Aromatherapy is a treatment which uses essential oils - this could be through inhalation of the oils, using them in the bath, in lotions and creams, or in a compress. Essential oils are obtained from flowers, leaves, bark, wood, seeds and roots. Each oil has its own therapeutic properties, for example, Peppermint is known to be pain relieving and stimulating, while German Chamomile is known for its anti-inflammatory and sedating actions.
"It was a pleasure to meet you and lovely to have such a relaxing massage. Even my husband commented on my state of mind in the evening. The choice of oils was perfect. Thank you." - MW, Newbury
For an aromatherapy massage the essential oils are blended into a carrier oil and applied to the skin using different massage techniques. This brings together the benefits of massage therapy and the therapeutic properties of essential oils. Aromatherapy massage can be a gentle massage, encouraging the body to relax, de-stress and thereby start the healing process, or it can be stimulating, depending on your needs on the day.
"...Charmaine treated me so kindly and with great reverence which was very healing for my emotions and the massage was consistently confident and delivered with great sensitivity..." - K.S, Aldermaston Wharf
Some benefits of receiving regular aromatherapy massage may include reduction of pain, relief of muscle tension, muscles and joints becoming more supple, relief of mental and physical fatigue, increased lymphatic flow resulting in waste and toxin removal, improvement in appearance of skin, improvement in body's metabolism, improved digestion as peristaltic flow is increased, a deep feeling of wellbeing and balance and a reduction in anxiety and stress levels.
"...Charmaine's incredible warm hands gave me a feeling of instant 'relief' and I could feel the benefit for the rest of the day. Overall, the whole experience has left me wanting more! I have felt the benefit from each massage leaving me with a feeling of wellbeing. I have also appreciated the advice and blend of oils for other uses such as blocked sinus and eczema." SE, Aldermaston