Aromatherapy Massage

 

A massage using therapeutic grade essential oils. The oil(s) selected will be dependent upon the clients’ needs. 

 

Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions.  Choose from a full body massage or back, neck and shoulders.

£60 - 75 mins (full body)

£50 - 60 mins (full body)

£30 - 30 mins (back)

History

The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes goes back to a number of ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who used them in cosmetics, perfumes and drugs.

Oils are described by Pedanius Dioscorides (Ancient Greek c.40 – 90 AD) along with beliefs of the time regarding their healing properties, in his De Materia Medica, written in the first century. Distilled essential oils have been employed as medicines since the invention of distillation in the eleventh century, when Avicenna (Arabic c 980 – June 1037) isolated essential oils using steam distillation.

 

The concept of aromatherapy was first mooted by a small number of European scientists and doctors, in about 1907. In 1937, the word first appeared in print in a French book on the subject: Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles, Hormones Végétales by René-Maurice Gattefossé, a chemist. An English version was published in 1993. In 1910, Gattefossé burned a hand very badly and later claimed he treated it effectively with lavender oil.

 

A French surgeon, Jean Valnet, pioneered the medicinal uses of essential oils, which he used as antiseptics in the treatment of wounded soldiers during World War II.

What are the benefits?

 

  • Boosts the immune system 

  • Encourages vitality 

  • Freedom from tension headaches, symptoms migraines and eye strain 

  • Frees knots of muscular tension

  • General feeling of well-being

  • Improved blood circulation 

  • Improved lymphatic drainage (removal of toxins from the body) 

  • Improves recovery time from muscular strain

  • Improves sleep

  • Lifts the feelings of depression

  • Promotes relaxation

  • Reduces cellulite 

  • Reduces anxiety, stress and tensions, both emotional and physical 

  • Relaxes connective tissue

  • Relieves pain 

  • Sooths the nervous system

  • Stimulates the skin

  • Stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable

Aftercare Advice

  • Drink plenty of water or herbal drinks for 48 hours - this will help detoxify your body

  • Eat a light meal for the rest of the day or evening

  • Avoid the consumption of alcohol and caffeine for at least 48 hours - as this can have a dehydrating effect

  • Try to relax for the rest of the day or evening

 

Treatments are designed to rid the body of toxins and waste and consequently you may experience some adverse feelings after the treatment such as:

  • Feeling worse before feeling better (e.g. headache)

  • General feeling of fatigue

  • Totally energised

 

These should be regarded as positive reactions indicating that the body is healing itself.

 

If you have had an Indian Head Massage using oil, leave the oil in for as long as possible, as this will make your hair soft and silky. To remove the oil; shampoo straight onto dry hair, rinse and then shampoo and condition as normal.

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