When you are caring 24/7 it can be difficult to get some time to yourself; time to rest, relax and recharge.
Over the past seven years I have provided on-site treatments for care organisations that provide relaxation days for their service users who are usually people who are caring for a loved one at home. These organisations including Solihull Carer Centre, AgeUK Birmingham and Coventry, Midland Mencap, Annie Wood Elders Group, Coleshill Stroke Club. They recognise how complementary therapies support carers and give them a bit of ‘me time’ and organising events or reserving time in their regular support meetings to allow me to provide support in the form of treatments.
I offer taster treatments in a quiet, private area lasting between 15 and 30 minutes with the carer remaining clothed. They are performed where we will not be disturbed which allows the carer to get some time to call their own, to mentally and physically rest, recharge their batteries and re-energise before returning refreshed and more able to continue their caring role.
Sometimes they like to chat during their treatment session or just quietly enjoy the treatment. Often the treatment is so relaxing they fall asleep, which is good too. During groups sessions I like to ask the carers to work in pairs giving and receiving gentle hand massages. This allows them to appreciate how gentle touch feels as a giver and also to get some feedback from their partner as to how it makes them feel to have a gentle hand massage. They are then able to give a hand massage to the person they are caring for.
Gentle touch therapy between carer and the person they are caring for can help them both in the following ways:-
- promote relaxation
- alleviate anxiety
- support the bond between them
- reduce stress and tension
- reduce psychological distress
One-to-one sessions take place at events organised by carers’ organisations as well as private sessions with me either in their home, at a clinic at The Cottage Healing Centre in Tamworth.
Get in touch to discuss how I can support your community group or service users with an onsite treatment session.
Sharon Taylor IIHHT FFHT