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International aromatherapy charity breaks world record

A UK CHARITY based in London has set a new world record for the most number of people given an aromatherapy massage at one time.

The International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) set the Guinness World Record at an ‘Aromaday’ day in Shatin, Hong Kong on 26 March 2018.

The record took place at the Heung Yee Kuk Building and involved 297 IFA qualified aromatherapists giving a 30-minute hand massage to 297 elderly people using essential oils. They beat the previous world record of 250.

The IFA is an international charity founded in 1985 as the first professional body for clinical aromatherapy. It now boasts 132 schools in 15 countries around the world and the World Record was set following a successful two-day conference on Preventative Healthcare in Hong Kong on March 24/25.

Colleen O’Flaherty-Hilder, chair of the IFA, which is based in South Ealing said: “Aromatherapy can be useful for so many different types of people that carers meet. The elderly is one of these key groups, so it was nice to see them represented at the Guinness World Record attempt along with so many IFA trained aromatherapists.

“We are very proud to beat the previous world record by 47, but more importantly we are glad it will help to raise awareness of aromatherapy.

“To set this record following such a successful two days conference is a real boost for all our members and everyone involved with the charity. It underlines the fact that we are not only the original but also the most established aromatherapy body working internationally from the UK.”