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|Posted on November 19, 2014 at 6:46 AM||comments (0)|
Aromatherapy is a way of keeping well, naturally. It is an ages-old therapy originating out of herbalism. The word 'Aromatherapy' is a relatively new word for a very ancient form of treatment using essential oils which have been extracted from aromatic plants for the promotion and maintenance of physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
Essential oils possess different biological properties such as anti-inflammatory, sedative, digestive, antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant Extensive research into Essential Oils is currently being undertaken as an alternative to western medicine. Antibiotics for example have been crucial to fighting infection but as antibiotic resistance increases so does the search for a replacement.
Essential oils move through the body with great ease and are more powerful than many of us think. They are also absorbed through the soles of our feet quicker than any other part of our body. If you want proof of this just rub some raw garlic on your feet, depending on your metabolism the smell of garlic can be on your breath as quick as 15 minutes. Essential oils can also be inhaled. An aromatic molecule has the potential to be the fastest modifier of behaviour, our central nervous system, and even our thought processes. Just think how we feel when we smell a sweet, wild rose, freshly cut grass or herbs in our garden such as rosemary, thyme or lavender. Many schools for children with behavioural problems now have an in-house aromatherapist.
Essential Oils not only smell good they are a great for restoring balance, easing anxiety and boosting the immune system. Some oils are anti-bacterial or act as a mild anti-depressant, some are uplifting whilst others bring you down or have grounding properties.
For a more effective reflexology or Facial Rejuvenation treatment I tailor make a fresh blend of Essential Oils to suit your individual needs. I can also do this for the facial rejuvenation treatment which I usually end with a couple of minutes foot massage anyway. The oil left over at the end of the treatment is yours to take home.
|Posted on October 29, 2014 at 7:59 AM||comments (2)|
An old Indian yoga teacher once told me that in order to remain healthy I must get up half an hour before the rest of my family to do my yoga breathing. Anyone with kids will understand why I laughed in his face. 'why do you laugh?', he asked genuinely puzzled, 'I've got kids', I retorted, he paused and smiled knowingly ‘Even more reason to take time to do this’, he answered gently, his kind eyes sparkling as those of a man in his twenties (he was almost 70), ‘if you are not fit and well’, he continued, ‘how can you care for your family? What would happen if you became ill?’.
Up until that point I'd always viewed doing things for myself as indulgent and self-centred. Yoga, massage, reflexology or even just time with friends, were all treats as opposed to necessities. Even now, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit to going for a treatment when asked what I’ve got planned for the day but should I be? Our bodies are incredibly complex, with today’s pressures it’s not a wonder they become out of balance and it’s when they're out of balance things tend to go wrong. The traditional Western approach to health is so backward. We wait for something to go wrong then we deal with it, generally by going to our local GP, who in turn prescribes some medicine. The Eastern approach on the other hand, is all about prevention and recognises that physical illnesses are often the symptoms of a greater imbalance that may or may not have a root cause in the physical. By viewing ourselves holistically (i.e. as a whole; mind, body and soul), sickness can be kept to a minimum and disease may be prevented (or if genetic, at the very least may be delayed). It is now said that 70% of all GP visits and 85% of serious illnesses are triggered by stress*. That's a huge figure. So many of us are running on adrenaline which, whilst it gets us through the day, puts immense pressure on our bodies and for some, frankly is a time bomb waiting to go off. For most of us life is unbelievably busy and finding time to do something that isn’t thought of as essential is impossible. Maybe an hour a day is unrealistic - there is no way I am voluntarily getting out of bed at the ungodly hour of 5am (our 2 are generally up from about 5.30am). However, I aim for yoga once a week and reflexology or a massage once a month and keep an eye on my diet. I feel I have balance in my life and what's more I don't feel guilty about it. I tell myself it’s crucial to my family's wellbeing (as are the bottle of wine at the weekend obviously!!). Holistic treatments are not only a great way of maintaining homeostasis (i.e. keeping our bodies in balance), they massively relax us which in turn allows us to engage our inner healing. Of course there is a place for Western medicine too but perhaps if we focused more on prevention we wouldn't need nearly as much of it. My yoga teacher was right if we are ill we are no good to anyone!
*UK HSE stress statistics
|Posted on October 15, 2014 at 6:11 AM||comments (0)|
Have discovered lovely blend: Patchouli, Ginger and Bergamot - smells like Green and Blacks dark chocolate with crystalised ginger!!
|Posted on October 2, 2014 at 7:48 AM||comments (0)|
To gain more experience in my new found skill Aromatherapy - I'm offering FREE aromatherapy with every Reflexology or Facial Rejuvenation booked during the month of October normally £5. Please check website for more details.
NB this is not for my pregnant ladies since the use of essential oils during massage is not recommended during pregnancy. If there is a chance you may be pregnancy this offer will not be available for you - sorry!
|Posted on August 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM||comments (0)|
I am delighted to announce that from Friday I will be able to offer clients unique blends of a number of essential oils. Feel free to contact me should you require any further information.