Aromatherapy. CTHA

Aromatherapy and Lymphatic Drainage Massage in Suffolk


What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a non-invasive treatment system that is used to assist the body's natural ability to balance, regulate and maintain its overall wellbeing. The term 'aromatherapy' simply means 'treatment using scents'. The essential oils are aromatic essences extracted from plants, flowers, trees, fruits, bark, grasses and seeds.

The History of Aromatherapy.
While the name only dates back to the 1920's, the use of plants and herbs for religious, medical and cosmetic purposes dates back over centuries. Plant resins and essences were known to be used by the Egyptians in preserving the dead. Jars of frankincense have been found by archaeologists in tombs dating from 3000BC, and it is thought that the antiseptic and antibacterial qualities of the oils may have helped prevent the bodies from rotting. Hippocrates, a Greek born around 460BC, wrote much about the use of oils and other ancient Greeks gained their knowledge from travelling to the Nile Valley in Egypt. Oils and essences were thought to be an important part of Roman culture also, and were used as part of daily life, both in the water at the Roman public baths, and in massage. In Europe, the health benefits of plants and herbs became known when knights and soldiers brought back news of their use after the crusades. However, it was a French chemist and perfumier by the name of Rene Gattefosse who termed the name 'aromatherapy'. He burnt his hand badly one day and the story is written that he plunged it into a vat of lavender oil to cool it down. He found the lavender oil not only cooled it, but helped his burns to heal and prevented scarring. He went on to use oils during the first world war on soldier's wounds and discovered that they healed faster. Other French scientists continued this research, extending their use to cover psychological disorders also. And so it was that Marguerite Maury, an Austrian Biochemist, brought aromatherapy to Britain and when she discovered that the oils worked very well in massage, she set up aromatherapy practices such as we have today.

What can aromatherapy be used for?
Essential oils can be added to the bath, massaged into the skin, inhaled directly or diffused to scent the whole room. My clients choose aromatherapy for many different reasons. It may be for a treat, for relaxation or as support for an ongoing health issue. It should not, however, be used in place of seeking medical advice.

What does the treatment consist of?
Aromatherapy can take many forms, but one of the main reasons for consulting a practitioner, is to embark on a course of massage treatments. Length of treatments can vary greatly depending on the area or the problems that are present. Although just one treatment can relax you and make you feel good, it is often advisable to complete a short course of treatments or to consider a regular treatment plan. This can be discussed at your initial visit. A short consultation will take place before your treatment begins, that will establish whether aromatherapy is suitable for you, and your medical history will determine which oils are suitable for use.

The Safety of Essential Oils
Used correctly, essential oils are very safe, mainly because they are used in such tiny amounts. However, when used in the wrong dilutions and in the wrong conditions, they can produce adverse effects. They should be kept out of the reach of children. Oils must never be swallowed and if it gets into the eye it should be immediately rinsed with lots of water. If you are pregnant or suffer with any health condition please consult a qualified aromatherapist. It can be harmful to self-prescribe.

Aromatherapy Treatment Prices:
  • 20 mins (feet only) 15
  • 30 mins 22
  • 45 mins 27
  • 60 mins 32
  • 75 mins 37

    Many use Lymphatic drainage massage as part of a body detox programme, or as a tonic, finding it promotes a feel-good factor. Some patients approach Lesley as a result of being recommended by hospital specialists following removal of lymph nodes, although as with all complementary therapies, this treatment should never be used in place of seeking medical advice.

    Lymphatic drainage massage:
  • 30 mins 25
  • 60 mins 35
  • 90 mins 45

    If you have any questions, or to make an appointment, please call me on 01449 674048 or 07904 084025
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