The healing art of Aromatherapy needs little introduction nowadays. The last three decades have seen a growing interest in complementary healing methods and the use of naturally derived products such as essential oils. They are widely used at home, clinics and hospitals for a variety of applications such as relieving headaches, muscular tension, improve circulation, sinus congestion, skin irritations, PMT ,insect bites, pain relief during childbirth, relieving pain caused by the side effects of chemotherapy and rehabilitation of cardiac patients.
Aromatherapy means “treatment using scents”. It is a holistic treatment involving the use of essential oils extracted from plants, flowers, trees, fruits, bark, grasses and seeds. There are about 150 essential oils. These oils can be massaged, inhaled or added to the bath. They offer pain relief, care for the skin, alleviate tension and fatigue thereby invigorating the entire body. When inhaled, they work on the brain and nervous system helping to reduce anxiety, uplift and alleviate fatigue.
The Roots of Aromatherapy
Aromatic plants and oils have been used for thousands of years, as incense, perfumes, cosmetics and for their medical and culinary applications. The Egyptians were well aware of their value, using them to make perfume, to allay fears and induce feelings of wellbeing. The Bible refers frequently to the use of healing oils and in the Middles Ages monks cultivated herbs specifically for their restorative properties.
Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage
Increases the circulation of blood to all areas of the body, bring greater nutrition to the tissues and enhancing removal of waste.
Increases the tone of muscles
Improves elasticity of the skin
Encourage rest and relaxation
Reduces fatigue and increases energy levels
Reduces fluid retention
Boosts the immune system
Can everyone enjoy Aromatherapy?
As with reflexology, this therapy is suitable for most adults but there are certain conditions where you should avoid aromatherapy. To ensure the continued well being of clients, all treatments begin with a consultation, which enables me to make sure that reflexology is suitable for you. In some instances your doctor’s permission may be required before treatments may commence, for example if you have diabetes, epilepsy, heart condition, embolism or thrombosis. A confidential record card will be kept with any relevant details for future treatment.