Pure essential oils are selected and blended in a base carrier oil, having assessed the focus of the treatment and the therapeutic effect the oils can give. 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 has specific 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 health consultation is taken to establish the focus of the treatment (all information given is strictly private and confidential). The therapeutic effect of the essential oils work holistically to address tension on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level of being, making this a holistic treatment. This means that each treatment is individual and unique.
The pressure used in the treatment is adapted to suit levels of tension in the muscles, tendons and joints. A variety of techniques are used, such as Swedish, pressure point, deep tissue and healing work.
A full body treatment is given for general tension, other times, the focus of the treatment will be mainly on requested targeted areas, such as back, neck shoulders and head, or if there are injuries, wear and tear, or conditions such as R.S.I. Or the focus can be on legs, digestion, or other parts. It depends on what is needed on the day.
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.
Amanda Yensa Manor
The treatment by Flo was blissfully in tune with my body’s needs. Her blend of essential oils for the full body aromatherapy massage was exquisite. Flo worked on my tight areas (neck, shoulders, back) with compassionate skill, natural ease and confident strength. Her gentle touch on more sensitive areas (face, belly) was nurturing, comforting, soothing. I was seamlessly relaxed throughout. My trust in Flo was complete every second of the 90 minutes I spent in treatment. I floated out of yogahome feeling whole from top to toe.