Little did I realize, the class was an hour away in evening traffic and I knew only one person there and that was just a “friend” I sort of met through other essential oils Facebook friends. Sometimes I’m adventurous and this was one of those times, thus off I went.
This class was like no other and the second we started and the instructor said, “…don’t judge whatever feelings come up, it is OK to cry here…” I was ready to pack up and make the trek home.
Out of curiosity and desire to prove that I don’t cry in front of small groups of strangers, I stayed and listened. After about 10 minutes not only was I trying to swallow the emotions that were escaping through my tear ducts, but I felt better and didn’t understand why. Since I can be a little obsessive about knowing why and how things work (especially things related to aromatherapy), I had to find out more.
The Aroma Freedom Technique is simply a way to get from where you are to where you want to be.
To say this technique has been life changing would be a great understatement. I’m human and get upset, but now I have a method (based on established, scientific modalities) that I can do by myself or with someone else’s help. It takes me 20-30 minutes and I don’t have to make recurring appointments with my therapist.
If you too seem to fall short in areas of your life, get upset at things that maybe you or others don’t understand and in general, want to be happier in life…let me know. I’m so grateful to have discovered AFT and I have a feeling you will be too.
NOTE: AFT is not a replacement for traditional/familiar psychotherapy and no diagnoses are made or treated during sessions. Please consult your physician or therapists to discuss any changes to your current therapeutic routine.
AFT Courses & Immersions
A 4-hour, in-person, Aroma Freedom Technique workshop led by a Certified AFT Instructor for those wanting hands-on education and experience of the AFT 12-step process.
The Aroma Freedom Technique is new, so no doubt you have many questions.
Review these Frequently Asked Questions.
What is AFT?
How is AFT different than aromatherapy?
- There is no previous training required in aromatherapy.
- There is no contact between the practitioner and the client.
- Very few oils are required.
- Oils are smelled only at certain key points during the AFT process.
Are essential oils really required in order for AFT to work for me?
It’s a well known fact that change takes 21 consecutive days of consistent effort. So, yes, the 12-step AFT process will “work” without essential oils. The desired outcome will take 21 days to achieve. Using Essential oils with the 12-step AFT process reduces this change to 3 days for most people.
Is AFT the same as psychotherapy?
No! AFT does not use any diagnostic labels, and does not treat any conditions. It is most often used on its own, but it has also been effectively integrated into many kinds of professional services including psychotherapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic, and more.
How does AFT compare to psychotherapy?
- In AFT there is no diagnosing or labeling.
- AFT is NOT a treatment of any disease.
- AFT does not require taking a history.
- AFT can be used as a standalone session.
- AFT can be learned by anyone.
- AFT can be used on oneself or others.
- AFT can be incorporated into ongoing therapy but does not replace such treatment.
- AFT is very active and requires full participation of client.
- AFT is meant to be used daily.
What if I have no sense of smell?
Essential oils work even without sense of smell because molecularly they have constituents our bodies use at the cellular level. Essential oils are comprised of an array of naturally occurring constituents like esters, oxides, alcohols, phenols and aldehydes. Without giving you a full lesson in chemistry, let’s use Roman Chamomile Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil as great examples. Lavender Essential Oil contains 40% linalyl acetate and Roman Chamomile Essential Oil contains 35% isobutyl angelate. The constituents don’t specifically rely on a sense of smell.
Furthermore, focusing on and staying present to the feelings that you are aware of in your body as you hear the negative thought will let them begin to process through to completion. The oils just support and accelerate that natural process.
Can you do AFT on yourself?
Absolutely. It was actually designed to be used on oneself. Whenever you are feeling stuck or blocked in some area of your life, you can take yourself through the process and experience nearly instant results. Of course, you may also benefit from having someone help you through the process, whether it be a friend, spouse, or a Certified AFT Practitioner.
What is a Certified AFT Practitioner?
Certified AFT Practitioners, like Shanna Romanillos, have completed a training program taught by Dr. Perkus or his senior students, and have demonstrated competence in leading people through the step-by-step AFT process. Anyone may take the certification program as a way to better help others, or as a way to experience the personal growth that comes with regular use of The Aroma Freedom Technique.