By: Kayla Calhoun (Guest Writer/Intern from Towson University, Class of ’19)
Let me set the stage for you. I walk down to the first floor of the Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) building, which is a part of the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, and down the hallway off to the right of the main entrance until I make it to a sign that says, “Well Room”. The room is the size of a normal office, however, instead of a set of desk and chairs, there is a seated massage chair in the middle and yoga mats laid against the opposite wall. There is an aromatherapy diffuser emitting a soothing lavender scent, soft music coming from a speaker resting on a cabinet, and dim light, gently illuminates the area. I am standing in the doorway of CIM’s brand-new Well Room.
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By Katrina (Kat) Farber, LMT, BCMT
It is an undeniable truth that certain smells bring back some of our most treasured memories, and often make us feel more at peace and relaxed. We often enter a room or a space that brings us into an immediate state of tranquility due to scents in the air. We also attempt to recreate this peacefulness in our own living spaces for everyday life. We all know this feeling; we seek it out, sometimes with more success than others.
By Kat Farber, LMT, BCMT
Aromatherapy (use of essential oils) can be a helpful, safe, and enjoyable method of practicing self-care for pain, as well as other conditions. But before you reach for an essential oil, there are some important things you should know to be safe, how to select the right oil for your concern, and where to find reliable information when you have questions.
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