Aromatherapy aims to treat the whole person by helping to restore the harmony of mind, body and spirit.
It works with the pure properties of plants, using their essential oils in a natural, complementary therapy which can help improve both physical and emotional well being.
Aromatherapy is most effective in therapeutic massage (also known as aromatherapy massage) often using relaxing or uplifting fragrances.
ORIGINS OF AROMATHERAPY – A brief history
The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks were among the first to appreciate the benefits of essential oils. The use of aromatic oils reached England’s shores around the 13th Century and when the plague swept through Europe during the Renaissance period, those who used aromatic oils were said to survive it because many essential oils have antiseptic properties. Culpeper’s Complete Herbal (1652) listed medicinal properties of plants but scientific study didn’t start until the 1920’s, when the French chemist Gattefosse discovered that essential oils can be absorbed by the skin and can reach organs through the body’s circulation systems.
Gattefosse coined the term “aromatherapy” and modern aromatherapists have built on his ideas – the work of Marguerite Maury in the 1950’s was particularly important because it was she who introduced the idea of aromatherapy as a holistic treatment, customised to the unique needs of each client. Research into aromatherapy still continues today.
CAN EVERYONE ENJOY AROMATHERAPY?
Aromatherapy is suitable for most adults but there are certain conditions where you should avoid it. To ensure the continued well-being of clients, all treatments begin with a consultation, which enables your therapist to make sure that aromatherapy is right for you. In some instances, your doctor’s permission may be required before treatmetns can commence, for example, if you have a heart condition. An individual confidential record card will be kept with any relevant notes for future treatments.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN AROMATHERAPY TREATMENT?
Typically, full body aromatherapy massages last for approximately an hour and a back massage, half an hour. During the treatment, towels will be used to ensure your modesty.
Aromatherapy oils are blended with an oil known as a carrier oil, before being applied to the skin. Individual oils can be diluted in a carrier oil, or a number of oils can be used together, by a skilled aromatherapist, creating a blend tailored especially for you.
There are two main ways in which you can benefit from essential oils; either by them being absorbed by your skin, or though your breathing. The oils can have a physical effect by causing chemical changes in your body’s systems and a psychological effect when you inhale the fragrance. As the sense of smell has a direct access route to the brain, this can have an immediate effect on your body. So, remember to breathe deeply to enjoy those evocative aromas!
AFTER YOUR TREATMENT
To gain maximum benefit from the essential oils and to give them time to be absorbed into your skin, do not bath or shower for 8 hours and avoid bath oils and salts for 24 hours.
Drink plenty of water as this helps flush away toxins. Try to avoid alcohol and tobacco for at least 24 hours. If you have any queries, please don’t hestitate to ask your therapist for advice.
BENEFITS OF AROMATHERAPY
Aromatherapy oils can help to promote emotional well-being and good health. Therapists regularly use around 50 oils to help a variety of conditions. Each oil has different therapeutic properties, so from within the range, aromatherapists can select oils that can benefit various conditions throughout your body.
With essential oils chosen and blended especially to meet your needs, potential benefits can include:
- The relief of stress and tension
- A feeling of deep relaxation
- Stimulated immune system
- A calm and soothed mind
- Improved blood and lymph circulation
- Increased energy levels
- A general sense of well-being
Treatment time: 30 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes
How often: As often as you like – weekly, fortnightly, monthly – it’s up to you!
£30.00 for neck, shoulders and scalp (30 minutes)
£30.00 for back massage (30 minutes)
£35.00 for back, neck and shoulders massage (40 minutes)
£45.00 for full body (1 hour)
£50.00 for full body, face and scalp (1 hour 15 minutes)