What makes us unique and different?  The Goals of the Institute
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The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine specializes in the practice and/or teaching of Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki, Facial Rejuvenation, Tuning Forks, Magnetic Therapies, Core Cleanse, Weight Management, Stop Addictions, Cupping, Acupressure, Healing Touch, Cranial Sacral, Hot Rock Therapies, Ear Candling, Holistic Nutrition, Holistic Esthetics, Spa Therapies, Crystals, Energy Work, Reflexology, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Esoteric subjects and other holistic health modalities.

What makes us unique and different?

  • We are proudly certified by the federal government as a Federally Certified Educational Institute and offer receipts for income tax purposes
  • Recognized by professional associations and the College of Massage Therapists for Continuing Education Requirements
  • Our students can enjoy the benefits of  international status  upon admission into certain  professional associations
  • All courses offered by The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine have been designed and written by the principal instructors: Christine Richards, M.D.(M.A.), DAc, MIFHT, RAHP, CAHP,  CFA Certified Instructor and/or by Colin Paddon,  PhD., D.Ac., F.I.A.M.A. 
  • The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine specializes in Holistic Natural Medicine and strives to provide you with the very best, globally, researched course material and data available
  • You as a student will work directly with Christine Richards and other  representatives/tutors
  • Through personal, ongoing education, we will keep you up to date on governmental policy changes and any break through in the medical or holistic health care fields
  • We carry a full line of acupuncture supplies, aromatherapy supplies and massage equipment and supplies at retail and wholesale
  • We have an interactive web site for courses, ordering and information
  • We offer many certification courses and other workshops in healing techniques.

The Goals of The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine

The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine is committed to:
  • To provide alternative and holistic treatments for the community at large
  • To stay abreast of the advances and new technology as it might provide service to our clients and patients
  • To continue to advance our own education in the field of alternative and holistic medicine and to provide expertise in this area
  • To staff our location with therapists that can answer questions for retail customers and give some direction on therapies
  • Provide our students with the highest standard and quality of education in the field of Alternative Medicine and other healing practices
  • To uphold and advocate the principles, ethical standards and values of our professions.
  • To strive to meet and support the needs of our students.
  • To promote our professions of healing therapies through research, publications of articles and professional development enterprises.
  • Provide and support the continuing education of graduates so as to extend and expand their existing knowledge base.
  • To support the possibility of integration of the natural and complementary therapies into the Canadian health care system.

Resource / Learning Center
The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine offers many books, videos, DVD's, CD’s, meditation aids, candles, essential oils, gifts, vitamins, supplements, homeopathics, earth Goddess supplies, crystals and gemstones, skin and body care, carrier oils, floral waters, soap making supplies, garden decor and much more.

We have created a safe venue for instructors to come and share their knowledge of many ancient forms of knowledge. We teach Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Hot Rock Therapies, Acupressure, Animal Reiki, Reiki Levels 1 to 3, Herbs,  Teas,  Cupping Massage,  Cranial Sacral, Aromatherapy for Esthetics,  Spa Therapies,  Meditation,  Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Ear Candling, Crystal Healing Workshops, Holistic Esthetics, Holistic Nutrition, Herbs and workshops in a myriad of topics. Please review our monthly calendars. We at The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine hope that you enjoy our course offerings and catalogue of essential oils and ancillary products. We look forward to welcoming you as a student into our course programs.

If you are interested in teaching a course or workshop, please write to us. We are happy to accommodate new courses.

Dear Prospective Student:
Thank you for your consideration of the extensive programs offered at The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine.

Started in 1996, The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine, (formerly Heaven Scent)  is a internationally recognized School of Holistic Studies.  Upon successful completion of our courses, you can apply for membership in the national and international professional associations.  That, in itself, speaks volumes of the quality of education that our students receive.

As a graduate of our programs you are ready and very capable of ‘practicing’ in your chosen field.

We adhere to, and, exceed all expected requirements of study set by any of the professional governing bodies at this time. We also enjoy the designation ‘ Federally Certified Educational Institute" through the Federal Government of Canada. Our graduating certification students can be  recognized  in Canada, the USA, England, France, South America, Australia, New Zealand and others countries upon membership in certain associations. 

As the field of holistic and alternative medicine continues to grow and become accepted as a complementary health care modality, education requirements become imperative. Requirements at this time, are set for academic hours  of class time or their equivalent for correspondence and on-line programs. The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine is committed to striving for excellence in our students through the use of globally researched sources on aromatherapy, herbology and pure, organic essential oils.

We, at The Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine, realize that the selection of the correct school for each individual is an overwhelming task. With several programs and schools to choose from across Canada and the US; we understand the dilemma that you go through with each decision. However, each school is unique in their approach, and depends on the instructor’s technique, personal interests, professional/personal experience, training in education and their personal philosophy. As well as the commitment of each of the teaching staff, the school’s position held within the field of alternative medicine, is also imperative to success. Our courses of study have evolved over years of learning, practicing, researching, using, distilling, growing and finally teaching. Our main priority and commitment is to you, our student, as a respected individual. We will endeavour to support you throughout your course of study and continue to support you in your continued practice with on-going advanced courses to extend your knowledge.
Respectfully yours,

Christine Richards, Owner

Certified Instructor/Practitioner