What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a technique which combines the natural therapeutic properties of essential oils with the healing power of massage therapy.
Essential oils are highly concentrated volatile substances that are derived from plants, flowers, trees, fruit, bark, grasses, seeds and more.
They are strongly characterised by having distinctive therapeutic, psychological and physiological properties that improve health and prevent illness.
Essential oils are usually captured by steam distillation, a process whose origins can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia.
4elements-massage aromatherapy not only has powerful physical, emotional and mental effects but it is also a great relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
It is is a pleasant, 100% natural method of quickly achieving mental clarity, relaxation, stress and headache alleviation without disrupting the healing mechanisms of the body.
What to Expect
After you fill in a short form your therapist will show you to the massage room and instruct you on how to prepare for the treatment.
Based on your consultation, a synergistic blend of oils is created which are then added to the carrier oil as well as in a diffuser.
A synergistic blend means that when a particular set of oils are combined together, they enhance each other's properties, forming a pleasant scent.
Essential oils work in two ways:
First, they enter the body through the layers of skin and enter the bloodstream. This is where the chemicals react and have the desired effect on the body.
Secondly, their aroma stimulates the limbic system through our olfactory senses.
The Limbic system is the part of our brain which deals with our emotions and can trigger long lost memories and feelings.
This is why certain smells can transport us back to our childhood or that perfume that Gran used to wear.
It's one of the most powerful areas of the brain and how it functions is still being researched.
Since aromatherapy massage techniques are often the same as those used in Swedish massage, it is recommended for people suffering from depression, psychosomatic issues or post-traumatic stress.
This type of massage is less about deep tissue work and more about relaxation, sensory stimulation, and soothing touch.
An aromatherapy massage is perfect for someone looking for a more intense sensory experience.