Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils derived from plants. They are made from volatile, highly concentrated plant extracts, leaves, bark, roots, seeds resins and flowers. Essential oils are believed by aromatherapists to be able to affect moods and can help alleviate pain.
With an aromatherapy massage we can choose up to five essential oils blended with the most suitable carrier oil, such as sweet almond or grapeseed oil. Aromatherapy massages can also be made more relaxing by using oils such as lavender and frankincense or be aimed more at relieving muscle soreness by using peppermint and eucalyptus.
Aromatherapy oils should not be confused with fragrances or perfumes. Fragrances are often made from chemicals and lack the therapeutic properties of essential oils. Some essential oils, such as tea tree, have also demonstrated anti-bacterial qualities.
What to expect
On the first visit, a detailed case history will be taken attaining information of any medical history and presenting symptoms. The client and therapist then discuss the desired outcome required from the treatments. After each treatment, progress is reassessed and changes to the blend are made accordingly.
My neck felt altogether more comfortable and I am now playing golf without any pain at all.
I have always loved and played sport. Alas due to the passing of time I now only play golf so the exercise I take on the golf course is very precious to me. I have suffered from time to time with neck and back problems and recently my back was causing quite sharp pain and was threatening to ruin my games of golf. When I visited Chantal she soon told me from where the pain was coming and I started the first of four treatments. After the four treatment sessions my neck felt altogether more comfortable and I am now playing golf without any pain at all. Chantal adopts a totally honest approach to her work. She advised me that at least four sessions of treatment would be needed and that after the sessions my neck area could be a little sore. Four sessions did the trick and I am now enjoying my golf again. I have no hesitation in recommending Chantal to sports enthusiasts or to anyone with neck problems.Michael de St Croix