Clinical Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment that combines the benefits of massage with the properties of essential oils. It aims to balance, harmonise and promote the health of body and mind.
Essential oils consist of aromatic molecules that are readily absorbed via the skin. These therapeutic constituents enter the bloodstream and are carried around the body where they can deliver their beneficial healing powers.
As they are volatile compounds, they also reach the brain centres through inhalation. This is particularly effective in treating emotional, mental and hormonal disorders as our sense of smell is linked directly to the part of the brain which regulates mood and triggers the release of chemicals to help regulate and balance hormones. Unlike substances taken orally, essential oils which enter the body through the skin do not have to pass through the liver, where they would be greatly changed. With cutaneous application, after passing into the arterial circulation, they are distributed in their original state throughout the body, reaching the internal organs and structures.
In the early 20’s the Italian doctors Gatti and Cayola concluded that “the sense of smell has, by reflex action, an enormous influence on the function of the central nervous system” after extensive experiments showed that certain smells relaxed patients with psychological issues. When these essential oils were inhaled, pulse rate, blood circulation and breathing changed.
During the 70’s, Dr Rovesti succeeded in using essential oils to treat depressed and anxious patients. Further studies have found that many essential oils can reduce stress and depression.
Aromatherapy treatments can trigger the formation and release of neurochemicals in the body that interrelate with the nervous system. These chemicals, such as noradrenalin, serotonin, endorphins and encephalins are gentle euphorics and analgesics. Some essential oils affect the autonomic nervous system and, therefore, can affect the secretion of adrenalin and oestrogen.
Aromatherapy massage is gentle as it's main function is to maximise the benefits of essential oils by facilitating the absorption of the oils via the skin. In addition to the benefits of the oil properties, massage also brings extra therapeutic benefits: it revitalises by stimulating all the organs in the body, plus the skin, muscles, nerves and glands. The increased circulation of the blood and lymph flow also assists with clearing away metabolic waste and toxins.
One of the reasons why Aromatherapy has been so hugely successful is because it uses a holistic approach: The whole person is treated - not just the symptoms of an illness. Your treatment will be tailor-made based on your individual needs.