1. Aromatherapy interventions
All aromatherapy interventions use essential oils which come from plant materials. Each essential oil has its individual therapeutic properties and the aromatherapist can match the essential oils to the person’s symptoms/needs.
There are three main approaches to using the aromatherapy offered at Blythe House. They include aromatherapy massage, aromasticks, and skin creams/gels. The latter are formulated to help with specific concerns. The interventions can be offered as a single therapeutic approach, or, in some situations, they can be offered combined with another therapy – e.g., offering an aromastick with reflexology.
a) Aromatherapy massage
This approach is gentle, relaxing, and helps to reduce tension in the body, promote sleep and help with anxiety. The benefits come from both the massage and the therapeutic effects of the essential oils.
These are aromatic inhalers and contain a blend of undiluted essential oils, which the person will have helped to choose. Research has demonstrated that the aroma sticks may help with a variety of symptoms such as anxiety, nausea, and insomnia.
c) Creams and gels
Research has shown that several essential oils, base oils, creams, and gels when specially formulated, can help with a variety of symptoms. These can include problems relating to the skin, such as dryness, itching, peripheral neuropathy, and inflammation.
This form of massage is very helpful for muscular aches and pains and restricted movement. A lubricant is required to enable the therapist’s hands to move over the skin and to work with the underlying tissues.
Reflexology is an ancient therapy. The underlying belief is that the whole of the body is reflected on the feet, hands, face and ears. The therapy has been found to be helpful with anxiety, low mood, and digestive processes including constipation.
Reiki is a quiet and gentle therapy that relaxes and calms and gives the person some time to rebalance, away from the everyday pressures of life. During the treatment, the individual will be fully clothed and will either relax on a couch or seated on a comfy chair. They will be covered throughout the Reiki treatment.