WHY CHOOSE AROMATHERAPY?
In our busy, hectic lives we all need to find ways to relax. Stress affects people in different ways: it is a very individual thing. Stressful life events are not necessarily to do with illness or unpleasant things: any kind of life change, such as getting married or moving house can be very stressful!
A certain amount of stress can be a good thing, but when it gets too much, it can have a huge impact on the body, on our physical and mental health. It may be acute, in response to a major life event, or cumulative, over a long period of time.
It may be a physical stress or strain, such as sitting at a desk or driving for long periods which causes chronic pain. The effects of mental stress are varied: it might affect our sleeping patterns, our digestive system, or make the body less resistant to infections; it may cause tension and pain in the muscles, or a combination of these things. It can also make it more difficult to recover from illnesses or accidents.
So it is very important that we take time to care for ourselves. Taking time to relax, even for short periods, gives the body a chance to recover, recharge and heal.
Aromatherapy can help you through any stressful life events, and help to reduce the cumulative effects of stress on your body.
Long term illness
Aromatherapy cannotcure illnesses as such, but it can change the way you cope with it, it can help to reduce pain, and by reducing stress it can help the healing process. Aromatherapy is safe to use with cancer, using only the oils which are known to be safe, and only during periods of your treatment when your doctor tells you it will be safe. If you are a carer for someone with a long term illness, taking time for yourself is vital not only for your needs, but also for your loved one.
There a few oils which are known to be safe to use in pregnancy, and massage with aromatic oils can be enormously beneficial in helping to deal with the physical effects on the pregnancy in a safe way. Then, it can be very beneficial for the parents to learn to massage their baby. The aromatherapist must undertake specialist training in order to work with pregnant women and babies.
Aromatherapy massage oils are very beneficial for the skin, providing emollient properties and extra vitamins directly into the skin to help with healing. It is helpful for very dry skin, sunburn, and skin conditions such as eczema, and psoriasis.
Muscular aches and pains
Aromatherapy can help with muscular aches and pains cause by physical stress or repetitive movement, it can be beneficial with arthritic conditions and stiffness of joints and muscles. If you have an acute sports or back injury, however, you should consult a specialist, such as a physiotherapist.
Please contact me if you would like more advice on whether aromatherapy can help your specific needs. If I feel that it is not suitable for you, I will advise accordingly.
Also remember that aromatherapy is not intended to replace your current treatment plan. It is a complementary therapy, intended to work alongside conventional treatments. It is advisable that you seek advice from your doctor if you are unsure whether aromatherapy is safe for you.