Defined as the study or science of the human body, somatology is a multi-disciplined profession where somatologists treat and prevent a variety of skin and body conditions with a holistic and health-related approach.
The science (and art) of beauty in its numerous guises and facets has been part of South Africa’s thriving aesthetics business scene for a long time; long before the broader public had ever heard of somatology. Many people will remember the early days when the first health hydro and wellness spa were established, quietly tucked away somewhere in the countryside, seemingly far away from outside influences and interruptions.
Typically, patients were booked in for long weekends or a week or two, so that they could thoroughly immerse themselves in the indulgent world of treatments, therapies, detoxification and slimming regimens – a paradise for pampering and healing of the inner and outer self. Mainly beauty therapists, often under the auspices of medical practitioners, performed treatments.
Somatology – a Holistic Science
Although today’s somatologists continue to practice beauty therapies, the field of study is far wider and more complex, as one would expect from an ever-advancing scientific field. Somatology encompasses more than pure science too, since its approach is holistic, a concept that was previously thought to fall outside the scope of science.
Somatology addresses the client’s overall health, well-being and appearance in a holistic manner, since true aesthetic beauty is reliant on every facet of the body being in top condition and optimal balance, both that which is visible and that which underlies or underscores appearance.
The somatology division strives to create a learning environment where students are equipped with multi-level skills and expertise in the field of skin and body care, massage therapy, reflexology, aromatherapy and stress management. The B Tech in Somatology equips a student to become a member of a multi-disciplinary team that works together with medical doctors, pharmacists, plastic surgeons, dieticians, physiotherapists and dermatologists. Graduates are also highly sought-after for placement in skin care clinics, on cruise liners and health spas