Aromatherapy for anxiety, stress and depression.

Anxiety, stress and depression are probably the three biggest reasons for clients coming to see me. Back pain and neck and shoulder pain probably come next but I often find neck and shoulder pain is secondary to stress.

Massage and aromatherapy can help with the symptoms of these psychological conditions but if a client is working in a very stressful job and is unable to change any of the factors creating their problems then they will be using massage and aromatherapy as a way of coping rather than eliminating the problems.

There are many essential oils that can help with these problems, bergamot, frankincense, lavender, vetiver, chamomile to name just a few. If there are abuse issues | will probably add one of rose, jasmine or neroli. If the client is expressing a wish to get out of the situation (This has to be their wish and not mine) then I might add Laurel (bay) Rosemary or Pine, all oils that help with poor self esteem and might over time help a client to make a decision to move on.

Massage as well as providing the means of delivering the essential oils can address the symptoms itself and also provide a sense of nurture that can allow the client to feel more accepted and help them move out of depression.

While I do feel that antidepressants and some other psychiatric drugs are vastly overused, I do not advise clients to stop these or use massage and aromatherapy as an alternative to conventional treatment without discussing this first with their GP. If a client is wishing to stop medication and has the support of their GP I am happy to provide aromatherapy a a way of supporting this.