Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Massage Treatments
Aromatherapy massage offers you the power of essential oils combined with gently relaxing massage techniques. Each essential oil has its own specific healing property, meaning a blend can be created to suit your specific needs on that day.
Just a few of the many benefits of Aromatherapy include: Reducing stress, anxiety & mental fatigue; Promoting better sleep; Stimulating the senses and reducing lethargy; Supporting hormonal imbalances and Reducing muscle pain & physical fatigue.
Whether you need relaxing or reviving, please call or email to arrange a consultation and treatment specifically tailored to you. We also provide blended essential oil products to help, which can be bought directly. Please click on the areas below to find out more.
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Complimentary therapies, such as aromatherapy, are becoming increasingly popular in the support of mainstream medicine.
There are a number of studies that have been conducted, such as those conducted by NCBI looking at The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in Reducing Pain.
However, Aromatherpy is not a new thing:
The term “aromatherapy” was first used in the early 20thCentury, however the use of aromatic oils dates back thousands of years, and it is over a thousand years ago that distillation and use of essential oils was recorded.
It is believed that the Chinese may have been one of the first cultures to harness the power of aromatic plants for wellbeing purposes. The book “Yellow Emperors Book of Internal Medicine” was one of the earliest records of herbal medicine, dating back over 2000 years B.C. They burned incense regularly to create a feeling of balance and harmony, as well as using sandalwood to help treat cholera.
Egyptians embalmed the dead with a mix of oils including clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, cedarwood and myrrh. After a tomb was opened up in the early 20thCentury, it was apparent that the traces of herbs were still present and the fragrance could still be smelled.
The Ancient Greeks used infused oils for aromatic and medicinal purposes, with myrrh being blended and used on the skin for anti-inflammatory purposes, to heal wounds and as a perfume. Hippocrates, the Greek physician recommended daily massages with aromatic oils and used chamomile to help reduce fever. Cypress was also used to help stomach complaints.
It was in the 11thCentury that Avicenna, a Persian philosopher and physician first discovered the distillation process by inventing a coiled cooling pipe which collected the plant vapour much more effectively than previous straight cooling pipes. Not only did Avicenna contribute this breakthrough regarding distillation, he also documented detailed instructions on how to use plants and essential oils for health benefits as well as advice on massage technique. The distillation of essential oils therefore became more common over the centuries, with their medicinal properties being researched and documented.
In 1910, Rene Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist and perfumier burnt his hand whilst working in his laboratory. He stuck his hand in a vat of lavender oil and noticed how quickly his hand healed due to the antibacterial and soothing properties. He then went on to treat injured soldiers with lavender oil during World War I. In 1928, he went on to research essential oils and publish a scientific paper, where the term “Aromatherapy” was first used.
Dr Jean Valnet continued research into the healing and antiseptic properties of essential oils, helping to treat wounded soldiers during the Indochina War, leading to him being the first person to establish aromatherapy as a true therapy. His work was continued by an Austrian biochemist, Marguerite Maury, who brought massage treatments using essential oils to the UK in the early 1960s, helping to shape how we view modern Aromatherapy with her book “The Secret of Life and Youth”.
Today, many think of Aromatherapy as a pamper treatment that has the added bonus of smelling pleasant. Although this is true, it is important not to forget about the history and the science of Aromatherapy. We have learned that many essential oils have healing properties, and their application can help with both physical and mental problems, which can help to truly balance and enrich the life of the user.
What is Aromatic Massage?
Aromatic Massage combines two popular and powerful techniques – gentle yet effective massage technique with the application of essential oils and carrier oils blended for the individual’s needs. Thanks to the blend of essential oils and carrier oils being used for massage, Aromatherapy offers an additional level of relaxation and healing to regular massage.
Essential oils can help with a vast range of problems, both mental and physical. For example, Rosemary can improve flexibility and memory, Frankincense can help support in times of grief as well as relieving a chesty cough, Tea Tree fights bacterial infections, and Peppermint soothes nausea and provides an energy boost. These are just a few of the benefits to just a handful of essential oils. There is an essential oil to help with virtually any problem, just waiting for you to discover it.
Benefits of Aromatic Massage
Often we can feel weighed down by modern life. A stressful job and a hectic family life are just some of the possible causes of everyday stress. Being at a constant level of stress can lead to “distress” – a negative stress reaction. If distress goes untreated, it can often lead to physical symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, headaches, chest pain, raised blood pressure and an upset stomach. On top of these factors caused by stress, there are the physical factors such as a long commute, sitting at a desk or standing all day which all play havoc with your posture and muscle tension.
Massage can provide relief from stress and destress, helping both physically and mentally. The physical benefits of massage include reduced muscle tension, lowered heart rate and blood pressure as well as an increase in the production of Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals naturally produced by the body. Mentally, massage can help increase self-esteem and confidence, promote better sleep and reduce feelings of anxiety.
Not only can aromatic massage help reduce any problems or feelings of stress, but it can improve your performance in daily life. Whether you need to relax or feel uplifted, massage with a tailored blend of oils can boost energy levels, increase memory, reduce pain and improve overall physical and mental performance.
How does Aromatherapy work?
The first thing that you will notice during an Aromatherapy treatment is obviously the wonderful aromas. However, a common misconception about essential oils is that they just smell nice. There is far more to them than their enticing fragrances. The molecules in essential oils are lipophilic (fat soluble) and are so tiny that they are able to be absorbed through all the layers of epidermis and enter the bloodstream, affecting the body at a cellular level. This gives essential oils the opportunity to affect both mind and body, making Aromatherapy massage a truly holistic therapy.
Although the oils do most of the hard work to help you feel fantastic, the massage itself has its own benefits. The gentle techniques used are similar to that of a classic Swedish massage, with the option of firmer pressure if required to target more stubborn areas of muscle tension. A repetitive stroking technique is also used to help with lymphatic drainage, sometimes referred to as the “detox massage”. It works by supporting the internal filtration system in the body, helping to remove toxins and waste products as well as strengthening the immune system.
What to expect at your first treatment:
It is best to come in comfortable, loose fitting clothes as it makes your life easier when changing. It is also a good idea to remove any jewellery that you do not wish to come into contact with the oils. You do not take your underwear off for a massage, but bras are ideally removed. If you are not comfortable with undressing this much, I can always work where you are comfortable. There is no reason why you couldn’t come for a hand or foot massage – it is completely up to you!
If you have booked your first Aromatherapy treatment, a consultation is needed first. This usually takes 10 minutes and involves finding out some important medical details about you, as well as asking some lifestyle questions. This part is so important, as it helps me learn about you and pick the most suitable essential oils for your blend.
After the consultation, I will pick three essential oils that specifically suit your needs for that day. You will get a chance to smell each of the oils that I pick to make sure you love the fragrance. If you return for multiple treatments, your blend is likely to be different each time, as we are always changing.
Your first massage will last 45 minutes, and any follow-ups will be 55 minutes. Each massage can be completely tailored to your preference – gentle or firmer pressure, longer spent on the back and shoulders, no foot massage for those with sensitive feet…all you have to do is ask!
After your massage, you will need to sit up slowly in case you feel dizzy after lying down for a sustained period of time. Remember to get some fresh air and drink plenty of water too. Try to leave it at least three hours before showering, as this allows the oils to fully absorb, helping to nourish and moisturise your skin.
If you loved your blend and want more of it, I can offer your blend to purchase for use at home. Simply head to the shop on the website, and add the “Bespoke Blend” to your cart. This is only available if you have previously had a consultation with me. If not, I can email you a consultation form to create a bespoke blend. Then your own personal 30ml bottle of oil will be sent to you via post for you to use in between treatments – it’s the best of both worlds!