This is a brief generalisation and does not claim to represent the different styles, influence and nuance that each practitioner will bring to a session.

Aromatherapy is the 3500 year old art and science of using oils extracted from aromatic plants and herbs to enhance health, emotional well being and beauty. Aromatherapy works on three main levels: through the sense of smell, through absorption and through absorption via skin.

If you see an aromatherapist, it is most likely that you will receive an ‘aromatherapy massage’. Thus specific essential oils are blended with a base oil. These oils are used to gently massage over the skin, where they are absorbed into the blood stream.

Most essential oils have antibacterial properties; some are antiviral, anti-fungal and/or anti-inflammatory.

Essential oils also contain antioxidants which help to prevent cell damage and protect against the build up of toxic waste in skin cells, thereby helping reduce signs of ageing. Essential oils optimise cellular renewal processes and aid healing.

An aromatherapy massage may be a targetted treatment for a problem area, a partial or whole body massage.

Available with: Anika Fit Physio/ Wellness

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