Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for health and wellbeing.
Aromatherapy oils can be applied in a variety of ways including massage, drops added to the bath, in steam inhalations or in oil burners. Essential oils are very concentrated and only a few drops are usually required. I only use high quality essential oils from companies which have been certified by the Aromatherapy Trade Council, including Neal's Yard Organic. This means you can be assured of the quality of the oils I use and gain the maximum therapeutic benefit from your treatment.
Aromatherapy oils all have different therapeutic benefits, and several oils with different yet complementary properties are generally used in a blend. It is this process of selection and blending in which the true 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 aroma of the oils we
use will have an immediate effect on the brain and body. The skin is the largest organ in the body and is the most popular route for the application of
essential oils. When oils are used in therapeutic massage or in the bath, they are absorbed directly
into the skin and then into the bloodstream, which means they affect every system within the body.
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 one time.
An Aromatherapy Back Massage includes the upper and lower back, shoulders, upper arms and neck and takes about 45 minutes.
An Aromatherapy Full Body Massage includes the back, neck and shoulders, legs, feet, arms, hands, face and scalp, and takes about an hour and a half.
Aromatherapy massage is soothing and relaxing, and many clients fall asleep during their massage. A blend of oils is made at the time of the treatment, according to the client's individual preferences and may be different every time (although most of my clients have their favourites!) 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 natural treatment option for a wide variety of
physical and emotional conditions such as: