What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is an ancient skill whereby flowers, herbs, bark, leaves and other plant based materials are processed and distilled. The nutrients and aromas are then bottled. Specific, unique blends of aromatherapy oils can be made up to produce an overall desired effect. Some aroma can be relaxing or calming, while others can be motivating and stimulating.
Aromas can trigger memories and feelings. We all know the uplifting sensation of entering a florist shop. Whether it’s the waft of freshly baked bread, the scent of freshly cut grass - or any smell which is familiar - aromatherapy works the same way. It allows us to invoke good experiences and emotions, relaxes us, and helps us gain a sense of balance.
How Can it Help?
Aromatherapy, when used with reflexology, can help with a number of conditions. More importantly though, it encourages clients to participate in taking back control and responsibility for their own health. By establishing regular habit of taking some time-out, we are investing in our own minds and bodies.
This is one of the best investments we can make for our health and quality of life. I use an aromatherapy oil or blend particularly suited to you, as we all inherently unique. Relaxation is an important part of the experience, not only for pleasure, but, more importantly, it allows your physical body to slow down and unwind.
How Does Aromatherapy Work?
It is easy to accept that life is just difficult or stressful, and simply part of being human - but it does not have to be that way. If we look at word Dis-Ease, it can be understood as the body being ‘not at ease‘. Aromatherapy can play an important healing role in bringing us back to a sense of wellbeing and balance. Our senses - smell, touch, hearing, sight - are very powerful and very under-used in today’s society.
The brain can be influenced, via our olfactory system, to imagine we are in the place where an aroma was first experienced. A lot of our memories reside in our sub-conscious, and smell can help awaken our senses. Our noses are the entry path for smells to reach our brains. This happens by a process called ‘olfaction’. The aroma molecules enter our noses and are changed into a chemical form via nerves. These chemicals are passed to a part of the brain that links directly to the limbic system, which is responsible for emotions and memory.
When using aroma blends with reflexology, the process has an added dimension. Once the aromatherapy blend has been made up and applied to the feet or hands, the oils are readily absorbed by the skin. The active ingredients are taken, via the feet, into the circulatory system and carrier round the body in the blood stream. They are naturally taken to where they are needed, a process which is determined by the pituitary gland located in the brain.
It is advisable to have a short conversation to determine if either reflexology and/or aromatherapy are suitable for you, as a time commitment of 4-6 weeks is desirable for this treatment to be of benefit. A GP‘s note may be required in some instances due to pre-existing medical conditions.