Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils that have been extracted from parts of plants, trees, fruits, etc. to elicit change within the body and enhance or modify one’s state of mind, body and spirit. This is possible due to the medicinal/chemical make-up, the aromatic properties, as well as the life force or frequency that each individual essential oil holds.
These changes are attained by using the essential oils in various ways. At Discover Wellness the RMT’s can apply oils to the body through massage or hot/cold compresses so that they are absorbed through the skin. Our RMT’s can also diffuse the oils throughout the room so that the patient may absorb them via scent, which can be equally effective.
Scent is the easiest method of indirect absorption. The molecules of essential oils are absorbed through the olfactory bulbs through the nose which then have an effect on the brain and the limbic system. This system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives hunger, sex, dominance, and care of offspring. Therefore, the essential oil that is used will depend on the type of response you want or need. For example, the scent of lavender can help with calming a person when anxieties are high, while the scent of peppermint can uplift your mood and stimulate your mind.
Skin absorption is another great method of application. The molecules of the essential oil are easily absorbed directly through the skin. They enter the blood stream and are circulated throughout the entire body. Again, similar to an aromatic application, the oils then elicit the responses via the various systems of the body depending on the properties of the oil selected.
The RMT’s at Discover Wellness employ these 2 methods of application due to the effectiveness within their massage therapy practice. When a therapist provides an aromatherapy treatment they will make an appropriate blend – using very high quality essential oils – based on the individual needs, outcomes and personal preference of each patient.
Facts about Essential Oils
The effectiveness of any essential oil treatment is greatly enhanced when the patient enjoys the smell of the oil. Memories of different scents are stored in the brain and attached to emotions, events, etc. Sometimes, despite an essential oil having properties that include a relaxing affect, the oil could produce an undesired affect based on the person’s own negative experiences the scent is associated with.
Fragrance oils and essential oils are NOT the same thing. As a rule of thumb, if you see the words “fragrance,” “fragrance oil,” or even “perfume” anywhere, you can assume this is synthetic and NOT natural (even if it says natural fragrance). These are also the oils that people tend to have allergic reactions to.
Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. As essential oils are so concentrated, if not diluted, you may end up with an unfortunate reaction. A patch test should be done before direct application in order to prevent skin reactions. At Discover Wellness, all of our RMT’s have training in using essential oils and understanding of the benefits as well as risks. Aromatic oils can be used to enhance the outcome of any type of massage, so be sure to ask your therapist how aromatherapy can benefit you.
Upon booking, please indicate your interest in this type of treatment. Thank you!