I see mindfulness as a vital part of my practice. I hope that the way I work encourages it in my clients but I don’t explicitly teach it as I did in a former incarnation as a mental health nurse.

However practising it myself, is a way of improving the quality of the massage I give. It starts with the consultation where it is important that I observe and listen to what the client tells me without being judgemental about what they are telling me whether that be something to do with their political opinions, their views on transport in Cambridge or something to do with their personal lifestyle.

I need to respond to their needs and with them choose the best/most appropriate essential oils to meet those needs.

The same is true during the massage where when working at my best, I respond to the clients needs, the differences in their sensitivity to pressure and the tension in their muscles etc. Again if when doing a hamstring stretch I find them very tight, I simply note it and adjust my massage accordingly. If I do find myself thinking for example, “They need to do more stretching to balance out the running.” I catch myself thinking that, and rather than dwelling on it or judging myself for being judgemental I should move on and return my attention to the client.

This does not mean I should ignore my observations and if I think it useful to do so I will feed them back to the client, sometimes with a suggestion after the massage is finished and after they have given me their feedback about how they felt about the Aromatherapy Massage treatment.