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Holistic Aromatherapy

Holistic Aromatherapy at Golden Healing
The Origins and Effectiveness of Aromatherapy

What are Essential Oils?
How Essential Oils work
Potential Benefits of Aromatherapy
Care to be taken


Holistic Aromatherapy at Golden Healing

As a part of nature, aromatic essential oils are tools of healing and combined with the soothing power of massage have enormous therapeutic benefits to the body. By their fragrance and absorption through the skin, essential oils can also have subtle effects on the mind and emotions, helping to give feelings of relaxation, balance and harmony, a truly holistic therapy.

Aromatherapy is an excellent preventative treatment as it helps to relieve stress and related conditions. It stimulates our natural immune body mechanisms and particular oils have an affinity with certain systems of the body helping to alleviate respiratory, digestive, circulatory or hormonal problems. With aromatherapy massage the emphasis is on smooth, flowing movements designed to assist lymphatic drainage. It increases the nourishment and oxygen to the tissues easing muscular aches and pains and helping with fatigue.

An individual blend of oils will be created for you at each treatment and a holistic facial concludes this exceptional healing experience. The treatment session is normally one and a half hours, this can however be altered as required

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The Origins and Effectiveness of Aromatherapy

The value of natural plant oils have been recognised for more than 6000 years, for their healing, cleansing, preservative and mood enhancing properties, as well as for the sheer pleasure of their fragrances. The origins can be traced through the religious, medical and social practices of all the major civilisations. The Ancient Egyptians used incense for religious purposes, and oils and resins for embalming and preserving corpses.

The Greeks and Romans used aromatics widely in rituals and ceremonies and the oils played an important role in the rise in popularity of baths and massage. However with the fall of the Roman Empire the use of oils died out in Europe.

In AD 1000, Avicenna, from Arabia was the first to distil rose essence. Arabia then became the Worlds centre of production of perfume, importing raw materials from Egypt, India, Tibet and China, trading their products internationally.

With the crusaders the art of perfumery was re-introduced to Europe around the 12th Century. In these times aromatics were used as protection against the plague and throughout the centuries were used to disguise smells and ward off sickness.

In the 17th Century the therapeutic properties of aromatics started to be recorded by the work of the great herbalists at that time, like Culpeper. The modern use of Aromatherapy is said to have started with the French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. In the 1900s he used Lavender Oil to treat a burn on his hand, noticed how quickly it healed and began to look further into the therapeutic qualities of oils. His work was taken up by Dr. Jean Valnet, who found the regenerative and antiseptic properties of oils effective for healing the wounds of World War II soldiers.

Aromatherapy has become one of the fastest growing natural healing arts in this country and is increasingly used in health and beauty clinics and also practiced in hospitals, hospices and surgeries.

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What are Essential Oils?

Depending on the species of plant, essential oils are extracted from petals, leaves, roots, buds, twigs, wood bark, resin or fruit. In a few cases every part of the plant growing above the ground is used. There are several ways of obtaining the oil, the most common being ‘steam distillation’.

The concentrated oils are mixed with a carrier oil for Aromatherapy massages. Golden Healing uses only high quality, purest oils for treatment.

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How Essential Oils work

The essential oils work in two main ways, as an ‘aroma’ through the respiratory system and by absorption through the skin. The odoriferous molecules of the essential oils are very volatile, and their inhalation can activate very pleasant feelings, memories and responses. When massaged into the skin, the essential oils also permeate through the epidermis to the deeper skin layers, where they infuse into the capillaries, and are then carried around the body to organs, glands and tissue.

Individual essential oils are chosen which have an affinity with certain systems of the body helping to alleviate respiratory, digestive, circulatory or hormonal problems. When combined with a holistic massage then our natural immune body mechanisms are stimulated.

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Potential Benefits of Aromatherapy

Can introduce a state of relaxation and rejuvenation
Relaxes tight and tense muscles
Aids natural quality sleep
Encourages the interchange of tissue fluids
Stimulates blood and lymph circulation
Reduces tension
Relieves pain, both specific and general

The therapeutic effects of essential oils vary. Some oils are stimulating, whilst others are relaxing. Many oils are antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal such as Tea Tree and help to enhance the protective function of the skin. Certain oils can calm and soothe the skin and others such as Lavender help the skin cells to regenerate.

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Care to be taken

Essential Oils are powerful and should be used with care. Some oils are contra-indicated for certain health problems and therefore advice should be sought from a qualified Aromatherapist. Oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil and not taken internally or applied to the eyes.

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Golden Healing is a Complementary Therapy Practice, in Shefford, Bedfordshire, England. Shefford is a small market town, close to the Hertfordshire border, and is situated between Bedford and Hitchin, Herts.

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