AROMATHERAPYPlease click here pricesWhat is Aromatherapy?Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy, treating mind, body and spirit. It is an ancient art, used over thousands of years, for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. History has recorded the use of aromatics and oils, derived from plants and flowers by the Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Chinese and Arabs. It was widely used in the Middle Ages and saw its modern day renaissance with French pioneers such as Rene Gattefosse, Marguerite Maury and Tisserand. Essential oils can be produced from flowers, leaves, twigs, roots, bark, wood, seeds, fruit, rind and resin.
What is aromatherapy massage and how can it help?Aromatherapy massage combines essential oils, chosen specifically for an individual's needs with a gentle, flowing, holistic massage. Both therapies are powerful in their own right, but when combined, they become even more effective. There are numerous benefits to aromatherapy massage, many still currently being researched to provide evidence-based accreditation. It is accepted that massage may relieve specific pain such as back, neck and shoulder aches and headaches. It can reduce muscular tension and so improve posture. It supports the care of soft tissue and joints. It promotes an improved sense of well-being and a greater body awareness. It helps one to relax, relieves stress and anxiety and so aids sleep and helps boost the immune system.
The effects of massage tend to be accumulative. One massage may produce an improvement but it may only last a short time; the more regular the treatments, the longer the effects appear to last.
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I am passionate about sourcing the best possible oils and in the case of lavender, I personally visit the growers and distillers in the South of France to obtain the highest quality. I am skilled at mixing carrier oils (pure vegetable oils), essential oils, hydrolats (distilled floral waters), creams and gels for each treatment, specific to an individual's needs . I am also happy to make up products for clients, at a reasonable cost. These can include massage and bath oils, perfumes, face tonics, cleansers and moisturisers, body lotions, gels for eczema and much more.
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How to prepare and aromatic bathThe skin is the largest organ of the body and presents the most effective method of absorbing essential oils. The most efficient way is by facial and body massage, but aromatic baths are also wonderful for relaxing, lifting the spirits or to help ward off minor illnesses.
To prepare an aromatic bath, simply run a bath with warm to hot water. Close windows and doors to retain the vapours within the room. Add your chosen essential oils to 5mls of carrier oil (something like almond oil which is readily available). Never add the essential oils to the bath neat as water will not disperse them; they will sit as a very thin film on top of the water and they can in some circumstances irritate the skin. Soak in the water for at least 20 minutes, inhaling the vapours and allowing the essential oils to penetrate the skin. When drying yourself just pat the skin dry with a towel, rather than rubbing briskly, again to allow the oils to continue to penetrate the skin.
For a relaxing bath (evening): Add 4 drops of lavander and 2 drops of rosewood to 5 ml of carrier oil.
For tired overworked muscles (evening): Add 3 drops lavender, 2 drops marjoram and 2 drops roman chamomile to 5 ml of carrier oil.
N.B. marjoram should not be used at all during pregnancy.
For winter blues or if low in energy: Add 3 drops grapefruit, 2 drops bergamot and 2 drops benzoin to 5 ml of carrier oil.
To turn your bathroom into a fragrant orange grove: Add 3 drops orange, 2 drops neroli and 1 drop petitgrain to 5ml of carrier oil.
Essential oils must never be taken internally. As they are powerful, concentrated substances, do not be tempted to use more than the stated amounts. The above amounts should not be used if pregnant, very elderly, in the case of acute illness, or by babies or children. Essential oils should never be used in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.
When using essential oils it is important to go for quality, as it will make a difference to the therapeutic qualities.
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