Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to promote healing and a feeling of well-being and relaxation in the recipient.The essential oils are extracted from the parts of herbs and plants and contain all the properties of the plants themselves. There are several ways of applying the oils, including adding the oils to your bath, or inhaling them, but the most popular and effective is through massage. Aromatherapy is one of the most popular forms of complementary therapy. One of the reasons it has been so successful is due to its holistic approach. When making a plan, the aromatherapist will consider an individual’s medical history. General mental health, well-being and emotional condition are also taken on board before starting.
How does it work?
Aromatherapy works in two different ways: through the sense of smell and through skin absorption.
Many essential oils contain anti-inflammatory properties. These are often applied to the skin to fight infection or relieve pain. However, if you are in pain or suspect an infection, it is important to consult your GP before turning to aromatherapy. Another way aromatherapy is used is through inhalation or smelling essential oils. Our sense of smell is directly linked to the brain, which is why we react in different ways to each scent. When the brain receives a smell, it sets off a reaction in the body. This is where you may feel hunger, feel energized or relaxed. The nerves in our nose can also recognize smells and link them with a memory, which is why certain scents can make you feel happy or sad. Aromatherapy is now being recognized in the science world and is listed on The NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners.
What are the benefits of aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy can be used to help treat various symptoms and conditions. The evidence for its effectiveness varies and often further research is required. The therapeutic qualities of the oils are thought to soothe, uplift, restore, boost the immune system and encourage positivity.
The symptoms and conditions aromatherapy is thought to help include:
Certain scents can trigger a relaxation response in the brain. When combined with a massage, it can help to reduce feelings of stress. It is important to discover the cause of your stress to ensure long-term management.
Studies have found that aromatherapy can have a positive effect on those suffering from anxiety. As a complementary therapy, it is best used with other therapies such as talking therapy.
Many people find aromatherapy a helpful aid for sleep. Burning a relaxing scent in your home or adding essential oils to a warm, evening bath can help prepare your body and mind for sleep.
Aromatherapy is thought to be especially helpful for easing any chronic pain-related anxiety. If the pain is muscular, a massage using essential oils may be an effective treatment. As with any new therapy, please consult your GP before starting.
Aromatherapy massage is becoming increasingly popular in palliative care. The combination of scent and massage is thought to help patients feel less affected by the symptoms and side effects of their illness.
Most commonly used essential oils
There are hundreds of different aromatherapy oils, all of which have different benefits. An aromatherapist may recommend a single oil for the treatment, but it is likely they will use a combination.
Some of the most common essential oils include:
Ginger – Ginger can help ease digestive problems. The scent is known for revitalizing the body.
Lavender – The ultimate relaxer, lavender is recommended for those who find it difficult to sleep.
Clary sage – This oil is believed to manage labour pains and relieve the menstrual cramp. It is also known for its stress relieving properties.
Eucalyptus – This oil is known for relieving respiratory congestion, so it can be helpful if you are suffering from a cold.
Peppermint – Mint is an energizing oil which may help ease migraines and relieve nausea.
Lemon – An uplifting and detoxing scent, lemon can help energize you and lift your mood.
Fennel – Fennel is thought to help the digestive system and encourage menstrual regulation.
Orange/Mandarin – A calming oil with a warming citrus scent. It is often combined with lavender oil to
help children relax.
What is AROMA TOUCH?
One of the most popular ways to use aromatherapy is through a massage. The essential oils are added to a carrier oil to dilute the mixture and are then massaged into the skin. An aromatherapy massage usually lasts between one hour and 90 minutes. This will be tailored to suit your specific requirements. Aromatherapy massages are incredibly relaxing. They give you the opportunity to reap the benefits of both aromatherapy and massage.
Can help to lift mood (physical touch boosts our happy hormones, you should leave feeling uplifted).
Promotes relaxation, reducing stress and improving your sense of well-being.
Reduces nervous tension (our bodies hold a lot of psychological tension, so releasing this can be helpful).
Stimulates the body’s immune system, protecting itself from illness.
Eases muscle tension (making you feel more relaxed and soothing aching muscles).
Encourages lymphatic drainage, helping to reduce fluid and toxin build-up.
Boosts circulation (helping blood and oxygen circulate the body to promote healing).
What to expect when you book AROMA TOUCH
During the initial consultation, I will get to know you. I am going to ask you about your lifestyle, about your general health and well-being, your medical history and the reason for which you are considering aromatherapy. Once we have discussed the reasons and your desired outcome, I will suggest a treatment plan.The personalised treatment will likely include at-home treatments and aromatherapy massage sessions. On average, a full series of treatments include 1 sessions a week, though you may only need one.
Each individual is different and the duration of the course will depend on your circumstances.
If you are suffering from an illness, you may be required to consult your GP before any sessions. This is because aromatherapy is a complementary therapy. It is designed to work in harmony with any other treatments you may be receiving. I will discuss with you about the available oils and your target with the aromatherapy massage. Together we will choose the essential oils that will be most effective in managing your symptoms.