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Wellness Sciences

The Department of Wellness Sciences at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology offers two qualifications; namely a Diploma in Somatology and a BTech in Somatology. The previous National Diploma in Somatology has been replaced with the Diploma in Somatology as of 2018 and is currently being phased out.

Somatology comes from the Greek roots meaning “body” and “study” and thus refers to the study and the treatment of the body as a whole. Somatology is a multi-disciplined profession where somatologists treat a variety of skin and body conditions in a holistic manner. The specific focus is on facial and body therapies, massage therapies, reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymph drainage, stress management, complementary therapies, the provision of nutritional advice as well as advanced therapies which include a range of anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation treatments.

The programme also includes aesthetic aspects of the skin and body such as make-up, temporary or permanent hair removal as well as hand and foot treatments. Somatologists assess and provide relevant treatments for a variety of skin and body conditions. The cornerstone of all treatments is the holistic approach for all treatments, where all aspects of the individual are taken into consideration to maintain and improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of a client.

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What does the course entail?

The course is designed to include a range of therapies such as:

  • Hand and foot care (manicures and pedicures)
  • Hair removal techniques such as epilation and waxing
  • Facial therapies
  • Body therapies such as massage and slimming treatments
  • Electrotherapy
  • Make-up application
  • Complementary therapies such as reflexology and aromatherapy

Work opportunities for somatologists

Somatologists work within the skin and health care industry focusing on the overall health and wellness of an individual. Somatologists are able to work within a diverse industry both nationally and internationally. There are a number of exciting opportunities available to them and these include:

  • Salon beauty therapist
  • Salon manager or owner
  • Wellness and skincare clinics
  • Spa/medi-spa therapist
  • Spa/medi-spa/resort manager
  • Cruise ship employment opportunities
  • Medical aesthetics practices
  • Cosmetic consultant
  • Sales , marketing and training representative
  • Beauty editor/Journalist
  • Beauty educator or lecturer

Why should you consider a career as a somatologist?

Do you...

  • have a keen interest in the skincare and beauty industry?
  • enjoy interacting with others?
  • possess a desire to help individuals?
  • pay attention to detail?
  • work hard and don’t mind going above the call of duty?

Then Somatology is for you!