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Using Essential Oils





TAB1: Beginners Guide

What is so beneficial about Aromatherapy massage?

One of the most relaxing uses of essential oils is through aromatherapy massage as it brings together the benefits of massage therapy and the relaxing, yet therapeutic properties of essential oils

How does Aromatherapy massage work?

By inhaling the fragrance and via absorption through the skin during massage, essential oils can affect both mind and body, bringing about a wonderful feeling of relaxation, and harmony.

Essential oils are derived from nature – each one from a single botanical source (e.g. Lavender essential oil is made from lavender flowers, Frankincense essential oil is made from the resin produced by Boswellia trees). One of the many beauties of essential oils is that they are completely natural, and traces are not retained in the body in the way that some chemical or artificial products are.

Depending on the oils used, aromatherapy massage can help to relieve anxiety and tiredness, providing a relaxing and de-stressing experience.  Alternatively, by using the right combination of essential oils, it can uplift and invigorate you.  Certain oils can help with digestive complaints, hormonal problems, respiratory conditions and circulatory problems.

Next Steps

Sounds good, doesn't it? If you want to find out more about the benefits of massage and aromatherapy, just browse over to the next tab and soak up some more information. If you feel that you are ready to begin turning that information into knowledge and start practicing aromatherapy massage, head on over to our shop and pick out an oil that intrigues you!

Disclaimer: All information provided on the AromaWorks website is for personal information and interest only, and not intended to replace professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. All advice is purely that, advice, and has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health concerns, we would recommend that you consult your GP / Practitioner. If you are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who can offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Aromaworks accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.


TAB2: Benefits of Massage & Reflexology

What are the Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage?

As far back as 4000 years ago, massage was used in Chinese medicine as a method for healing.

The therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy massage could be underestimated by those unfamiliar with essential oils.  During an aromatherapy massage, the movements are smooth and flowing, helping lymphatic drainage and increasing oxygen flow to the tissues, providing relief for aching muscles as well as relaxing tired minds.

A full aromatherapy massage usually takes between 45 minutes - one hour.

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of massage which is all about bringing the body back into balance.  Each area of the foot or hand relates to an area of the body (see diagram). So when we massage or apply gentle pressure to the corresponding parts of the body these reflex points send a message to the brain which start to restore balance to the body.

When was reflexology first discovered?

This form of massage has been around since 2330 BC when the Ancient Egyptians used it, in fact ancient artefacts found from this period show it was regarded as a medical practise.   The Chinese used reflexology over 5,000 years ago, believing that human energy or ‘qi’ flows through pathways or meridians in the body which are represented in our feet and hands.

The advantages of reflexology?

Many people like it because the whole body can be rebalanced and relaxed through massage of either the hands or the feet.  A full reflexology treatment is relaxing and beneficial to the body and mind.

Yet it is a technique that can be learnt and self-applied and hand reflexology can be used as often as necessary, even when watching TV or in the office. This can be particularly helpful if you suffer from headaches, sore necks or other every day common symptoms.  The beauty of hand massage is that it can be done pretty much anytime anywhere, whether you are travelling, or sitting watching the TV.

Is Reflexology relaxing?

Yes, very, especially when you are able to get someone to apply it to you.

Is it safe? 

Reflexology is very, very safe.  But excessive pressure shouldn’t be applied.  The first time you experience reflexology it can make you feel very tired, as the body releases accumulated toxins.  This should pass within one hour.  Always drink plenty of water after reflexology as this will help the body get rid of toxins.

Can it be used on children and babies? 

Yes – babies need to be treated extremely gently, a little goes a long way. Reflexology is often used on babies to help concerns around sleep, colic and diarrhoea. With children go gently too, and you will find that giving reflexology massage to your child becomes a lovely quiet time for both of you.

Is it safe for use in pregnancy?

Reflexology is seen as safe after the first trimester of pregnancy, and should be done very gently with extra care.

Any good for headaches?

There are many factors that can contribute to a headache but tension often plays a part. Massaging the outer edges of the thumb and the fingers then gently stretching the finger out will really help.

Can it help neck ache and back pain?

Several recent studies found that 74-98 % of people found reflexology helpful for relieving neck and lower back pain. Self-help reflexology was suggested to continue the benefits.

Other symptoms reflexology can help include: pain relief, low energy, asthma, allergies, sore throats, stomach ache, water retention, heartburn, insomnia and stress.

Where do I find a local reflexologist?

The Association of Reflexologists has a national register of reflexologists in your area - www.aor.co.uk 

Disclaimer: All information provided on the AromaWorks website is for personal information and interest only, and not intended to replace professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. All advice is purely that, advice, and has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health concerns, we would recommend that you consult your GP / Practitioner. If you are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who can offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Aromaworks accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.