Welcome to BourneAroma! Please take time to read my website to decide whether this is the best choice for your aromatherapy in York, and the East Riding of Yorkshire. I hope you will find out more about me and understand some of my passion for plants and how we as humans can use the power of plants for our own good.
Aromatherapy is used to calm, uplift, de-stress and invigorate, and in this way, helps the body to help itself, to regain health and wellbeing.
Aromatherapy massage is a multi-sensory experience, involving touch, sound as well as the wonderful smell of essential oils to facilitate a deep state of relaxation. The body responds to touch and the mind associates certain aromas with specific emotions and memories, and both these aspects combined can induce deep relaxation and a feeling of well-being.
The use of essential oils specifically blended to suit the client’s needs is an important part of the process: essential oils come from plants, they are completely natural, and have a range of powerful properties. The qualified aromatherapist is trained to understand which oils will be suited to help each person, and how to blend them to best effect.
Aromatherapy is holistic: this means that it approaches the client as a whole person, not just the part that may be hurting, and finds a blend of essential oils and a treatment approach that is unique to the person’s needs, including the spiritual, emotional, mental as well as physical aspects of their health, because they are so interrelated.
This holistic approach that I use is inherent in the art of blending oils for the individual, and with the involvement of that individual person. Some aromatherapists use ready made blends, or a single oil in their massage, but this is not the legacy left behind by French Aromatherapist Margueritte Maury: she was the first person to discover the benefits of combining the properties of essential oils in vegetable carrier oils, and that by applying them to the body through massage, they enhanced the therapeutic effects of the massage. Furthermore, she realised that because no two people were alike, an individual therapeutic blend would be necessary.
I have often found when working with my clients their surprise, and pleasure, at being involved in the choosing of their blend: it is a part of the therapeutic process, which in itself can bring about an understanding of themselves, and some healing too. Aromatherapy as a holistic approach embraces not only the principles of massage and aromatic blending, though: it also means for me as a therapist, having an understanding of the individual, their way of life, their psychology and spirituality, as well as their presenting physical symptoms.
It is a complementary therapy, which means it can be used alongside conventional medicine, and it is gaining recognition in medical practice. It cannot cure illnesses as such, but it can change the way you cope with it, and by reducing stress it can help the healing process. The practising aromatherapist must be knowledgeable about the possible effects of essential oils with different medical conditions, and use them with great care, and with the correct dosage. Aromatherapists may belong to a recognised professional body, such the one I belong to: IFPA (International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists), which regulates qualifications, safety standards and continuing professional development. However, this is not a legal requirement to practice, so be sure to check your aromatherapist’s qualifications.
All the photos on this website, unless otherwise credited, are of me and the plants and flowers from my garden, with stunning photography by Martin Waring.