Colleen Thompson

Aromatherapy in a Care Home Setting

Our aging population is increasing. In fact, it is estimated by 2035, there will be more people over the age of 65 than under 18, for the first time in US history. Although, generally, more people are healthier than their parents and grandparents were at the same age, the ability to network and socialize can become more difficult as a person grow older. Poor eyesight and mobility issues place can limitations on the person’s ability to be independent and his or her world becomes smaller.

An aromatherapy hand massage can offer a connection that may be lacking in the person’s life. The sense of touch can reduce a person’s sense of isolation and provide comfort, caring and respect that lasts beyond the actual hand massage. This is such a simple thing and takes very little time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every assisted living and long-term care home could provide the option of a comforting, gentle hand massage for every person who would enjoy it?

I have worked in the field of aromatherapy since 1995, registered my business, Essence of Thyme Ltd. in 1996 and have been a Registered Aromatherapist since 1997. In 1996 I opened my first aromatherapy store and over the course of 12 years owned three aromatherapy stores and a holistic spa.

Prior to discovering aromatherapy, I worked in management in the financial industry for and as an adult educator for 27 years.

Having Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies has allowed me to combine my two passions – aromatherapy and education.

My aromatherapy education has been quite diverse. My first certification program was under 200 hours. Shocking to me now, but it was the only school available in Western Canada at the time. I have supplemented this throughout the years, by studying with many of the global experts in aromatherapy, attending conferences and workshops and reading hundreds of books.

I am also trained in and have taught lymphatic drainage massage, Indian Head Massage, reflexology and chair massage. I studied Ayurveda with Light Miller and Cross Fiber Massage with her husband, Brian Miller. I have also taken Level one, two and three Reiki.

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