With Aromatherapy Awareness Week beginning on June 11th, this ancient practice is set to be in the spotlight. Many people use aromatherapy oils in baths and diffusers at home, but for an immersive deep relaxation experience, nothing can beat a professional aromatherapy treatment.Field of lavendar

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy involves using essential oils extracted from plants. At its heart, aromatherapy is a holistic treatment, designed to bring calm and balance to mind, body and soul.  Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy, meaning rather being seen as a ‘cure’ in itself, it is used to help alleviate the symptoms of certain conditions such as stress and insomnia. However, many people return to it again and again simply for the deep relaxation and the feeling of well-being it evokes.

What will my treatment involve?

A professional aromatherapy treatment involves essential oils being introduced to the skin using skilled massage. Before the treatment begins, your aromatherapist will take you through a detailed consultation to identify which oils and massage techniques will best suit your needs. Although aromatherapy is a safe treatment, some aromatherapy oils are not suitable for people with certain conditions such as allergies, diabetes or some types of cancer, so the consultation is an important way of establishing what your needs are. Based on the results of your consultation, your therapist will choose a combination of essential oils for you. Aromatherapy oils are highly concentrated, so your aromatherapist will dilute the oils in a carrier oil before applying them to your skin.

How does an aromatherapy massage feel?

An aromatherapy massage is a gentle, relaxing experience, designed to provide a release from the stresses and strains of the everyday world. As well as the soothing feeling of the oils being massaged into your skin, the olfactory experience is an important one too, as the fragrance of the oils do their part in transporting you on a sensory journey to balance body and mind. Depending on your needs, your aromatherapist may choose calming aromatherapy oils like lavender or geranium, uplifting scents like rose or neroli or oils with decongestant properties such as eucalyptus and pine.

Aromatherapy at Archway Health Hub

Our aromatherapist is Marie Steadman, who qualified as a therapist at the Shirley Price Aromatherapy College in 1995. As well as aromatherapy, Marie is qualified in shiatsu, sports massage and structural integration.

To make an appointment with Marie or find out more, please contact our reception on 01858 410 820.