Aromatherapy involves the use of therapeutic essences extracted from plant sources in order to promote health, balance and well being. These plant essences are known as essential oils and may be massaged into the skin, added to a bath, inhaled directly or diffused to scent an entire room.
How can Aromatherapy Help?
Modern day life with its pressures from work, home and family life, often presents situation upon situation in which the possibility of becoming stressed is ever present. It is long-term stress which can be harmful to our bodies. Aromatherapy is a useful therapeutic technique, which helps de-stress the body. Lowering stress helps the body function better, which often leads to an increased level of self-awareness and an ability to cope.
Aromatherapy in the form of a massage helps to improve circulatory and lymphatic flow within the body. Each essential oil has its unique therapeutic effect. During the massage, the therapeutic essential oils enter the blood via the skin and help according to their unique therapeutic properties. For example, lavender essential oil helps muscles and nerves relax. It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. An aormatherapy massage incorporating lavender essential oil can therefore help to ease issues like aches, pains by helping muscles and nerves to relax and improving blood flow.
The potential health benefits from aromatherapy include:
- A feeling of deep relaxation
- A calm and soothed mind
- The relief of stress and tension
- Improved blood and lymph circulation
- A stimulated immune system
- Increased energy levels
- A normalising of body functioning
- A general sense of well being
Is Aromatherapy Safe?
Aromatherapy is safe for most people. It is important to discuss any relevant medical history with your therapist as certain health conditions may be either unsuitable for treatment or the treatment may need to be adjusted.
Examples of circumstances requiring caution during an aromatherapy treatment include:
- Medical condition e.g. high blood pressure
- Sensitive skin conditions
- Allergies e.g. nut oils
- Using prescribed medication
- Exposure to strong sunlight or sun bed
What happens during an Aromatherapy Massage session?
An initial consultation including a medical history is taken. For an aromatherapy massage treatment, the most suitable essential oil(s) for the client will be mixed in a carrier oil and applied directly to the skin. The massage techniques used are extremely gentle and promote a deep level of relaxation.
The After Effects of receiving Aromatherapy Massage
Most people experience a deep level of relaxation after receiving aromatherapy.
However you may experience feeling tired and heaviness. There may be an increase in elimination by sweat, urine or bowel movement. Other symptoms may develop such as feeling achey, headache or even a raised temperature. This is usually due to the treatment stimulating the movement and release of internalised toxicity. This is a natural mechanism of the body seeking to rebalance and should be supported.
If symptoms worsen or persist for more than 24 hours then consult your therapist.