Sonya’s journey into aromatherapy began around 17 years ago. While in a career as a registered nurse and midwife she was also interested in alternative, natural treatment options for patients as well as family. By chance Sonya found herself at an “aromatherapy party” where she was introduced to an array of aromatic oils. She grew to rely on some of these essential oil blends to counteract the effects of shift work, improving sleep and boosting mood levels.
As a nurse Sonya was keen to learn more about the science of how these beautiful aromas actually worked to improve wellbeing. At the same time her mother had been suffering from ‘Golden Staph’ or MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in a burn wound she had sustained. At the time MRSA was a common hospital acquired infection and extremely difficult to treat with conventional medicine. Tea Tree essential oil was highlighted as an effective antibacterial; and so began Sonya’s research into the effectiveness of essential oils on physical health as well.
Sonya’s quest for knowledge led her on to complete a Certificate in Clinical Aromatherapy in 2001 and then a Diploma in Aromatherapy and Massage in 2004. These courses provided insights into the two sides to the aromatherapy story: the medical, which appealed to a nursing background and the esoteric, which could be equally therapeutic. The study and practice of clinical aromatherapy involves an understanding of anatomy and physiology, botany, chemistry, nutrition and psychology.
Sonya continues to update her knowledge in aromatherapy and related topics through relevant workshops, conferences, networking with fellow aromatherapists and other practitioners. Sonya delights in the education of the community on what aromatherapy really is; running workshops and speaking at recent ACM (Australian College of Midwives) conferences. More recently Sonya completed a Certificate in Infant Massage and Level One in Aromatic Kinesiology.
Sonya is a full member of IAAMA (International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association) and has been the IAAMA Regional coordinator for Victoria for the past six years. Membership of a professional body such as IAAMA requires a minimum of continuing professional development.