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Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for a therapeutic effect. The use of essential oils is centuries old, however it is more prevalent and commonly used today than ever before. Aromatherapy and complementary therapies are now being considered an acceptable form of treatment in modern medicine and, in certain areas of the country, is free on the NHS.
An aromatherapy massage can achieve a number of effects with the type of essential oils selected for you. The massage itself is more soothing and relaxing than a Swedish massage and the specific blend of essential oils can produce an effect that is stimulating, relaxing or just gives a sense of overall well-being. You can be sure the blend meets each client's requirements by the careful selection and creation of an individual blend of essential oils.
The blend is selected for you using the following categories of oils:
Top notes – are light, fresh and immediately apparent in the blend (smelled first). They tend to be uplifting and refreshing, i.e. lemon, eucalyptus and grapefruit. They evaporate quickly, usually within 1-2 hours.
Middle notes – are generally the heart of the blend. They are generally oils that are relaxing and supportive, i.e. clary sage and geranium. Middle notes aromas emerge some time after the blend has been created. They take longer to evaporate, several hours, and hold down a top note and lift a base note.
Base notes – have a rich heavy aroma that emerges slowly and lingers, sometimes for several months! They act as a fixative to stop the higher notes from evaporating too quickly. Base notes are generally relaxing, calming and sedative oils, i.e. frankincense and sandalwood.
Essential oils enter the body via the following three basic routes:
Skin – essential oils penetrate the skin when they are applied via a massage. The warmth and pressure of the hands during the massage speeds up the penetration of the essential oils. They can reach the fine, blood-carrying capillaries via the pores and hair follicles. Once in the blood stream, they are transported around the body and filtered through to the cells and body fluids.
Nose - the sense of smell is known as olfaction. The brain can distinguish approximately 20,000 different smells with the help of the nervous system. Essential oils give off smelly gas particles that are drawn into the nose as we breathe. Nerves then carry impulses to the brain that we interpret as smell. These trigger the release of neuro-chemicals that may be sedative, relaxing, stimulating or euphoric in effect.
Lungs – essential oils penetrate the lungs when they are inhaled. They pass through the lining of the lung tissue, through the capillary walls and into the bloodstream where they are then transported around the body.
There are a variety of contra-indications for aromatherapy and some specific to an essential oil. As with all treatments, a consultation is carried out before any treatment can take place. However, with aromatherapy it is vital that the consultation is thorough and that enough time is allowed to carry out a full analysis to determine the client's individual requirements and also to select and blend suitable oils for use. This may take 20-30 minutes for the initial treatment and approximately 10 minutes for subsequent treatments.
- Pregnancy – aromatherapy massage cannot be offered in the first three months and thereafter a reduced blend with selected oils may be used.
- Recent surgery – doctor’s advice should be sought.
- Conditions receiving medical attention – essential oils may react with certain medication so a doctor's note should be produced.
- Recent inoculations – do not receive treatment within 36 hours as the essential oil may affect the inoculation.
- Strong drugs and alcohol – the effect of the drug may be adversely magnified.
- Breast feeding – the oil may be passed to the baby via the milk.
- Severe headaches and migraine.
- Do not give aromatherapy on the same day as another treatment such as massage, reflexology, etc.
- Parental consent is required for children under the age of 16.
Aromatherapy Massage Price List
Quick price guide*
Aromatherapy Full Body Massage
Aromatherapy Full Body & Head Massage
Aromatherapy Neck, Shoulders & Back Massage
Aromatherapy Leg & Arm Massage
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