Rachel J Lambert BA (Hons) MIFPA (AC Registered) MAR MICHT

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Aromatherapy is an ancient therapeutic treatment which can be dated back to Egyptian times. Rediscovered by French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse in the 1920s, it is now one of the fastest-growing complementary Therapies. Its popularity is due not only to the benefits felt by individual clients, but also as a result of orthodox health care professionals recognising its therapeutic potential.
Aromatherapy involves the use of Essential Oils to promote relaxation and good health. Essential Oils are highly fragrant, natural, concentrated extracts from aromatic plants (flowers, leaves, roots, herbs etc). Each Essential Oil has its own therapeutic properties which aim to promote good health in both body and mind. 
Essential Oils are believed to work in two ways - by inhalation and absorption through the skin into the bloodstream. They aim to balance the body’s systems and evoke emotional responses in us, leaving us feeling calm, refreshed, euphoric or comforted depending on the oils used.
Essential Oils have many professional uses such as bath oils, inhalants, ointments, hot compresses, vapourisers, cosmetics and disinfectants. However, one of the most effective ways of using them, which countless civilisations have confirmed throughout history, is through a relaxing Aromatherapy massage.
After a consultation has been carried out, an Aromatherapist will choose a blend of Essential Oils and dilute them into a pure vegetable ‘carrier’ or ‘base’ oil for distribution over the client’s skin. A wide variety of firm but gentle massage techniques are used to maximise the benefit to all the body systems. Each blend is unique to each client’s mental, emotional and physical needs at that particular time. In this way, Aromatherapy is said to be ‘holistic’.
Aromatherapy is not intended to replace orthodox health care. Nor does it deal with serious disease or permanent discomfort. However, it does offer gentle, natural, holistic help with every-day ills and stress-related problems, with no risk of dependency. It is a deeply relaxing treatment which can help to relieve nervous stress, ease tension, balance the body, mind and spirit and restore health, vitality and well-being to anyone.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy can benefit anyone, regardless of their age or state of health. It can be helpful with many stress-related disorders such as:-
Emotional and mental stress and fatigue
Insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns
Digestive conditions such as indigestion, constipation and IBS
General aches and pains including lower back pain and neck tension
Skin problems
Low energy levels
Poor immune system function
For 24 hours after an Aromatherapy treatment, it is advisable to avoid skin washing, avoid the use of perfumed soaps, avoid alcohol, avoid wet heat treatments, avoid stimulating exercise and, depending which Essential Oils have been used, avoid sunlight.
It is also advisable to drink plenty of water, eat lightly, keep warm and relax as much as possible.
Rachel is a full member of the following representative bodies:-
International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists
Aromatherapy Consortium
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