Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils by different methods, e.g. massage, compression, inhalation or baths, to enhance the wellbeing of the mind, body and spirit. It uses pure essences extracted from flowers and plants which may have a therapeutic effect in preventing problems and treating common ailments. The essential oils have many different properties and, as research has shown, can be stimulants, antiseptic, anti-
How it can help: An aromatherapy massage is a wonderfully soothing and relaxing treatment and an ideal antidote to stress related conditions. Concentrating on long strokes which move in sequence over the body it can leave the receiver feeling calm, relaxed and refreshed. Specific oils may help with particular ailments including muscle aches, skin problems, indigestion, asthma, insomnia, anxiety and depression. It is recommended that you leave the oils on overnight, if possible, to gain the maximum benefits from the therapeutic properties of the oils.