Our sense of smell makes the world a richer place to live. Some of my earliest memories are associated with smell: the aroma of fresh coffee brings back memories of breakfast with relatives in Germany on one of our many visits there; the scent of honeysuckle reminds me of late summer evenings playing with friends in the village where I grew up; the smell of fire evokes a more primal, collective memory: a feeling of connection to the humans who have been here before me and those that will follow, warming their hands around the campfire – cooking, laughing, and sharing.
The olfactory region of our brain is responsible for the interpretation of scent. This region is located next to an area called the limbic system, which is associated with primal instincts, feelings and memory. This is why certain smells trigger emotions and memories which can transport us back in time.
When you book an aromatherapy massage with me, it will be the same as receiving a regular massage but with the addition of essential oils. There is a common misconception that an aromatherapy massage uses lighter pressure than regular massage but that’s not the case with my practice. I will use the information you give during our pre-treatment consultation to pick aromatherapy oils that will ease or improve conditions you have discussed with me or to help achieve how you want to feel following your treatment.
Aromatherapy is much more than making a massage smell good. Essential oils are used in massage for many reasons including lifting, balancing or calming the client’s mood, de-stressing the mind and body and to reduce inflammation. Essential oils can be used in household cleaning, beauty products and in the treatment of various health conditions.
I add essential oils to a base shower gel to make my own body wash. I use them with an oil burner to fragrance my home and lift my mood. I add them to my homemade toothpaste and mouthwash. I use them to treat heartburn and indigestion, prevent scarring from burns, calm irritated skin, keep the vicious Scottish midge at bay, and treat cold sores and fungal infections…. The list is endless! Check out my blog posts for examples of practical applications of aromatherapy for everyday life.