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Jan 04 2011   A spa session doesn’t start with the hands on treatment.  It is important to follow a sequence that will create a trusting environment for the client, this will help establish a bond between you as the professional and the client.  Each phase of a session is as essential as any other. Although some may take less than 5 minutes, they should never be skipped or thought of as unimportant.  At the end of the session, the client will be eager to hear the recommendations provided by the therapist.

4 PHASES OF A SESSION
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1. GREETING

The first stage in any spa treatment is the first impression the client has of you. As such it is critical and sets the stage for the work to be done. Communicate with your presence a warm sense of welcome and invitation. Think of your client as a dear childhood friend or a loved one you haven’t seen in a while. Express with your eyes and handshake a genuine interest in them and desire to be of service.

2. CONSULTATION

As you enter the treatment room, sit down with your client and find out what brings them in today. Do they have a specific need, like a pain somewhere in their body? Did they have an accident or some kind of emotional stress? Write down what they say and before having them get on the table let them know how you will address their concern. If you are using a specific product or therapy, like aromatherapy, let them know that it will be beneficial for them to use it at home as it will continue addressing their concern. This phase brings the client and therapist into a specific agreement concerning the treatment and is thus critical. This should take no more than 5 minutes.

3. TREATMENT

This is what most people consider as the treatment. As far as time is concerned, it certainly is the bulk of the treatment. This is where the concerns are addressed as agreed upon in the consultation. It should be noted that the treatment moves through the same sequence as the session, beginning with the introduction of your touch. It should communicate the warmth, care and concern you feel for your client. As they relax with your touch, you gain their agreement on a subconscious level allowing you to address their concerns. You can then work at deeper and deeper levels bringing them to a new level of ease, relaxation and greater range of motion.

4. RECOMMENDATIONS & NEXT APPOINTMENT

This last phase is also critical as it guides your client to a greater level of personal responsibility for their wellbeing, allowing the therapy to continue to the next level. Suggest to them what they need to do to at home in order to continue to improve. Also suggest the best time for a return visit. Write down your recommendations and suggested reschedule time and give it to them. Also, write those down in your folder in order to follow-up with them on their next visit.

© AROMANDINA 2011– All rights reserved – aromatherapy blog

Oct 27 2010

Depression is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that you have been strong for too long” ~ Author anonymous

Considering the complexity of the human mind, it comes as no surprise that the problems and disorders associated with it are just as bewildering. For decades, scientists have been struggling to understand the numerous  causes, trigger factors and manifestations of depression. The cause of depression may be different for each individual and the disorder often presents with varied, and sometimes contradictory, symptoms. On researching the existing literature, I knew I had to adopt a holistic approach as an aromatherapist and devise different and custom-made answers  for the same problem.

Depression and Chronic Stress

Problems at work or relationship conflicts slowly eat away your insides without you even realizing it. That is why it is so common to see successful professionals just fall apart because they are unable to deal with their anxieties and frustrations. Loss of motivation, drive and hope are some of the early signs of depression. Citrus essential oils like Bergamot, Orange, Grapefruit, and Lemon have refreshing and cleansing qualities that ease depressive stress. Their warm, fresh and fruity aromas are inherently joyful and harmonizing, particularly where tension has bred a narrow, negative outlook.  Have you noticed how positive and refreshed you feel after eating a citrus fruit? It’s scent releases repressed emotions and feelings of grief, shame, abandonment and anger. Our recommendation: Citrus Delight Essential  Oil Blend Put 2 drops on a tissue, close your eyes and inhale deeply three times. The fresh scents cleanse your heart of all negativity and promise hope for a better future.

Depression and Loss of Motivation

Ever seen a warm and friendly person change into a cold and apathetic one? Traumatic experiences like personal or financial losses can make people withdraw into a shell and stop experiencing joy altogether. Such individuals lack inspiration and enthusiasm even in the happiest of situations. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, with its sensual and soothing aroma,helps restore self-confidence and allows you to express and appreciate your inner beauty. Clary Sage Essential Oil, helps us let go of inhibitions and do what we have always wanted to do. When you get to be spontaneous and ‘yourself’, it is not so difficult to have fun! Let the earthy sweetness and euphoric nature of this oil set you free. Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil, has a spicy-citrusy scent that adds some zing to a dull and boring life. Apart from being refreshing and energizing, it can help alleviate fear of emotional involvement. Our recommendation: Alegria (Joy) Essential Oil Blend Put 2 drops on a tissue, close your eyes and inhale deeply three times. Fill you mind and heart with gratitude and embrace the joy of being alive.

Depression and Powerlessness

Setbacks can at times leave people feeling helpless against the circumstances. This feeling of ‘victimization’ leads to chronic despair, dejection and a negative outlook towards life. Ginger Essential Oil  boosts the morale and its spicy scent sparks the will and awakens the senses. Cardamom Essential Oil provides the much needed ‘kick’ to keep you going and encourages you to be proactive. Eucalyptus Essential Oil opens up the chest and facilitates breathing. Deep breathing puts you at ease and allows you to view problems from a fresh perspective. There is always a way out – you just have to find it! Palo Santo Essential Oil has a woody aroma that is comforting and reassuring.  It promotes stability and helps you maintain your composure in difficult times. Our recommendation: Fiesta Essential Oil Blend Put 2 drops on a tissue, close your eyes and inhale deeply three times. Let the scents penetrate your mind and fill it with hope and confidence for better times to come. Photo By D Sharon Pruitt
© 2010 AROMANDINA – All rights reserved This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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