The buzz around aromatherapy…
Aromatherapy is doing the rounds again in the media. Lately, I am seeing it become a big buzz word both in and out of the treatment room. A quick Google search will throw up everything from miracle stories of people using blends to fight cancer and depression right through to busy mums using aromatherapy massage as a monthly reset button to have some much needed me time. Aromatherapy massage can be tailored to your preferred massage pressure, but the effects of the massage will outlast those that you would typically see from traditional massage. To understand why, it’s best to look at what aromatherapy is and what it has to offer you.
What is aromatherapy?
Again if we were to search for the answer there would be many varying opinions. The explanation I like the most is that it is the art and science of utilising naturally extracted oils from plants to promote wellbeing through harmonising body, mind and spirit. It seeks to aid the body’s own system of healing by fortifying and reawakening the processes.
History of aromatherapy
It was the French perfumier and chemist, Renè-Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term “aromathérapie”. He called it this as he wanted to show the vast difference between how oils are used for perfumery and for medicinal purposes. As the strength of our oils have developed, they now sit well within the medical category.
How can you best enjoy aromatherapy?
This would commonly involve sniffing an essential oil straight from the bottle of on a cotton pad. The simplest and most commonly known version of this would be Olbas oil. Usually inhalation is used for the relief of emotional disorders or respiratory congestion or disorders.
This is one of the easiest ways to enjoy aromatherapy and in some ways the one many of us already use - be it through candles, sprays or diffusers.
These are pre-blended oils which are conveniently packaged to help you to be able to apply the oil directly to pulse points. This is the “go-to” for aromatherapy on the go, making it ideal for travel sickness, stress, sleeping difficulties or breathing issues.
Bath and shower oils
Baths are a fantastic way for people to enjoy aromatherapy in the comfort of their own home. Pre-blended oils can be added to the water for the desired outcome whether be relaxation, stimulation, something to sooth tired muscles or even to declutter an overactive mind. There are so many possibilities and many ways of helping yourself feel better from the comfort of your own bathroom.
By far the most luxurious is to employ an expert to create a custom blend and use precise techniques for application so that it can relieve your ailment to the best ability of each essential oil. As the massage encompasses the body’s largest organ, the skin, it maximises absorption and the effects of the oils.
Aromatherapy can sometimes feel a bit of a minefield with so many different companies offering different strengths and blends; it can be hard to know where to turn. It can be tough to know how best to begin to find help for your particular ailment. The best aromatherapists will always be able to give you expert knowledge and guidance in creating space in your life for the healing powers of essential oils to help you better manage your own unique life.
At The Coach House Spa, we are loving working with our new brand partner, Aromatherapy Associates, offering a fabulous range of aromatherapy products and treatments.
Blog by Jo Davidson, Coach House Spa Manager