What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the practice of using aromatic oils in a therapeutic way. It is an ancient treatment, dating back thousands of years to Egypt, China and
India. The traditional methods of producing the oils involved soaking flowers and other aromatic plants into fats and oils. Today, a combination of oils are used for aromatherapy treatment, including essential oils and natural infusions.
Aromatherapy can be used to maintain a healthy lifestyle and soothe everyday stresses and strains. The natural oils are massaged into the skin in a gentle motion, helping you feel relaxed and revitalised. The molecules from the airborne oils can also pass through the olfactory tract into the brain, where the odour is perceived. In this way, an aromatherapy treatment can also contribute to mental and emotional wellbeing.
What can I expect from a session?
In your initial session, your therapist will talk through your main complaint (if you have one) and any other health issues. They will then be able to choose the best oils for your treatment.
The oils are then mixed together and applied to the skin by massage, in a calm, quiet environment. Combined with the pleasing odour of the oils, aromatherapy is a soothing experience, and a good introduction to other massage therapies.
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- The word aromatherapy was coined in the 1920s by French perfumer Rene Gattefosse
- Gattefosse became an aromatherapist after healing his severely burned hand with lavender oil
- The “father of medicine” Hippocrates is said to have practiced aromatherapy for its healing purposes