Aromatherapy massage

How do I book an appointment?
Email or phone (call-back service if you leave a message)
heather@aromantique.co.uk or 07419 777 451

 

How long will my massage last?
Full body massage usually lasts for 60 minutes (areas massaged: back, legs, feet, arms, hands, head, face, neck, shoulders – abdomen optional)

 

How can massage help me?
There are various styles of massage. Aromatherapy massage tends to incorporate an eclectic range of techniques that are gentle yet also stimulating (these can include Swedish, Acupressure or Shiatsu-like movements). Aromatherapy massage generally aims to de-stress the body, aid relaxation, reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, and aid essential oils absorption via surface tissue (skin) and inhalation. So, aromatherapy is helpful for:

  • Aiding deep relaxation
  • Aiding metabolism and elimination of waste products (detoxifying)
  • Alleviating / positively managing mild anxiety and depression
  • Alleviating feelings of being stressed
  • Alleviating insomnia and improving the quality of sleep
  • Alleviating muscle tension and pain
  • Balancing the nervous system (stimulating parasympathetic response, reducing sympathetic response)
  • Calming restlessness and agitation
  • Feeling energized
  • Feelings of being calm and uplifted
  • Improving clarity of thought
  • Improving skin tone, condition, and healing
  • Improving the circulation
  • Stimulating the release of endorphins (‘feel good’ hormones)
  • Supporting the immune system

 

Is it ok to receive a massage if I have just eaten?
It is ok if you have just had a snack. However, it is not ok if you have just eaten a large or heavy meal – in this case, it is best to allow 45 to 60 minutes before you receive your massage. Drinking water, herb tea, or fruit juice is fine, in fact, it is desirable, to ensure you are sufficiently hydrated (although you may need to use the loo before you attend for your massage…just in case)

 

I am pregnant. Can I receive a massage?
As long as there are no complications with your pregnancy, yes, it is fine to receive massage after the first trimester. Your massage will be adapted accordingly. However, your therapist reserves the right not to provide massage if this is deemed inappropriate or unsafe for any reason at any given time.

 

When is it not ok to receive massage?
In most instances massage is extremely beneficial (for all of the above mentioned reasons). However, there are times when massage is counterproductive, undesirable, or may cause harm or exacerbate an underlying condition. For example, you should not receive a massage if you:

  • Are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, headache, and/or aching limbs
  • Are feeling generally unwell
  • Are pregnant – the first trimester
  • Are receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Are taking certain prescribed medication(s)
  • Are under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs
  • Feel nauseous (sick)
  • Have an infectious illness or condition
  • Have an unidentified skin rash
  • Have broken bones
  • Have just eaten a heavy meal
  • Have recently been involved in an accident
  • Have recently undergone surgery

 

What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy generally combines the tactile medium of touch, through massage, with the use of essential oils to engender a state of deep relaxation that potentially serves to enhance a sense of peace and wellbeing within the recipient, while at the same time improving their immunological homeostasis.

Employing their antimicrobial, and skin and tissue healing qualities, essential oils may also be applied topically in gels, ointment and compresses to treat local conditions, such as eczema, sprains, insect bites and improve scar tissue.

They are also applied using none-tactile methods of application, such as, for example, vaporisation (room diffuser and/or tissues), aroma sticks (nasal inhalers), ‘therapeutic perfumes’, and steam inhalation – for example, as an ambient scent, to relieve the symptoms of a cold or sore throat, or for their psycho-emotional benefits (uplifting, calming, energising), and so on.

 

What are essential oils?
Essential oils comprise of a highly concentrated mixture of various volatile chemical components extracted from plants and their derivatives (leaves, fruits, flowers, bark, roots and so on). Essential oils demonstrate similar qualities to those exhibited by the plant they are extracted from. However, removed from the plant, which contains many other non-volatile components that influence the plant or herb’s therapeutic qualities and which also balance, calm, or antidote irritant or toxic components, essential oils must be regarded in a different light, according to the oils unique chemical structure. In isolation from the plant, essential oils are mucus membrane and skin irritants.

When prescribed by a pharmacist or herbalist for internal ingestion, essential oils are applied in small controlled amounts, and are contained in a ‘safe to swallow’ gel-like, preferably vegetable, capsule (composed of hypromellose, a polymer formulated from plant cellulose). The animal version (gelatine) is derived from skin or bone collagen.

Essential oils are hydrophobic, which means they do not dissolve in water; essential oil molecules will cluster together, float on the surface of water, or sink to the bottom of water held in a container. While they are oil-like in their behaviour (i.e. they do not mix with water) they are not ‘greasy’ or ‘oily’ in the way that fat or vegetable oil is; they are not lubricant and are, in fact, extremely drying to the skin. This is why essential oils are always blended in an emollient, such as a vegetable oil, ointment, cream or lotion, when applied to the body. Emollients can also add their own unique qualities to a blend, especially when considering skincare and healing.

Essential oils influence and support the immune system (they are anti-microbial, for example), they are skin healing, and directly influence the Limbic System (the instinctive and emotional centre) within the brain, and have psycho-emotional qualities. They instigate physiological and neural responses (via olfactory receptors found throughout the body). Applied appropriately, essential oils are highly beneficial.

 

Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation 
(Inner Traditions Bestselling New Release 2019)

Why is this book different?
Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation draws both these practices together in away that enables the reader to understand how they work, how they complement each other, and how to apply both safely, simply, and effectively.  This book provides knowledge and easy to use tools. The information is supported with evidence – both academic and experiential – explained in a way that is easy to understand.  This book also places these practices in the context of holistic health and wellbeing, and incorporates supportive elements such as diet and nutrition, relaxation, and basic exercise.  In short: this book provides valuable self-nurturing and wellness tools that will enable you to optimise your practice of mediation and use of essential oils with ease.

 

Who is this book aimed at?
Short answer: anyone and everyone. Those people who are interested in taking control of their own health, wellbeing, and peace of mind. Those people who are interested in meditation and applying essential oils for their psycho-emotional-spiritual qualities. Students of Aromatherapy, aromatherapy practitioners, and health practitioners, Meditation spans generations, genders, social and economic groups, and cultures. Various religions incorporate meditation, in the form of focus or prayer, but this does not mean the practice of meditation is itself religious. It is a practical process. Meditation is increasingly applied as a self-help tool to counterbalance stress, stress related conditions, including mild anxiety and depression – the manifold benefit of meditation is evidenced through research and experience.

Essential oils, applied with care and consideration, can be used in a variety of safe and effective ways to support wellbeing and wellness – again, there is a body of research evidence to support the multifaceted health benefits of essential oils (antimicrobial, skin healing, psycho-emotional and hedonistic).

 

Essential Oils for the Whole Body
Essential Oils for the Whole Body follows on from Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation and provides deeper detail about the use and various functions of essential oils, how they are absorbed by the body, and how they may be applied as self-help remedies to support wellness and wellbeing. The multi-dynamic qualities of essential oils are explored, incorporating complementary subtle elements, such as colour, focusing in particular on fifteen Serenity Essential Oils, a specific group of essential oils selected for their multiple holistic qualities. This book will be released in Autumn 2019 by Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont, USA.