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Essential oils and aromatherapy massage

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

What is Aromatherapy? Aromatherapy uses aromatic plant oils, essential oils, for improving psychological or physical well-being.  It can be offered as a complementary therapy or as an alternative medicine. 

Aromatherapy massage is massage using essential oils added to the massage oil or lotion. What is an Essential Oil? An Essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing aroma compounds from plants and is simply, essential, in the sense that it contains the essence of the plant fragrance. Pure essentials oils are known as the ‘life force of the plant’.  Essential oils are approximately 70x more concentrated than the plant or herb they come from.  Essential oils are extracted from leaves, roots, resin, flowers, bark & fruit i.e. root of ginger…flowers of lavender…leaves of rosemary. Whether inhaled or absorbed through the skin, essential oils can promote changes in both the mind and body. They can affect us emotionally & mentally with their powerful aromas. The quality of essential oils is upmost. It is important to make sure the oils you purchase are from a reputable retailer & supplier and are pure, natural, authentic oils & not an ‘essence’ or ‘fragrance’. Prices of essential oils can vary – this depends on availability, harvest & yield & how it is processed. Oils can be mixed together to form a ‘synergy’ – “the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts”, and are classed in 3 evaporation rates which help to create a balanced & harmonious blendTop notes….lightest & fast acting , you will smell these first in a blend i.e. eucalyptus, bergamotMiddle notes…heart of the blend, warm & softening. Usually floral, herbal or spicy i.e. lavender, geranium, black pepperBase notes…grounding & anchors the blend together i.e. patchouli, sandalwoodOne of the greatest abilities of essential oils is that they are all antiseptic & antibacterial to some degree. They stimulate skin cell renewal & can affect the way you think & feel.  They are not a ‘magic potion’ but work in conjunction with the body & encourage natural healing processes within. At Head 2 Toe Massage Therapy North Canterbury…we add the essential oils to a base carrier oil which helps them penetrate into the skin.  We like to use 100% pure unrefined cold pressed vegetable, nut or seed oils, which add their own beneficial nutrients and are readily absorbed & nourish the skin…an added bonus! A word of caution – never apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin unless specified. The only exceptions are Lavender & Tea Tree (commonly used for burns, insect bites or stings). They should never be taken orally. At Head 2 Toe Massage Therapy we have a selection of aromatherapy blends to add to your massage oil.  Which one you choose will depend on the added therapeutic benefits you wish to achieve from your massage.  In our reception we use essential oil blends in a vaporiser to create a particular mood, health benefit i.e. to ward off the seasonal nasties, or just to create a beautiful ambience! When you’re feeling out of ‘sorts’ and life is getting on top of you…book an Aromatherapy Massage with us and get an ultimate mind and body boost.  For the month of August 2017 if you book an aromatherapy massage at Head2Toe Massage Rangiora you will be automatically entered into a draw to win a gift of essential oils, including Lavender Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Mandarin Oil and Peppermint Oil.  If you have any questions regarding any of the above then please do not hesitate to contact one of us at Head2Toe on 033130349. Bookings can be done online or over the phone if you’d prefer.  We are one of the leading massage clinics in Rangiora and North Canterbury area.

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