The benefits of aromatherapy are numerous – from general relaxation of the muscles and the nervous system, to alleviation of lymphatic or circulatory conditions. Contact the Liverpool Osteopathic Clinic to find out how aromatherapy can help you.
What Is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of specific massage technique, combined with natural herbs and essential oils to calm and soothe the body. The properties of the herbs help to target the source of the pain or condition, having been specially selected to suit the patient’s complaints. Every aromatherapy treatment is expertly tailored for you and is designed to treat the body on both a physical and emotional level.
The term ‘aromatherapy’ literally means ‘treatment using scents’, and the massage techniques used are intended to boost your body’s absorption of these wonderful oils. Whether you are suffering from back pain; insomnia; anxiety; stress or fatigue, aromatherapy can help you feel invigorated, uplifted, energised and rebalanced.
It can also be used to treat a number of other underlying issues too, including circulatory problems and high blood pressure.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy can be used to treat a range of conditions, including muscular; circulatory; emotional and immune-based.
In many cases, regular treatments can be used to heal a number of ailments that may indirectly be linked, and very often patients will experience benefits in areas of the body besides the one they set out to treat!
- Relax and soothe strained or injured muscles
- Settle the nervous system and clarify the mind
- Increase flexibility in muscles and joints
- Alleviate muscle pain or recurring aches
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Promote more restful sleep
- Improve body’s circulatory system and lymphatic drainage system.
- Boost immunity against common illnesses
- Boost mood and concentration
- Improved skin tone and elasticity.
Is Aromatherapy Safe?
The oils used during aromatherapy are all 100% natural, derived from the plants such as herbs, fruits, flowers, bark, grasses and seeds. Each of the oils used are specially selected to meet your needs, depending on their unique beneficial properties.
When applied to your skin, the essential oils are absorbed directly into your bloodstream. The oil can then travel through your body to have the desired effect on a specific organ or function within the body.
As all of the products used are strictly plant-based, aromatherapy is ideal for vegetarians or vegans, as well as those dedicated to finding natural, holistic remedies for their ailments.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor before undergoing aromatherapy treatment. You should also be aware that there is always a chance your skin could have an adverse reaction to one or more of the essential oils. (It is for this reason that children under five should never be allowed to use aromatherapy).
Aromatherapy oils should never be swallowed, and should never be used near sensitive areas such as the eyes, nose or mouth.
Aromatherapy massage not only has powerful physical effects, but also emotional and mental. It is often described as a great relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
What Can I Expect at my First Aromatherapy Session?
When you first book an aromatherapy session with us, you’ll be invited to have a full consultation with one of our experienced aromatherapists. This will help them get a clearer picture of your medical history; your circumstances and ailments, and your current lifestyle.
This will help them determine which oils and massages to adapt into your treatment. They will also be able to recommend a tailored treatment plan, including how many treatments you will need to get the best results, and ways in which you can alleviate your own symptoms with some simple lifestyle tweaks.