Essential oils have been used in perfumery, food flavouring and medicine for one thousand years. And long before they were first distilled in Persia the Ancient Egyptians produced scented oils from frankincense, cedarwood and other plants- put to use by priest and perfumer alike.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and must be diluted before being applied. For use in massage they are mixed with a carrier such as almond or grapeseed oil. Massage is one of the safest ways for the body to benefit from plant essences, as the skin absorbs oil rather slowly.
Each essential oil possesses distinct therapeutic properties that can promote health and prevent disease. Supporting and harmonising both body and mind, they have been found to increase vitality, alleviate tension and fight infection.
Their ability to calm and uplift emotion and mood is directly linked to the effect of their wonderful aromas, and the general link between olfaction (smelling) and the brain.
Combining the benefits of essential oils with those of therapeutic massage produces a deeply pleasurable yet highly effective way of healing. Together they enhance the circulation of blood and lymph, relax and tone tense, tired muscles, improve nervous conductivity, and promote an overall sense of well-being.In our increasingly stressful, often impersonal world, massage is being rediscovered as a thoroughly renewing, non-invasive form of communication through touch
The movement of essential oils through the body, together with therapeutic massage, encourages lymphatic drainage, mobilises toxins, and can assist with obesity, cellulitis and water retention. Many soothing, anti-inflammatory essential oils help to relieve the aches and pains associated with rheumatism and arthritis.
During aromatherapy massage the aroma of the essences calms the mind and fortifies the nervous system. The psychologically balancing effect of the treatment allows us to use our vital energy positively. Relaxed and refreshed, we are able to face life's challenges with a renewed sense of confidence and ease.
The RQA is a professional association of aromatherapy practitioners who have undergone training of the highest standards. Their training will have involved a minimum of 200 hours of in-class study, together with an extensive amount of home study.
Each member adheres to the Register's Codes of Ethics and of Practice, to ensure a high degree of professional integrity and healthcare standards.Each member is fully insured to practice. (Now called the IFA. International Federation of Aromatherapists)
The Register of Qualified Aromatherapists is a member-organisation of Britain's lead body for aromatherapy- the Aromatherapy Organisations Council (AOC). The AOC is actively involved in representing the profession to the public, the government and the medical profession. It is a member of the British Complementary Medicine Association.