Aromatherapy is the ancient art of using high quality oils extracted from various aromatic flowers, plants fruit, bark, trees, grasses and seeds. It is a generic term that refers to any of the various traditions that make use of aromatic oils, sometimes in combination with other alternative medical practices and spiritual beliefs.
As a form of alternative medicine it uses volatile liquid plant materials or aromatic essences, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds from plants for the purpose of affecting a person's mood or health. Essential oils differ in chemical composition from other herbal products because the distillation process only recovers the lighter phytomolecules. For this reason essential oils are rich in a variety of aromatic compounds.
Popular uses of these products include bathing, inhalation, ingestion, direct application to the skin (coupled with massage), and/or any topical application that incorporates the use of essential oils to their products. It has a particularly Western currency and persuasion. Medical treatment involving aromatic compounds may exist outside of the West, but may or may not be included in the term 'aromatherapy'
The History of Aromatherapy
The use of essential oils, and Aromatherapy, has roots in antiquity. The combined use of such aromatic oils and massage (Aromatherapy) dates back around 5,000 years or more. The ancient Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, all used aromatherapy oils. The first recorded use of essential oils occurs in a Chinese text dating back some 4,700 years. The Egyptian physician Imhotep recommended fragrant oils for bathing, massage, and for embalming their dead (Imhotep is also the name of the Egyptian god of medicine and healing). Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used aromatherapy baths and scented massage. It is recorded that he used aromatic fumigations to rid Athens of the plague.
As currently defined, aromatherapy, involving the use of distilled plant volatiles, is a twentieth century innovation. The word "aromatherapy" was first used in the 1920s by French chemist René-
The modes of application* of Aromatherapy include:
Your therapist will incorporate essential oils into a base massage oil. They select the proper oils based on your particular physical condition and blend them into the base oil or lotion. The blend of oils is chosen according to your individual physical and mental needs and is then massaged into your skin, which absorbs the oils and distributes them throughout your body system via the blood stream. Each treatment can leave you feeling grounded, calm, and deeply relaxed. The end result is a relaxing massage tailored to your individual needs. One session of therapeutic acupressure aromatherapy massage can help you relax and release tension build-
Aromatherapy Back and Shoulder Massage
Aromatherapy Back and Shoulder Massage works on the meridian pathways to release tension and pressure in the body. It helps to clear toxins, alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. In turn this helps to relieve tension, help lymphatic drainage, muscular aches & pains in neck, shoulder & back areas. The client relaxes on a couch whilst the oils are applied to the back & shoulders. The oils are chosen purposely for the client prior to consultation. A truly relaxing treatment.
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