Usually the ‘typical’ Aromatherapy Massage is very relaxing and gentle, takes longer than a ‘normal’ Body Massage and is oriented around the oils that are used. In a ‘text book’ Aromatherapy Massage treatment the practitioner will choose oils to suit you (with you), often different blends for the body and the face and any areas of concern (i.e. special ones for tummy ache), perform a relaxing routine for 1 ¼ hours, and charge a bit more for the extra time and the oils. However, we are not ‘text book’ therapists at ACT!Over time, if a therapist has developed their Massage practice ‘Aromatherapy Massage’ could mean any of the listed Massage types with the added benefit of oils. Some Aromatherapists have indeed practiced Massage for many years and added Aromatherapy to the mix later on. See their profiles for the types of Massage you could benefit from with Aromatherapy.
What to Expect From a Treatment
The initial treatment includes the consultation and is always longer, some therapists charge extra for this, often £5/£10. It may range between 15 minutes to an hour, usually it’s somewhere in-between. The purpose is to determine that you are safe to treat and to ensure you get the treatment to best suit your individual requirements. If you have a specific health condition then please tell your therapist on the phone when making a booking so that they can account and prepare for this.A full case history is taken, assessing the client’s physical and emotional wellbeing, oils are then chosen to benefit the client, usually applied through Massage. Separate oils are often inhaled by the client throughout the treatment to benefit the specific emotional state presented, which is ongoing or just on that day and different oils may be applied in different quantities, topically to specific areas of dis – ease, for example on the stomach for tummy ache or for scar tissue etc. Often there is an option of purchasing an Aromatherapy product to use at home to continue developing the beneficial effects. This depends upon your therapist. An Aromatherapist may use anything from one – thr eeor four blends of oils per client, and each blend may range (typically) from two to four oils.This is a general overview, all therapists work in unique ways so it is wise to ask them how they work at the time of booking.
Where Did it Originate?
Aromatherapy uses plant essential oils for health and well being. The use of plant extracts for health has been documented for over 6000 years, the Greeks, Romans and Ancient Egyptians all used some form of Aromatherapy. Australian Aborigines used tea tree essential oil for its medicinal purposes which is still in use today.Therapeutic use of essential oils as used today can be attributed to French chemist Gattefosse, after burning his hand, he used Lavender oil on the wound and was amazed by the speed at which it healed, with no scarring. He coined the word ‘Aromatherapie’ and first published his findings in 1931. Future research was carried out by Dr Jean Valnet in the 1960’s and Aromatherapy is now widely used as a holistic treatment and more recently clinical research has stemmed an interest for use within conventional medical settings.In France only Doctors are able to use Aromatherapy because they use it internally, through capsules and pessaries, we look forward to a day when that develops in the UK, hopefully without the enforced stopping of the practice of Aromatherapy and Massage!