Aromatherapy

The History of Aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy has been used for many centuries.  Essential oils are extracts from flowers, leaves, trees, resins or spices. Today, aromatherapy has only been recognised since 20th Century! Aromatherapy is used for physical and psychological wellbeing. Aromatherapy oils have being used for treatments of illness since the first recordings in 5000BC.

The Chinese were the first culture to use aromatic plants for wellbeing purposes. The Chinese practised during intense times to create balance and harmony. Egyptians used aromatic oils widely; cedar wood, cinnamon, clove, and myrrh being the familiar ones. Now, infused oils are used for cosmetic use, spiritual, medicinal and fragrance. It is thought Egyptians coined the term ‘perfume’ from the Latin ‘per fumum’, which translate as ‘through the smoke’. Now we often vaporise or burn our essential oils to experience the aromas. (http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/history.asp Accessed; 09Nov2016)

How does aromatherapy work and why have it?

The benefits of Aromatherapy are vast; having it’s own therapeutic property which will help you either relax, have uplifting effects for your emotional wellbeing, relieve tension, help reduce anxiety and stress and give a balance to your bodies core. Aromatherapy can also work as a sedative or have a soothing, calming benefit. So post treatment, plan to do nothing, just Be!

Each client is considered when the selection of essential and carrier oils are mixed. Up to three essential oils are blended to give a Top, Middle and Base therapeutic property. You will receive a bespoke treatment benefiting the whole of your well being which will carry on the therapy long after the massage has stopped… and the effects can last for days. This is such an excellent treatment for pampering and treatment.

Relax and unwind

 Always seek medical advise prior to any treatment.

*New Clients* A PATCH TEST (for Aromatherapy)
REQUIRED 48 hours prior to any Aromatherapy treatments.
Book to organise your Patch Test.

Want to choose an Aromatherapy Massage?

Massage involves working the soft tissue of the body, to ease day-to-day stresses, muscular tension and promote relaxation. It is beneficial to increase the delivery of blood and oxygen to the treated areas. Massage can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.

There are many different types of massage. At Holistic Therapy at Captain’s Den advanced massage looks at problem muscular and myofascial areas and identify techniques to benefit the release and flexibility of those areas. Aromatherapy massage concentrates on relaxation and the therapeutic properties of the essential oils to benefit you, your body and mental wellbeing.

You can choose whether to receive a massage with Aromatherapy oils or with just grapeseed oil. (A patch test will be required for new clients and clients whom have not received an aromatherapy treatment within six months)

For each massage treatment at Captain’s Den, Jan will adapt the pressure and techniques to suit you. Your individual needs and preferences are always considered. Your treatment will be bespoke. Discuss which treatment will be best for you at your initial consultation.

What to expect from your Aromatherapy Massage

Before treatment can commence, Jan will provide a full consultation, asking you various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure treatment is right for you. A Patch test will be carried out, especially if you are requiring an aromatherapy massage (48hours pre treatment required), so initially, two separate appointments may be required. As Holistic Therapy at Captain’s Den is home based, each appointment is uniquely booked. (There is no reception area). Your time will include consultation, assessment, treatment and self care advise, so allow extra time. (Pending client being on time for their appointment).

Treatments take place on a massage coach, although some conditions may require you to receive your treatment sitting in a chair. If your treatment involves an aromatherapy massage, Jan blends essential and carrier oils and apply directly to your skin to provide a free-flowing massage. (No pre blend oils are ever used). Towels are carefully placed to ensure your modesty and keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. Advanced techniques; myofascial Release and or cupping (depending on your severity of tension) to gliding over fascia (connective tissue) and easing tension. Whatever type of massage you are having, Jan, your therapist, will advise you of what to expect before the treatment begins.

What are the benefits of an Aromatherapy Massage at Captain’s Den?

Massage is used by people for a variety of reasons, simply to relax and unwind, while others have regular massage to help them manage specific physical, mental or emotional concerns. Many aspiring and professional athletes have massage before and after training and competing, in order to stay in optimum condition and aid recovery.

What do I wear for my treatment at Captain’s Den?

Before your appointment it is advisable to shower or bath so you feel comfortable during your treatment. This is especially prevalent if you are receiving aromatherapy oils, as they will reach their optimum benefit the longer they stay on your skin and are absorbed.

You may wish to wear loose, elasticated clothing, this is particularly beneficial during K.O.R.E treatment. Gentleman are encouraged to wear shorts for their comfort. Professionalism is maintained at all times and privacy upheld.

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain. 2012; Cochrane Clinical Answers linked by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  manual therapies – including massage – are recommended for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain.

Further FHT reading on Aromatherapy click

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Self Care with Aromatherapy

It is important to read the instruction of use for the essential and carrier oils to ensure you can use the oils safely, with your health and that you will not incur an allergic reaction or sensitivity.

These are some Self Care actions:

  • Aromatic Baths
  • Hand and Foot Baths
  • Steam Inhalations
  • Compress
  • Burners, Diffusers and Vapourisers
  • Blending Creams, Lotions, Hydrolats, Sprays and Gels.

Aromatic Baths can be administered by the client themselves. This is the ultimate method of relaxation. This method is particularly beneficial for nervous tension, insomnia and sore muscles.

Six drops of essential oil is a safe dilution to a bath. (restrict two drops for peppermint or lemon as adverse skin reactions could occur. (Cinnamon and clove are unsuitable for bathing in as they are skin irritants.)

Therapeutic dilution for a client = 2% essential oil to carrier oil. Treatment time 15 – 20 minutes. Other recommendation; 4 – 6 drops Adult, 3 – 5 Teen, 1 – 3 drops child, 1 drop for infant. NEVER use undiluted oils in the bath for babies, young or clients with sensitive skin.

Hand and Foot Bath; suitable for clients where massage is unsuitable or not possible owing to certain injuries. These areas of the body are highly penetrative. Seek suitable choice of treatment to ensure oils are absorbed into the bloodstream for therapeutic benefit. 2-4 drops for hands, 2-6 for feet.

Steam Inhalation; particularly suitable for bronchial conditions, sinus, throat, colds, influenza and chest infections. Add to oils to a bowl of boiled water. Place a town over your head and place your head over the bowl to enable the trapping of steam inside the town and inhalation of steam to take place. Care should be taken for skin not to come into contact with the boiled water, burning is highly likely!

A single drop may be sufficient but place a maximum of up to four. Asthma and allergy sufferers should take care when inhaling, tolerance needs to be built up. Take less than a minute on first treatment, increase as tolerated. Use 2 – 5 minutes at any one time. Other recommendations 7 – 12 drops per 2 litres bowl.

Compress; Compress can be hot or cold depending on the therapeutic benefit to a condition. Examples of indication; sprains and strains require cold compresses for the first 72 hours to alleviate any inflammation which may occur.
Cold compresses are generally used for buses, swellings, headaches and varicose veins.
Hot compresses are applied to backaches, toothaches, earache, rheumatic pain, assesses and period pains. (Search for specific conditions on the NHS website; Viewed: 22/01/2017)

Recommendation; 3 – 5 drops f essential oil in a pint of warm or cold water as required. Place flannel in water then wring out (care on not to cause harm to hands in water). Place compression on the affected area from 5 – 20 minutes.

Burners, Diffusers and Vapourisers; this is where essential oils are vaporised into a room. Any amount from 5 – 20 drops in total may be added to a burner  of 10 – 20 mrs of water. The burner, diffuser, vaporiser will eminate the vapours of the essential oil into the atmosphere and the benefits of the essential oil are taken in on inhalation.

Excellent as a mood enhancer, relaxant and uplifter. (care with burners when naked flame in use. Burners, diffusers or vaporisers should not be left unattended.

Blending creams, Lotions, Hydrolats, Sprays and Gels: these products are base creams, unperformed, lotions, hydrolats, sprays and gels. This may be easier to apply home care treatment. Pure and natural plant substances should be bought from a reputable supplier. Follow suppliers instruction on mixing products.

This method treats skin conditions; low doses for sensitive and inflamed skin higher for bruises, sprains and even chest ointment.

(Always seek medical advise if you are unsure on the use of any products for yourself or using on others. Holistic Therapy at Captain’s Den does not accept any responsibility for individuals using aromatherapy for self care use. The above information is for guidelines and individuals should seek specific guidance for their own level of health. Always read instructions and follow manufacturers instruction.)

References:
http://www.fht.org.uk/therapies/aromatherapy
Gould, F. (2003) Aromatherapy for Holistic Therapist. Cheltenham. Nelson Thornes Ltd.
McGuinness, H. (2003) Aromatherapy; Therapy Basics. Second Ed. Hodder & Stoughton.
Price, L & Price, S. (1999) Carrier Oils: For Aromatherapy and Massage. Stratford Upon Avon.
Smith, J. (2011) Stafford Beauty Academy Lecture Notes. 

 Copyrights to Holistic Therapy at Captain’s Den. UC30327.
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy. 13 December 2011.

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