Q1. How did you become interested in aromatherapy?
Q2. What education did you pursue?
Q3. Have you pursued other studies since then?
Q4. You have a business called Aroma Care. One of your current clientele consists of Long Term Care residents. Could you give us your step by step approach to procuring these contracts?
• Research, research, research – such topics as use of essential oils in chronic care for pain, anxiety, dementia, depression etc. Compile all of this information.
• Compose a cover letter with my logo attached
• Compose a fairly in depth outline of the benefits of aromatherapy and what I could provide the clients with – ie what I can do for you
• I arranged an appointment with the supervisor stating that I was interested in offering a program for the residents. I presented my “envelope” of information and briefly discussed the benefits of aromatherapy.I was asked to meet with the activity directors. I brought a power point presentation which was helpful in relaying the benefits of essential oils as well as the many ways the oils can help to enhance health both physically and emotionally.
Q5. Given that you are working with the elderly, I am assuming that you would not use a massage table. How would you provide aroma care?
Q6. Who determines the clients you will be seeing and how long are the treatments?
Q7. It is interesting that you are hired under the Activity Centre department could you explain this?
Q8. What were the main hurdles to overcome and how did /do you overcome them?
Q9. What is the most frequent complaint of the elderly client?
Q10. What blend of oils would you use for pain for this clientele?
A. My generic blend would consist of peppermint, black pepper, ginger, clove, sweet marjoram a little juniper berry and sometimes german chamomile.
Q11. Do you create individual blends for all clients?
Q12. What information is given to you in regards to the chronic care clients? Do you consult with nursing staff?
A. At the majority of long term care facilities, I can access the client charts. The charge nurse will inform me of the history of each client as well as any health issues. I chart in my own log book plus I chart in the resident’s on site file. Charting would include such information as blend of oils, any complaints of discomfort, changes in client demeanour etc.
Q13. You mentioned that you work at Oakville Hospital. Could you describe what you do there and what brought you there?
A. I work in the staff wellness program. This was a serendipity moment as I had scheduled an appointment with the staff wellness supervisor who arranged to have her assistant sit in as well. After discussing aromatherapy and the benefits, I offered a 15 minute shoulder and head massage. This was the turning point. After the massage, they shared with me that they had massages in the past but with aroma massage there was a sense of connection and mindfulness. I was hired on the spot. The staff wellness program now offers 15 minute chair massage to the staff. A department is chosen and posted each week, staff sign up for a time slot and I provide aromatherapy massage for 4 hours each week. This type of massage is strenuous as you are endeavouring to loosen knots in shoulders and upper back area and as I said earlier, can lead to achy thumbs.
Q14. What is the staff feedback?
A. Great! The staff love this – feedback is all smiles and positive. I receive emails from the supervisor passing on testimonials staff have written on how much they enjoy this and how it reduces stress.
Q15. Do you work alone?
A. When I started working in long term care facilities, I asked a friend Carla Piccolo, who is also a CAHP, to join me. We work as a team although we do not work at the same facilities. We practice aromatherapy at the Long Term care facilities and the Oakville Hospital wellness program. It is great to have this mutual support and we meet every Wednesday morning to discuss strategies, blends etc.
Q16. What inspires you the most in your aromatherapy journey.
A. Inspiration comes with each person. With each new day, there are new challenges, and meeting and exceeding them is what inspires me. To make another human being feel cared for, happy and comfortable is a great joy for me! I love what I do and I am truly, truly grateful for this humbling work.*Marianne has been invited to present information on the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils to physicians in the Oakville area. We hope to re-interview Marianne following this presentation for feed back from a physicians perspective.
Submitted by Ewanna Gallo. CAHP, CFA Board Member