Marika Fleri

Clinical Aromatherapist, Educator, VTCT Tutor

Marika Fleri has been practicing aromatherapy for the past 20 years in Malta focusing mainly on education, promoting safe use of oils through various media including TV, newspapers, magazines, workshops and social media. She has been working in oncology and palliative care for the past four years. Two years ago Marika has been appointed by Her Excellency – The President of Malta – Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca as the Coordinator of The National Cancer Platform Association. The National Cancer Platform Association brings together all Maltese non-government organizations working in the field of cancer to collaborate together in order to ensure a holistic, co-ordinated and sustainable service for all cancer patients and their loved ones. She leads an office at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Center – Malta’s oncology hospital. This office offers the concept of a one-stop shop for all Non-Government organizations within the platform.

Marika is also the clinical aromatherapist in residence at the hospital. She is working with other professionals including psychologists, artists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, nurses and oncologists to offer a complementary and holistic approach to treatment.

Her main aim is to have as many tools at her disposal as possible to offer dignity, compassion, and comfort to her patients whilst accompanying them through their journey.

Marika is a VTCT Tutor, Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer currently teaching Aromatherapy Diploma and Aromatherapy Higher Diploma.

‘By the bedside’ – An Aromatherapist’s Journey in an Oncology Hospital

Marika has been working at Malta’s main oncology hospital for the past three years now. It was not something she planned but rather something that was planned for her by the Universe. It is where she was supposed to be all along and it feels like home. During this interview we will discuss the following aspects of Marika’s work:

♦   The versatility of this modality which makes it a perfect tool to be used at different stages during a patient’s cancer journey.

♦   The challenges and restrictions that are faced and the modifications to treatment that are necessary to integrate aromatherapy within the hospital environment.

♦   The importance of building relationships of trust with other health care professionals to ensure a holistic service to our patients.

♦   The most important secret ingredient in every blend and every treatment given.

♦   The art of accepting the fact that sometimes what we are offering is not what the patient needs at that particular moment in time.

♦   The importance of extreme self-care when working daily in a very intense environment.

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