Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy using essential oils from plants and trees. These oils are either massaged into skin, using a carrier oil to dilute them, or can be inhaled or used in a bath. The oils are a natural treatment for infections, stress and other health related problems.
Do you suffer from any of these complaints?
- Back, neck and shoulder tension
- Arthritic disorders
- Stress related conditions
- Low energy
- Muscular strains
- Skin conditions
- PMS and menopause Aromatherapy may be able to help
What is different about massage with aromatherapy oils?
The massage is both therapeutic and nurturing. The skin absorbs essential oils and at the same time, the oils are inhaled, stimulating the olfactory system, inducing positive mood. The oils can help with stress related problems and sleep disorders amongst other concerns. Recently an NHS hospital has been using aromatherapy to help induce labour naturally.
I mix a synergistic blend of, generally, three different oils especially chosen for the client according to their preference. These essential oils are then mixed with a carrier oil such as grape seed oil. These would then be massaged into the skin. In some cases I would advise further use of the oils in baths at home.
What can I expect from a treatment?
The client would be requested to remove some clothing prior to lying on the massage couch but the areas of the body not being worked on will be covered with towels to respect their modesty.
I would then use my hands to apply the oils directly to the skin. As the massage becomes deeper after the skin and muscles are warmed through various massage techniques, I would then incorporate, thumbs, fingers and forearms to ease out any tightness or knots in the muscles. Generally, because of the enhancements of the essential oils, the massage is more gentle and nurturing rather than “ deep tissue” although a firmer massage can be requested.
How long does a treatment last?
The massage can be between 45 mins – 1hr 30 mins according to requirements. Please allow an extra 30 minutes for the first appointment as I take a case history and then assess treatment.