Aromatherapy is an ancient healing practice that uses pure, concentrated plant extracts known as essential oils.
Although relatively new to North America, aromatherapy has been used in various cultures throughout the centuries for health and well being. Today in certain European countries, general practitioners are trained in certain complementary therapies and use both traditional and complementary medicines together. As beneficial therapy, Aromatherapy is increasing in Canada.
Aromatherapy works holistically to balance the body, mind and spirit. These three aspects of our being are an integral part of our health. Distress in any area can be the cause of illness or disease. Aromatherapy works to relieve stress, to relax and balance, or to stimulate and rejuvenate.
During a massage, the scents of the oils pass through receptor cells in our nasal cavity, sending messages to the limbic system in our brain. In turn, messages are sent to corresponding areas in the body to affect biochemical responses.
Sometimes the massage triggers an emotional release of tension and stress. This is all part of the self-healing and rebalancing process.
Those who have experienced the art of aromatherapy have reported the relief of the following ailments:
The massage will have its greatest effects if, prior to treatment, the client has not eaten, or participated in vigorous exercise. After the massage, it is important to relax, drink lots of water to help the body flush toxins and wastes, and allow the oils to remain on the body for as long as possible.