Rawhiti Estate’s new aromatherapist Megan Johnson works with one of the most powerful of the five senses – smell – to improve a person’s quality of life.
Until recently, Megan was treating people at the Dove Hospice in Glendowie, looking after people with life-threatening illnesses. She recently decided to broaden her career and the range of people she works with.
“I loved working at the hospice, and I met so many great people there, but I didn’t just want to help the sick. I would like to help as many people as I can, and that is why I moved to Rawhiti Estate, with its wonderful wellness focus and facilities.
“Our residents in the Independent Living apartments lead an active lifestyle and aromatherapy is a fantastic solution when it comes to unwinding and allowing the body to recuperate after a busy day or week.”
Aromatherapy uses extracts from aromatic plants for healing purposes and to aid physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Aromatherapists use small amounts of extracted oil, known as essential oils, that are absorbed through the skin during a massage, or inhalation.
Megan says that aromatherapy is a relaxing experience for most people as they allow themselves to drift off and they often feel rejuvenated after a session.
“It is great to see when someone physically relaxes in front of you. The shoulders drop back, legs lie gently on the table and the person looks at total ease,” says Megan.