The oils used during massage are absorbed into the body through the skin, this allows the qualities of the oils to act on the body to calm, reinvigorate, relax etc. This also means that any pesticides or herbicides used during the production of the oils can also be absorbed through the skin.
All of the products used in our massage, the base oils and the essential oils are sourced to be guaranteed pesticide and herbicide free.
If you would like aromatherapy adding into your massage, we will mix the oils for you to suit your individual needs and preferences. This allows each massage to be tailored to your needs at the time of your massage.
Aromatherapy is not just used for relaxation, it can be used to enhance performance and to energise the mind for the important interview or board presentation to follow.
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years in the treatment of the whole person and for specific ailments.
The Greek doctor Hippocrates said;
'The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day'.
Adding essential oils into a massage uses these ancient techniques to enhance the even older technique of massage to give a whole body treatment.
Which oils are used?
Your therapist will select and mix from a combination of fifteen essential oils, a few of these are listed below:
Lavender Oil: This is a light, floral and clear oil with woody undertones and has been used since ancient times for its medicinal and perfume qualities. It is well known for its nervine and sedative properties and is said to balance mind, body and spirit. Lavender may relieve stress and nervous disorders, soothe anger and is used to treat a range of problems including; depression, hysteria, migraine headaches, insomnia and anxiety. It can help relieve the pain of tight muscles, spasms, cramps and sprains. It can help with colds, asthma and throat infections and to ease menstrual cramps. Lavender is also an anti-inflammatory and is reputed to be good for wrinkles!
Eucalyptus Oil: The Aborigines have long used eucalyptus for cuts and serious wounds, burning the leaves as fumigation for the relief of fever. During WW1 it was used to treat a meningitis outbreak and a world wide influenza outbreak in 1919. Its strong anti-viral properties make it useful in treating coughs, colds and will aid easy breathing. It is also excellent for helping soothe aching muscles, stiffness, tightness, sore joints and nerve pain. It can help with oily and acne prone skin.
Lemon Oil: The Egyptians used lemon oil as an antidote to meat and fish poisoning. It is refreshing and cooling if you are feeling hot and bothered. Japanese research has shown that lemon improves concentration and sharpens the mind, so much so that it is sometimes put into the air conditioning systems in companies in Japan to improve staff performance. Lemon is thought to lift the spirits and help improve decision making. It is a strong anti-bacterial and can stimulate the bodies own defence mechanisms and is reputed to lower blood pressure.
Peppermint Oil: Mint was used in Greek times for its detoxifying effects and as a digestive aid and was used in ancient Hebrew culture as a reputed aphrodisiac. Peppermint clears the mind and brings clarity to mental fatigue, it is used to treat digestive disorders including indigestion, colic, flatulence, stomach aches, pains and diarrhea. It is an excellent to use during study or preparation of presentations because of its aid to concentration.
Rosemary Oil: Used by the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of regeneration, it has since been used to protect against infectious diseases and to help skin stay young and supple. Rosemary invigorates the mind, clears the head and aids memory. It is good during times of mental strain, dullness and lethargy and is good for aching joints.
Frankinsence Oil: This oil has played a part in sacred rituals throughout time, it was burnt at altars by the ancient egyptians, is still used to aid meditation and was one of the gifts brought to the infant Jesus by the Magi and was considered as valuable as gold. This oil deepens relaxation, promotes a feeling of peace and introspection with groundedness and clarity. It also encourages slow and deeper breathing. It is used to treat breathing problems, sore and over-worked muscles and for swollen joints. It is also reputed to be of value during labour and to ease post-natal depression. It is also used to smooth out wrinkles and revitalise sagging or aging skin!
Chamomile Oil: Chamomile was administered by Egyptian priests for its calming and soothing effects on the nerves. It is a favourite oil for use in calming and relaxing the nerves and to help relieve anxiety, anger, fear, stress. PMS and related headaches. Its anti-spasmodic qualities can help relieve cramps and colic along with nervousness related stomach problems. It can help regulate the menstrual cycle, ease period pain and relieve menopausal blues.
Juniper Oil: Juniper played a major part in fighting the cholera outbreak in Germany in 1856, smallpox in France in 1870 and the typhoid fever plague in Tibet. It has been used in many countries for its medicinal properties - and is also used as an ingredient in gin! Juniper oil clears, stimulates and strengthens the nerves. It is calming and refreshing and gives support in challenging situations. It is reputed to help eliminate uric acid and to be beneficial for arthritis, sore swollen joints and sciatica, it is excellent for tight muscles and sports aches and pains.
Other oils used may include; orange, bergamont, lime, neroli, geranium, grapefruit or ylang ylang.
Note: if you are, or might be, pregnant - only chamomile oil will be used with the base oil.