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Elderly / end of life Aromatherapy massage

Aromatherapy Massage Treatment


Adults require human touch to thrive. Keltner says, "In recent years, a wave of studies has documented some incredible emotional and physical health benefits that come from touch. This research is suggesting that touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health."

Aromatherapy and the senses

Touch - Gentle massage (The massage consists of the hands, arms and feet. Depending on what feels comfortable for the client).

Smell - The smell of essential oils can bring back memories of childhood or past events

Hear - Music is played during the treatment (Normally it's gentle music or the clients favourite music).

The massage is very gentle as elderly people have thin skin. If your loved one is in a care home they may not get the benefits of human touch as often as they would like. Our lives are getting busier, we can not always see our loved one as often as we like

Consultation with the carer or client gentle, consultation form filled in.

The aim is to provide a sense of calm and peace.

Aromatherapy and dementia https:/Studies have been conducted into aromatherapy and dementia. They have shown some encouraging results. The main findings of these studies were into the effects of lavender oil, dripped onto a pillow or applied through massage or Lemon Melissa balm, rubbed into the skin. Both oils were found to increase the length of time a person with dementia sleeps for, and decrease signs of agitation such as wandering and excessive movement. 

Palliative Care

The results from Wilkinsons et al’s (1999) study with 103 cancer patients suggest that Aromatherapy massage reduces anxiety in patients with advanced cancer. Grealish et al (2000) measured the short-term effect of foot massage on 87 hospital patients. It was found that there was an immediate effect on reducing pain and nausea and encouraging relaxation.

In a study on palliative day care, the patients receiving aromatherapy had a greater sense of well being and wished to continue with the therapy, but due to the fact that the patients were terminally ill, it was not possible to conclude any long term benefits. Short term effects were psychological more that physiological.

From these and other researches, it can be concluded that aromatherapy massage is an acceptable intervention for cancer patients.

National Guidelines

Through the Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Health Care, and the National Council for Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care, Marianne Tavares has written and published the National Guidelines for the Use of Complementary Therapies in Supportive and Palliative Care.

These guidelines support clinical guidelines and address issues relating to the safety of patients in the provision of complementary therapies, including clinical governance, regulation and training of therapists, audit and evaluation.

For aromatherapy and massage the guidelines advise:

The patient must be aware of what the treatment is and how it can affect them, including any possible side effects. The patient must give consent.

Therapists with limited experience must have further training and supervision from therapists with experience in the use of supportive and palliative therapy.

  1. Infection Control.

The therapist must:

  • Follow good basic hygiene practices
  • Cover all their own grazes, cuts with waterproof dressings
  • Use disposable aprons and gloves when dealing with any spillages of bodily fluids
  • MRSA – gloves, aprons and hand washing are particularly important in treating patients with MRSA.

4. When treating the patient:

  • Avoid using any pressure directly on the area of cancer
  • Avoid pressure work with patients who are taking anti-coagulation medication or who have low platelet counts.
  • Avoid a limb or foot with suspected or recent deep vein thrombosis and be aware of the signs and symptoms
  • Avoid areas of bony metastases
  • Avoid stoma areas, dressings, catheters and tens machines
  • Be aware of patients with lowered immune functions, as they are more susceptible to infections
  • Be aware that skin can be sensitive and/or paper thin due to medication, treatment and especially in the elderly.

I am an Aromatherapist with experience with elderly people, end of life care and dementia. I have had lots of experience in hospitals and care homes. 

All precautions are taken to make the client feel safe and comfortable. I am DBS checked and insured.

Contact me to find out more