Aromatherapy Can Help With The Following:
For thousands of years plants have played a vital role in medicine. Aromatherapy – using the scent of essential oils for healing – was probably first discovered by cavemen inhaling scent of burning leaves and woods. But ancient Egyptians are regarded as the founders of aromatherapy. Archaeologists discovered that many urns excavated from tombs once contained highly prized essential oils.
We also know that the ancient Greeks and Romans were advocates of them too. With the growth of modern medicine, natural remedies were cast aside and risked to be lost forever. Then in 1937, Rene Gattefosse, a French chemist, burned his hand. Relief came when he plunged it into the nearest liquid – luckily, it was lavender oil. His injury healed so quickly that he decided to research the therapeutic values and properties of plant extracts. Gradually we have come to aromatherapy again, as it is effective, pleasurable and can be integrated into anyone’s life. Top
Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment that promotes overall well being rather than treating an illness in isolation. It combines the sciences of chemistry and botany within the art of blending essential plant oils.
There are two routes by which the essential oils enter the body: through the nose by inhalation or by absorption through the skin. When the oil is inhaled, tiny molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream via capillaries in the nose, throat and lungs. As the oil circulates around the body, it acts according to its specific properties. Some oils are stimulating or sedating, others antibacterial and so on. This versatility makes it possible to tailor treatments to suit individual needs. The nose is also the direct pathway to the olfactory centre in the brain, so inhaling scents can influence mood and effect hormonal secretions.
Absorption through the skin is achieved primarily through massage. Tiny pores in the skin draw the oils into the capillaries & from there into the bloodstream & lymphatic system. Massage also promotes deep, relaxed breathing, allowing the oils to be inhaled at the same time. The benefits of aromatherapy are enhanced by a positive Outlook.
If you like oil’s fragrance and believe in its therapeutic powers, you will be more responsive to its overall effects. Top
• Reduces stress
• Helps improve blood circulation and boost the immune system
• Encourages deep sleep and helps alleviate insomnia
• Provides deep relaxation, promoting a more positive outlook on life
• Helps release toxins held in tense muscles and tissues Top
Specific Essential oils are selected and carefully blended into base oil, which is applied to the skin. Only the purest essential oils are used. Gentle stroking movements are then used to soothe and relax you. This is combined with petrissage movements to help improve muscle flexibility and tone, squeezing out toxins from tissues, stimulating the body’s blood and lymphatic circulation.
Effleurage – Stroking
Petrissage – Kneading
Tepotement – Hacking or Tapping
When combined, these manipulations stimulate the cardiovascular system bringing fresh blood and nutrients to tried muscles; invigorate the lymphatic by eliminating toxins and waste and through the release of endorphins, energise the nervous system creating an immediate sense of well being.
A full massage includes work on the neck, shoulders, arms, abdomen, legs and back. The treatment can easily be adapted to suit your specific requirements, giving additional attention to specific areas or avoiding other areas that are sensitive. Top
Here are a few aftercare suggestions, to help you get the maximum benefits from your treatment. You should try to observe them for the next 24 hours.
• Drink as much water as possible immediately after your massage – this will assist the body in flushing out the toxins, which have been released.
• Eat a light meal only – this will help the cleansing effect on the body.
• Avoid carrying heavy bags, in particular shoulder bags, as this will only undermine the good work that has been done!!
• Avoid Tea, Coffee and Cola products, as these contain caffeine, which acts as a stimulant, and this slows down the healing process. Herbal or Green teas are excellent alternatives.
• Avoid alcohol – your blood is pumping round your body much faster after your massage, and you would become very tipsy, very quickly! Top