The use of highly concentrated, aromatic plant essential oils to bring about healing effects is often called Aromatherapy. Whilst this may be a relatively new term in the grand scheme of things, the use of fragrant plant oils as medicines, perfumes and cosmetics is ancient.
Different plants have different properties: from antiseptic to detoxifying, from the treatment of burns to fungal infections. But one of today’s most popular uses of Aromatherapy is for affecting one's mood and state of mind. Some plant oils have uplifting and invigorating effects, helping refresh and clear the mind. Others are calming, and can help induce relaxation or even sleep.
The fact that aromas can have profound effects on human emotions has been well documented scientifically, and essential oils have found use among consumers and holistic healers as supportive treatments for disorders such as depression, anxiety, indigestion, asthma, and many more.
A qualified Aromatherapist is able to create a bespoke treatment for you, carefully selecting a blend of essential oils to best address your current physical and emotional situation. These are added to a carrier oil and applied to your skin through gentle and soothing massage, to help calm the nervous system and induce relaxation and a sense of balance.
Your first session will involve taking your case history, so that we can decide on the most appropriate blend of essential oils to use. The oils are absorbed in minute and safe quantities and thus have a direct effect on your body, as well as your mind through your sense of smell and a soothing massage.
Aromatherapy is a cumulative therapy; an individual session can be very beneficial, but for help with specific problems, or as a preventative treatment, regular sessions are recommended.
I draw from a number of disciplines including:- Amatsu, Bach Flower Remedies, Reflexology, Reiki, Sports Massage, Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Transactional Analysis and Positive Psychology, and have had the immense privilege of working and training with Trevor Silvester, Richard Bandler, Anthony Robbins and Paul McKenna.