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Complementary Therapy and Personal Care Work at Home job ideas

Complementary and alternative therapies are thought to help restore the body’s natural balance with a holistic approach. This means considering the client's lifestyle, diet and emotions, rather than just treating the symptoms of their illness. Therapies can be used for many occasions: to alleviate pain, as a preventative health measure, or purely for relaxation. Stress and tension is well recognised as being a trigger for many ailments, and the wide range of complementary therapies addresses this.

If you're interested in alternative therapy and relate well to others, then you could consider a therapeutic, healing or personal care method of earning some extra cash.

Many of the jobs for healers and therapists listed below are ideal for carrying out during evenings and weekends, as this is the time when many of your potential customers are at home.

Massage therapies are also a great way to make money in the workplace. Even with the recession making many cut their spending, tired office, shop workers and executives can usually spare the cost of a couple of lunches for a relaxing lunch-time head, shoulders or foot massage. Working from home, or in the work place, allows you to undercut the more expensive beauty salons and spas.

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All of these ideas can help you make money part-time, working from home. If you have or can acquire the necessary, knowledge, skills and (where appropriate) qualifications, then you can run classes, tutorials or therapy sessions at minimal start-up cost. Gaining qualifications will enhance your skills and also make your services more saleable. Customers are likely to be more confident choosing you for an alternative therapy treatment if they can see you are well trained. A qualified practitioner who is a member of a regulatory body is more likely to be in demand.

The General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies

Try a search to find the appropriate teaching body or organisation which can help you to find the information you need to carry out, teach or gain qualifications in the area that interests you. Courses are available for most subjects - from brief introductions through to professional level courses, which can take months or years to complete.

Don't forget that you may be able to get a career development loan

If you're looking for space to run a class, ask at your local church or village hall, leisure centre or school. For more personal and one-to-one sessions you could visit the clients home, or set up a room in your house if you have the space.

woman having acupressureAcupressure

This therapeutic practice is believed to have been used before acupuncture, and is basically acupuncture without the needles. Instead, firm pressure is applied to the body's acupoints - pressure points and meridians (originating from traditional Chinese medicine, these are energy paths). This is done in order to decrease or increase the body's energy flow, and so aid its natural healing powers. The acupoints are believed to be linked to internal organs.

Pressure from the hands, fingers, thumbs, knuckles, elbows, feet or knees can be used to treat a wide variety of problems: headaches, backache, travel sickness, insomnia, arthritis, menstrual problems, depression, etc. The complementary therapy Shiatsu uses acupressure techniques. Check your local colleges for courses, online learning is also available.


Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese method of pain relief and therapy, using very thin needles inserted into acupuncture points (there are more than 360), on various parts of the body.

Like acupressure, the aim of this ancient therapy is to restore the body's equilibrium by focusing on the flow and internal balance of energy (Qi or Chi), which is considered in eastern medicine as being essential for well-being.

As with acupressure, the client's lifestyle, diet and emotions are as important as their symptoms. Acupuncture is used for a wide range of symptoms, including: pain relief, rheumatism, headaches, migraines, neck and back pain, depression, stress, menstrual and fertility problems, etc.

It is worth taking a course that gives you accreditation in acupuncture, as although the therapy is not regulated by law at the moment in the UK, it is likely to be in the near future.

British Acupuncture Council

Alexander technique

This is a holistic technique involving improvements to the posture and breathing, amongst other things. Followers claim it can improve the quality of life in many areas, including posture, mobility and performance. The Alexander Technique helps you to look at your posture and balance while you are performing everyday actions. This helps you become aware of, and then be able to correct the tensions throughout your body which can adversely affect your health.

The Alexander technique addresses harmful postural habits that we can all slip into - hunched shoulders, stooped back, etc and helps you to gain good posture, improving your body's appearance and health. It has proved particularly helpful with chronic neck and back pain, migraines and headaches.

The Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique

aromatherapy oilsAromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy and a form of alternative medicine that aims to treat a wide range of physical and mental complaints, using essential oils (concentrated plant essences) and other aromatic compounds. The oils can be evaporated in a aromatherapy oil burner or diffuser, inhaled, a few drops added to the bath, or applied topically blended with a carrier oil (usually almond or grapeseed) and usually by massage.

The essences can be used to treat many physical complaints : menstrual or hormonal problems, headaches, pain relief, insomnia, etc, and are also said to aid emotional well-being. The essential oils must be diluted and used with care, so it is advisable to gain proper training to become a qualified IFPA aromatherapist.

International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists

Ayurveda massage and nutrition

This is an ancient Indian alternative medicine, working holistically to treat the whole person - using massage, yoga, nutrition and diet. In Ayurveda we are all considered to be different individual types, known as dosha, and these consist of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Find which dosha type you are

Maintaining a balance of the doshas is believed to help the body avoid illness, through a healthy diet and lifestyle, involving yoga and massage. This can help promote or restore health.

Ayurveda believes that everything is made up of five elements : earth, water, fire, air and ether. Training is available with many independent colleges and there are also online courses available. Acredited courses are preferable, as qualification gives the therapist and client added confidence in their abilities.

Ayurveda Practitioners Association

Home Care Assistant with elderly ladyWork as a Care Home or Home Care Assistant

Not strictly a therapy related job, but if you enjoy working with elderly or disabled people it can be very rewarding emotionally - if not financially. Care work relies heavily on part-time workers so finding a job with hours to suit should not prove too difficult.

No specific qualifications are required but you must be caring and patient. Some employers require a CRB check and/or an NVQ in health and social care.

Find work by contacting your local council's social services department, contacting nursing and old peoples homes directly or searching the classified job ads online.

Counselling Jobs

Counsellors work at all levels dealing with a huge variety of issues and problems using talking therapy or psychological therapy. Counselling can be an effective treatment for many mental health conditions and other conditions, such as: depression, eating disorders, drug misuse, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, dealing with chronic pain, etc.

Trained practitioners work with people for a short or long term to enhance their well-being, and in some cases to encourage them to make the changes they need to be healthy.

There are courses available at all levels, from brief introductions to full time post-graduate courses. Many counselling courses are part-time, generally evening or day release. Counsellors work in many different settings, such as : schools, colleges, universities, charities, General Practice, telephone helplines. Most employment opportunities for councellors, especially if you want to work with the NHS, will require qualification.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Crystal Therapy

Crystal therapy is an alternative medicine technique using stones and crystals as healing tools. The therapist places crystals on different parts of the body (usually the chakra points) to create an aura of healing energy around the patient. It is claimed this practice aids deep relaxation, helps to relieve stress and pain, and promotes energy balance. The 7 chakras are the body's energy centres.

You can train for a diploma in crystal healing - this usually takes up to 2 years to complete.

crystal-healing organisations


De-cluttering is one of those things that's difficult to do for yourself, but easy for someone else to do! Find out about how to de-clutter a home. This service can work alongside interior design - once you've helped a client de-clutter you could then suggest style options for that lovely new space. If you are organised, tactful, patient and sympathetic then offering a de-clutter service could be for you. Advertise in your local papers, place cards in local shops. As with interior design it's your work that promotes you, so offer to de-clutter free first of all and hopefully word will spread and you'll get enquiries.

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Work as an Evening class teacher

Have you got a hobby that you love and are knowledgeable about? Then why not pass your knowledge onto others? Local authorities run evening classes on everything from art to wine-tasting to car repairs and do-it-yourself, and teaching a class can be rewarding both financially and socially. To teach a subject leading to an exam or qualification you need to be qualified in that subject.

It's yet another part-time income opportunity that can fit in well around a day job. Some centres require lecturers for day sessions which could suit if you're retired or out of work. Contact your local colleges to find any available opportunities.

Work as a Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer / Diet Advisor / Yoga or Pilates teacher

Woman working as a personal trainer

Work from home as a fitness instructor

Work as a Personal Trainer or fitness instructor
If your idea of fun is a jog or a session in the gym, you could earn extra cash by running classes. There is a huge demand for fitness and slimming help, both in leading a class or a training session and on a one-to-one basis as a personal trainer. You will need to work confidently with people, be motivational, dependable and on time - many people will require your help either before work early in the morning, or after work in the evening hours.

National Careers Service - How to become a Fitness instructor (external link - opens in new window)

Become a Yoga Instructor
Yoga is a system of poses and breathing control which aims for balance and harmony within the body to create health benefits. Yoga and meditation classes can help with relaxation, anxiety, weight loss and a whole range of stress-related problems. If you have the ability to instruct and pass your knowledge on to others, then this could be for you. Yoga participants need no special equipment apart from a mat, and you can hold yoga sessions anywhere with sufficient space (including outdoors). The UK governing body for yoga offers an assessed training programme lasting approximately three years, but this can be completed part-time and there are also opportunities for distance learning.

The British Wheel of Yoga (external link - opens in new window) Yoga Classes in Cardiff (external link - opens in new window)

Work as a Pilates Instructor
Pilates is low-impact form of exercise which emphasises proper breath control and works to improve core strength. Using mat work and equipment, pilates aims to work and stretch muscles in the abdomen, lower back, hips, and buttocks to improve posture and bring about better mental and physical health.

bodycontrol pilates (external link - opens in new window)

Diet/Nutrition Advisor
A diet group can be a good way to earn some extra cash. Maybe you've lost lots of weight yourself and want to spread the word about your success, or you simply relate well to people and enjoy keeping fit and healthy. Some slimming companies offer jobs to individuals that have successfully lost weight, and have the right skills to run slimming classes, or there are franchise opportunities if you want to work under a well known company's name.

Slimming World (external link - opens in new window) Top diets (external link - opens in new window)

Having personally experienced weight-loss you are more likely to be able to recognise the difficulty with various diet plans, and also be motivational to your class. There are plenty of diplomas and certificates you could study for in the fitness and nutrition field to enhance your skills, and these are usually available at local college courses and with distance learning online.

Studying a Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management will help you to develop the professional skills needed to become a coach, fitness instructor or diet advisor, or there are various diplomas and courses available at local colleges, or online

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Legal Aspects

Legislation varies from area to area and country to country. In your area you may need to be licenced, registered or hold a specific qualification to carry out many of the above activities. You may also need public liability insurance.

Always check to see the legal requirements in your locality, you can do this by contacting your local authority, chamber of commerce, business bureau or the relevant professional body or association.

If you need to brush up on your skills or learn some new ones don't forget that there are often affordable local classes in many types of therapy, as well as lots of online support and advice.

Complementary and alternative therapies should never be suggested as a replacement to medical treatment.


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