Caring for the Caregiver: My AromaTouch Journey
I cared for my mother when she was dying from ovarian cancer. Caring for her was the hardest and most wonderful thing I have done in my life because I got to know her in a way that I had not experienced before but it was also, understandably, incredible stressful. She and I were not very close before she became ill. Once she became ill, I learned that she had a great sense of humor and she used that humor to gracefully navigate her illness. One day she announced that she wanted me to shave her head so she did not have to watch it fall out. So we went out on my deck and I shaved her head, all the while she joked about being bald and we laughed and enjoyed the moment. She adored my husband Jim and would sit in her bed and wave to him like she was a queen. Their cheerful banter was a blessing. It made walking with her on her final journey here on earth a little more easeful.
The stress of providing care for someone who is terminally ill cannot be described in words. You are nursemaid, scheduler, medication giver, listener, decision maker and advocate. After my mother’s passing I realized that I was exhausted, depleted and wondered how I could give back to other caregivers so they did not land in the same place I had. Caregivers need TLC too.
Around this same time, I began my AromaTouch® journey. I was introduced to the AromaTouch® Technique by my longtime friend Marion. She was interested in selling essential oils and had been invited to have a complementary AromaTouch® treatment and she asked me if I would like to come along. I limmediately feel in loveand pursued learning the technique from Maree Cottam and Dirk Vanderzee of OliO Essentials. Maree and Dirk were trained by the developer of AromaTouch© Dr. David Hill, Chief Medical Officer of doTerra©. I learned the technique quickly and decided early on to use my new skills in my hospice volunteer work and swiftly discovered my passion is providing self-care for caregivers.
Once I learned AromaTouch® I began offering free treatments to hospice caregivers and pediatric palliative care parents. I did a lot of work in coordination with Hope Floats, a wellness and bereavement center, in Kingston MA. Some of the caregivers came on a regular basis to space I rented there, or I would go to them if they could not get out. I met a lot of amazing people and am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to be of service to them.
Since moving here to Michigan, I hope to help the hospices I volunteer for to develop caregiver services. I have been going to the hospice offices and giving mini treatments to staff and now that I have space at Yoga Zen, I am able to provide hospice caregivers treatment in a private space at no cost. AromaTouch® is for everyone, caregivers or not, because healthy, relaxing, physical touch is such an important part of life. While the main purpose of the technique is to apply the oils and provide the recipient with a therapeutic essential oil experience, the AromaTouch® Technique is also about connecting on that very important physical level.
Peace Be Within
WHAT IS AROMATOUCH® TECHNIQUE?
AromaTouch® Technique is a clinical approach to applying essential oils along energy meridian and visceral contact points of the back, feet and hands to help balance body systems and function. Each oil used in AromaTouch© has been selected specifically for its individual therapeutic benefits and aroma. The technique uses simple and intuitive hand techniques that deliver whole body benefits by helping the body to return to a state of balance and improving overall well being.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AromaTouch® Technique?
• Addresses inflammation
• Balances entire bodily systems
• Excellent for stress management
• Provides immune system support