What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is an ancient therapeutic treatment that enhances well-being, relieves stress and helps in the rejuvenation and regeneration of the human body. It has been used throughout history in traditional medical practices of the world’s greatest civilizations. Nowadays, aromatherapy is widely accepted by orthodox and complementary practitioners as one of the most comprehensive of the natural therapies.
Aromatherapy massage is traditionally a gentle form of massage but each massage is performed with your preferred depth of pressure, as an experienced aromatherapist I find it beneficial to use essential oil blends within each of my therapies to create therapeutic blends, the precision art of blending essential oils creates a unique aroma and treatment for everyone.
Essential oils are delicately extracted from aromatic plants by a process called distillation. This method ensures that the dynamic properties of each plant are transferred into pure unadulterated oils for therapeutic use.
Treatments will involve specific essential oils expertly chosen and blended to help to soothe chronic ailments of the body and mind.
Aromatherapy is the systematic use of volatile plant oils known as essential oils for treatment or prevention of disease. It is a form of complementary therapy designed to treat the whole person and not just the symptom or disease by assisting the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself.
What are Essential oils?
- Essential oils are the highly concentrated essences of aromatic plants. Aromatherapy is the art of using these oils to promote healing of the body and the mind.
- The oils are found in different parts of the plant such as the flowers, twigs, leaves and bark, or in the rind of fruit. For example, in roses it is found in the flowers, in basil it is in the leaves, in sandalwood in the wood, and so on.
- The methods used to extract the oil are time consuming and require a high degree of expertise. Given that it takes in excess of 220 pounds of rose petals to produce only 4 or 5 teaspoonfuls of oil, it is a process probably best left to professionals! Due to the large quantity of plant material required, pure essential oils are expensive, but they are also highly effective only a few drops are needed to reach the desired effect.
How does it work?
Aromatherapy works by either inhalation via the olfactory system or is harmonised throughout the body topically through the skin where it is drawn into the bloodstream, unlike regular medicine the body will only use what it needs and naturally eliminate the rest, so No toxic build up.
Essential oils enter the body by 2 common methods:
1. The Olfactory System
- Essential oils have an immediate impact on our sense of smell, also known as “olfaction”. When essential oils are inhaled, olfactory receptor cells are stimulated and the impulse is transmitted to the emotional center of the brain, or “limbic system”.
- The limbic system is connected to areas of the brain linked to memory, breathing, and blood circulation, as well as the endocrine glands which regulate hormone levels in the body.
- The properties of the oil, the fragrance and its effects, determine stimulation of these systems.
2. The Skin (The Integumentary System)
- When used in massage, essential oils are not only inhaled, but absorbed through the skin as well. They penetrate the tissues and find their way into the bloodstream where they are transported to the organs and systems of the body. The oils have different rates of absorption, generally between 20 minutes and 2 hours.
- The essential oils have a positive effect for helping to restore balance for the mind and body, and as essential oils are a natural substance the body will use what is needed and then naturally eliminate when the chosen tasks have been completed.
- When using good quality essential oils correctly, the soothing combination of beautiful aromas, massage, aromatic baths and other treatments all work to regulate, balance, heal and maintain your entire being by working with nature, and not against it
What will happen in my Aromatherapy treatment.
Whether you are receiving an aromatherapy facial, full body treatment or back massage your therapist will create a unique essential oil blend taking into account your reason for treatment.
Your first visit will include a detailed confidential consultation with your therapist to decide which essential oils will benefit you the most, some extra time is allocated to ensure the correct treatment is created for you.
You will then relax into your treatment as your therapist expertly uses the aromatherapy blend, you may be advised to have follow up treatments and be shown how to use aromatherapy at home between treatments so you can maximise your therapy.
What can it treat.
Aromatherapy can be used to help a wide range of ailments and chronic patterns in the body due to the individual essential oil blends created specifically for you.
Common ailments include:
- Hormone imbalances
- Pain relief
- Suppressed immune system
- Digestion imbalance
- Disrupted sleep patterns
The Holistic Approach
- Today aromatherapy is one of the most popular of all complementary therapies, offering a wide range of highly effective treatments to both the acute and chronic stages of illness and disease. At the same time, regular use of aromatherapy treatments and home-use products can help to strengthen the immune system, thereby establishing a preventative approach to overall health.
- One of the reasons that aromatherapy has been so hugely successful is because it uses a holistic approach, whereby the aromatherapist takes into account a person’s medical history, emotional condition, general health and lifestyle before planning a course of treatment. The whole person is treated – not just the symptoms of an illness.
- Backache, irritable bowel syndrome or headaches, for example, are often the result of stress and not actually a physical problem. Therefore no amount of pill-popping is really going to provide a long term solution since it only masks the symptoms without addressing the problems.
- By looking at the causes of the stress and providing treatments to ease and manage it, the aromatherapist will help to alleviate the condition in a much more efficient manner.
If you have any questions regarding aromatherapy treatments and/ or the use of essential oils please feel free to contact me with your inquiry.