Aromatherapy Massage & Aromatherapy
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Aromatherapy means "treatment using scents". It is a holistic treatment of caring for the body with pleasant smelling botanical oils such as rose, lemon, lavender and peppermint. The essential oils are added to the bath or massaged into the skin, inhaled directly or diffused to scent an entire room. Aromatherapy is used for the pain relief, skin care, release tension and fatigue and invigorate the entire body. Essential oils can affect the mood, alleviate fatigue, reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. When inhaled, they work on the brain and nervous system through stimulation of the olfactory nerves
What is Aromatherapy Massage?
Aromatherapy massage combines massage therapy techniques with pure essential oils professionally blended to form the aromatherapy oil, to suit the individual client. Aromatherapy massage eases stress, relieves muscular tension, encourages circulation and stimulates lymphatic drainage helping to eliminate toxins from the body. Regular treatments can be beneficial for a wide range of complaints and can help calm the mind, relax the body and boost energy levels.
We also stock a range of the more popular essential oils in our health food shop.
What is Aromatherapy Massage and what might it do for You?
Aromatherapy is the art of using essential oils to help restore balance in the body, and is a form of natural healing that is more than 8.000 years old. Today it represents one of the fastest growing complementary therapies in the UK.
Aromatherapy massage therapy represents the earliest form of treatment used in Roman and Egyptian times, and is still the primary form of treatment used in aromatherapy today. It allows the essential oils to be absorbed through the skin to affect the body and treat the body directly by the therapeutic effects of the massage itself.
Aromatherapy is a truly holistic therapy, as it aims to treat the whole person by taking account not only of their physical state but also their emotions, which can have a profound effect on general being. It works on the principle that the most effective way to promote health and prevent illness is to strengthen the body’s immune system by restoring the harmony between mind and body.
Aromatherapy in Britain
In England, although awareness of aromatherapy as a serious discipline is more recent; it has become a widespread and valued form of holistic therapy. Standards of training and practice are very high, and aromatherapy is increasingly practised in hospitals. The majority is therapists, though, work within the spectrum of holistic medicine.
Around 40 per cent of GP practices offer their patients access to some form of non-conventional treatment, such as aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy in the UK currently work at different levels, from the provision of aromatherapy massage for stress relief and relaxation, through the clinical approach of aromatherapy employed in a health care setting.
Aromatherapy in its diversity of care
Aromatherapy is such a wide-reaching subject that there are endless examples of client groups it may benefit.
Aromatherapy is used to help many members of the community including children with common childhood problems such as eczema, people with depression, elderly clients with dementia, couples with infertility problems, clients with high blood pressure, to name but a few.
What does an aromatherapist do?
A properly trained aromatherapist will look far beyond the mere application of essential oils, and will seek to help the whole person in maintaining a balance of mental, physical and spiritual health.
A first consultation is a very important part of the whole aromatherapy treatment, and should be holistic in its approach. The initial consultation allows the aromatherapist to determine as far as possible the client’s needs and ill establish whether treatment is appropriate or whether referral to another professional should be the next course of action.
From the information elicited from the consultation, the aromatherapist may then select and blend oils based upon the client’s physical and emotional condition, and plan a treatment to suit their needs.
A competent aromatherapist will develop good communication and client-handling skills, in order to elicit as much information as possible, while at the same time building a good rapport and level of trust with a client.
The Results of some Clinical Studies
Aromatherapy is particularly effective for stress, anxiety, and psychosomatic induced problems, muscular and rheumatic pains, digestive disorders and women's problems, such as PMS, menopausal complaints and postnatal depression. Here is a summary of the results from clinical studies:
Essential Oils May Aid Memory Recall, Concentration, & Alertness
Sleeplessness and Insomnia
Pressure can be stimulating, challenging and motivating, but if it builds up we may be left feeling unable to cope. Our response is often to deny the pressure and ignore the physical signs of stress such as fatigue, self-doubt, sleeplessness and headaches.
If the symptoms and causes of stress are left untreated they will affect your general health and well-being, and can even lead to serious illness, such as ulcers, heart attacks and clinical depression, so it is important to start tackling problems at an early stage, before they erupt.
De-stressing requires a positive tactical plan for learning how to cope and retain a balanced outlook on life.
Aromatherapy is a marvellous antidote to many problems associated with stress as it draws on the calming, relaxing, uplifting and restorative powers of particular essential oils, providing a natural and powerful alternative to tranquilizers, antidepressants and other drugs. Aromatherapy massage with the properties of the essential oils can work to relax the nervous system and give it enough stimulation to rebalance and control itself, leaving you refreshed and ready to cope.
Useful facts on stress
In 2003/04, an estimated 29.8 million working days were lost through self-reported work-related illness. Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for the majority of these working days lost, with a combined total of 24.6 million.
An estimated 12.8 million working days were lost through stress, depression or anxiety in 2003/04. The average number taken off was 28.5 days per case.
Musculoskeletal disorders (in particular those affecting the back and upper limbs) were the most commonly reported work-related illness in 2003/04, with an estimated 1.108,000 people ever employed affected
Some conditions that aromatherapy may help:
Stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and fatigue·
Muscular problems, aches and pains.
Painful periods, pre-menstrual syndrome, menopausal problems
Hay fever, sinusitis, coughs and colds
Water retention, constipation, IBS
High or low blood pressure
Low immune system
Enhances a general state of well-being
Calms and soothes the mind
Helps reduce nervous tension
Helps lift the mood and feelings of depression.
Aromatherapy Facial Frequently asked questions:
Q. Is an aromatherapy treatment safe?
A. Yes, Aromatherapy treatments are completely safe when provided by fully qualified therapists. The aromatherapy oil provided is blended for the individuals conditions and the synergy is never to overpowering or too strong for the skin. A 2% blend is provided for the body and a 1% blend for the face. A full consultation of the client will be completed first to ensure there are no contra indications before the treatment.
Q.Can both men and woman have aromatherapy treatments?
A. Yes aromatherapy is a treatment designed for both men and woman.
Q. Will I be kept modest at all times during my treatment?
A. Yes, Clients who are treated maintain their modesty and privacy by towels at all times during the treatment. The treatment rooms also provide sufficient privacy at all times. The therapist will leave the room whilst the client undresses for their treatment.
Q.Can I have aromatherapy massage treatments whilst I am pregnant?
A.Yes, We treat clients after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However we do avoid using certain essential oils and some techniques are avoided during the treatment.
Q. How soon will I feel the effects?
A. Many clients feel the effects immediately. This feeling may last up to several weeks.
Q.Is there any after care advice for after the treatment
• Avoid a bath/shower for 24 hours after treatment...
This allows penetration of the essential oil. The oil can take up to an hour to just absorb through the skin.
• Do not sunbathe or use a sun bed/shower 24 hours after treatment...
Why? If the oil used is photo toxic this may cause the skin to burn.
• If you feel tired - rest after treatment...
This ensures the body to heal itself.
• Drink plenty of water or herbal teas.
This speeds up the removal of toxins from the body.
• Coffee, tea and cola should be avoided after the treatment.
These contain caffeine which stimulates the body and will not help the client relax.
• Do not smoke or drink alcohol for around 24 hours after treatment.
As the treatments is detoxifying, drinking and smoking will reintroduce toxins to the body.
• Heavy meals should be avoided immediately after the treatment
Blood is diverted to the gut to help digestion and this will divert energy away from the healing process, light meals are ideal.
• Futher treatments may be recommended
Further or even regular treatments for certain clients with particular conditions can be helpful.
• Regular exercise, postural exercise and relaxation classes are advised such as:
Swimming, yoga, water aerobics, fitness classes.
• Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Reduces the amount of toxins, enabling more efficient functioning of the organs.
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