Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to improve physical and/or emotional wellbeing.
Essential oils are the aromatic, natural chemicals extracted from plants by either distillation or expression. The essential oils must be very pure to be acceptable within aromatherapy treatment. Some of the oils most commonly used are lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus, but there are in fact over 400 different essential oils which may be selected and blended for their unique therapeutic properties depending on the condition being treated.
Essential oils are usually administered during a massage, however they can also be added to baths, compresses, creams and lotions or given as inhalations.
Aromatherapy is particularly useful in the relief of stress related conditions but can be helpful in the treatment of many problems including:
- Back, neck or joint pain
- Sleep problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Migraine and headaches
- Dermatitis and eczema
Aromatherapy can also be used to promote deep relaxation and in the prevention of illness.
What happens in a typical aromatherapy session?
Your practitioner will ask questions about your medical history, general health and lifestyle. This will help him or her decide which essential oils are most appropriate for you as an individual and to ascertain that the oils and treatments selected will not cause problems with any medication or other illnesses and conditions you may have.
In some cases the Aromatherapist may wish to contact your GP, with your permission, to inform him or her that you are receiving aromatherapy and that the treatment is appropriate for you.
If you have not received aromatherapy treatment before, or have particularly sensitive skin or allergies, a patch test may be required 24 hours before full treatment. Please check with the aromatherapist prior to booking your appointment.
If you are to receive massage as part of your treatment you will be asked to undress to your underwear and lie comfortably on a massage couch. Only the area of your body being massaged will be exposed at any time.
Following treatment you may feel sleepy and should not drive until you feel fit to do so. You will be advised to ensure you drink plenty of water following a massage and to avoid alcohol for the rest of that day.
Are there any reasons why I should not have aromatherapy treatment?
Please let your Aromatherapist know if you:
- Are allergic or sensitive to any perfumes, skin products or foods (many oils are derived from food producing plants)
- Have any medical condition requiring treatment by a doctor including high or low blood pressure, diabetes or epilepsy
- Are taking any medications including contraceptive pills and over the counter pain relief tablets (rarely some oils may interfere with your medication)
- Have ever had a bad reaction to essential oils or massage
- May be pregnant
- Have varicose veins or any history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Have an infection of any kind
- Have had a high temperature or fever within the last 24 hours
Treatment will usually still be given but may be adapted to suit your particular needs.
Aromatherapy Massage Prices
Full body £35
Back, neck and shoulders £25
Back and shoulders (sitting) £20
Neck and shoulders £20
Legs and feet £25
Arms and hands £25
Please ask for pricing for mini or shorter treatments.
Your therapists are: Ann Whiteford, Cheryl Corner and Kelly Perry.
For further information or to book an appointment please contact us on 01642 662785.