Aromatherapy Massage

Essential oils, which are highly aromatic, are readily absorbed into the body via the skin and lungs, and are believed to affect the body on all levels – physically, mentally and even emotionally/spiritually. When combined with massage, which helps to soothe away muscular tension and improve circulation, an aromatherapy treatment can be either deeply relaxing or uplifting, depending on the oils and massage techniques used by the therapist.

Aromatherapy is used by people for a variety of reasons. Some use it to help them manage or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems, while others use it as a means of relaxation, or to help maintain good health and a sense of general well-being.

Once the oils are blended together the massage can begin. It can be a full body massage, taking in the back, chest, arms, legs, head and stomach, or a simple back massage or even a facial beauty massage. An aromatherapy massage should be gentle, but firm. It usually begins with the back, buttocks and legs before you turn over and the therapist massages the front.

The oil is applied in long sweeping strokes which warm the skin and muscles and prepare the body for deep tissue massage. Once the muscles are warmed, the masseur will continue with deeper massage, rolling and squeezing the skin and underlying muscles between the hands. Again, this should not be painful, but deeply relaxing.

During aromatherapy massage, the skin is warmed and the blood drawn to the surface, increasing circulation and encouraging the elimination of toxins from the body, which has the consequence of speeding up recovery time from any illness or injury. The manipulation of the muscles continues the process, whilst at the same time releasing tense knotted muscles by dispersing the build-up of lactic acid which often occurs after exercise.

As the circulation increases, the oils are absorbed through the skin and carried round the body, allowing their healing effects to permeate to all the major body organs.

Depending on the oils, the effects of an aromatherapy massage can last up to 48 hours and produce feelings of deep calm and relaxation.

Very often, the benefits are immediately noticeable after a massage, but over time, it may be noticed that underlying or long-term problems have also been eased by massage. It is not recommended to have a full body massage more than once a week, but a weekly massage is an excellent way to keep the body relaxed and free of toxins.

Essential oils can be used safely by a qualified practitioner. You will be asked to fill in a consultation form with any medical conditions and medications you may be taking and then this is discussed with your Aromatherapy Practitioner. This allows any contra-indications to be considered before preparing a blend for your treatment.

A full body Aromatherapy massage is an hour or an hour and a half.

Some may find the essential oils start to work immediately. They continue to be absorbed into the body’s system for up to 48 hours. For long term benefits it is recommended that treatments can be from 1 week to monthly intervals.

Treatments costs between £25 to £80 depending on the length and practitioner treating you.

Home treatment oil blends, creams, lotions and balms – £5 – £20

Alice works from Rowan House Friday afternoon / evenings, for more information please follow the link

Shasta is available for treatments at Rowan House Wednesday through to Saturdays, for more information please follow the link.