Aromatherapy & Massage
"The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) defines aromatherapy as “the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing.”
Essential oils used in aromatherapy are typically extracted from various parts of plants and then distilled. The highly concentrated oils may be inhaled directly or indirectly or applied to the skin through massage, lotions, or bath salts.
Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions.
Many essential oils have been shown to be safe when used as directed.
The use of essential oils as a tool in holistic health can bring physical and emotional benefits. HW sources pure therapeutic grade essential oils to aid patients with:
Improved mental focus and clarity
Reduced inflammatory responses
A stronger immune system
The practice of aromatherapy uses natural plant extracts, such as essential oils, hydrosols, and carrier oils, in a variety of ways to heal the body, mind, and spirit. It is the promotion and harmonization of emotional, physical, and spiritual health through the application of these extracts. Aromatherapy is described as both an art and a science because it takes the knowledge of the scientific aspects of the plants and oils and combines it with the art of producing a beneficial blend. Basically, a successful aromatherapy blend is a synergy of science, art, and the practitioner’s knowledge of both, and how to apply it. Aromatherapy can be used topically and via inhalation.
In HW we use Essential oils with therapeutic massage as well. Massage therapy itself consists of the manipulation of muscles and lymph nodes through professional pressing and rubbing techniques. Massage therapy has been linked to a short-term decrease in physical aches and pains and improved mood. Adding an essential oil for an aromatherapy massage can potentially enhance these effects.
Aromatherapy is added to a traditional massage session. The massage therapist will diffuse essential oils in the room during your session to enhance the results and the benefits of the therapy.