The word ‘Aroma’ means a fragrance or sweet smell, the word ‘therapy’ means a treatment designed to heal.
Aromatherapy is the use of oils found in plants, flowers and trees. The essential oils are used to maintain health, increase vitality and promote a feeling of well-being. They are considered to be the ‘hormones’, ‘life force’ or ‘soul’ of the plant.
Essential oils interact with our bodies in three different ways, pharmaologically, physiologically and psychologically
Nobody knows exactly when or where the ancient art of Aromatherapy began but it goes back at least to 2000 years. Records in the bible describe the usage of plants and their oils both in treatment of illness and in religion. The Egyptians used them for both cosmetics and embalming their dead.
There are possibilities that they were known of in China before that time. Their usage spread to the Greeks and the Romans who brought them to Britain. The Romans thought the oils to be good for relaxation, improvement of the circulation and to help with the healing of wounds.
Is Aromatherapy for everyone?
Although it is suitable for most people, there are certain conditions whereby it would not be advisable to apply massage or particular essential oils.
All treatments will begin with a confidential consultation which will allow the therapist to determine whether this therapy is suitable for you. A doctor’s permission is sometimes required. Your records will be kept for future treatments.
During the Aromatherapy
For a back, neck and shoulder massage, you will be asked to undress to the waist. For a full Aromatherapy (back, neck, shoulders, legs, optional abdomen, arms and face) you will be required to undress to your underwear(pants/boxer shorts). You will be provided with plenty of towels, pillows and blankets to ensure your modesty and comfort.
A full Aromatherapy lasts for 2 hours, a part session lasts 1 hour.
Aromatherapy oils are blended with a vegetable ‘carrier’ oil. before being applied in massage. The therapist will create a blend tailored for your needs. Sometimes reflexology is used in the initial consultation to help with the choosing of essential oils.
Each oil has different therapeutic properties and so the blend can benefit various conditions
- Relief of stress and tension
- A feeling of deep relaxation
- Stimulated immune system
- A calm and soothed mind
- Improve blood and lymph circulation
- Increased energy levels
- A general sense of well-being
After the Aromatherapy
To gain the most benefit from the essential oils and to allow them time to be absorbed into the blood stream, do not bathe or shower for 8 hours and avoid using anything else on the skin for 24 hours. Drink plenty of water to flush away the toxins. Avoid alcohol and tobacco or other stimulants for 24 hours. Most importantly Relax.
What a client says:
“..thank you for another fantastic aromatherapy session with Dee.
The blend of oils was a good choice as I was totally relaxed within a couple of minutes!
What followed was a complete healing and ‘feelgood’ treat which I would recommend to
anyone to experience in the modern frenetic life we live!
From past experience I know I will feel great now for a good while, balanced and calm…. Thanks..”
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