Aromatherapy is a holistic hands-on therapy which promotes a physical, spiritual, emotional and mental sense of harmony. It is an entirely relaxing massage treatment that uses the essences from plants to help balance and unify the mind, body and spirit; which has proved to be highly successful in the alleviation and cure of many ailments.
Aromatherapy works in two ways - the widely accepted benefits of body massage and the inhalation of essential oils reduce stress and improve the general state of health and well-being. This is a comforting, reassuring and healing therapy.
We explore in much more detail the properties of essential oils, their uses and therapeutic qualities. We also look at the treatment of specific ailments and conditions, and how we use oils for meditation, healing and balancing energy centres. There is also a deeper examination of what constitutes disease in the modern world, and how Aromatherapy can assist. Massage is a systematic, therapeutic stroking and kneading of the soft tissues of the body, which has been used as a form of therapy for thousands of years. Earliest records of the use of massage as a therapy come from China over 5,000 years ago. The use of massage in the West became more popular in the 16th Century when a French doctor, Ambroise Pare incorporated a more anatomical and physiological approach. Per Henrik Ling, from Sweden developed a system of massage and gymnastics in the early 19th Century which became what we now know as Swedish or Holistic Massage.
There are many different types of massage that have been developed; some approaches focus on the physical effects that the massage techniques have on the body, whilst others focus attention on the relationship between the exterior and interior of the body which is also closely interlinked via the nervous system. All types of massage have an effect on the skin, muscles, blood vessels, lymph, nerves and some of the internal organs, together the flow of 'energy' within the body.