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Updated: May 9

By Elaine Brown

I qualified as an aromatherapist in 2017. I am fully insured and am a member of the Complimentary Medical Association (MCMA). Since I first qualified I have been adding to my skill set which now includes Crystal Healing, Reiki and reflexology (although I don't presently offer these as separate therapies I will incorporate aspects if I think it is appropriate and with my clients consent). I offer Ayurvedic Head Massage which is a deeply relaxing experience and it suitable for all. I also offer aromatherapy pedicures, which are aimed at the older population who often need their feet attended to but don't need the services of a chiropodist. I am currently studying for my advanced diploma in Aromatherapy as well as Shiatsu.

I started off as a mobile therapist. However, it quickly became clear that it wasn’t for me and I have been lucky enough to secure a lovely therapy room in Sanderstead, South Croydon. The room is pleasant, airy and looks out over a garden, with lovely flowers and birds flitting in and out of the branches. I try and create a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere so that my clients can get the best out of their treatment.

The treatment is carried out in a discreet manner, whereby only the actual area of the body I am working on is uncovered. Modesty is preserved at all times.

There is a world of difference between an aromatherapy massage and an aromatherapy treatment by a trained aromatherapist. Aromatherapy massages are generally performed in a spa setting, using simple essential oils or pre-blended oils (although some who offer this are qualified aromatherapists as well). It is primarily used for a relaxing experience, no bad thing in itself. Aromatherapy treatments differ in that the qualified aromatherapist is offering a treatment which can alleviate conditions or the symptoms that the client may be suffering from. An aromatherapist is trained to select oils that are compatible with the issue being addressed, with added mindfulness of the side effects of the individual oils and that they don’t compromise an existing treatment or co-morbidity. Over a number of treatments, as presenting issues are resolved and deeper buried issues rise to the surface the blended oils are tweaked to address the new concerns. Whilst massage is often used to encourage the oils into the skin there are other ways of administering aromatherapy.

When you book your first treatment you may be asked to complete a Client Assessment Form so that I can assess the best oils to use for you and to make sure that are none are contraindicated in terms of medications or conditions. If you are under active treatment I will request that you clear it with your physician first. I hope you will try aromatherapy for yourself and look forward to seeing you soon.

Elaine Brown MCMA

Lavender Blue Complementary Therapy.

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