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SALVATORE BATTAGLIAAustralian Story on Sandalwood 

Salvatore_Battaglia.pngSalvatore Battaglia has qualifications in herbal medicine, natural therapies, acupuncture and aromatherapy. His dedication to aromatherapy has seen him hold many positions in professional associations and government committees to ensure that the educational standards of professional aromatherapy in Australia are maintained and improved. Salvatore has been an advisor to hospital boards and nursing homes to establish aromatherapy clinical trials for pain management, intensive care and depression and for the management of dementia and aged care. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, which was first published in 1994.

 Salvatore will discuss the role Australia has played in preserving Santalum album for future generations and in creating a viable long term sustainable sandalwood industry. He will examine the diverse range of santalum species available in Australia and the Oceania region such as S. spicatum, S. lanceolatum, S.yasi and S.austrocaledonicum. He will examine the important relationship we have always had with sandalwood and how we can use the diverse range of sandalwood species in Aromatherapy.

PETER FISHER - Integrated Medicine: a necessity, not a luxury

Dr.-Peter-Fisher.pngPeter Fisher is Director of Research and Consultant Physician at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM). He is accredited in homeopathy and rheumatology.  The RLHIM is part of University College London Hospitals, one of the largest academic medical centres in the UK, and is Europe’s largest public sector centre for integrated medicine.  He is also Physician to Her Majesty The Queen. 

He is a member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine and helped to draft its Traditional and Complementary Medicine Strategy 2014-2023.  Peter speaks at meetings all over the world and is Editor-in-Chief of the international medical journal Homeopathy. Peter Fisher is an active clinician, specialising in integrating homeopathy and other forms of complementary medicine with other forms of health care.  His philosophy, put simply, is to provide patients with ‘the best of both worlds’.  There is no denying the enormous advances made by conventional medicine, but many problems remain, some of them linked to the excesses of conventional medicine. He has led numerous research projects in integrated medicine. His interest in the area was triggered by a visit to China during the Cultural Revolution whilst still a medical student at Cambridge University. His research work centres on responding to the problems of health care, including ‘effectiveness gaps’, multi-morbidity and polypharmacy, by integrating the best of conventional and complementary medicine.

Peter will look at the problems of contemporary medicine including long term conditions, multi-morbidity, polypharmacy, adverse drug reactions and antimicrobial resistance.  These make integrated medicine a necessity, not a luxury, for the NHS.   He will then look at the World Health Organization’s Traditional and Complementary Medicine Strategy 2014-2023, before concluding with research on the potential of herbal medicine and homeopathy in antimicrobial resistance and the potential of aromatherapy for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.


Pierre Franchome - Clinical cases in aromatherapy for children in Madagascar

 Pierre_Franchome.pngPierre will discuss how the Aromatherapy Association in Madagascar has been developing a plan since 2013 to allow access to simpler care with the aid of natural medicine which uses aromatic extracts of local plants. Madagascar has numerous kinds of plants which enumerate 11,800 different plants on the island with only 900 of these plants being the object of a real inventory. Since October 2014 the association has opened the first Centre of natural medicine, as part of the public primary school which receives children from 6 to 12 years old with a total 2100 children who come to consult the practitioners of the Centre. Pierre will discuss the project and care provided to the children.

Pierre will discuss how the Aromatherapy Association in Madagascar has been developing a plan since 2013 to allow access to simpler care with the aid of natural medicine which uses aromatic extracts of local plants. Madagascar has numerous kinds of plants which enumerate 11,800 different plants on the island with only 900 of these plants being the object of a real inventory. Since October 2014 the association has opened the first Centre of natural medicine, as part of the public primary school which receives children from 6 to 12 years old with a total 2100 children who come to consult the practitioners of the Centre. Pierre will discuss the project and care provided to the children.

ALAN HOWELL  - The Chakras Five Elements and Essential Oils

 Alan_Howell.pngAlan Howell studied Herbal Medicine in 1985, interested in the energetics of plant material he redirected his study towards subtle energy medicine. Alan studied at the British School of Shiatsu-Do and qualified as a Shiatsu practitioner.  His desire to work holistically means that his bodywork is now augmented by nutritional and environmental advice.  This combination of Herbal, Nutritional, Environmental and Bodywork is all driven by a desire to harmonise the body’s energetic system. 

He specialises in a branch of Shiatsu known as Shin-Tai. Directly translated this means source-body, supporting optimum physical, emotional and spiritual harmony. Whilst studying Herbal Medicine, Alan was unhappy with the quality of oils available on the retail market and so he started sourcing them himself.  Alan now supplies an extensive range of high quality oils to professional therapists. His work with subtle energy is reflected in the choice of Essential Oils, and is a priority in the storage and bottling process. For several years he supplied friends and colleagues with oils to use in their own practices, sharing costs and keeping prices low. The business grew by word of mouth and has resulted in a business in its own right. 

The philosophy has stayed the same though: to provide superior quality oils for therapists to use in their practice, with consideration to the end user (the client), and with care for the environment that is our home - Mother Earth.

Alan will discuss the basic concepts of The Five Element system used in Chinese Medicine and its application to Aromatherapy. Covering the fundamentals of The Five Elements, attendees will go on to understand how to classify a client’s health imbalance into one of these five categories. They will subsequently be able to select oils from an Eastern viewpoint as well as from a conventional Western stance to integrate these techniques with their clients. This system will augment their current prescribing process rather than offering an alternative.


 JANE JOHNSON – Soft Tissue Release


Jane_Johnson.pngJane Johnson is a chartered physiotherapist with a passion for helping massage therapists and health professionals understand common assessment and treatment methods. A former massage therapist, Jane is the author of six books: Postural Assessment, Postural Correction, Therapeutic StretchingSoft Tissue Release, Deep Tissue Massage and The Big Back Book: Tips and Tricks for Therapists.

Jane’s speciality within physiotherapy is the musculoskeletal system. Each week she provides telephone consultations for employees working in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Her patients are all doctors, nurses, dentists, and paramedics. She also assesses firemen and firewomen. Her role is to advise employers how to help get people back to work following injury or after surgery and, to advise employers how to help these patients stay in work and minimise their risk of musculoskeletal conditions developing or getting worse.

Jane teaches many workshops for therapists in the UK. She is excited to have been invited to help students in China to find fun ways to learn anatomy and physiology. Jane is also currently studying for a PhD in posture which she hopes to complete by October 2018.

Jane’s talks will explore Soft Tissue Release (STR). STR is a treatment technique that combines deep tissue massage with stretching. It is easy to apply, and may be applied through clothing or, as part of an oil massage routine. It is used to relieve (1) tension in muscles, (2) lengthen muscles, and (3) increase range of movement in a joint. It can also be used to deactivate trigger spots. During this interactive presentation delegates will have the opportunity to give and receive soft tissue release.


TANYA MOULDING – Perfume: A Botanical Wonderland

Tanya_Moulding.pngTanya originally trained in Holistic Aromatherapy with the Tisserand Institute and went on to study Clinical Aromatherapy; Deep Tissue, On-Site Massage, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Product Formulation and Natural Perfumery. She currently divides her clinical practice between the private sector, the NHS as a complementary therapist in Palliative care and teaching.  Tanya was a senior tutor at Essentials for Health from 2003 – 2014, and held the post of Aromatherapy Course Director 2005-2010.  She is currently part of the teaching faculty at ITHMA.

Over the past six years, she has expanded her interest in natural aromatics to include the study of Natural Perfumery and the role olfaction and scent play on the psyche, mood and memory.  The subject offers a huge opportunity to explore creativity in blending which has led her to develop conceptual fragrance events, public workshops and olfactory training for public institutions, museums, corporate and private clients.

Throughout the centuries ‘perfume’ has been interpreted and perceived from many points of view: medical/therapeutic, historical; financial; emotional and spiritual, erotic and in more recent times, conceptual and aspirational. Tanya’s talk aims to fire up your limbic system and pique your interest in exploring new and unusual fragrant materials; exploring their applications and stimulating your sense of adventure in order to reinvigorate your blending practice.  Many essential oils, such as, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang ylang, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Tuberose, can be considered a perfume in their own right, due to their complexity, beauty and erogenic properties, as Aromatherapists, we are ideally placed to push our olfactory boundaries, escape our blending ‘comfort zones’ and explore natural (and synthetic) materials in order to create blends that transcend the purely physical.  By understanding the nature of perfumery, its techniques and creative perspective, we can have additional tools to influence the emotional and psychological realm.


DR LAI TZE KWAN, THERESA  - Use of Aromatherapy in Palliative Care Services

Theresa_Lai_2017.jpgDr Theresa Lai is a nurse consultant of Palliative Care. She is a registered nurse, registered midwife, qualified aromatherapist and clinical hypnotherapist. Dr Lai is now focusing on the advance clinical practice, education and training, clinical research and service development of palliative care in Hong Kong West Cluster of Hospital Authority.

Aromatherapy massage is one of the most common complementary therapies and interventions performed by qualified nurse and aromatherapist in developed countries. The use of aromatherapy and massage help to improve patients’ quality of life by good symptom control and reduce psychological distress of patients with advanced illness. During the process, patients and their loved ones are being empowered.


DR LEI YAO - The characteristics and chemical components of individual Chinese essential oils

Dr. Lei Yao, professor in the School of Agriculture and Biology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, is the founder and director of the Aromatic Plant Research Centre of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (the first research centre in Chinese universities specialized in sources of aromatic species, planting base construction, essential oil extraction and analysis, as well as research on essential oil safety and function). As a Shuguang scholar in Shanghai, she is the author for 76 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 11 articles in newspapers and magazines for scientific popularization, holder for 22 authorized patents, and editorial board member of the academic journal Flavour Fragrance Cosmetics. Dr. Yao has supervised 79 master’s and 5 PhD students to completion. She is currently a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee in Shanghai, member of the Shanghai standing committee of the China Democratic League, vice director of the expert committee of China Association of Fragrance Flavor and Cosmetic Industries, vice director of the Fragrant Medicine Division of China Medical Association of Minorities, and vice director of the Plant Fragrance Division of China International Exchange and Promotion Association for Medical and Healthcare.

Dr Yao will discuss how Osmanthi (Osmanthus fragrans), Jasmine (Jasminum sambac), KuShui rose (Rosa sertata X. Rosa rugosa Yü et Ku) and Gardeni a (Gardenia jasminoides Ellis) which are aromatic plants with Chinese characteristics, but for a long time, China did not utilise these essential oils in the real sense. Commonly they were used in food preparation, tea making and the boiling of flowers. By a greater understanding of the complexities of the aromatic composition of these essential oils and different methods of extraction we can gain a better understanding of the effectiveness of these plants. Many of these essential oils have anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects; but in boiled flower water form a lot of alkaloid and flavonoids and other large molecular material is present. These ingredients has the effect of antioxidant, the same ingredients that affect blood pressure. Therefore it is necessary for us to study these essential oils in greater depth.