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Top reasons for having an Aromatherapy Massage.

Knowing why my clients come to me is important in making sure I keep a stock of the best oils to help them. My two guides to this are firstly and most importantly the clients whom I actually see or who consult with me via Skype.

The second is the enquiries that are generated by my website and the pages that get the most hits. This year because I did a promotion for the page, back massage has received the most hits and don’t get me wrong, a significant proportion of my clients do come for issues with their backs, especially if  you include neck and shoulders in that. But by far the biggest proportion of my clients come for issues to do with depression and anxiety. I would also say that most of these have depression or anxiety because of significant traumatic life events.  I see a few clients where genetic factors play a much larger part but they are the minority.

Bergmot, Bitter Orange and other citrus oils are a must working with these clients. They are particularly good for the client who feels stuck. They are also good for some of the physical manifestations of depression and anxiety such as lack of appetite and constipation. Rose is another oil I would not be without. It soothes anxiety and is particularly good for those dealing with grief be that for a childhood they didn’t  have or the loss of a close friend or loved  one. Frankincense completes my first line triad for depression, in particular if agitation or anxiety are also present. Both Roman and German Chamomile can also be good for this.

Once a client comes to me these oils are also good for building self confidence and helping the client to really believe that they are worth it. This last is probably the biggest barrier to depressed and anxious individuals coming for massage. They give themselves the message that they don’t deserve good things and often blame themselves even when the blame is  patently with another, e.g. an abuser.

Interestingly, I find that at least one in ten of the clients that are depressed also have back pain.

Do follow the links on this site and get in touch if you would like to discuss the possibility of having an aromatherapy massage treatment for anxiety, depression, back issues or anything else.



How would you spend your £3,000 birth budget?

The BBC carried a story this morning about how pregnant women will be offered their own £3,000 “Birth Budget.” This would according to what I have just read give women the choice to spend their money on anything from a hospital birth in a midwife led unit to a home birth with a birthing pool and hypnotherapy.

Massage and Aromatherapy are not specifically mentioned in the report but it would seem that they could be included judging from the text. An important thing to remember is that despite the behaviour of Rob in, “The Archers” pregnancy is a natural process not an illness! In this respect, Massage and Aromatherapy go very well with it. They can help in reducing back and other pain and also anxiety.

There are a few oils that need to be avoided and more than a very gentle abdominal massage should not be given during the first three months but other than that the only other changes are that the women will need to lie on her side rather than her front for the back to be massaged and the therapist will need to support this by having extra pillows/rolled up towels available. So, when it comes in, do think about spending some of your £3,000 on a massage. Remember it is extremely unlikely that you will see any of the money you don’t spend!


Love Your Doorstep.

Just been writing a piece for a relatively new company who want to encourage people to use local businesses rather than the well known chains. I must admit I used a piece written by someone with a similar business to my own in Enfield where Love Your Doorstep started and then replaced her information with my own but it made me think about how I present information about my business and how to choose what information to include in a limited space.

Business Name:

Cambridge Aromatherapy

Contact Name:

Dave Jackson


07939 273 569




Salus Wellness Centre

47 Norfolk Street






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Dave of Cambridge Aromatherapy concentrates on working with the whole person, always taking into account the client’s spiritual and emotional needs as well as their physical problems.

Clients have found aromatherapy massages helpful as a part of resolving depression, stress and anxiety as well as shoulder and back pain and headaches.

Treatments available.

Most appointments are 90 minutes which allows for a massage lasting over an hour or occasionally just under an hour on the first appointment. This allows for a full history to be taken and essential oils chosen especially for the individual. Shorter appointments for specific problems are also available, e.g. 30 minute back massage.

Dave also makes a skin balm using organic olive oil, essential oils and beeswax from his own bees kept on the allotment site in Trumpington. As well as a couple of standard formulations he will also make this up specially for an individual following a consultation which can take up to half an hour.

Dave works from the Salus Wellness Centre every Tuesday afternoon but appointments can be booked for there at other times as well as at his home in Trumpington.

He trained with the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy who teach about the essential oils from the viewpoint of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as from a Western perspective. This combined with his having trained in both general nursing and mental health nursing where he worked for over 25 years gives him a comprehensive insight into his client’s needs.

Dave is a member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists, which has higher standards of entry and professional development than many of the other Professional associations which therapists can belong to. He is also a trustee of his association.