Here we use the therapeutic value of pure essential oils in a massage of the whole body, head and face to balance and treat the mind, body and spirit. Aromatherapy massage can help in a range of ailments from infections, headaches and depression to stress related complaints. This treatment will leave you feeling relaxed yet revived.
An indulgent 90 minutes Aromatherapy massage using essential oils to help with any mind or body conditions….
Indulge in our Aromatherapy treatment where we use the therapeutic value of essential oils to balance and treat the mind, body and spirit. Aromatherapy has been used for many years, dating back to ancient Egyptian times, helping to soothe and heal a wide range of ailments from infections, headaches and depression to stress related complaints including migraine, pms and insomnia.
Our treatment lasts for an hour and a half massaging the whole of the body, head and face. Through a consultation we blend Tisserand pure essential oils to your individual needs. This treatment will leave you feeling relaxed yet revived.
Welcome to the world of evocative and therapeutic fragrance created by nature and extracted by man. Herbs and spices, woods and resins, flowers and citrus fruits, berries, leaves, twigs, rhizomes, grasses and roots all yield their volatile ingredients to be blended by the aromatherapist in carrier oils of almond, apricot, jojoba and soya.
What are the benefits of Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy massage is perfect if you want to combine relaxation with gorgeous scents, and if you don’t fancy the pummeling and kneading that’s associated with other types of massage. An Aromatherapy massage is much slower and more relaxing than a Swedish massage. One of the benefits of Aromatherapy is that it’s good for boosting mood and fighting stress, anxiety and gloominess. ‘Scents have a direct effect on your limbic system (the part of your brain that governs your emotions, hunger and sex drive). This effects your emotions as they go straight from your olfactory (smell) system to your brain.
What’s Involved in Aromatherapy?
An aromatherapy massage is a simple massage that uses base oil mixed with a blend of essential oils. This is rubbed into the skin, mainly using gliding strokes. Each oil has unique therapeutic, mood-enhancing properties; for example, jasmine is believed to promote relaxation, ylang-ylang to relieve stress and lemon is stimulating. to combat fatigue. Before the massage, you should have a consultation with your therapist to find out exactly what you want to achieve so that a personal aromatic blend can be created to fit your needs. As there are more than 400 oils, the combinations are endless. During the massage, scents are inhaled and the concentrated extracts of the essential oils are absorbed into the skin.
Anything else I should know?
Essential oils are quickly absorbed through the skin and some are potentially toxic. As a result, there are a variety of health conditions where an aromatherapy massage may be inappropriate, for example if you are pregnant, suffer from high blood pressure or have a heart problem. Your masseur should be able to advise beforehand, or, if in doubt, consult your doctor first.
What is aromatherapy and how does it work?
There are so many answers to this simple question.
Aroma is transmitted via the nostrils and the olfactory nerve to the brain where two very important areas are affected. First let us expand our knowledge by taking a look at the limbic system, the area in the brain related, as far as research can tell, to primary recall, smells that help us recall the past – your mother’s favourite perfume when you were a child, the smell of coffee and freshly baked bread which sets the mouth-watering and the taste buds buzzing.
Smells you relate to comfort and smells you relate to fear and discomfort like a hospital or the dentist.
Here we are taking a look at calming, soothing smells which release tensions and stresses within the mind through the minute molecules they release. The pituitary gland situated within the brain is found to be affected by the essential oil molecules. It is the master gland which determines the whole of the body’s physical well-being and our personality of the moment through its balance, all of which can be affected by the use of essential oils.
Therapy – the way in which the essential oils are applied for optimum benefit.
There are various methods of application of essential oils; the two most frequently used in England are via the sense of smell as mentioned previously and secondly through touch in the form of massage. Sensual, yes, soothing, unwinding, caring and comforting.
Just lie back for a moment or two and enjoy a little solitude, take yourself back to your childhood, remember the smells of spring, freshly mown grass, the smell of rain on parched paving stones, full blown roses in the garden, heady with fragrance, jasmine light to the touch but releasing a steady stream of heavy sensuality, combine this with the reality of caring hands, balancing the emotions, lowering blood pressure, releasing the adhesions and tensions within knotted muscles, taking the ache out of tender and arthritic joints, soothing a restless and fretful child, calming and balancing, enabling you to cope, and strengthening the mind.
Aromatherapy, a sensual experience releasing stress build up from the mind and physical tensions from the body, encouraging the whole being to return to a balance of the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual, resulting from the combination of essential oils and the therapeutic touch of massage.
The massage itself should be a combination of pressure point technique to release toxins and encourage freedom within the nerve pathways, lots of lymph drainage technique to the whole of the body and a concentration of therapeutic massage techniques applied to the coccyx at the base of the spine and the whole of the shoulder girdle to release tension.
Aromatherapy was developed over many thousands of years, since long before Christ and the scientific rule created by man and imposed upon his fellow man ever happened with greater proof in effect than will ever be achieved in modern medicine and the testing of synthetic medication.
The proof as always is in the pudding and as the day is fast approaching when modern medicine and complementary therapies will work side by side to return man once again to dealing with the cause rather than the symptoms, to relieving stress rather than aggravating it, to caring for one’s neighbour than for fighting and to encourage harmony and homeostasis, the balance of life!
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