Complementary Therapies for Older People In Care – Review

January 19th, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Blog

Complementary Therapies for Older People in Care

Author – Sharon Tay.

Publisher – Singing Dragon.

ISBN: 978-1-84819-178-5.

Complementary Therapies for Older People in Care Book Review cover Shiatsu

This is a handbook for people embarking on therapy and beauty care of the elderly. The introduction to each section is very helpful but it is not a book to be read straight through at a sitting, it is more of a reference book to help you with particular problems, situations or therapies in relation to working with older clients. Take a section, read the introduction and see which of the following parts pertain to your needs.

Sharon Tay is a beautician and reflexologist of very wide experience and she shares this very helpfully with her reader. She talks of the needs of the elderly, how to handle those with dementia or other disabling diseases, and gives a lot of sensible advice for the different settings in which you may be working, the equipment involved, the various diseases and conditions etc. There is practical help with templates for therapy agreement forms between client and therapist. There is a long list of societies etc for different diseases or therapies in various countries which may be of help to the therapist. There is a great deal about beauty therapy, cosmetics, manicure and hair removal etc as well as advice on giving Reflexology as these are the author’s therapies.

I am a Shiatsu practitioner so I looked for this, but it is just mentioned in passing. However, there is some reference to acupressure and naturally a great deal about reflexology as this is Tay’s field. I was very interested in the diagrams of Reflexology for the face and ears as well as the feet, and to compare the function of the points with TCM points. I stored away some of this information as it may be useful to me on some future occasion.

Sharon Tay explains the emotional problems for those who move to a care home. There is very helpful advice on the different problems that can arise from dementia and how to how to handle this. The author talks about how the therapist can be affected by the distress of their clients, and how while being sympathetic towards their clients’ problems or state of health the therapist must remain detached – to maintain the difference between sympathy and empathy.  Sometimes this is not easy and the therapist must take steps not to become overburdened emotionally from seeing so much distress and ill health.

This book contains a lot of wisdom and good advice from someone who wants to share her wide experience with those who are starting out on this very rewarding field of work.

Rachel Nicolle – Shiatsu Practitioner.

About Rachel

Rachel came to Shiatsu in mid-life which has allowed her to devote time and enthusiasm to this fascinating therapy over the last 20 years.

She gained her diploma at a branch of a British college in Athens where she lived at the time, and since then has done many postgraduate courses in the UK. She finds enormous fulfilment in practising Shiatsu, and also enormous fulfilment in continually
learning more about this ancient art.

Rachel is enthusiastic about Shiatsu as it is a holistic therapy treating the whole being, both physical and emotional, simultaneously.
In the West these two aspects of our being are usually separated but in Chinese Medicine we are considered to be one entity. However this is still recognised in the language we use – for example ‘A raging headache’, ‘Sick at heart’, ‘Shouldering responsibility’, and ‘Can’t stand it’ are some of the phrases we use naturally without analysing that our headache, malaise, stiff shoulders or backache may have emotional connections. It is very gratifying when Shiatsu clients depart not only with greater physical wellbeing but with greater emotional wellbeing as well.

Rachel has a private practice in her home on the North Norfolk coast near Holt, Cromer, and Sheringham where she has lived for some years now. With a private practice at her home she can be flexible in her hours sometimes working at weekends or early or late hours if needed.


Shiatsu practitioner Rachel Nicolle giving a Shiatsu treatment