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.
A form of alternative medicine, aromatherapy is gaining momentum. It is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.
There are a wide number of essential oils available, each with its own healing properties, there are several clinical studies that have found it to be an effective complimentary therapy method.
Aromatherapy massage is a commonly known relaxation technique, but it also can be used to ease many health related issues.
If you’re looking to improve your health or just want a new way to relax, read on to learn about the benefits of aromatherapy.
By including a blend of essential oils‘ it will increase the effects of your massage … Grapefruit will lift your spirits, Eucalyptus clears a fuzzy head, Sandalwood calms…’ The chemical make up of an essential oil may be complex and this is why a single oil may have a range of differing effects when absorbed or inhaled by the body. Some essential oils are relaxing whilst others are stimulating.
The effects of some oils are well documented and they are commonly found in remedies e.g. the use of peppermint to aid digestive problems and tea tree to fight bacterial skin infections.
Whilst complementary therapies may play an important supporting role in improving your health and well being, they are not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
If in doubt please consult with your doctor.
Aromatherapy massage may help with:
- minor infections such as colds and coughs
- muscular pain
- aching joints
- stress and anxiety
- skin disorders
- lymphatic drainage
- hormone imbalances
Benefits Of Aromatherapy:
- Reduces stress Aromatherapy sounds relaxing, right? Well, there’s science backing it up. Aromatherapy using lavender scents has been shown to reduce stress. In one particular study, participants who were using aromatherapy felt less pain and had reduced stress levels during a stressful situation, compared to participants who were not using aromatherapy. Other studies showed reduced stress levels in cancer patients who had undergone aromatherapy treatment.
- Fights depression Citrus and vibrant aromas have uplifting tendencies that tend to reduce the effects of depression.
- Manages pain One of the best benefits of aromatherapy is that it can relieve pain. Clary sage is a great natural scent used for the reduction of pain, and is most commonly known for its success for relieving menstrual pains.
- Improves blood pressure Aromatherapy has been shown to lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension. If you’ve got high blood pressure, aromatherapy may allow you to relax enough to get your blood pressure levels closer to a healthy range.
There are three ways the essential oils of aromatherapy are most commonly distributed:
- During your massage Due to their high concentration levels, essential oils are diluted with natural carrier oils, which are generally composed of olive, almond, soya, and grape-seed. These carrier oils are necessary to spreading the essential oils and avoid any negative skin reaction. The aromatherapy is then rubbed all the body and allowed to soak into the skin.
- By breathing in There are a few different methods that are commonly used for the inhalation of essential oils. One method is to apply a few drops of the desired oil onto a handkerchief, hold it under your nose and breathe deeply. Another method is to heat a bowl of water, add a few drops of essential oil and inhale the steam. The last method is using an essential oil burner to allow the oils to fill the entire room.
- By soaking in the bath Adding a few drops to a bubble bath is a relaxing and effective method of use for aromatherapy. The heat of the water creates vapors that can be inhaled, while the oils are soaking into the skin.
Aromatherapy Massage 60m – £45
Using specific oils for your personalised treatment following a consultation. Essential Oils and products for home use I have used essential oils for many years, I have now found Doterra Oil’s.
There are hundreds of ways essential oils can be used for health, for everyday family needs, to help friends and in the home.
Everyone welcome, groups and 1-1 sessions available.
Locations. LS26 near to Rothwell & Wakefield, close to motorway, on bus routes with free parking and LS7 Scott Hall Road, close to Leeds centre, good bus routes with free parking.