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"Aromatherapy is an art which induces relaxation and increases energy, reduces the effects of stress and restores lost balance to mind, body, and soul."
Aromatherapy is a natural treatment that uses the power of essential oils to heal the body and the mind. Essential oils are extracts of plants, herbs and flowers' immune system.
Aromatherapy is used to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit, it has been proven effective in pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.
It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.
Aromatherapy is an holistic practice that uses the natural power of essential oils to enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Essential oils are potent liquids naturally found within the internal structure of plants, herbs, woods, resins and flowers and fruits. Those have individual powerful properties that can be very beneficial if used knowledgeably and correctly. Depending on where they come from, essential oils are stored in different parts of the plant, in citrusy fruits one will find them in the zest, but they can also be present in the roots, grass, wood, flowerbeds, petals and in the leaves of other plants.
There are many different ways of administrating essential oils, the most common is through the practice of massage, but also with inhalation and diffusers, and by absorption through the skin with cold compresses and baths.
One of the most powerful benefit of aromatherapy is stress-relief. Unfortunately, in our modern society, stress is present in all of us in high dosage and it can cause physical an psychological damage if not kept under control. Aromatherapy can help one relax just by the simple power of scent. Scents can trigger memories and feelings of well-being which are very important factors in the process of relaxation.
Aromatherapy can also serve the purpose of re-energise, as some of the oils have stimulating properties for both body and mind.
It is proved that aromatherapy is also effective in increasing resistance to diseases, thanks to their antiseptic, anti fungal, anti inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Some essential oils, such as bergamot and eucalyptus have been proven effective in protection against external infections, and others such as tea-tree and rose-wood have been proven very useful to boost immunity by increasing the activity of organs and cells that fight diseases. Cedar wood essential oil relieves the white blood cells and immune system of the extra stress, which allows the body to function well and better protect the internal organs. Other oils such as grapefruit and lemon aid the body and assist in detoxifying and getting rid of waste and toxins, while geranium and rosemary help boosting the immune system. Lavender, neroli and tea-tree are useful in the process of cell regeneration and black pepper serves a toning function, improving muscle tones to prepare them for action.
There are even oils that act as balancers and assume different properties based on the need of the body, for example peppermint and bergamot can be both relaxing and stimulating. Aromatherapy and essential oils can also help fighting viruses, avoiding fungal infections, lowering the blood pressure, coping with epilepsy, as well as influencing one’s mood and behaviour.
Overall aromatherapy is a great tool to balance mind, body and soul, to achieve a great sense of well-being and to be able to understand our body more in depth, so that we can replace certain western medicinal drugs with natural remedies.
The basic objective of massage and aromatherapy therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being. Therapeutic massage can be used to promote general well-being and enhance self-esteem, while boosting the circulatory and immune systems to benefit blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion, and skin tone.
Aromatherapy aids in achieving this objectives through the support of essential oils, which present a various spectrum of benefits thanks to their properties, being pure extracts of plants, flowers and fruits. Each oil helps support our physical, emotional and physiological functions and through the penetration of oils in the skin, those benefits can be spread through out the whole body with the help of the circulatory system.
Thanks to the help of massage techniques and essential oils, a holistic therapist can aid the client to reach relaxation and wellbeing by relieving anxiety, depression and improving the performances of all bodily functions.
On a physical level...
...the practice of massage improves the circulation to the skin, increases nutrition to the cells and encourages cell regeneration, all of which the skin benefits greatly from.
On a physiological level...
...massage techniques reduce pain and tension by releasing endorphins.
On a psychological level...
...the practice of massage reduces stress and anxiety as well as being invigorating.