Aromatherapy works to improve our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, helping us to restore balance and harmony in our life.
Essential oils provide the basis for Aromatherapy, which literally means ‘treatment with aromas’. Our sense of smell is the most powerful of all our senses and as we breathe in the aromas from the essential oils, they can have a dramatic effect on the way we feel.
Massage is wonderfully relaxing and perfect for easing away the stress of everyday life. So put the two together and you have a truly sensory and relaxing experience!
Aromatherapy works via our sense of smell and through absorption.
Our sense of smell is the most powerful of all our senses and has a dramatic effect on the way we feel. Whenever we breathe in or inhale an aroma, our olfactory nerves sends messages to the limbic system in the brain. This is responsible for controlling our moods and emotions and explains why the aromas from essential oils can have such a profound effect on the way we feel.
Aromatherapy also works through absorption through the skin. The molecules in the essential oils are small enough to penetrate through the top layer of skin, the epidermis to the dermis and then to the bloodstream where they can be carried to all areas of the body via the blood vessels.
Essential oils are far more than pleasant smelling perfume oils as they contain the active ingredients or ‘essence’ of plants in a highly concentrated form. Strictly speaking, the essence is what is produced by the plant, and it is only becomes an essential oil after distillation.
Essences are produced in the plant in highly specialised secretory cells. These storage sacs or ducts may be found in the leaf, bark, flower petals, fruit rind or other parts of the plant. Each root, leaf or flower oils have its own unique fragrance and characteristics.
Different essential oils can be distilled from different parts of the same plant, for example the bitter orange tree yields neroli essential oil from the flower, petitgrain from the leaves and twigs and orange oil from the fruit rind.
The oils have specific qualities many of them medicinal, and should be treated with care. These qualities include:-
Apart from a few exceptions, Essential oils should not be used neat on the skin but first dissolved in a carrier oil, alcohol or water. They must never be taken internally unless under the guidance of a qualified therapist.
There are many essential oils available on the market, however it is advisable to purchase good quality essential oils from a reputable pharmacy, health store or via a qualified aromatherapist.
Essential oils are highly versatile healers and can be used in many different ways:-
A truly relaxing treatment that will restore balance and harmony to your mind and body! Using pure essential oils, blended to suit your needs.Duration 60 or 75 minutes
Soothe away the tension with this concentrated massage that focuses on those tricky back and neck areas and concludes with a rejuvenating facial massage! Using sensory essential oils that are chosen to suit your mood.Duration 40 minutes
A Relaxing or Remedial Body treatment tailored to suit your specific needs.Duration 60 minutes
A Relaxing or Remedial back treatment tailored to suit your specific needs.Duration 30 minutes
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