Giving Back Through the Senses
By Kelli Lene on Dec 07, 2010
This is the season of giving and what better time than now to evaluate how we give back daily. In doing so I realized that my most consistent gift hands down is aromatherapy. Which is kind of surprising since I am not an aroma therapist, I am a restorative massage therapist who uses essential oils as a modality to support wellness. It is easy to be generous when all it takes is a little knowledge, a few oils and really good listening skills.
Sometimes it is the littlest things that spark inspiration. For example, the other day during a session my client was talking about how stressed she was about her dog who was suffering miserably with grass allergies. As she was getting dressed, I blended a calming spray for the dog (and owner). She was incredibly touched. Come to think of it maybe the real gift wasn't the lavender and water spray, but the evidence that I listened and cared.
Recently I was asked about using aromatherapy on clients with sensitive skin. There are strategies for custom blending but my advice is to keep it simple and use hypoallergenic bases and products. I love, love, love BIOTONE's Relaxing Therapeutic Massage Creme for my sensitive clients. Just read the product description... it's a match made in heaven. Did I mention I loved it?
If you need an even safer option, utilize an unscented hypoallergenic massage medium on the client and depend on aroma room mists to provide the benefits of aromatherapy.
I consider sharing my information as a way to give back to those who were generous with me. Thank you for giving me that opportunity.