Aromatherapy

Where did it come from and what it is?

The roots of Aromatherapy can be traced back more than 3,500 years before the birth of Christ. Like many other therapies, Aromatherapy can be linked back to the Ancient Egyptians who burned incense made from aromatic woods, herbs and spices in honour of their gods. Their belief was that as the smoke rose up to the heavens, it would carry their prayers and wishes directly to the deities. Eventually, the development of aromatics as medicines would create the foundations that Aromatherapy was built upon.

The process of embalming and mummification was developed by the Egyptians in their search for immortality. The herbs and spices they needed were transported across deserts by Arab merchants for distribution to Assyria, Babylon, China, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia.
The Egyptians used simple fragrances in their daily lives and did so at every opportunity. At festivals and celebrations women wore perfumed cones on their heads which would melt under the heat, releasing their beautiful fragrance. After bathing, they would anoint their bodies with oil to protect them from the drying effects of the baking sun and to rejuvenate their skin.

The Egyptians continued to refine their use of aromatics in incense, medicine, cosmetics, and finally perfumes. The earliest known Greek physician, Asclepius, combinied the use of herbs and surgery. His reputation was so great that after his death he was deified as the god of healing in Greek mythology. His treatments would typically involve gentle physio-therapies, baths, massage with infusions, or the internal use of herbs. Hippocrates is said to have studied and documented over 200 different herbs during his lifetime. He believed that surgery should be used only as a last resort and was among the first to regard the entire body as an organism. Thus said, I would say we have Hippocrates to thank for a concept fundemental to true Aromatherapy.

It is only today that we are at last unfolding the final secrets of the Egyptian mysteries, revealing Aromatherapy to be one of the finest ways to combat the negative effects of stress, restoring the beauty, tranquility and harmony of Nature into the lives of everyone.

The Treatment

To begin the treatment we do an informal consultation discussing ailments/conditions we want to work on. Once we have done this we look at a combination of up to three essential oils to work with.

The treatment is 1 and a half hours. Firstly we cleanse and tone the face. We then massage the decide blend of oils onto the body. Starting with the back of the legs, then moving on to the back, front of the legs, arms, stomach, chest and end with a pressure point hoistic face massage.

Aromatherapy Massage uses soft gentle effleurage movements and is a relaxing treatment combining the beneficial blend of trhe essential oils.

Prices

Aromatherapy Full Body (1 hour 30 minutes)
£50

Aromatherapy Back, Neck and Shoulders (45 minutes)
£30

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