Supporting General Health and Wellbeing
We live in a world where all of our senses are increasingly based around what we see and hear, somehow losing our connection to smell and aroma. Aromatherapy supports the delicate balance of our physical and emotional wellbeing and can reconnect us to that most primitive sense, smell.
When inhaled, molecules from essential oil travel through our olfactory pathway and into our limbic system, the system associated to smell, memory, emotion and mood. This also has a direct effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, and will encourage the physiological body back into a state of equilibrium.
Conditions that can be supported by the use of clinical aromatherapy can include:
- Anxiety, stress & worry
- Digestive problems (appetite, reflux, IBS, haemorrhoids, nausea etc.)
- Emotional & mental wellbeing
- Immune system health (coughs, colds, sore throats)
- Hypertension & hypotension (high/ low blood pressure)
- Joint pain, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
- Menstrual pain, discomfort (PMT)
- Muscular aches, pains & tension
- Nervous tension
- Oral health and hygiene
- Respiratory conditions (asthma, sinusitis, catarrh)
- Tension headaches
What to expect in a treatment:
First treatments are slightly longer, so that I can understand your full medical history. We will discuss your current general health and emotional wellbeing from which we will plan the focus of our session together, including how you'd like to feel at the end. Treatments typically involve holistic massage therapy as this is one of the best ways to support the body using essential oils (through skin absorption and inhalation). If appropriate and you are receptive, I may also include other holistic practices to the treatment (see the About Me page). Again, we will discuss this together prior to starting the treatment.
It is essential to discuss the choice of aromatic oils with you, and for you to be part of the final selection used for the treatment. Many oils may be appropriate, but there is also a level of preference and likeability that is needed due to the subjective nature of aroma, so it is really important you like the choice of smell. Beauty of blending brings an exquisite nature to the oils so I typically suggest using a minimum of three oils, with each oil having a direct and independent therapeutic action to the body.
Note - intense massage work may not be appropriate particularly if we are treating an acute injury or illness. Therefore the application of oils may be through the use of an ice or heat compresses, an inhalation mask, or other applications such as home remedies (i.e. a sitz bath), until the immediate acute stage has settled, when massage can be given.