Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils by different methods to enhance the well-being of the mind, body and spirit. It uses pure essences from plants, which may have a preventative effect, helping to care for common ailments while working alongside medical treatment in the healing process. Essential oils are highly fragrant, volatile and are extracted from flowers, leaves, twigs, bark, roots and fruits of many common plants. The essential oils have many different properties and as research has shown, can be stimulating, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, relaxing, calming, soothing and uplifting. Aromatherapy, therefore, has the ability to affect the emotions, promote bodily well-being and balance psychologically.
Aromatherapy massage treatment is beneficial to most people in most circumstances. Essential oils must be diluted and used with care, preferably under the guidance of a qualified IFPA aromatherapist. When used correctly and by a qualified IFPA aromatherapist, aromatherapy can be effective for a wide client group.
Conditions Aromatherapy can help with include but are not limited to
- Stress management in Cambridge
- Anxiety in Cambridge
- Muscle and other soft tissue injuries.
- Muscle tension
- Digestive issues.
There has been much discussion on a linkedin group recently about the internal use of essential oils. They should only be used in this way treated as prescription only medications. Using them without specialist knowledge makes it very easy to overdose on them or cause sensitivities that may make their use in massage problematic at a later date.
One poster suggested that Essential oil manufacturers who warn against taking their oils internally do so because their oils are adulterated with chemicals. This is not true! Many firms who produce only wild crafted or organic essential oils still warn against internal use. Yes they can be used internally but I have not trained in this and so will not prescribe them as
- I am not covered by insurance
- While I might occasionally use them on myself I will not risk this with my clients.
I value the safety of my clients too much to use oils in this way.
This research done in the united states shows how the experience of those in intensive care can be improved by Aromatherapy.
I practice therapeutic massage and aromatherapy from Salus Wellness Centre in Norfolk Street, Cambridge UK as well as seeing some clients at my home in Trumpington. I will not use Trumpington a a venue for first appointments with those I do not know already.