What is Aromatherapy?
A little bit of history…
The use of plants, herbs and essences has existed for over 3000 years BC. At this time they were used for religious purposes, mysticism and magic.
Egyptians would burn aromatic bark, roots, herbs and spices to honour their gods. They believed the smoke would rise and their prayers would reach their gods. Frankinsence, myrrh, cinnamon and juniper berry were used to preserve the bodies of royalty in preparation for the after life.
In China in 2697 BC a medical book called ‘Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine’ was written which notes the medical uses of 300 different plants.
The Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 BC) studied and documented over 200 plants in his lifetime. To ease symptoms of disease he prescribed gentle physio therapies, baths, massage with infusions, or the internal use of herbs such as fennel, parsley, hypericum or valerian.
Fast forward to the 20th century…
A French chemist called René-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950) first used the term ‘aromatherapie’ after studying essential oils for many years. After an explosion in his lab he immerse his hands in pure lavender oil and was amazed that the swelling and irritation reduced he was left with no scar! He then went on to write the first published book on Aromatherapy in 1937 ‘Aromatherapie: Les Huiles essentielles hormones vegetales’.
The aromatic, concentrated therapeutic oil is extracted from the resins, bark, petals, leaves or berries of a plants using various techniques, mainly steam distillation. Each essential oil will have around 100 different chemical compounds with therapeutic benefits. Virtually all essential oils possess antiseptic properties, but many also have antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Carol – qualified Chester Aromatherapist…
For any treatment that uses oil (all apart from Bowen Technique) I will put together an aromatherapy blend for you containing 2-4 oils. These will be specifically chosen to enhance your physical, emotional and mental health and reduce your symptoms. The drops are added to a base oil such as grapeseed or almond oil.
Some essential oils can take up to 12 hours to absorb into your blood stream therefore it is best to bathe or shower after this period for full benefits.
You will be asked about your aromatherapy preferences. If you prefer no aromatic oils or a very mild fragrance this is also fine. Aromatherapy enhances your massage experience but is not essential.
“Healing begins with an aromatic bath and daily massage” – Hippocrates (460 – 377 BC)
40 minutes £25
1 hour £35
1 hour 30 minutes £45
2 hours £55
Part and full body treatments available.
Book your Therapeutic Aromatherapy Massage with Chester Holistic Therapist Carol:
Call, text or email 07967341426 firstname.lastname@example.org