What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of plant-based essential oils to promote physical and psychological wellbeing. There are several ways to use essential oils including inhalation, compresses, baths and massage. As we absorb up to 70% of what we put on our skin, and it was recently discovered that we have smell receptors (olfactory receptors) all over our body, massage is a great way to apply essential oils and maximise their benefits. Aromatherapy Massage uses gentle, repetitive strokes to help the essential oils to penetrate deeper and promote overall relaxation- lie back, breathe in the gorgeous oils and prepare to be pampered!
What happens during a treatment?
During the consultation, we will identify your top 3 objectives for the treatment and several essential oils will be selected. You will then be asked to smell each oil and we will discard any that you don’t like as your body instinctively knows what it needs at that time (which is why sometimes you will like an oil that you disliked the previous day). We will then blend your chosen oils together with a carrier oil such as Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil which we will use for your massage.
For treatments of 1.5 hours or more, we can additionally create blends for you to take away for instance:
- body lotion to aid sleep
- ‘sniffy stick’ to help you focus or alleviate anxiety
- massage or bath oil to relax you or ease pain
- body spray to enhance your mood
- shower gel or shampoo to heal skin conditions
For the Aromatherapy Massage, ]you will lie down under the covers of the therapy bed and each area of the body being worked will be uncovered as needed. You may have a full body aromatherapy massage, or focus on the back, neck and shoulders or a specific area of concern. It is best to leave the oils on for as long as possible to maximise their therapeutic effects.
Who is it good for?
Aromatherapy can be good for those with the following conditions:
- Aches and Pains
- Anxiety, Depression and Stress
- Chronic Fatigue
- Digestive Issues and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Hyperglycaemia and Hypoglycaemia
- Menopause Symptoms
- Muscular Tension
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Sinus Problems
What does Aromatherapy ‘fuse’ well with?
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