What is Aromatherapy Massage?
Aromatherapy helps to sooth, relax and refresh the Mind and Body, It also helps to dispel tension, and restore well being. Aromatherapy massage combines the power of touch with the therapeutic properties of essential oils. The use of essential oils is probably as old as history itself. Aromatherapy is part of a healing tradition that goes back thousands of years. Before the 19th century all healing was carried out with potions that were derived from plants, flowers and herbs.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils to meet the needs of the client. The oils consist of different notes ranging from Top, Middle and Bottom notes. Aromatherapy is a treatment involving the application of these essential oils to assist the body’s own healing system.
A blend of oils to suit you, will be made up, depending on your needs. Whether you have come to relieve minor ailments, to reduce tension or simply just to be pampered with aromatic beauty treatment, this is a relaxing treatment. Odours are perceived by the part of the brain connected with emotion, so a pleasurable scent can have a positive effect on your enjoyment of life.
Aromatherapy massage makes use of the basic Swedish massage techniques but omits Tapotment movements as these are too stimulating and cause heat in the tissues which induce evaporation of the essential oils. The movements used in aromatherapy are performed a lot slower in order to induce total relaxation and help bring about stress relief.
Aromatherapy may help with the following:-
- Reduce Stress
- Alleviate Depression
- Muscle tone
- Improve circulation
- Drain the lymphatic system
- Help with mental fatigue
- A sense of wellbeing
The Egyptians were the first recorded users of essential oils and they developed the art. Essential oils, along with their many other uses were also used as medicinal aids and cosmetics. Although it was Egyptians that initiated the art of extracting essences from plants, it was the Greeks who developed distillation. Conquests and crusades spread knowledge throughout the differing cultures of the time.
The earliest written record of the use of essential oils in Britain was in the thirteenth century. At this time they were used extensively in perfumery and their antiseptic qualities made them extremely popular during times of plague. During the great plague, incense from pine, cypress and cedar was burned in sick rooms, hospitals and in the streets. Many aristocratic houses actually had their own distilleries. Today we have scientific proof of the anti-bacterial properties of these natural antiseptic oils.
For thousands of years then essential oils have served to provide pleasure and waged war on disease. Now, with the age of modern medicine most people have come to rely on fast-acting antibiotics and other such synthetic chemical drugs. They have of course there own benefits – but at a price. Consequently it is of little wonder that there has been such a tremendous renewed interest and awareness towards purer forms of treatment and with rediscovery of the
value of essential oils.
After Your Treatment
Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water will help flush the toxins released during treatment, this is also to avoid de-hydration.
Avoid toxins such as
Tea, coffee, alcohol and nicotine.
A light diet for 24/48 hours will be beneficial.
Avoid all over-refined and processed foods, curries or spicy foods.
Stay out of the sun and avoid sunbeds as some oils can be phototoxic and you can have a reaction if you go in the sun or use sun beds.
Don’t shower directly after your massage as you will wash away the oils that have been applied and they will not be properly absorbed into your skin. It is best to wait at least 8 hours. Don’t use bath oils or salts for at least 24 hours