Joined up thinking.

At the fortnightly meetup group I attend about how to develop a private practice as a business Elke one of the other practitioners commented on how much the mind is involved in pain.

I couldn’t agree more. I have written before about how linked the mind and body are and how in my practice I particularly focus on the interface between the two. Many of my clients have issues with depression, or anxiety as well as a few with other psychiatric problems.

Many of these however are already well aware of the links between their physical symptoms. The ones that need more convincing sometimes are those who have had no contact with medical services for psychological issues.

Sometimes, a client will question why during the consultation before treatment I ask anything about psychological issues. I always say that it is so I can get a complete picture of them in order to provide the best treatment I can. I often tell them about a few different oils and their psychological properties. Vetiver for those who have trouble keeping their feet on the ground. Bergamot for those who get depressed, Frankincense for those who need to keep calm more.

I also, (not always during the first session) talk about the role the sense of smell plays in emotion and memory and how just because a particular oil my in general be the best for a particular condition, anyone can have individual memories that means a different choice might be better for them. Lavender for instance is an oil many like and it is good for pain relief as well as promoting healing. However I have had a couple of clients who associate it with elderly relatives dying.

For the above and many more reasons, I always like to get as much information as possible from my clients before choosing essential oils and deciding on the treatment plan. It helps me and them to ensure they get more from the treatment, making it better value for them.