Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy dates back to ancient times, and uses aromatic plant extracts to produce essential oils, which can be used in many ways to help restore and promote health of body and mind.    The richest aromatherapy traditions belong to the Egyptians who were experts in cosmetology medicine, and renowned for their herbal preparations and ointments. The eighteenth dynasty, which began around 1580 BC, saw a considerable increase in wealth, trade and power for Egypt and during this period the knowledge of aromatics increased considerably.

During the 1,500 years following the eighteenth dynasty the Egyptians perfected their knowledge of the medicinal property of aromatics of perfumery and of the making of scented unguents and oils. There was not always a clear distinction between medicines and perfumes and one item often served both purposes.
 
The Greeks learnt a great deal from the Egyptians concerning the properties and uses of aromatics. Herodotus and Democrates visited Egypt in the fourth century BC, and declared that the people were masters of the art of perfumery. It was during this period that the Egyptians became familiar with the art of floral extraction.

Aromatherapy is believed to have come to the Western world around the time of the Crusades. The earliest written record of their use in England was in the thirteenth century, and from that time a great increase was shown in both oils produced and treatments carried out.

Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment, and treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease.  Professional aromatherapy is not a replacement for orthodox health care, but as a support for the healing process.  However, it is a natural complementary therapy which is gaining increasing recognition from orthodox health professionals for its therapeutic potential.

Each essential oil has its distinguishing properties and the Aromatherapist uses her expertise to mix a blend of oils to meet the individual needs of the client.

In professional practice of aromatherapy, the essential oils can be applied in a variety of ways:  through massage, ointments, oils, lotions, baths and inhalations. These are again dependent on the needs of the individual.

Aromatherapy massage is probably the most commonly used form of application of essential oils, as it is most effective in assisting the passage of essential oils into the body.

Massage alone is a powerful treatment, and when combined with the healing properties of essential oils, the results are magnified considerably.  Physiologically, aromatherapy massage can reduce stress and its symptoms, relieve pain and increase energy levels, while additionally improving the condition of the skin. Psychologically, it can restore balance to the mind and assist in the release of emotions.

Aromatherapy is not only a wonderful form of relaxation but has widely recognised benefits for health problems. Regular Aromatherapy treatment could make a significant difference to your daily life, and may help reduce the symptoms of various ailments including:

Stress

Back and Joint Problems

Anxiety/Depression

Muscular Pain and Tension

Insomnia

Digestive Disorders

Headaches and Migraines

PMT/Menopause

Some Skin Disorders

On the first visit there is a full confidential consultation when the Aromatherapist is advised by the client of any medical conditions and medication taken, along with details of general health, diet, lifestyle, etc. This information enables the Aromatherapist to establish whether the client is able to have aromatherapy, and will guide her choice of essential oils and method of treatment.  This consultation also enables the client to discuss any concerns and have any questions answered. Only when both client and Aromatherapist are happy with the proposed treatment, will the treatment take place.