What is Aromatherapy Treatment?
Aromatherapy massage is a very safe healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote wellbeing. It is wonderful for all ages and is especially beneficial for older people. It helps calm anxiety and lower stress levels, and is also helpful for those suffering chronic conditions such as arthritis, muscle pain, depression, insomnia, stress.
Aromatherapy massage involves blending the aromatic plant essences or essential oils to enhance health and support the body’s own healing processes. Essential oils are highly concentrated, fragrant and volatile substances that occur naturally in herbs and aromatic plants. They are distilled from flowers, leaves, bark, wood and fruits. A mix of several essential oils are usually blended in a base oil, such as almond, grape seed or avocado oil and used with specific massage. The blend of oils is tailored to meet your unique needs.
A medical and lifestyle history is taken prior to treatment to ensure that Aromatherapy is suitable. Treatment could be a face and head massage; back massage or shoulder and neck massage with selected essential oils, diluted in the base oil or cream.
The beneficial effects can usually be seen after one or two sessions. A typical course of treatment lasts from 4-8 weeks and is reviewed at regular intervals.
If you would like an Aromatherapy massage as part of your stress management protocol...
The History of Aromatherapy
Marguerite Maury (1895-1968) was an Austrian biochemist who developed a unique method of applying essential oils to the skin with massage techniques. Madame Maury researched the effects of essential oils on the nervous system, developing prescriptions based on the personal history of the client. Micheline Arcier worked closely with Marguerite Maury and Jean Valnet (1920-1995) a doctor-surgeon in the French Military (who treated conditions with plants), to create a form of Aromatherapy that is now used around the world.
René-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950) was a perfumer and biochemist whose book (Aromathérapie, les huiles essentielles, hormones végétales) was the first to describe the treatment of diseases using essential oils, and the first time the word ‘Aromatherapy’ appeared in print