What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for health and well being. The oils can
be applied in a variety of ways such as massage, in the bath, in steam inhalations and in oil
burners. Essential oils are very concentrated and a few drops is usually all that is required.
What can I expect from a treatment?
The treatment takes place with the client lying down on a massage table covered by towels and comfortable and warm.
Only the area being massaged is uncovered at any time. A full body massage includes the back, neck and shoulders,
legs, feet, abdomen, arms, hands, upper chest, face and scalp and takes about an hour and a half. Aromatherapy
massage is gentle and relaxing and many clients fall asleep. A blend of oils is made at the time according to the clients
preferences and a separate blend is made for the face if required. The facial and scalp massage can also be done
without oil or with an alternative medium if preferred.
Who will benefit from Aromatherapy?
Like most complementary therapies, aromatherapy is not just a treatment to have
when feeling ill, however it can be a very effective alternative for a wide variety of
physical and emotional conditions such as:
- Muscular Aches And Pains
- Poor Circulation
- Poor Immunity
- Digestive Problems/IBS
- Menopause/Menstrual Problems
Several different oils with different properties can be used and is this process of selection and
blending in which the art of aromatherapy lies.
How does Aromatherapy Work?
Aromatherapy is not just about the smell of the essential oils, although our sense of smell is
the only sense with a direct access route to the brain. Because of this the smell of the oils we
use will have an immediate effect on the body.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and is the most common route for the application of
essential oils. When oils are used for therapeutic massage or in the bath they are absorbed
into the skin and into the bloodstream which means they affect the whole body.
As with all therapies, before any treatment can take place with a new client I carry out a short consultation with some
medical and lifestyle information, this means I can select oils for maximum benefit from your treatment. Occasionally
consent from the client's Doctor is required before any treatment can take place.
"Too much of a good thing is wonderful" Mae West