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Aromatherapy Massage

The history of the application of essential oils to the human body goes back to at least 2000 B.C. The first evidence of the wide-ranging use of aromatic oils comes from ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks were among the first to appreciate the benefits of essential oils. However, it was around the 13th century that the use of aromatic oils reached England's shores. During the Renaissance period when the plague swept through Europe, because essential oils have antiseptic properties, those who used them were said to survive it.
Although Culpeper's Complete Herbal (1652) listed the medical properties of plants, scientific study didn't start until the 1920's. It was the French chemist Gattefosse who discovered that essential oils can be absorbed by the skin and can reach the organs through the body's circulatory systems.

Gattefosse coined the term 'Aromatherapy' but the work of Marguerite Maury in the 1950's was particularly important because she introduced the idea of Aromatherapy as a holistic treatment, customised to the unique needs of each client.

Aromatherapy aims to treat the whole person by helping to restore the harmony of body, mind and spirit. It works with the pure properties of plants, using their essential oils in a natural, complementary therapy, which can help improve both physical and emotional well-being.

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You can benefit from essential oils in two main ways: either by being absorbed by the skin or through your breathing. When gently massaged into the skin the oils can have a physical effect by causing chemical changes in your body's systems. Aromatherapy is most effective in therapeutic massage (also known as Aromatherapy Massage), often using relaxing or uplifting fragrances.

aromatherapy and its effects An aromatherapy massage lasts for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes and is a very gentle massage of the body using aromatic essential oils, which are carefully chosen and blended to meet the individual needs of the client. During the treatment towels will be used to ensure your modesty. Aromatherapy essential oils are blended with a vegetable oil, known as a carrier oil, before being applied to the skin. Individual oils can be diluted in a carrier oil or a number of oils can be skilfully used together to create a blend tailored specially for you.
The oils are absorbed through the skin into the blood stream where they have a profound effect on physical and emotional conditions, promote general well being and bring about relaxation or stimulation according to the oils chosen.

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Lavender is a versatile oil, used for many conditions, including helping to calm and soothe the mind, whereas Bergamot is an uplifting oil with the refreshing, spicy scent of orange groves and fresh lemons.

Aromatherapy oils can help promote emotional well-being and good health, with therapists using a wide range of oils to help a variety of conditions. Each oil has different therapeutic properties; aromatherapists can therefore select oils that benefit various conditions throughout the body.

With essential oils chosen and blended specially to meet your needs the potential benefits of aromatherapy massage include: -

  • The relief of stress and tension
  • A feeling of deep relaxation
  • Stimulated immune system
  • A calm and soothed mind
  • Improved blood and lymph circulation
  • Increased energy levels
  • A general sense of health and well-being
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To gain the maximum benefit from the essential oils, and to give them time to be absorbed in to your skin your skin, do not bath or shower for 8 hours, and avoid bath oils and salts for 24 hours. It is advisable to rest afterwards this will help you to enjoy the relaxing benefits of the treatment and helps your body's natural healing process.

You should try to avoid alcohol, tobacco and eating spicy food for at least 24 hours after treatment and drink plenty of water, which will help to flush away toxins.

(To ensure that there is no adverse reaction to the essential oils selected, a patch test is usually required 24 hours prior to treatment)