Aromatherapy is a holistic massage therapy that benefits the whole person, both physically and emotionally. It uses scented oils, blended together in a carrier oil to lift, relax, harmonise or de-stress you depending on your needs.
In an aromatherapy massage, generally the pressure is light to moderate which helps the client to relax whilst they take in the benefits of the particular scents, a deeper pressure can be applied in areas of the body that hold tension.
During the consultation at the beginning of the treatment the therapist will talk with you and discern your needs. You will be asked about your medical history, and any conditions you might have. You can tell your therapist any aches and pains that you have and if you so wish you can outline any stresses that you ate living with , which will help the therapist to choose the appropriate scented oils to help you. Each oil has a different healing property as well as aroma.
Aromatherapy oils have a wide range from musk scents, herbal scents, through to flowery or fruity scents. Each one can lift or relax your mood, de-stress you or perk you up. You can tell your therapist about your preferences, the sorts of scents which appeal to you and these will be considered and brought into the mix.
The consultation is short and when it is complete the massage can begin. You might request a full body massage or opt for a back shoulder or neck massage. Alternatively you might have a specific area which needs attention, such as a shoulder, or back. You will be given space to undress and wrap yourself in a towel and lay on the massage couch and your aromatherapy session can begin. It will usually last for an hour unless you have requested a longer time. You can relax and float into a dream like state whilst you receive your treatment, and soak up all the benefits of this wonderful therapy.
At the end of the treatment , after you have dressed and sipped some water your therapist will check in with you to see how you are feeling. You can book a follow up treatment if you desire.
Your therapist may well recommend some aromatherapy for home use, with a suggestion of the sort of oils you might add to your bath, to a diffuser or put on your pillow.