A fragrant message
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A fragrant message

Sylvia Thompson Community Sister, Children with Learning Disabilities, Community Health Offices, Newtown, Powys

Sylvia Thompson describes the benefits of aromatherapy on a group of children with learning and physical disabilities

Having been interested in massage and aromatherapy for many years, I decided to obtain a Diploma in Aromatherapy. This means I am professionally accountable and can use this therapy in my clinical practice. With the agreement of the headteacher at the local special school – who is enthusiastic about multi-sensory approaches – I set up a project using simple hand and foot massage with the pupils. I wanted to assess if aromatherapy massage could be used to invigorate the children and promote activity and alertness. I also wanted to help the children to relax, encourage interaction and communication and treat medical problems using natural substances (Harrison1995)

Learning Disability Practice. 5, 5, 15-17. doi: 10.7748/ldp.5.5.15.s17

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