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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would mix aromatic oils into a special blend for a person and massage them with the oil to help them feel more relaxed and positive.
Your client would describe how they are feeling physically and emotionally. You'd then choose from a variety of strong-smelling oils to create a mixture specifically for the person. You'd aim to ease their symptoms, rather than cure them.
- Explain the treatment to the person
- Take details of their medical history, diet and lifestyle
- Choose the oils you feel are right for them
- Blend the oils
- Apply the oils with a full or partial body massage
- Keep records of each person's treatments and oils
- Give people blended oils to use at home
Aromatherapy is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Research suggests the different smells in the essential oils can improve people's emotional wellbeing and relieve the symptoms of ill health.
You would not diagnose individual conditions. Sometimes you'd refer clients to a qualified medical doctor.
You might do aromatherapy in a medical environment such as a hospital or hospice, or alongside other complementary treatments.
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