Aromatherapy is one of the most popular holistic therapies, and not just because it involves nice smells! The practice has roots in almost every ancient culture where essential oils were used in a variety of ways to provide benefits to the users. Aromatherapy in Sheffield today is much like it would have been in any of those ancient civilisations. The main difference is that, thanks to modern life, both the range and purity of essential oils has improved enormously.
How aromatherapy works
One of the key ways that aromatherapy works is by its effect on the brain’s limbic system. It is one of the oldest parts of the brain in evolutionary terms, and processes smells. But also plays a part in things like emotion and memory. It’s the reason many people find some smells will evoke powerful memories and feelings.
Many oils are well known for their effects. Most commonly used, lavender helps relaxation and promotes sleep. But it can also help with skin and muscle issues. Meanwhile, Bergamot has similar calming properties, but can also help with digestive issues. Most commonly used, lavender helps relaxation and promotes sleep.
Because oils have overlapping effects, there will be several oils that can be used for the same problem, and each oil will have other positive effects. This means the aromatherapist can use their knowledge of aromatherapy to create the blend that is right for you. This offers a holistic approach that helps both body and mind.
What happens in an aromatherapy session?
At an appointment for aromatherapy in Sheffield the aromatherapist will discuss why the client is seeking aromatherapy and what benefits they are looking for. They will also ask some questions about the client, helping them to understand their lifestyle, medical history and any other medication or treatment they might be receiving.
The aromatherapist will use this to mix various essential oils and apply them, possibly directly to an affected part of the body. The precise oils used will vary from person to person and depend on the exact treatment required. The treatment can also, but not always, be accompanied by a massage. Depending on the condition and treatment, the aromatherapist might also issue a prescription, so their client can continue their treatment at home.
What are the benefits of aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy offers significant benefits to psychological wellbeing. The direct connection between smell and emotion means that it can have a rapid and profound effect that lasts long after the treatment has finished. However, the benefits can go beyond the psychological, with many feeling changes in their energy and appetite.
Because oils are applied directly to the skin, it can also have direct benefits to skin and muscle conditions. Many oils have antiseptic and soothing properties, meaning that essential oils can often help reduce inflammation and promote healing.
The holistic benefits it offers means it’s an ideal therapy for general wellbeing as well as to manage help address specific conditions.
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