Aromatherapy Massage Background
The actual term “Aromatherapy” originated in 1937 after French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse burnt his arm and plunged it into lavender, he was amazed of the heal power lavender had, and his burn healed quickly leaving very little scaring. On the heels of Gattefosse’s “discovery” that lavender oil helped to cure his burn, French surgeon Jean Valnet used essential oils to help heal soldiers’ wounds in World War II.
However Aromatherapy truly emerged from the temples of Egypt 6,000 years ago. Egyptians used the elements of Aromatherapy in their daily lives and documented records show that Egyptians burned incense made from aromatic woods and additional herbs to honour their gods.
Egypt was the motherland of medicine, pharmaceutics, cosmetics and perfumery. Trading was flourishing and traders arrived for trade from all over the world. The use of aromatherapy spread from Egypt to Israel, China, India, Mediterranean and every culture developed their own practice for aromatherapy.
For many centuries essential oils were the only remedies to treat widespread diseases and condition. At the time of the plague and during the middle Ages, it was discovered that certain aromatic derivatives helped to prevent the spread of infection, and others, such as cedar and pine, were burnt to fumigate homes and streets, but with the development of modern science, forms of herbal medicine disappeared, until the 1920s, when French chemist Gatefosse revived the art, giving it the name Aromatherapy.
India was one of the few countries where the custom was never lost, Avurveda being the most ancient medical practice in the world today.
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils extracted from plants, flowers, leaves, bark or fruits to treat diseases. Essential oils are highly concentrated oils extracted from aromatic plants. There are several way in which the oil is extracted, with the most common method being steam distillation, making certain essential oils very expensive to buy.
It is believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil the result on the body may be calming or stimulating.
At serenity the use of Aromatherapy is performed through the technique of massage using pre-blended oils from our Eve Taylor range. Massage is the fastest way to absorb the oils and their many benefits.
What to expect during and after an Aromatherapy massage
Our Clooney Terrace, Waterside, Derry ~ Londonderry Health Clinic has a room dedicated to Holistic treatments like Indian Head Massage.
An in-depth consultation must be carried out before treatment as some oils maybe harmful to certain medical conditions. After the consultation is completed our trained therapist will carefully select the appropriate blend to achieve maximum and beneficial results.
The client will be asked to remove all clothing expect their underwear and lay face down on the comfortable beauty couch in a private and relaxing environment, as your therapist waits outside the room.
The treatment begins with deep breathing and grounding from both therapist and client. The therapist will start on the lower legs, upper legs, back and neck before turning the client over to continue massage on the front of the body starting with the face, chest, arms, and abdomen (optional) upper and lower legs and finishing on the feet. The massage movements are calming and relaxing with stimulation at pressure point and lymphatic drainage to help rid the body of toxins and promote detox.
Once treatment comes to an end your therapist will allow you to rest for a few moments to gather your thoughts and emotions, bring you some water to sip over and listen to your feedback and give you aftercare in which you should follow.