploma
Pre requisite:-Aromatherapy module 4 or Beauty Therapist / specialist
Course dates:   
Course fee: 5 days £ 450
Hot Stone massage
Course dates: 
Course fee £ 180
Course fee £ 180

The art of soap making 
Course date:  
Course fee £ 90

Natural mineral makeup

Course date: 
Course fee £ 95

Natural Makeup
Course date 
Course fee £ 95

Thai reflex and foot massage
Course date:  
Course fee: £ 90
Thai Yoga Massage level 1 
Course dates: 
Course fee: £450 


Thank you for your interest in The Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy Courses which since 1978 have been recognised as the premier aromatherapy training in the worldwide world of Aromatherapy.  Our focus is training the trainer level tuition while we supply product kits to 150 colleges worldwide including the College satellite branches.


The essential oils
Essential oil chemistry
Blending and using essential oils
Aromatherapy massage
Anatomy & Physiology - Body systems
Aromatherapy for pregnancy and
Baby massage
Aromatherapy and massage for people
with learning difficulties
Aromatherapy in Hospices
How to succeed as a therapist

Aromatherapy is a practical art and much emphasis is placed on work experience and case studies during your training. Finally you learn the business and personal skills necessary to succeed as a professional.

The college has access to first class and economical training facilities in Hinckley and in the satellite colleges worldwide.

We look forward to welcoming you to train with us to become a Professional Aromatherapist Practitioner. You will join a family of over 6000 health and beauty professionals who have trained with the Shirley Price staff. Many trainers and students have gone before.  We are grateful for the foundations laid, particularly by our founders Len and Shirley Price. It is a particular pleasure when students return as master practicioners like Sara Gelzer, Jan Bentham, Celia Johnson and Kim Menzies to teach and inspire a new generation to reach their professional standards and commitment.

Each year students from all over the world join us to train and work in our factory. Welcome to Sp. It is a pleasure to see such an active uptake of our distance learning materials and course. We look forward to meeting students old and new very soon!  A japanese in England

Aromatherapy will always have to justify its place in a world of scare resources. That depends crucially on the experience of the public in dealing with qualified aromatherapy practioners in their communities worldwide.

Find out more at,,, and our international site

Dr M.S Jaspal MB BS (Edinburgh) Director Training
P. I Brealey BSc, FCA

1st January 2012

What we can offer you
At Shirley Price Aromatherapy we are dedicated & committed to the fascinating world of clinical Essential Oil knowledge and Massage. This is our core learning but aromatherapists add many other natural therapies to their toolchest and cosmetology too.  The sense of touch and smell simply belong together.

Essential Oils
We believe that incorporating beneficial massage techniques, client evaluation safe use will give you the confidence knowledge to be able to treat the whole mind, body spirit for maximum benefit. There is also documented research studies which prove this to be true. Please read the sections relating to Essential Oils Massage further on.

Tutors and Staff

The Shirley Price staff and tutors are passionate about Aromatherapy and passing their knowledge to Students to become successful Aromatherapist Practioner. We are here to help you during training and beyond.  Meet the UK and international tutors on

Our Products
As members of the Soil Association we are committed to using the finest ingredients available in our Shirley Price Professional Aromatherapy and Essentia organic Skincare and base beauty products range. We use only the very best and this has grown over the years into a comprehensive catalog and professional supply chain. Shirley Price Essential Oils are the finest available and are sourced directly from leading distiller cooperatives of farmers and growers from all over the world. This is incredibly important as you will find out when studying with us as many Essential Oils available for sale on the common market place can be of lesser quality & in some cases adulterated which will sacrifice their natural therapeutic properties and aromas.

We have a small is beautiful policy and positively encourage small distillers and small distributors become established. At the same time the scale and efficiency of Amazon means Shirley Price Organic essential oils are available with free next day delivery.

Only three essential oils Ravensara, Rosemary verbone and Helichrysum are not used in flavouring and fragrances which need standardised oils. Great care much be taken to ensure it is the whole oil which is worked with as the properties of essential oils, particularly those of use in clinical aromatherapy, may depend on the minor constituents of the oils. If it were otherwise Aromatherapy would be a much simpler matter of using synthetic oils.

Our Training Aids
Shirley Price’s books are key texts from introductory aromatherapy courses and self help to BSc level courses in Complementary therapies. Our training course manuals are comprehensive, easy to follow & visually interesting. The course notes will be an invaluable source of re-assurance during training & become a valuable reference tool post qualification. Please note Shirley Price’s publications and training notes are the property of the Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy and subject to copyright.

We make tea infusions using some of the herbs and plants covered on the modules, we examine the botanicals in their raw form from plants, trees, flowers, fruits and grasses.
It isn't just these things that make our courses what they are. We look after you from the moment you join us. We are here for support and advice during and after your training.

The Shirley Price blog keeps you informed about latest news, new products, CPD's & feature topics.

What will you achieve from our courses
Our courses will provide you with Professional Aromatherapy theory knowledge & practical application training. Upon completion of module 4 and after passing the examinations you will gain you a Diploma as a Professional Aromatherapist Practitioner. This will mean you are qualified to offer Aromatherapy Treatments and Aromatherapy Products to clients. You will be qualified to work as a qualified Aromatherapist Practitioner in a beauty, natural therapy clinic or set up your own business.
Aromatherapy and Holistic therapies are fast growing complementary therapies which make this an ideal time to qualify. Aromatherapy Treatments are being offered in some NHS practices, Hospitals, Hospices, Complementary Health Clinics, and Private Medical Clinics.
If you would like any further help or answers to queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01455 615466

2012 Training Dates

Tutor: Jan Benham
Module One
runs quarterly, venue Hinckley

course charge £500

we seek a class of 6 students, further dates are them set by arrangement once a class is established

Distance Learning
International students and distributors in cities worldwide benefit by taking and arranging distance learning in their countries. Sp’s most successful distributors ships for example those in the USA, Norway and Japan are those where training goes hand in hand with sale of the professional oils.

Distance Learning Diploma Module one

The learning is assessed by means of course notes, background reading of appropriate text books (many of which are included in the course pack although several other books may need to be purchased), and observation of massage techniques presented in video form. The course is presented in a box file. The student will be required to complete each module, of which there are four, before proceeding to the next one, and will be required to submit written evidence to SPICA as directed.
A qualification in anatomy and physiology is also required – please contact us for a list of exemptions. Upon completion of the course and assessment session, the student will be awarded the SPICA Distance Learning Diploma in Aromatherapy. Students are advised to take between 1 year minimum and 3 years maximum to complete the 4modules (5 if anatomy and physiology is required).

Support is provided during working hours and by email with Sara Gelzer.
As circumstances permit it is then possible to ‘top up’ with taught tuition to reach the standards required to pass the external examination of the accrediting body.

Costs. Distance Learning module one £300, module two £300, module three £300, module four £300. All four modules for £1000. Online VTCT Anatomy and Pysiology Diploma £379. Anatomy and Physiology Course Revision Notes and CD £60. Costs are exclusive of VAT.
The Course includes all materials and introductory and advanced DVD’s illustrating aromatherapy massage.

Introduction to Aromatherapy knowledge
Aromatherapy is the skilled knowledge & use of aromatic Essential Oils. The Oils are extracted from living volatile botanical plants.
Essential oils contain therapeutic properties for treating psychological and physical wellness of the mind, body and spirit.
• Essential oils promote natural health & well being by encouraging the body to be balanced & preventing illness in a completely pure & natural way.
• Aromatherapy is a form of herbalism which records show dates back to beyond BC in scriptures and cave paintings. Think of mummification in the Egyptians and the use of Essential Oils to aid preservation and deterioration.
• Essential Oils enter the blood stream and are transported throughout the body via the skin & respiratory system so only a very small amount is needed to absorb the therapeutic beneficial properties and promote balance

Introduction to the benefits of Massage
Massage therapy promotes relaxation and provides physical relief of physical and physiological stresses & strains by reducing the heart rate and promoting muscles to relax increasing the uptake of oxygen to encourage repair and skin renewal. There are many benefits to massage therapy, including physical, emotional, and physiological improvements in the body. Massage encourages emotional tension to ease as the muscles are kneaded and allowed to relax.
There is evidence from various university studies that massage can improve a range of movement, posture, balance and lifts the mood. A study carried out on dancers showed that they performed better and felt happier after a series of massages.
Massage can also improve immunity as counts increase in white blood cells and neutrophil which fight infection & disease. Scientists believe that massage can trigger the release of certain chemicals in the body which help to fight illness and promote recovery.

Examples of physical benefits
 Reduces lower back pain and other bodily aches.
 Helps sooth infants and promotes digestion.
 Increases range of motion in joints.
 Decreases illness-related fatigue.
 Improves skin tone & skin conditions
 Calms aggressive behaviors.
 Decreases depression and helps to promote a healthy mind.
 Helps your immunity by increasing white blood cell counts.
 Improves recovery after post-operative surgery.
 Alleviates age-related disorders, sleep disorders, and many more emotional and physical problems.

We hope this will help you to see just how naturally & clinically the powerful & beneficial combination of Pure Essential Oils and Massage are.
Course Syllabus
The Aromatherapy Professional Diploma Courses cover the following topics
The History of Aromatherapy
Methods of extracting Essential Oils
Methods of absorbing Essential Oils into the bloodstream
Processes of extraction of Carrier Oils
Correct storage and use by dates of Essential Oils & Carriers
Safe use, administration and dosage of Essential Oils and carrier oils
Chemical components found in Essential Oils and their effect on the human body & mind
The benefits and therapeutic properties of Essential oils on the mind, body and spirit
The Philosophy of Holistic treatments
Aromatherapy as a complementary medicine
Basic anatomy and physiology
The health benefits of Massage on the human body, mind and spirit
Massage techniques
Client care and confidentiality
Completion of health questionnaire
Evaluation and assessment of the client's general health
Professional Conduct, Client relationships
Communicating effectively and appropriately
How to set up a professional work area
Health and safety in the workplace

The Aromatherapy Professional Diploma includes

• Training students to become a Professional Aromatherapist Practioner at & Competent Level to the standards and requirements of the accrediting body.
• Students will gain a high level of expertise in depth knowledge in essential areas of clinical Aromatherapy.
• Students will gain an in depth and sound working knowledge of Essential Oils, Essential Oils Chemistry, Therapeutic Properties of Essential Oils, Safe Blending, dosages & applications, Safe use of Essential Oils and Applications, Contra-indications and Health considerations.
• Students will gain knowledge in how to maximize effectiveness in practical application of Essential Oils, Carrier bases and Massage techniques
• Students will have a thorough understanding of client analysis, evaluation of the client's needs, correct methods of questioning and observations of clients needs & health requirements prior to and following up Aromatherapy Treatments.
• Students will learn how to prepare a Professional treatment area, Health, Safety and Hygiene requirements.
• Students will gain awareness and some knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology
• Students will gain an understanding in true Holistic treatments and the effect they have on the mind, body and spirit
Please note that to become a member of the accrediting body. Students will need to successfully pass the theory & practical examinations at the end of Module 4. The accrediting body also requires students to be qualified in basic First Aid and Anatomy and Physiology to ITEC, BTEC Level. Please look at our useful Links page for further information.

Course Guidelines
Aromatherapy Diploma Courses
Module Level 1 Diploma for home use and personal use 18 years and over
Modules Level 2, 3, 4 Professional Training Diplomas 19 years & over
The guideline for completing all 4 modules is 12-18 months but this is dependent on any relevant previously gained qualifications in massage. The recommended maximum time for completing all 4 modules is 4 years.
Students must complete all 4 modules to be able to take the final theory & practical examinations. Students must complete all homework, case studies, assessments and successfully completed the previous module before embarking on the next.
Students who have already gained a qualification in Massage can take the fast track route of theory and massage assessment. We would ask that you provide evidence of any qualifications with your application.
CPD's Continuing Professional Development
Holistic Training Courses 21 years and over
CPD's are highly recommended to enhance your career opportunities and to keep up to date with latest treatments available. These courses will help to improve your employment opportunities and status as a Professional Holistic Therapist.

The Shirley Price Professional Diploma Courses
Our courses are run in line with accrediting body Guidelines and Regulations.
The Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy Professional Diploma Training courses require documented home Case Study Practical sessions, assessments, revision, assignments and research.
Module kits containing Essential Oils being studied are available. Please refer to our products range page.

Professional Aromatherapy Diploma Courses
The Module 1 Aromatherapy Diploma course is aimed at those who would like to use Essential Oils safely at home on friends and family. Modules 2 and 3 will give students more in depth knowledge in all aspects of Aromatherapy and Massage. Module 4 re-enforces knowledge of all aspects of Aromatherapy and Massage and prepares students for the Aromatherapy Professional Diploma Certificate theory and practical examinations.
The Shirley Price Professional Diploma Module Level 1 - An Introduction to Aromatherapy
Duration 5 Days including massage assessment £500.00
An introduction to Aromatherapy. Full Body Massage, 10 Essentials Oils, Carrier Oils, safe use amd safe measuring/blending, Introduction to plant families, an introduction to the History of aromatherapy and an introduction to the chemistry of Essential Oils and their therapeutic properties for general health for medical ailments and the beneficial physiological effects of the mind, body and spirit. This course is suitable for home use.
10 home case studies, an essay, an Essential Oil profile
PROFESSIONAL COURSES FOR BUSY PEOPLE. Aromatherapy is the wonderful art of using essential oils to bring a sense of well being to both giver and recipient. Here at the Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy we offer courses from the most basic level of training upwards to qualification as a professional aromatherapist. We are the largest professional aromatherapy training college in the UK and our focus is preparing students for membership of IFPA. MODULE ONE A fascinating introduction to the wonderful world of aromatherapy delivered by our college tutors. You will learn a body massage and how to make simple health assessments. Essential oil knowledge will begin by learning about the history of aromatherapy, the ten most versatile oils and their uses, how to blend and treat individual people and their conditions and the basic chemistry. This is a five day module. A Certificate of Attendence will be awarded on completion of your course, when you will be deemed competant in home use. The certificate is also your passport to the Aromatherapy Diploma (Modules 2-4). Sp's charge for module one is £500.

The Shirley Price Professional Diploma Module Level 2
Duration 6 Days including massage assessment. £500
Body analysis assessing, Client records, effects of stress and diets on the body, Massage including Lymphatic drainage massage techniques and routines, 20 Essential Oils, Further carrier Oils, Plant families, Essential Oil & Carrier Oil Chemistry, Health and Safety, Professionalism and Personal Conduct, medical conditions including Stress, Skin problems, Respiratory disorders, Allergies.
15 Home Case studies, an essay on an Essential Oil profile, Questions paper

The Shirley Price Professional Diploma Module Level 3
Duration 6 Days including massage, foot reflex, neck and shoulder massage assessments. £500.00
Students will be taught a foot reflex point assessment & a foot massage. This will enable Professional Aromatherapists to make a prescriptive blend of Essential Oils and Carrier base to treat conditions found. This will enable you to treat an area which may be contra-indicated by direct massage to an affected area. Students will also be taught a neck & shoulder massage. Further in depth knowledge of Plant families and Essential Oil Chemistry, Health and Safety for medical conditions, safe use including in pregnancy, children, and the elderly.
20 Case studies with 4 full case histories on 5 clients, Revision Questions sheet, 1500 essay. Full revision of everything learnt from all 3 modules.

The Shirley Price Professional Diploma Module Level 4
Duration 6 days including theory & practical examinations. 500.00
Study of the skin structure, skin associated problems and ageing process, further in depth knowledge, revision and complete overview of all matters covered in modules 1 to 4 inclusive in preparation for examination.
Students passing the theory & practical examinations will become a qualified Professional Aromatherapist Practioner.
We recommend that you add an extra day to Module 4 for our First Aid Course. This must be booked at the time of enrolling for Module 4.

The Shirley Price Theory Course
Total Duration 12 Days including Massage assessment & theory examination
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Appendix 1 Conditions benefitting from aromatherapy treatments

Here are some of the more common conditions benefitting from aromatherapy treatments
Arthritis – osteo
Arthritis – rheumatoid
Athlete’s foot
Colds and flu
Cold sore
Indigestion (Dyspepsia)
Insect bite/sting
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Raynaud’s Disease
Stressstress management
Varicose veins

Acne is a chronic skin condition that affects most people at some point during their life. It causes spots to develop on the skin, usually on the face, back and chest. The symptoms of acne can be mild, moderate or severe.
Acne is thought to be caused by changes in hormones that are triggered during puberty.
Acne can cause great distress and have an adverse effect on a person’s quality of life and self-esteem.
Therefore, healthcare professionals recognise that the condition requires effective and sometimes aggressive treatment.

Alopecia is the medical term that describes a loss of hair and sometimes baldness.
Sometimes, hair loss is a side effect of the cancer treatment medicines that are used in chemotherapy. In these cases, hair loss is usually temporary. However, any type of hair loss can reduce confidence and self-esteem.

A period is when blood leaves the womb through the vagina. This happens about every 28 days. Girls most commonly start their periods around the age of 12.
It is normal for a female to not have any periods under the following circumstances:
When a girl has not yet gone through puberty.
When a woman is pregnant, breastfeeding or going through the menopause (usually at the age of 40 or older).
When a woman has had a hysterectomy (operation to remove the womb).
However, an absence of periods when they should normally occur, known as amenorrhoea, may indicate an underlying health problem or severe weight loss (see Causes). When there is amenorrhoea, ovulation (the release of eggs) does not occur.
Amenorrhoea may be categorised as either primary or secondary.

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation (swelling) of the joints and bones. The main symptoms of arthritis include:
restricted movements of the joints
inflammation and swelling
warmth and redness of the skin over the joint
In the UK, arthritis is a very common condition, affecting over 9 million people.
The most common forms of arthritis are:
The characteristics of these two conditions are discussed below. Other types of arthritis are listed in the box, below left.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the UK, affecting an estimated 8.5 million people.
In people affected by osteoarthritis, the cartilage (connective tissue) between their bones gradually wastes away (degenerates), leading to painful rubbing of bone on bone in the joints. The most frequently affected joints are in the:
Osteoarthritis often develops in people who are over 50 years of age. However, it can develop at any age as a result of an injury or another joint-related condition.
The cause of osteoarthritis is not fully understood. One theory is that some people are genetically predisposed to developing osteoarthritis, which means that they have an increased likelihood of inheriting it from their parents. However, this theory has not yet been proven.
See the Health A-Z topic about Osteoarthritis for more information and advice about the condition.
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation (swelling) of the joints and bones. The main symptoms of arthritis include:
restricted movements of the joints
inflammation and swelling
warmth and redness of the skin over the joint
In the UK, arthritis is a very common condition, affecting over 9 million people.
The most common forms of arthritis are:
The characteristics of these two conditions are discussed below. Other types of arthritis are listed in the box, below left.

What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a more severe, but less common, form of arthritis than osteoarthritis. It occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys the affected joints, causing pain and swelling to occur. This can lead to a reduction in movement and the breakdown of bone and cartilage.
In the UK, rheumatoid arthritis affects around 400,000 people, and it often starts between 40 and 50 years of age. Women are three times more likely to be affected by the condition than men.
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a fault in the immune system (the body’s natural defence against illness and infection) that makes the body attack its own tissues. The fault may be inherited genetically (passed on from a family member).
See the Health A-Z topic about Rheumatoid arthritis for more information and advice about the condition.

Asthma is a long-term condition that can cause a cough, wheezing and breathlessness. The severity of the symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be controlled well in most people most of the time.
In the UK, 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment for asthma. That is 1 in every 12 adults and 1 in every 11 children. Asthma in adults is more common in women than men.
If you are diagnosed with asthma as a child, the symptoms may disappear during your teenage years. However, asthma can return in adulthood. If childhood symptoms of asthma are moderate to severe, it is more likely that the condition will persist or return later in life. However, asthma does not only start in young people and can develop at any age.
The cause of asthma is not fully understood, but it is known that asthma often runs in families. You are more likely to have asthma if one or both of your parents has the condition.
Athlete’s foot is a very common condition. It is caused by a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet.
Athlete’s foot is usually mild and often affects the skin between the toes, causing it to become red, flaky and itchy. The medical name for athlete’s foot is tinea pedis. Athlete’s foot is usually easy to treat with antifungal medication.

Bruises are bluish or purple-coloured patches that appear on the skin when tiny blood vessels, called capillaries, break or burst underneath. The blood from the capillaries leaks into the soft tissue under your skin, causing the discolouration. Over time this fades through shades of yellow or green.
Bruises often feel tender or swollen at first.

Catarrh is an excessive build-up of mucus in one of the airways or cavities of the body. It is usually found inside the nose, but it can also occur in the:
Catarrh is not a condition in itself, but a symptom of a condition such as:
the common cold or another infection
hay fever or other type of allergic rhinitis
non-allergic rhinitis (sensitivity to environmental triggers)
nasal polyps (fleshy swellings inside the nose)

Cellulite is a cosmetic problem caused by fatty deposits that form underneath the skin. It is not related to cellulitis.
Losing weight is the best way of dealing with cellulite.

Cellulitis is an infection of the deeper layers of the skin and the underlying tissue. The main symptom of cellulitis is the affected area of skin suddenly turning red, painful swollen and hot.
Cellulitis can have a wide range of causes, although it is usually caused by a type of bacteria called group A streptococcus.

Chilblains are small, itchy swellings on the skin that occur as a reaction to cold temperatures. They affect the body's extremities, such as the toes, fingers, heels, ears and nose. Chilblains are uncomfortable but can be prevented.
Chilblains can be:
acute (short-term), developing within 12-24 hours after exposure to the cold and getting better after one to two weeks if you keep warm
chronic, lasting for a minimum of five months a year for the past three years and causing persistent sores that can lead to scarring
One-third of Britons think flu is just a bad cold, but each year thousands of people die of complications following flu. Find out how colds and flu differ.
Colds and flu share some of the same symptoms (sneezing, coughing, sore throat), but are caused by different viruses. Flu can be much more serious than a cold.
If you're generally fit and healthy, you can usually manage the symptoms of a cold or flu yourself without seeing a doctor. Look after yourself by resting, drinking non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration and avoiding strenuous activity. Painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can relieve aches and pains.
Some people need to take extra care as they're more at risk of serious chest complications, such as pneumonia and bronchitis. People over 65 are more at risk of complications. People under 65, including children, are more at risk of complications if they have: 
serious heart or chest complaints, including asthma
serious kidney disease or liver disease 
lowered immunity due to disease or treatment
Everyone in an at-risk group is eligible for a free flu vaccination. This is the best protection against the virus. Find out who is offered the flu jab.

Cold sores are small, blister-like lesions that usually appear around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex viruses. The strain that usually causes them around the mouth is herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1).
In rare cases, cold sores can also be caused by the herpes simplex type 2 virus (HSV-2). This can happen as a result of having oral sex with a man or woman who has genital herpes.

Leg cramps are a common, annoying but usually harmless condition that cause sudden muscle pain in the leg. Leg cramps usually occur in the calf muscles below the knee, although they can affect any part of the leg.
In three out of four cases, leg cramps occur at night during sleep.

Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder. It's usually caused by an infection in the bladder, but can also be caused by irritation or damage (from friction during sex, for example).
Symptoms of cystitis are:
an urgent need to urinate often
pain or stinging when you urinate
Cystitis usually passes within a few days, or sometimes may need treatment with antibiotics.
Untreated bladder infections can cause kidney infections.

Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days.
We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed, you feel persistently sad for weeks or months rather than just a few days.
Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something you can 'snap out of' by 'pulling yourself together'.
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery from depression.

Diarrhoea is passing loose or watery faeces more than three times a day. It affects almost everyone from time to time and is usually nothing to worry about.
A common cause in both children and adults is gastroenteritis, an infection of the bowel. Gastroenteritis may be caused by:
a virus, such as a norovirus or rotavirus
bacteria, which is often found in contaminated food 
a parasite
See Diarrhoea - causes for more information.
Bouts of diarrhoea in adults may also be brought on by anxiety or drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Diarrhoea may also be a side effect of a medication.
Most women experience some form of period pain during their lifetime. The medical term for period pain is dysmenorrhoea. The pain caused by menstruation is usually felt in your lower abdominal area, but can also spread to your back and thighs.

Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It is a long-term, or chronic, condition.
Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema. It mainly affects children, but can continue into adulthood.
Atopic eczema commonly occurs in areas with folds of skin such as:
behind the knees
on the front of the elbows
on the side of the neck
around the eyes and ears

A fever is a high temperature. As a general rule, in children, a temperature of over 37.5°C is a fever.
As a parent it can be very worrying if your child has a high temperature, however, it is very common and often clears up on its own.
A quick and easy way to find out if your child has a fever is to take their temperature using a thermometer.
Gout is a common type of arthritis. The symptoms of gout include painful swelling and inflammation in one or more of the joints. Gout usually affects the big toe, but it can develop in any joint in the body.

More than one in 5 people get headaches, making them one of the most common health complaints, but most are easily treated.
Most headaches aren’t serious and can be treated with pharmacy remedies and lifestyle changes, such as getting more rest and drinking enough fluids.

Known as the 'silent killer', high blood pressure rarely has obvious symptoms.
Around 30% of people in England have high blood pressure but many don't know it. If left untreated, high blood pressure increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
The only way of knowing there is a problem is to have your blood pressure measured
All adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every five years. If you haven’t had yours measured, or you don’t know what your blood pressure reading is, ask your GP to check it for you.

Low blood pressure, also known as hypotension, is where the blood pressure in your arteries is abnormally low.
It's usually the case that the lower your blood pressure, the healthier you are. 
Naturally low blood pressure is unlikely to cause any symptoms and is normally nothing to worry about. However, if your blood pressure drops too low, it can restrict the amount of blood flowing to your brain and other vital organs, which can cause fainting or dizziness and lightheadedness.  
See your GP if you experience any symptoms of low blood pressure and you are concerned.  
All adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every five years. If you haven't had yours measured or don't know what your reading is, ask your GP to check it.

Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen (tummy).
If you have indigestion, you may experience a number of symptoms, including:
heartburn, a burning sensation that is caused by acid passing from the stomach into the oesophagus (gullet)
regurgitation (food coming back up from the stomach)
nausea (feeling sick)
vomiting (being sick)

Insect bites are puncture wounds caused by insects. In the UK, insects that bite include:
When an insect bites, it releases saliva that can cause:
inflammation (redness and swelling)
The symptoms of insect bites can vary depending on the type of insect and the sensitivity of the person who is bitten. For example, some people may have a small, itchy lump after they are bitten, which only lasts for a few hours. Others may develop a more serious reaction, such as blistering and a number of itchy, red lumps. See Insect bites - symptoms for more information.

Insomnia is difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning, even though you've had enough opportunity to sleep.
Most people have problems sleeping at some point in their life. It's thought that a third of people in the UK have bouts of insomnia. Insomnia tends to be more common in women and more likely to occur with age.
It's difficult to define what normal sleep is as everyone is different. Your age, lifestyle, environment and diet all play a part in influencing the amount of sleep you need. 
The most common symptoms of insomnia are:
difficulty falling asleep
waking up during the night
waking up early in the morning
feeling irritable and tired and finding it difficult to function during the day

Stress and anxiety are a common cause of insomnia, but it can also be caused by conditions such as depression,schizophrenia or asthma, some medications and alcohol or drug misuse. 

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a common condition of the digestive system and can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.
There's no cure for IBS, but the symptoms can be relieved by changing your diet and lifestyle. Sometimes medication can help, too.
IBS isn't a dangerous condition. There's no obvious abnormality of the bowel, and, although it can feel uncomfortable, the condition poses no serious threat to your health. For example, it won't increase your chances of developing cancer or other bowel conditions.
The precise cause of IBS is unclear, but it may be triggered by stress, problems with your immune system or a problem with how the muscles of your gut squeeze food through your bowel.
The symptoms of IBS usually come on for the first time between the ages of 20 and 30. They're not usually continuous, but tend to come and go in bouts, often during times of stress or after eating certain foods.
The symptoms can vary from one person to another and be worse in some people than others.
But most people experience either diarrhoea or constipation or bouts of both, and sometimes notice mucus in their stools. It's also common to find that painful cramps ease after you've been to the toilet to open your bowels.
Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx (voice box). Symptoms of laryngitis include:
loss of voice, and
sore throat.
The larynx
The larynx is a tube-like structure found at the entrance of the trachea (windpipe). The lump you can see at the front of your throat, commonly known as the Adam’s apple, is your larynx.
The larynx has three main functions:
It helps channel oxygen into your trachea when you breathe.
It acts like a valve, closing off the trachea when you swallow to prevent food or liquid entering your airways. 
It contains two membranes (the vocal cords) which vibrate as air passes through them, producing the sound of your voice.
Laryngitis causes these membranes to become inflamed. They cannot vibrate properly, which leads to the loss of voice associated with laryngitis.
Types of laryngitis
There are two main types of laryngitis:
Acute laryngitis, where symptoms do not last longer than three weeks.
Chronic laryngitis, where symptoms persist for longer than three weeks.

The menopause is sometimes known as the 'change of life' and is marked by the ending of menstruation (when a woman's periods stop).
A woman’s periods do not usually stop suddenly. They generally become less frequent, the odd period is missed and then they stop altogether.
When it happens
In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 52.
A woman is said to have reached the menopause once she has not had a period for one year. After this point, she can be described as post-menopausal.
If the menopause occurs in a woman who is under 45 years of age, it is known as premature menopause. It is estimated that premature menopause affects 1% of women under the age of 40 and 0.1% of women under the age of 30.
What happens?
During the time leading up to the menopause (perimenopause), the hormonal and biological changes that are associated with the menopause begin. As a result of these hormonal changes, many women experience both physical and emotional symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats and irritability (see Symptoms of menopausefor more information).
The menopause is the end of egg production (ovulation). This occurs as a result of falling levels of the female sex hormone oestrogen, which regulates a woman’s periods.

Heavy periods, also called menorrhagia, are when a woman loses an excessive amount of blood during several consecutive periods.
period is part of a woman's menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle is the time from the first day of a woman’s period to the day before her next period. A period is a bleed from the womb (uterus) that is released through the vagina. It happens approximately every 28 days, although anywhere between 24 and 35 days is common.
Periods can begin when girls are between eight and 16 years of age, but they usually start around 12 years of age. They continue every month until the menopause (when a woman’s periods stop), which usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age.
Menorrhagia is the medical name for heavy periods. Menorrhagia can occur by itself or in combination with other symptoms, such as menstrual pain (dysmenorrhoea).
Heavy bleeding does not necessarily mean there is anything seriously wrong, but it can affect a woman physically, emotionally and socially, and can cause disruption to everyday life. 

A migraine is a severe headache usually felt as a throbbing pain at the front or on one side of the head. Some people also have other symptoms, such as nausea and sensitivity to light.
Migraine is a common health condition, affecting about 15% of adults in the UK.
There are two types of migraine:
Migraine with aura is when you have a warning sign, known as aura, before the migraine begins. About a third of people with migraine have this. Warning signs may include visual problems (such as flashing lights) and stiffness in the neck, shoulders or limbs.
Migraine without aura 
For more information, see Migraine – symptoms.
There are five stages to a migraine although not everyone will experience all of these.

Neuralgia is a term that describes nerve pain. Postherpetic neuralgia is a nerve pain that occurs at the site of a previous attack of a condition called shingles (see below).
The pain of postherpetic neuralgia may be intense and can take the form of:
an ‘electric shock’
sensitivity of the skin in the affected area
Shingles is a condition that is caused by re-activation of the varicella-zoster virus, which lies dormant (inactive) in the nerves following a chickenpox infection earlier in life. The virus becomes active in two or three nerve roots and causes a flu-like illness.
Shingles can occur at any age but is more common in older people or those whose immune system has been weakened by medications such as steroids, or people havingchemotherapy.
Shingles most commonly affects the nerves of the chest and face but it can affect any nerve. Shingles usually causes pain and a rash on one side of the body only (unilateral). Sometimes, the pain develops before the rash.
In most cases, the rash and pain of shingles lasts two to four weeks. The rash is similar to the chickenpox rash, with small blisters that burst, heal and leave small scars on the skin. Postherpetic neuralgia occurs when the nerve pain that is caused by shingles continues for longer than three months after the rash has healed.
It is not possible to get shingles from someone with chickenpox. The varicella-zoster virus already exists inside the body and is re-activated. If you have grandchildren who have chickenpox, looking after them while they have the condition can actually boost your immunity. If you have shingles, it is possible for someone who has never had chickenpox to develop chickenpox, particularly if they come into direct contact with the rash.

Oedema is the medical term for fluid retention in the body.
It occurs when there is a build-up of fluid (mainly water) in the body's tissues, causing swelling to occur in the affected area.
As well as swelling or puffiness of the skin, oedema can cause:
skin discolouration
fluid-filled areas of skin that temporarily hold the imprint of your finger when pressed (known as pitting oedema)
aching, tender limbs
stiff joints
weight gain or weight loss
raised blood pressure and pulse rate
Oedema is often a symptom of an underlying condition. It can also be caused by a variety of factors such as high salt intake in the diet or being immobile for long periods of time (see below).
A common cause of fluid build-up in the tissues is a condition called lymphoedema. It occurs when the lymphatic system is damaged or disrupted.
The lymphatic system is a series of glands (lymph nodes) throughout the body. They are connected by a network of vessels, much like blood vessels. Fluid surrounding the body tissues normally drains from the tissues into the nearby lymph vessels to be transported away and emptied back into the blood.
If the lymphatic vessels are not working properly, for example because they are blocked, excess fluid cannot be reabsorbed and builds up in the tissues.

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. The condition is not infectious and most people are affected only in small patches on their body.

Psoriasis affects around 2% of people in the UK. It can start at any age, but most often develops between the ages of 11 and 45.

The severity of psoriasis varies greatly from person to person. For some people, it is just a minor irritation, but for others it has a major impact on their quality of life.

Psoriasis is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that can return at any time. There may be times when you have no symptoms or very mild symptoms, followed by times when the symptoms are severe.
There is no cure for psoriasis, but a range of treatments can improve symptoms and the appearance of the affected skin patches.

Raynaud’s disease is a common condition that affects the blood supply to certain parts of the body, usually the fingers and toes.
You may have heard of it referred to as Raynaud’s syndrome, Raynaud’s phenomenon or just Raynaud's.

Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet.
When something compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve, it can cause a pain that radiates out from your lower back and travels down your leg to your calf. Sciatic pain can range from being mild to very painful.
A slipped disc is the most common identified cause of sciatica, but in some cases there is no obvious cause

Sinusitis is inflammation (swelling) of the lining of the sinuses, caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
The sinuses are small, air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead (see below). 
Sinusitis typically causes a high temperature, pain and tenderness in the face, and a blocked or runny nose.
It is a common condition and can affect people of any age.
Sprains and strains are a very common type of injury that affect the muscles and ligaments. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue around joints that connect one bone to another. They help to keep the bones together and stable. 
Symptoms of sprains and strains include:
swelling and inflammation
loss of movement in the affected body part
A sprain occurs when one or more of your ligaments have been stretched, twisted, or torn, usually as a result of excessive force being applied to a joint. The most common locations for a sprain to occur are:
the knee - which can become strained when a person turns quickly during sports or other physical activities
the ankle - which can become strained when walking or running on an uneven surface
the wrist - which can become strained when a person falls onto their hand
the thumb - which can become strained during intense and repetitive physical activity, such as playing a racquet sport
A strain occurs when the muscle fibres stretch or tear. They usually occur for one of two reasons:
when the muscle has been stretched beyond its limits
when the muscle has been forced to contract (shorten too quickly)
Strains can develop as the result of an accident, or during physical or sporting activities, such as running or playing football.
The most common types of strains are:
hamstring strains - the hamstrings are muscles that run down the back of the leg and are connected to the hip and knee joints
gastrocnemius and soleus strains - the gastrocnemius and soleus are the medical name for the muscles of the calf
quadriceps strains - the quadriceps are muscles located at the front of the thigh
lumbar strains - the lumbar muscles are found in the lower back
Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure.
Pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. People have different ways of reacting to stress, so a situation that feels stressful to one person may in fact be motivating to another.
Many of life’s demands can cause stress, especially work, relationships and money problems, and when you feel stressed, it can affect everything you do.
Read more about what causes stress.
Stress can affect how you feel, how you think, how you behave and how your body works. Sleeping problems, sweating, loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating are common signs of stress.
Managing stress
Stress is not itself an illness but it can cause serious illness if not tackled. It is important to recognise the symptoms of stress early.
This will help you figure out ways of coping and save you from adopting unhealthy coping methods, such as drinking or smoking.
Spotting the early signs of stress will also help prevent it worsening and potentially causing serious complications, such as high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. Read more about the health complications of stress.
While there is little you can do to prevent stress, there are many things you can do to manage stress more effectively, such as learning how to relax, taking regular exercise and adopting good time management techniques.

Sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much exposure to UV light can make your skin red and painful. This may later lead to peeling or blistering. 
Sources of UV light include: 
tanning beds
phototherapy lamps – these are used in light therapy to treat conditions such as jaundice in newborn babies (yellowing of the skin)
Sunburn often occurs when the sun’s rays are intense. However, there is also a risk of getting burned by the sun in other weather conditions. For example, light reflecting off snow can also cause sunburn. A cloudy sky or breeze may make you feel cooler, but sunlight can still get through and damage your skin.

Most women experience occasional bouts of a common yeast infection known as vaginal thrush.
It causes itching, irritation and swelling of the vagina and surrounding area, sometimes with a creamy white cottage cheese-like discharge.
Vaginal thrush is fairly harmless but it can be uncomfortable and it can keep coming back, which is known as recurrent thrush.

Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils. The tonsils are two small glands found at the back of the throat behind the tongue. The function of these glands is not entirely clear, but research suggests that they help to fight infections.
The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. There may be several other symptoms such as coughing, headaches and a fever (see Symptoms for more information).
Tonsillitis can be caused by either a virus or bacteria, although most cases are viral. The incubation period (the time between picking up the infection and symptoms starting to appear) is usually two to four days.
Tonsillitis can spread from person to person through hand contact (then touching your mouth with contaminated hands), breathing in the airborne droplets after someone with tonsillitis has sneezed or sharing the utensils or toothbrush of an infected person.

Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins that are usually blue or dark purple. They may also be lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance.
Varicose veins develop when the small valves inside the veins stop working properly. In a healthy vein, blood flows smoothly to the heart. The blood is prevented from flowing backwards by a series of tiny valves that open and close to let blood through. If the valves weaken or are damaged, the blood can flow backwards and can collect in the vein, eventually causing it to be varicose (swollen and enlarged).
Warts are small, rough lumps on the skin that are benign (non-cancerous). They often appear on the hands and feet.
Warts can look different depending on where they appear on the body and how thick the skin is. A wart on the sole of the foot is called a verruca. The clinical name for a verruca is a plantar wart.
Warts are caused by infection with a virus known as the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV causes keratin, a hard protein in the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) to grow too much. This produces the rough, hard texture of a wart.