What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these “essential” oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils and some of the classic Swedish massage techniques to aid relaxation, improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, improve suppleness and aid the release in muscular tension. The warmth of the hands help to move the blend of essential oils and carrier oil across the skin, enabling absorption through the skin and inhalation through the nose. For example by smelling lavender it can help induce a state of relaxation.
There are many different benefits of aromatherapy that help people find improved health and well-being. In today’s world there are many chemicals and synthetics in common use which have led to an increasing number of people suffer allergic reactions. Essential oils help with allergic reactions, such as asthma, skin rashes and digestive upsets. Aromatherapy is a preventer rather than a cure.
What are the Benefits?
Aromatherapy helps the body to heal itself by relieving stress and tension as well as encouraging sleep. It helps to improve blood and lymph flow and increase the body’s state of relaxation. Aromatherapy helps the body return to its natural well balanced state.
One of the most common problems that clients suffer with is backache. Aromatherapy massage reduces pain and dispels the stress and tension that are a major cause of back pain. Other reasons why a client maybe suffering from back ache include an uncomfortable work chair, a sagging mattress or an un-supportive car seat, which might be contributing to the problem. I encourage my clients to look after themselves and take responsibility for there own health care. Prevention leads naturally to people taking responsibility for their self care.