Aromatherapy Massage

 

Aromatic and  therapeutic essential oils are blended in a base carrier oil such as coconut, almond or sunflower oil, to suit your mood and needs.  One of the first effects of essential oils is through our sense of smell. The molecules are inhaled, stimulating smell receptors in the Olfactory bulb, (our smell centre) that elicits a response in the Limbic System of the brain. The Limbic System is the centre of memory and learning and stimulates the motivation for hunger, thirst, memory, “fight or flight” response and sexual feeling. So, simply by inhaling them, essential oils have the power to change our mood and emotions in a positive way. They are well known for effectively treating stress.   

 

What are essential oils?

They are potent and complex chemical compounds found in plants, flowers, fruits, trees and seeds. Each essential oil contains therapeutic properties that can be anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, cicatrisant (repairing of the skin), to name a few. They are extracted from plant material through a process of distillation, enfleurage or expression. Essential oils are nature's natural medicine chest!   

 

What happens in a treatment?

A brief consultation is taken to assess your needs and to establish any contra-indications to a particular oil so that the right blend can be made. (The information given is strictly private and confidential). I feel it is important to consider the aspects of mind, body, emotions and spirit, when choosing the blend of essential oils, so that your needs on that particular day are met. This means that each treatment is individual and unique.   

 

The pressure applied is adapted to suit your needs and preferences, and I also tune in and listen to what your body "tells" me. A variety of techniques in the massage are used, such as Swedish, pressure point, deep tissue and healing work.

 

The aim of the massage is to provide the release of any pain in the body, to relieve stiffness and tension in the muscles and to improve articulation of the joints of the body.    It tends to follow that the release of tension from the body will relieve tension in the mind. Many clients experience a feeling of lightness of being, greater fluidity and flexibility of movement and feel integrated in mind, body, spirit and emotions.   

 

The accumulation of stress and tension may mean that it is beneficial to have a series of treatments, as it is not always possible to get rid of all the knots and tension in one session! Regular massage means that deeply stored tension can be addressed.

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Florentina Lam-Clark           Yoga Meditation & Healing