Aromatherapy Massage (incl. in Pregnancy)
Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils to activate your sense of smell and increase your sense of well-being. The blend of oils are massaged into your skin by the aromatherapist to give a smooth and flowing massage, designed to instil a sense of relaxation and calm. Every session is tailored towards you, your health and your mood at the time, so every massage is unique.
The essential oils used in aromatherapy massage are powerful and are extracted from plants, shrubs, flowers, bark, peel, resin, grasses, fruits, roots, trees, petals, stems or seeds. Only a small amount of essential oil is needed, and is blended with a larger amount of another “carrier” oil (such as sweet almond oil) and used on the skin.
The benefits of an Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy works on the basis that the smell of the essential oils trigger the limbic system – the part of the brain that seems to be linked with emotion. This is why it can affect how you feel, and help you relax. Massage helps your skin to absorb warmed essential oils; these oils improve the effectiveness of the massage in treating specific physical problems.
Aromatherapy is used in a number of ways, including:
* relieving stress and anxiety
* helping you to sleep better; whether you have problems getting to sleep (insomnia) or staying asleep
* helping you relax
* relieving tiredness or aching muscles
* improving flexibility
* soothing chronic pain
* improving skin tone
* aiding concentration
* calming a bad temper.
Aromatherapy massage may have short-term benefits on psychological well-being and a positive effect in reducing anxiety.
What to expect in an Aromatherapy treatment
I will ask you questions about your medical history, general health, diet, sleep patterns and lifestyle. This will help me to decide which essential oils are most appropriate for you. You will be given time to undress privately and lie down on the massage table, and cover yourself with a soft blanket. My room is private, warm and relaxing so you should always feel comfortable.
After carefully choosing your essential oils, I will blend them with what is called a “carrier” oil such as sweet almond oil. Depending on the treatment you are having, I will massage the oil into your back and shoulders or entire body.
Combined with the wonderful smells of the essential oils and the deeply relaxing massage techniques you will soon drift off into a wonderfully relaxed state. Very often at the end of an aromatherapy massage my clients feel as though they have melted into the comfortable massage table and simply don’t want to move. That is fine, it is best to take a little while to come round, drink a glass of filtered water and enjoy your new relaxed state.
An aromatherapy massage usually lasts for about an hour, although with your initial consultation it may take slightly longer.
Are they safe to use when Pregnant?
There are many essential oil which can be used in pregnancy, and I have undertaken an advanced course of using essential oils during pregnancy, childbirth and for the postnatal period. All my oils are organic and of top quality.
They may help with the following common ailment of pregnancy
Heart burn and indigestion
Stress and tension
As a midwife I have a full understanding of common ailments and can make up blends for inhalation to help with morning sickness, home massage blend for perineal tears and varicous veins and for stretch marks.
I can also make a labour preparation blend, and labour blend, based on your consultation and obstetric history for you to use at home either in a bath, burn or inhalation.
1 hour Aromatherapy Massage at my home 74 Shaftesbury Avenue, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5LY £35