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Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy is a natural therapy and healing art using essential oils extracted from aromatic botanical sources to balance and treat the mind, body and spirit. It is classed as a complementary therapy, meaning that it works alongside orthodox medicine. Specific essential oils chosen for their therapeutic effects may be used in oils, creams, baths, compresses and hot poultices, but are most commonly used in massage when they are blended with a plant-based carrier oil.

Aromatherapy Massage is a gentle massage using essential oils to stimulate your energy, promote relaxation, boost your immune system and reduce stress. The healing power of touch is be heightened by adding concentrated essence oils derived from flowers, fruit, seeds, leaves and bark of certain plants, which permeate into your being and elevate the tactile experience of wellbeing.

At your first appointment, you will have a consultation (based on a completed form) to determine the most appropriate choice of oils and type of treatment for your particular needs. Then you will enjoy a relaxing and soothing massage with your individual blend of oils.

Aromatherapy treatments have extensive benefits and effects - both physiological and psychological. The combination of massage and the medicinal and therapeutic qualities of the essential oils (inhaled aroma and molecules absorbed through the skin) can soothe, revitalise, uplift the spirit, encourage positive thinking and boost the immune system enabling the body to heal itself.

Below is a more detailed listing of the benefits and effects of Aromatherapy Massage.

Benefits and Effects Short term Long term
  • improve skin tone and colour
  • remove dead skin cells
  • encourage better circulation and therefore more efficient delivery of nutrients and oxygen to cells and more efficient waste removal
  • encourage deeper and more efficient and relaxed breathing
  • encourage better lymph drainage and reduce swelling
  • relieve muscle fatigue, soreness and stiffness
  • relief tired stiff joints
  • promote general relaxation
  • soothe or stimulate the nervous system (depending on type of massage performed)
  • encourage deeper sleep
  • speed up digestion and waste removal from the body
  • improve skin tone and elasticity
  • improve circulation
  • boost immunity
  • improve muscle tone and suppleness
  • improve neural communication and relax the nervous system (preventing for example muscle spasms caused by anxiety)
  • enable deeper, more effective respiration
  • relieve insomnia
  • improve digestion and balance the digestive system
  • lower high blood pressure
  • stimulate the removal of toxins and waste
  • lower high blood pressure
  • strengthen bone and movement of joints
  • increase energy levels so less energy is spent in holding the body in a state of tension and strain (both physical and mental)
  • relax the body, thereby reducing tension and the effects of stress
  • relax the mind, thereby reducing anxiety and its effects
  • soothe and comfort the client
  • give a lift to the emotions and increase positive feelings
  • increase energy by invigorating all body systems and reducing fatigue
  • enable sustained relaxation
  • improve body image and awareness
  • enhance self-esteem
  • increase energy levels so less energy is spent in holding the body in a state of tension and strain (both physical and mental)
  • ease emotional trauma through relaxation
  • accelerate mental and emotional healing
  • clarify and harmonise the mind and emotions
  • create a sense of wellbeing

Effects and benefits of massage on the systems of the body Cells

  • massage assists in pushing the extra-cellular fluid past the cells, bathing them in nutrient rich fluid
  • creates a partial vacuum behind the hand, helping to draw waste materials out of the cells.
  • increases cell permeability, which means that when the nutrients and oxygen arrive in the blood supply the tissues are more able to absorb them and are also able to more effectively get rid of any waste products in the tissues back into the blood
  • improves cell metabolism, which means the tissue cells are able to make use of the oxygen, water and nutrients more quickly and effectively making them more efficient.
  • massage improves circulation to the skin, which increases nutrition to the cells and encouraging cell regeneration and improving skin condition
  • increases production of sweat from the sweat glands, helping to excrete urea and waste products through the skin
  • vaso-dilation of the surface capillaries helping to improve the skin's colour
  • improves skin tone, texture and resistance to infection - as dead skin cells are removed, pores are encouraged to remain open allowing increased skin respiration and regeneration of the skin cells and better tone, suppleness and elasticity
  • stimulates sebaceous (sweat) glands, improving their function and ensuring the elimination of waste products
  • improved elasticity - massage encourages the production of Sebum, the skin's natural oil, which keeps the skin lubricated and prevents dryness
  • reduces scar tissue by reducing the formation of excessive keloid tissue
Muscular System
  • massage relieves muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms and restrictions in the muscle tissue
  • increases flexibility in the muscles due to muscular relaxation
  • muscles maintain a balance in relaxing and contracting
  • increases blood circulation bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle and supporting the rapid removal of toxins and waste products from the muscle
  • reduces muscle fatigue, stiffness and soreness
  • relieves muscular tension, restrictions, cramps and spasms
  • improves muscle tone
  • relaxes muscles
  • increases flexibility
  • increases range of movements
  • reduces trigger points
  • improves balance and posture
  • improves motor skills
  • fibrous tissues, adhesions and old scar tissue can be broken down and cleansed of waste deposits
Circulatory System
The pumping action of massage improves circulation, speeding up the movement of blood in the veins and arteries.
  • massage improves circulation by mechanically assisting the venous flow of blood back to the heart, which helps deliver needed nutrients and oxygen to the soft tissues helping them to grow and repair more effectively
  • produces an enhanced blood flow; delivery of fresh oxygen and nutrients through the arteries and into the tissues of the organs, providing a suitable environment for healing and regeneration of all systems
  • improves the removal of waste products, toxins and carbon dioxide via the venous system
  • takes the pressure off the arteries and veins, accelerating the flow of blood through the system, providing relief for poor circulation and cardiac problems
  • strengthens heartbeat, decreases heart beat rate and lowers pulse
  • increases stroke volume (the amount of blood ejected from the left ventricle during each contraction) - decreased heart rate allows more blood to fill the ventricles which means a larger volume of blood is pushed through the heart with each contraction
  • dilate blood vessels helping them to work more efficiently
  • lowers high blood pressure by dilation of capillaries
  • Increases stroke volume (the amount of blood ejected from the left ventricle during each contraction) - decreased heart rate allows more blood to fill the ventricles which means a larger volume of blood is pushed through the heart with each contraction.
  • reduce ischemia (ischemia is a limited blood flow in organ or body part, often marked by pain and tissue dysfunction)
  • Increases Red Blood Cell count - the number and functioning of RBC's and oxygen carrying capacity is increased, also increases White Blood Cell count
Lymphatic System
  • massage stimulates lymph circulation and the flow of lymph is accelerated throughout the system
  • rapidly eliminates accumulated waste and toxic substances - Movement of the lymph clears toxins, unwanted proteins and waste which can not be removed by any other means from your tissues and cells.
  • improves lymphatic and venous flow - Unlike arterial blood (fresh oxygenated nutritious blood) the lymph and venous (used deoxygenated waste laden blood) flow doesn't have any assistance from the heart to move around the body and has a low pressure, so it has to rely on the movement of muscles to progress it around the body
  • reduces oedema (swelling by excess fluid in the tissue) by increasing lymphatic drainage and the removal of waste from the system. When we sustain injuries, there is often a great deal of oedema which should be dispersed into the lymphatic circulation. Massage can empty the lymph vessels and allow the swelling to disperse. If this fluid is not moved on, it becomes semi-solid and thus is unable to pass through lymph vessels. Therefore it sticks to the surrounding tissues (muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and others) and forms what are known as adhesions. If adhesions form in a joint, their movement will be restricted permanently.
  • regular massage may help to strengthen the immune system, due to the increase in number and function of white blood cells
Nervous System
The nervous system is profoundly influenced by the application of massage.
Massage stimulates sensory receptors - either stimulates or relaxes the nervous system, depending on the outcome required and the techniques that are used.
A massage intended to stimulate, will invigorate and 'wake up' the nerves, while one that's focused on relaxation will 'calm' the nerves and ease tension.
  • stimulating massage promotes an increase in the activity of muscles, vessels and glands governed by them. It is invaluable in cases of lethargy and fatigue
  • slow, broad movements of the hands, promote calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort where nerve tissues have become inflamed. It also has soothing and sedative effect, providing relief from nervous irritability and stress
  • eliminates or reduces disorders, such as insomnia, tension, headaches and other stress-related conditions
  • stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping promote relaxation and the reduction of stress
  • helps to reduce pain by the release of endorphins (endorphins are also known to elevate the mood)
  • reduces stress by activating the para-sympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system
  • reduces anxiety
  • increases Alpha and Delta wave activity which are related to relaxation and sleep
  • increased dopamine levels which is associated with lowering stress and reduced depression
  • increases seratonin levels which helps reduce stress and depression
  • reduces cortisol levels, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine
  • Nerve Entrapment Syndrome (NES) is commonly referred to as a pinched nerve and can cause moderate to severe pain. It is a condition caused by undue pressure on nerves and nerve roots by muscles, tendons, soft tissue, fascia or ligaments. Pain can be localised to the affected area or outwardly radiating. The area served by the impinged nerve can feel weakened, numb, and can experience a tingling or twitching sensation.
    Massage techniques are helpful in releasing tension and breaking up scar tissue and adhesions that contribute to NES
Digestive System
  • Massage improves digestion and absorption at every level of body function, whether in a cell or in the stomach. More specifically massage:
  • improves circulation speeds up the delivery of nutrients and the elimination
  • improves elimination by stimulating the peristaltic activity (wave like motion) in the colon speeding up the removal of faecal matter, thus relieving constipation, colic and gas
  • strengthens the muscular walls of the intestines and abdomen, which assists peristalsis and prevents constipation and flatulence
  • promote the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which stimulates digestion
  • stimulates the secretion of digestive juices from the liver, pancreas, stomach and intestines
Skeletal System
  • The beneficial effects of massage on the muscular system have a positive knock-on effect on the skeletal system. It is strengthened and the posture
  • massage can help increase joint mobility by reducing any thickening of the connective tissue and helping to release restrictions in the fascia
  • helps to free adhesions, break down scar tissue and decrease inflammation. As a result, it can help to restore range of motion to stiff joints
  • improvements to the circulation of blood and the lymph in the muscles leads to better circulation in the underlying bones, benefiting their nutrition and growth
  • improves mobility around the joints - stiffness of the joints and pains resulting from conditions such as arthritis, are providing comfort and ease of movement
  • improves muscle flexibility, tone and balance, reducing the physical strain placed on bones and joints, which improves posture
Respiratory System
  • Massage relaxes and relaxed the body can breathe more easily and deeply. This enables better absorption of oxygen and more efficient removal of carbon dioxide
  • Massage deepens and slows down respiration and improves lung capacity by relaxing any tightness in the respiratory muscles.
  • strengthens respiratory muscles
  • slows down the rate of respiration due to the reduced stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system
  • aids in the loosening and discharge of phlegm - mucus and bronchial secretion can be encouraged to leave the lungs by percussive movements on the back and over the lungs
  • decreases asthma attacks
  • decreases sensation of shortness of breath
  • the muscles involved in respiration relax and they function more effectively
Urinary System
The use of abdominal and back massage promotes activity of the kidneys, which enhances the elimination of waste products and reduces fluid retention. Massage increases urinary production and excretion due to the increased circulation and lymph drainage from the tissues, which rids the body of toxins and excess liquid



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