Aromatherapy Treatment

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a method of healing using very concentrated essential oils that are often highly aromatic and are extracted from plants.

Different parts of the same plant may produce their own form of oil and these are extracted by a special process. The essential oils are used in an unscented carrier oil to enhance the physical or emotional well being of an individual.

The oils can be used in massage, as a bath oil or in a vaporiser to fragrance a room. Essential oils should NOT be used on pregnant women, or infants unless this course of action has been recommended by a competent practitioner.

The oils reach the body in two main pathways. Through the nasal passages as an odour, they pass through the olfactory bulb and thence into the Limbic system, the root of emotions and the circulation. They are one of very few substances that can penetrate the blood brain barrier.

What Essential oils are used in Aromatherapy and are they right for me?

Essential oils have differing properties, for instance:-

  • German Chamomile, Matricaria recutita is antiseptic
  • Peppermint, Mentha piperita is analgesic
  • Ylang Ylang, Cananga odorata var. genuina is anti-depressant
  • Neroli, Citrus aurantium va. amara is antifungal
  • Sweet Marjoram, Origanum marjorana is a vasodilator
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia is sedative
  • Jasmine Jasminium grandifloram is a uterine tonic

These are just a small sampling. Each of the mentioned oils have several different properties and their effects are enhanced when used in a blend with other Essential Oils.

A clients existing medical conditions determine which oils may be used safely and also which oils are contra-indicated. Blends of oils can be used for the psychological benefits as well as the physical benefits. Our sense of smell is one of the most emotive senses we have, and odours evoke different responses depending on the events that are associated with them.

The other pathway that Essential Oils have is through the skin during massage. The lower back and the soles of the feet being the most absorbant surfaces. Although a massage may take approximately one hour, the oils will continue working for up to 8 hours afterwards.

Can I receive aromatherapy treatment in Pregnancy and Labour

The sense of smell is heightened during pregnancy so that Essential Oils, carefully chosen can help the mother cope with the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, dispepsia and constipation.

An Aromatherapy massage relieves stress and produces a sense of wellbeing and comfort. Positioning is important too, as in late pregnancy you may feel more comfortable sitting against a table and restng your head on your pillowed arms. A back massage is always welcome as backache is common throughout pregnancy.

There are essential Oils that can be chosen for heartburn, oedema and leg cramps. Stretch marks are always a concern for the Mum, and are better prevented by massaging a blend of Essential Oils than dealt with once arrived.

During labour Essential oils can be used to help the uterus contract, help Mum to relax and also have a pain relieving effect. The oils can be used in a spray to scent the air and also in a massage blend.

After the birth oils with an uplifting quality can be chosen to provide a balacing atmosphere for mother and newborn.

Where can I receive more guidance about Aromatherapy treatments?

Our Aromatherapy treatment clinic (The Cenacle Treatment Centre) is located at former St Mary’s Rectory, Stockport, next to Manchester and Cheshire, provides Aromatherapy treatments along with many other alternative and complementary therapies. Our location is set in peaceful relaxing grounds, adding to the healing and calming atmosphere of our clinic.

The aim of our Aromatherapy treatment centre is to focus a number of alternative health therapies under one roof, thereby offering a comprehensive range of treatments for clients in the North West region.

For further information, call us on 0161 483 9005 or complete an enquiry form and one of our friendly staff will be happy to help with your enquiry.

Aromatherapy may be suitable for the following symptoms

Lack of Sleep, Arthritic pain

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