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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.

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Aromatherapy Massage Treatment Expectation – Derry ~ Londonderry Donegal

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.

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Indian Head Massage Treatment Expectation – Derry ~ Londonderry Donegal

Indian Head Massage Background

In India head massage, known as champissage, has been used for centuries for cleansing, relaxation and medical purposes. The practice began with women using it to treat their daughters’ hair. Head massages originated as part of the ancient Indian practice of medicine, called Ayurveda, based on balancing the body, mind and spirit to promote a long life. Ancient Indians believed that massage of all types, used with herbs, spices and oils, promoted strong muscles and skin, good health and encouraged the body’s natural healing powers.

Indian women began offering head massages to their daughters more than 1,000 years ago. They combined them with oils, which included coconut, almond and olive, to keep their hair in good condition. Traditional Indian head massage originally included just a massage of the scalp and hair. Modern Indian head massages include neck, face and shoulders as well. Those who receive an Indian head massage usually sit up and remain clothed, unlike many other types of massages.

The tradition of Indian head massages was confined to India until native Indian Narendra Mehta travelled to England in 1973 to study physiotherapy. He began offering the head massage practice in England and it spread to other Western countries as more people learnt the technique. Mehta also expanded the tradition to a more holistic massage of the head, neck and shoulder region. He used his heightened sensitivity as a blind man to identify the other areas related to the head that would also benefit from the massage.

It is believed that three of the major energy centres of the human body can be found in and around the head. These are the brow, the crown and the throat. Acting on a physical, mental and subtle level, Indian head massage stimulates these important energy centres, so helping to maintain the important balance of energy within the body, which in turn promotes a sense of wellbeing, positive energy and relaxation.

What to expect during and after an Indian head massage treatment

Our Clooney Terrace, Waterside, Derry ~ Londonderry Health Clinic has a quite and warm room dedicated to Holistic treatments like Indian Head Massage.

As this treatment can be done with the client full clothed and sitting comfortably, there is no need to remove any clothing or to lay down on the beauty bed, which makes the treatment suitable for those who are less familiar with massage requirements, shy or have a busy schedule to keep. This massage can be done with or without oil, however oil enhances the benefits of the massage and helps with improving the condition of the hair and scalp.

Before the treatment a consultation must be carried to ensure the massage is suited, safe and to achieve maximum results. The therapist will discuss a range of oils that can be used and select the appropriate type.

Treatment then begins with deep breathing and grounding from both the client and therapist to gain relaxation. The therapist will start the massage on the upper back, shoulders, neck and arms before reaching the head and finishing with a light facial massage. Pressure point on the head and face are also stimulated to further relaxation and rid the body, mind and soul of negative energy and toxins.

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.

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What does Holistic mean?

What is holistic therapy?

Many people are often frightened when they hear the word holistic therapy and see it in some sort of weird witchcraft or evil magic of potions and spells that was performed in days of old,in times of dark horror and despair.

However; The word holistic was coined in 1926 by Gen. J.C. Smuts and is based on the Greek roots “holos”, which means ‘whole’. So you can see that holistic is relatively new but holos dates back to Ancient Greece. The Greeks used Holos to describe the “whloe” of something or someone, which later came became Holism.

Holism – theory or belief that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Therefore holistic therapy or treatment is the treatment of the ‘whole’ client; body, mind and soul, not just the treatment of the symptoms or conditions.

Now that the meaning of holistic is made clear lets get a little deeper into this topic.

It is believed that we all have an energy flow throughout our body. This energy can not be seen but it is present. There are many different theories of where this energy comes from ( the earth, planets, sun and so on)but as a therapist it is our job to tap into the energy flow and unblock any blockages.

How do we do this?

Humans have seven energy centres called chakras. Think as the chakras as a house for the energy and the energy in each chakra flows out into our meridians. The meridians are the link between the energy to our entire body. The meridians are like little rivers of energy that flows throughout the body that energises our cells.

Still with me? Let me give you an example to explain this further. Our solar plexus chakra is situated around our stomach area. (Remember the chakra is our energy house)

The solar plexus is the core of our personality, identity and ego. It is the centre of our self esteem, will power as well as warmth. If the energy here is balanced you can see all these traits in a person. However if the energy is blocked then you may see the opposite. As the energy in our chakras is carried by our meridians ( rivers of energy) to our cells and throughout our whole body then blocked energy can’t get to the meridians or the energy is not pure and therefore has an effect on our systems. How?

Well as the solar plexus is the core of our personality this is where we tend to hold feelings of guilt, self discipline or even past experience. Holding on to such feelings can lead to digestive problems, as the energy is not balanced in this chakra.

So to answer the question on how do we unblock the energy, well we simply treat the client as a ‘whole’ rather than just their symptoms with Holistic therapy.

At Serenity we offer many holistic treatments through the technique of massage. Not only is massage a wonderful and relaxing treatment to receive but our trained therapists will balance your energy flow that will help relieve you from symptoms of stress, pain or discomforted and get to the root cause of the problems that maybe causing these symptoms.