Aromatherapy Massage: Soothing Body, Mind and Spirit
Aromatherapy is an ancient form of healing, believed to be over 6000 years old, and evidence of its use has been found as far back as 8,000 B.C. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, and one medical papyri dated to 1555 B.C describes some remedies similar to those used today.
Aromatherapy is using essential oils to improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Essential oils are distilled from plants and flowers and aromatherapy holds that different plants possess different therapeutic qualities. Aromatherapy is a very powerful treatment for stress related conditions and a variety of acute and chronic problems.
What are the effects and benefits of Aromatherapy Massage?
It is common to feel a reduction in stress, a feeling of wellbeing, balance and calm. The antibacterial effects of the oils can help the body to heal and support the immune system.
In addition aromatherapy massage may help with:
Improvement in skin tone and removal of dead skin cells
Improvement in circulation
Speeding up digestion and waste removal process
Better lymph drainage, reduction of oedema and swelling
Reduction of muscle fatigue and stiffness
Boosting the immune system
Lifting the emotions
What happens in a treatment?
During the first appointment Tara will ask you about your main complaint, past medical history, lifestyle, diet and emotions.
This information will help Tara to make a full diagnosis and enable her to select the oils which are right for you. The consultation usually lasts about 15 minutes, and after that Tara will give a full body massage with the oils that she has selected for your treatment. You will keep your underwear on and be covered by towels during the treatment.
It is quite common to fall asleep during a treatment, and you are likely to feel very relaxed afterwards, so it is a good idea to plan some “down time” after your treatment when you can rest.
The number of treatments you will need depends on why you are having the massage, whether for relaxation purposes or to treat a specific problem. Usually a course of 4 treatments are recommended initially, but you can discuss this with Tara after your first treatment.