Aromatherapy is a type of alternative therapy that uses Essential Oils, and other aromatic compounds to affect a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health, Their use has been combined with the beneficial effects in Aromatherapy Massage.
Essential oils are fragrant oils that have been extracted from plants, mainly, through steam distillation (e.g., eucalyptus oil) or expression (grapefruit oil). These distilled essential oils have been used as medicines since distillation was invented in the eleventh century, when Avicenna, a Persian Polymath, isolated essential oils using steam distillation.
Aromatherapy, as an alternative therapy, seeks to treat or prevent disease through the use of these Essential Oils, some of which (Tea Tree, for example) have demonstrated anti-microbial effects. Jean Valnet, a French Surgeon, pioneered the use of Essential Oils as antiseptics during World War II, when treating wounded soldiers.
Aromatherapy Massage combines the benefits of massage with those of pure Essential Oils. Many of today’s disorders and disease can be helped by the use of Essential Oils, each one having its own unique property to restore health on all levels. It’s especially effective in reducing stress levels, improving immune response, restoring energy levels, soothing aches and pains, and reducing muscle tension.
By using Essential Oils, Aromatherapy Massage brings a whole new dimension to the massage experience with the fragrance of the oils having a profound effect on the olfactory system. Apart from any other benefits, they have a beautiful aroma and different Essential Oils can be combined to create treatments designed, specifically, for an individual.
It’s important to note that Aromatherapy – and Aromatherapy Massage - do not cure conditions. They simply help the body to find a natural way to cure itself and improve the immune response.
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