My latest interview with a professional aromatherapist is with Amy Kreydin of the Barefoot Dragonfly. Amy is a recent graduate of aromatherapy but has been qualified as a reflexologist for several years. As I am also qualified in reflexology, I was interested to learn how Amy was going to incorporate aromatherapy into her current practice! Read on to learn more!
AN: First of all, thank you Amy for agreeing to take some time out of your busy practice to answer a few questions about both your reflexology career and your new aromatherapy career.
AK: You’re very welcome Sharon! I love reading your little interviews with other practitioners, I’m delighted to have a turn sharing a bit about my practice.
AN: Your history with the world of complimentary therapies is very similar to mine in that you got involved with reflexology first before aromatherapy 🙂 Tell us a little bit about what prompted you to train in aromatherapy.
AK: Plants were actually my first love, before feet. I apprenticed with an herbalist out in Taos (NM) in the mid-90s and, not believing in coincidences, stumbled upon Eunice Ingham’s book on Reflexology. I continued with my interests in plants but they did take the back-burner to Reflexology by 2003 when I enrolled in school. After six years of full-time practice as a Reflexologist I heard about a clinical aromatherapy course that was available locally and jumped at the opportunity. It has been a joy to return to my love of plants and to cultivate another dimension of their use: through their vital oils.
AN: Who did you train with to complete your aromatherapy certification and why did you choose that particular provider over others?
AK: I took the R.J. Buckle Associates course Clinical Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. The length of the program (250 contact hours), and accessibility (a 15 minute drive away!) were both big draws but the fact that it was being offered out of a local hospital is what sealed the deal for me. I thoroughly enjoyed studying alongside my peers in the medical community, and our instructor, Kathy Duffy, led the class with joy and enthusiasm.
AN: Tell us a little bit about your current practice, The Barefoot Dragonfly, and I’m interested to know how you came up with your business name too!
AK: In high school I came up with my current business name, I had big business plans as a teenager! The agility of the dragonfly – unique from all other flying insects – has always reminded me of our ability as humans to experience our surroundings on a different level without the constraints of footwear.
I’ve had amazing success, thanks to the world’s best clients, with my practice since day one. Over the years it has evolved to a specialty in working with women’s health, pediatrics and chronic pain conditions. I’ve worked as a birth doula in labor and delivery and offer what I consider “full circle” wellness care from preconception through postpartum.
AN: How do you plan to integrate aromatherapy into your current reflexology practice?
AK: I offer private consults for clients interested in adding aromatherapy to their wellness plan as well as integrate it into Reflexology treatments. Since the beginning giving back to the community through self-help education has been an important feature in my career and it has been quite rewarding to offer classes for the layperson on aromatherapy now.
AN: Which particular client group do you work with most and what services do you offer, with regard to reflexology and aromatherapy?
AK: In my practice I specialize in working with women’s health, pediatrics and chronic health complaints. This includes a lot of hormone balancing related to common female conditions such as premenstrual syndrome, menopause, infertility/subfertility, and so forth. The aromatherapy integration has been most helpful for clients seeking a home-care component to their wellness plan and there are some things aromatherapy is simply better for than reflexology alone.
AN: What qualities do you think an aromatherapist/reflexologist should have in addition to training?
AK: A good business mind and compassionate spirit are both qualities I think the modern practitioner should possess. It doesn’t hurt to have a group of advisors and peers to turn to when you need advice and peer review.
AN: Do you have any other advice for those considering a career in aromatherapy?
AK: Build a circle of aromatherapists that you trust while you go through your learning curve – that has been the most invaluable thing I have done since I finished my training.
AN: Finally, where can people go to learn more about your aromatherapy business(es)?
AN: Good luck with both your reflexology and aromatherapy practice, Amy! And if I am ever in Stoneham I know where to go for a treatment! 🙂
AK: Thank you Sharon! I’ll have to drop you a line as well when I am next visiting Sedona!