Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils to relieve nervous stress, enhance well being and promote health and vitality. Essential oils are highly fragrant, volatile fluids that occur in aromatic plants growing the world over. Essential oils that are commonly used in aromatherapy include lavender, geranium, bergamot, clary sage and rose, to name a few.
Each essential oil has distinct therapeutic properties that improve the body’s natural functioning, enhancing the health of both mind and body. They have been shown through research to possess stimulant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and relaxant properties among others. During aromatherapy massage the aroma of the essential oils calms the mind and relaxes the nervous system. Combining the benefits of essential oils with therapeutic massage produces a pleasurable yet effective method of healing.
Aromatherapy can be of benefit to everyone, it can be used for a variety of physical and emotional problems including headache, insomnia, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, backache, stress, to name a few. An initial appointment with a professional aromatherapist will begin with a consultation, in which you will be asked about your general health, vitality and medical history. This detail is necessary to determine each individual’s therapeutic requirements. Your aromatherapist will then select and blend the essential oils, mix them with a carrier such as sunflower or almond oil, and apply them via a massage. Essential oils are very powerful and should be used with care and with guidance from a professionally trained aromatherapist.