Types of Massage

Aromatherapy

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An Aromatherapy Massage widely regarded as one of the most effective ways to escape the worries of the world & drift effortlessly away. We’re talking a deep state of relaxation. Using the highest quality essential oils extracted from plants & herbs, this massage style uses rhythmic, flowing strokes to work gently, but deeply into the muscles to release tension & relieve soreness. Upon arrival your Therapist will discuss your needs & select oils suited specifically to how you're feeling. After laying down on the massage table, the subtle aroma of the oils infuses the air around you throughout the treatment.

 

The philosophy of Aromatherapy is that essential oils offer different healing properties on their own & when blended. Once the concentration is inhaled it's thought that messages are transmitted to the limbic system, which controls emotions & influences the nervous system.

 

Aromatherapy massages aim to sooth stress levels while both calming & energizing.

It’s estimated that Aromatherapy has been with us for around 6,000 years with the Ancient Egyptians using fragrant oils extracted from plants for bathing, massage & medicinally to prevent or treat illness, reduce stress & enhance wellbeing. 

 

The oils used in genuine Aromatherapy use a high concentration of essential oils drawn from various herbs & flowers. In fact, there are over 100 essential oils commonly used in Aromatherapy extracted from flowers (rose, narcissus), roots (orris), leaves & needles (eucalyptus, pine), resins (turpentine), seeds (caraway), fruits (lemon, lime), berries (cloves), bark (cinnamon) & wood (cedar). 

 

Many are obtained from familiar herbs & spices (basil, anise, nutmeg, cumin, oregano) while others are derived from substances related to herbal medicine (ginger, garlic, St. John's wort). 

 

The intent of Aromatherapy is to prevent or treat illness, reduce stress & enhance overall wellbeing.

A variety of mechanisms have been proposed for the reported effects of Aromatherapy. It has been suggested that following placement of oil onto the skin, or breathing in fragrant air, the odor-sensing nerves in the nose are stimulated, sending impulses to the limbic system of the brain (a center for processing of emotions).

 

A different theory is that some oils directly interact with hormones or enzymes in the blood, or stimulate the adrenal glands. Scientific research is limited in these areas, and it remains unclear how specific types of aromatherapy may work in the body.

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