Here in Cambridge, UK we have one of the foremost teaching hospitals in the world, with the new Medical Research Council building on site with more Nobel prize winners than you can shake a stick at in it, some excellent General Practitioners and a whole raft of complementary therapists covering I suspect most of those available.
I will start by saying that I have no intention of knocking any other discipline, not even conventional medicine – I was part of the conventional system for just over thirty years as a general and the mental health nurse.
One thing almost all of the complementary therapies have in common is time. If see your general practitioner, twenty minutes is considered a long appointment. More usual is ten. The way most of us work is that we typically allow half an hours consultation time for a first appointment and then an hours treatment time on top of that. Many of us use ninety minute appointments as standard for all sessions.
Like herbalism which I know a bit about despite having no formal training, aromatherapy uses the natural properties of plants to achieve healing both physical and psychological. Usually it is combined with massage which also has profound benefits for both physical and psychological well-being. It is important to choose the right therapy for your needs. A good therapist will advise you to see someone else if they are unable to help or even suggest you visit your local accident and emergency department. (I have only had to do that once!)
Where aromatherapy excels is where there is a strong interaction between the physical and psychological. Chronic illness even if there is not a psychological component to the illness itself has psychological consequences, for instance chronic pain leads to depression in over 75% of sufferers. Many of those suffering from Myalgic Encephalitis are helped greatly by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
The interplay between the physical and psychological has been recognised even before Freud investigated it. Milton Erickson, one of the pioneers of medicl hypnosis had a client who refused to believe that the paralyses of her leg could be helped by hypnosis till using hypnosis he shifted the paralysis to the opposite leg! Following this he was then able to remove the paralyses.
There is also a strong relationship between smell which is related to the oldest part of the brain in the limbic system and emotions. Many of us would recognise the typical smell of school corridors even without the bustle they often contain. Think for a moment whether you would on noticing that smell have any emotional reaction related to your time at school?
The benefits of massage, which as well as the physical effects of working the muscles also satisfies the human need for contact and touch complements the potentially very deep effect of the smells of the oils as well as using the physiological effect of the chemicals contained in the oils which pass through the skin’s barrier into the blood stream albeit at a much slower rate than when we breathe those same molecules in.
All this makes aromatherapy a particularly personal treatment. A smell which I or one client might love will be anathema to another. In the latter case, I will look for another oils with similar therapeutic properties as the emotional effect of a detested oil will outweigh any potential benefit.
Whether Aromatherapy is completely new to you or you have experienced it many times in the past, to book an appoinment,
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