What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for their therapeutic properties, to assist body’s own natural healing processes and enhance well-being. Essential oils are aromatic, volatile substances extracted from a single botanical source by a variety of methods (distillation, expression). Essential oils come from various parts of the plants (leaves, twigs, flowers, bark, seeds, peel of a fruit). They constitute the very essence of the plant, its “life force”. Each essential oil has a very complex chemical structure and it is the unique combination of its chemical constituents that determines its therapeutic effects and its aroma. These cannot be imitated and produced artificially. Treatments that use synthetic, “nature-identical” or adulterated oils are not going to be effective!
How do essential oils work?
Essential oils can penetrate the body by inhalation or absorption (through the skin). There are many methods of applying essential oils – aromatherapy massage, ointments, baths, compresses etc. NB! Essential oils should never be ingested!
Essential oils affect human body:
- Pharmacologically: Chemical components of essential oils enter the blood and other body fluids and can affect the way hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters function
- Physiologically: Once inside the body, the particles of essential oil will affect different organs and body systems. For example, if an oil has anti-spasmodic and hypotensive properties, it can relieve aches, tensions and cramps and help to lower high blood pressure
- Psychologically: Just as essential oils help to balance the body, they help to harmonize moods and feelings. For example, Neroli essential oil is uplifting and anti-depressant.
Aromatherapy is a safe and effective therapy with a wide range of benefits; and can help most people enhance their health and well-being.
Professional aromatherapy massage treatment is the best way to benefit from use of essential oils, as their therapeutic properties are enhanced by the physiological benefits of massage itself.
Aromatherapy massage treatment
Your first appointment will begin with a consultation, which may take 15-20 minutes. You will be asked about your medical history, your current state of health, your lifestyle and emotional well-being. This is necessary to establish your suitability for the treatment, the best way to address your concerns and expectations, and to decide which essential oils will be most beneficial. This is followed by creating for you a unique blend of essential oils and a full body massage. Aromatherapy massage is a slow and gentle treatment; the emphasis is on relaxation, lymphatic drainage and pressure points work to aid the absorption of essential oils. It can take 1,5 to 2 hours to perform fully. Sometimes a shorter treatment can be offered, depending on your individual requirements.
After the treatment you will be offered advice on the best way to use essential oils at home to reinforce the treatment and to maintain its beneficial effects. Products for home use, such as bath and body oils can be prepared for you.
What are the benefits of Aromatherapy?
General effects of Aromatherapy massage include:
- Reduction in stress and tension
- Increased feeling of well-being, balance and calm
- Renewed energy and vigour
- Boosting of immune, respiratory, circulatory and lymphatic systems
Aromatherapy can be very helpful for conditions such as insomnia, depression and anxiety, muscular aches and pains, skin problems, digestive problems, menopausal symptoms etc.