Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, by various different methods, to enhance the well-being of the mind, body and spirit. It uses pure essences from plants, which may have a preventative effect, helping to care for common ailments while working alongside medical treatment, in the healing process. Essential oils are highly fragrant, volatile and are extracted from flowers, leaves, twigs, bark, roots and fruits of many common plants. The essential oils have many different properties and as research has shown, can be stimulating, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, relaxing, calming, soothing and uplifting. Aromatherapy, therefore, has the ability to affect the emotions, promote bodily well-being and balance psychologically.
What to expect during and after a treatment
A typical treatment will last one hour. This will include a consultation before the treatment in order to select oils suited to your needs. The client will then be left to undress, leaving on their underwear, and make themselves comfortable on the massage couch, covering themselves with towels. The practitioner will then give a full body massage using the aromatherapy blend they have created for you.
(Full body massage includes: back, neck, shoulders, front and back of legs and feet, arm and hand, chest, face and scalp. Stomach massage is optional). If you would like just a back massage please enquire as we can tailor the treatment to suit your needs.
After the treatment the client will usually feel relaxed and may feel sleepy. It is best to drink plenty of water and try to rest for the remainder of the day/evening. If possible try to avoid drinking alcohol, caffeinated tea and coffee and eat a light meal. The next day you should hopefully feel nice and refreshed.
Aromatherapy is beneficial for a number of emotional and physical problems. The oils work on many levels and have a range of therapeutic properties. Most people come for an aromatherapy massage to relieve stress, muscular tension or joint pain, headaches or migraine, insomnia, anxiety or just for relaxation and pampering. The massage itself is also very beneficial as it can help with muscular stiffness, lymph drainage, and the release of toxins.
Aromatherapy is beneficial for most people. However some oils can be contraindicated in certain circumstances. Please check if you have any of these and let the practitioner know when booking a treatment. We can usually work around this and select oils that will be suitable for you. However it may be the case that you cannot have a massage with essential oils, if so we can do a massage with plain vegetable oil.
● Recent Operation
● Pregnant (1st trimester)
● If you have an infectious skin condition
● High or Low Blood Pressure (Certain oils will not be suitable)
● On Medication (Some medications can interact with the oils)
● Epilepsy (some oils are contraindicated in epilepsy so make sure you tell the practitioner if you have epilepsy to ensure they use suitable oils)
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