Heart and Soul Holistic Therapies Reflexology in Ipswich and Suffolk

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Aromatherapy in Ipswich and Suffolk

"The Lord has created medicines out of the Earth, and he that is wise will not abhor them".
Ecclesiasticus 38:4

Although the word "Aromatherapy" is modern, the actual practice of using essential oils from plants and trees is very ancient. The Ancient Egyptians were famously renowned for using oils in the embalming process of mummies and also used them for the living, as perfumes and anti-aging remedies and also for medicinal uses.

The father of medicine, Hippocrates, said, "the way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day". He should be so lucky! As far back as four hundred years B.C. he recognised the health giving properties of plants.

The Romans also knew of these wonderful healing plants and the name Lavender comes from the Latin word to wash, as lavender was used whilst washing.

The father of modern aromatherapy was Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French cosmetic chemist. He badly burnt his hand one day in his laboratory whilst making perfume and plunged it into the nearest cool liquid which happened to be Lavender oil. He was astonished to discover that the pain was relieved almost instantly and in the days following,the wound did not blister and healed very quickly. From then on, he dedicated his life to researching the remarkable properties of nature's essential oils. It was he who coined the term "aromatherapy".

The tiny molecules in the essential oils are ideally suited for use on the skin or inhalation. Apart from a couple of exceptions, they are always mixed with a base oil, such as Grape Seed Oil when applying them to the skin. They can also be used in a bath, compress, steam inhalation or in creams and oils.

Aromatherapy can be used for many physical, mental and emotional ailments. It is particularly good for helping to relax, coping with stress, insomnia, headaches and migraines, anxiety and depression, skin problems and many others.

I am fully qualified in Clinical Aromatherapy and I am qualified to mix essential oil blends personally blended to the clients needs and specifications.

The back, neck and shoulder massage would be 30 minutes.

Cupping can be added to the treatment if required. Silicone cups are placed on the skin and the resultant suction causes a vacuum, pulling up the skin into the cup. Blood and lymph fluid are brought to the surface of the skin and circulation is improved. This can help with aches and pains and strained muscles. The treatment is not painful and the cups are slid off the body gently and will not cause bruising unlike the glass cups where a flame is involved.

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