1. What is a contra indication? A. A contra- indication is a condition that prevents the therapist from carrying out a procedure. 2. If a contra indication occurs what procedure would you take? A. I would refer the client to a physician with a note explaining to them the situation and the treatment the client wanted, I would only carry out the treatment with the consent of their doctor. 3. What procedure would you take before performing an aromatherapy massage if your client had a history of allergies and how would you perform the procedure?
A. if the client suffered from allergies a patch test should be given either behind the ear or on the inner elbow. This can be carried out by blending a small sample of the oils that would be used and applying a small amount to one of those areas. The oil should be left on the skin for 24hours if there was any irritation suffered by the client it would be a positive result and therefore the massage should not be carried out with those oils.
4. List at least 5 conditions a client could have resulting from incorrect functioning of the body systems? 5. What procedures would you take when blending an essential oil? A. When blending oils for a client their lifestyle needs to be taken in to consideration, for example if a client was tense and finding it hard to sleep a blend with lavender would be beneficial. Also its important to take in to account any conditions the client might have that could benefit from certain oils. A therapist should always take note of client allergies and the oils they are allergic to shouldn’t be used. The clients situation at present is an important factor also as it would be unethical to treat a client with somnolent oils if they were to drive home for example.
6. Explain why other professionals should be advised a clients progress? A. it would be ethical to inform other professionals of the clients progress as the progress from the client may be gained more quickly therefore the treatments may need to be adapted for the client. It is also good manners, to help maintain a unadulterated reputation. 7. Outline a brief history of aromatherapy? A. Aromatherapy is a holistic massage treatment. It improves the health of an individual by working on the mind body an spirit. The Egyptians are often seen as the pioneers of Aromatherapy as they used the oils over 3000 years ago for cosmetic and religious reasons.
Hippocrates was regarded as the ‘father of medicine’ as he acclaimed the antiseptic properties of specific oils, using them to nurse people. An Arab man named Avicenna [980-1037 AD] devised the first distillation modus for the abstraction of aromatic oils from foliage, Rose being the first. In the thirteenth century Damascus in Syria became one of the places for rose fabrication. The first aromatherapy book was written in 1928 and was called ‘Aromatherapie’, by a man called Rene-Maurice Gattefosse.
Madame Margurate Maury was a French biochemist who advised people to use oils in massage, diluting it before applying it to the skin. 8. Which is the botanical system for identifying the plants, from which essential oils are obtained? A. Plants are now classified under the batanical system which was devised by Carl Linneirs. The way it works is the first name is given of the genus and the second of the specific Epithet.