Aromatherapy can be used in many ways, I choose to use it in combination with massage as a therapeutic treatment. But, I will recommend other ways if I think it will help you. I have a deep love and connection with the plant kingdom and this has only grown over the many years I’ve worked with essential oils. Plant oils are natures healers to me, natural chemicals which have their own special uses. When you blend a combination of these oils you can create magic. They have the power to relax your body, soothe your mind and heal your soul. I’ve used them to help with depression, stress, grief, heartache, tension, headaches, migraines, muscular aches and pains, hormone imbalances and digestive problems, to name but a few. They are impressive when used to their greatest effect.
Now the science bit…It’s still a common mistake to think of aromatherapy as a beauty treatment, or self-indulgent time out. Thankfully it is now being recognised by many health professionals in the UK and is regularly practiced in hospitals, GP’s surgeries and hospices for many conditions and illnesses including cancer. Advanced training has helped raise the level of service received, and we now have a greater understanding of how essential oils work on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. The training needed to become an Aromatherapist includes understanding human anatomy and physiology whilst studying various illnesses and allopathic as well as traditional medicine. Knowledge of organic chemistry helps with an understanding of how the plant extracts work with or affect conventional medicines.
For me, when combined with the beneficial effects of massage essential oils exert a subtle influence on the mind and soul and, in the care of a good therapist, they offer a truly holistic, gentle and natural way of achieving balance, relaxation and clarity in your life.