I am sometimes asked how I got into doing Aromatherapy and Massage. In Cambridge which has a population of about 100,000 there are several practitioners at the clinic where I work alone.
I discovered many years ago that it worked for me personally and at that time was working at the now closed Northgate Clinic, a therapeutic community treating adolescents with mental health problems, many of them with complex PTSD resulting from abuse.
The unit supported me in training in Aromatherapy and Massage which I used with some of the young people there, always with a chaperone present. For many of these young adults, this was a key part of their learning that touch need not be abusive.
While the current climate does in the NHS does not support the use of massage and aromatherapy in adolescent mental health units, I still find being able to help individuals of any…
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