HAVE YOU TRIED? Aro­mather­apy

ARO­MATHER­APY USES PLANT-BASED ES­SEN­TIAL OILS TO BEN­E­FIT MIND, BODY AND SOUL. WE FIND OUT MORE

In the Moment - - Contents - Words: Karen Young

A s well as be­ing aro­matic, es­sen­tial oils con­tain special prop­er­ties that can be used ther­a­peu­ti­cally to en­hance health and well­be­ing. Each oil has a unique chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion and its tiny but pow­er­ful mol­e­cules are ab­sorbed into the blood­stream via the lungs when in­haled, and when ap­plied onto the skin.

Com­bined with mas­sage to soothe away mus­cu­lar ten­sion, aro­mather­apy treat­ments can be ei­ther deeply re­lax­ing or in­vig­o­rat­ing and up­lift­ing, de­pend­ing on the oils and mas­sage tech­niques used by the ther­a­pist.

Be­fore your treat­ment be­gins, your ther­a­pist will carry out a full con­sul­ta­tion, ask­ing ques­tions about your med­i­cal his­tory, gen­eral health, diet and life­style. This will en­able them to se­lect a small num­ber of es­sen­tial oils ap­pro­pri­ate to your in­di­vid­ual needs, which will then be blended into a car­rier oil or cream and ap­plied through­out the mas­sage.

The ar­eas treated will come down to your per­sonal pref­er­ence, but would typ­i­cally be a full body mas­sage, or a neck, back and shoul­der mas­sage, with tow­els used to pro­tect your mod­esty.

At the end of the treat­ment, your ther­a­pist may rec­om­mend that you use cer­tain es­sen­tial oils at home – for in­stance, in the bath or on a tis­sue for in­hala­tion – to en­hance the bene ts gained from your aro­mather­apy mas­sage.

Ap­point­ments last from 30 min­utes to an hour or more, with prices rang­ing be­tween £20 to £65, de­pend­ing on the length of treat­ment and lo­ca­tion – if you’re look­ing to treat your­self, lux­ury spas may charge £100 per ses­sion.

While es­sen­tial oils o er many health bene ts, they can also be a risk to health if used in­ap­pro­pri­ately.

“Cer­tain es­sen­tial oils can re­sult in skin dam­age if ap­plied shortly be­fore ex­po­sure to sun­light or ul­tra­vi­o­let light, while oth­ers should be avoided dur­ing preg­nancy. This is why it’s re­ally im­por­tant to see a pro­fes­sional ther­a­pist, whether it’s for a treat­ment or ad­vice on us­ing es­sen­tial oils safely at home,” ex­plains aro­mather­a­pist and FHT

Vice Pres­i­dent, Mary Dal­gleish.

“Only use high qual­ity es­sen­tial oils and en­sure that these are stored safely and dis­posed of ac­cord­ing to the sup­plier’s rec­om­men­da­tions. And never in­gest es­sen­tial oils, as this can be dan­ger­ous.”

The Fed­er­a­tion of Holis­tic Ther­a­pists (www.fht.org.uk) is the UK and Ire­land’s largest pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tion for com­ple­men­tary, holis­tic beauty and sports ther­a­pists.

Find calm or

be en­er­gised

by es­sen­tial

oil mas­sage.

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