HAVE YOU TRIED? Aromatherapy
AROMATHERAPY USES PLANT-BASED ESSENTIAL OILS TO BENEFIT MIND, BODY AND SOUL. WE FIND OUT MORE
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.
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