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The Benefits of Aromatherapy

The many different benefits of using aromatherapy

There are many different benefits of aromatherapy that help people find health and wellbeing. Perhaps the most important are the completely natural qualities of aromatherapy, the emphasis on preventive measures and on clients learning to take responsibility for their own health care.

Essential oils are a precious gift from nature, derived with only minimal human intervention. The vegetable base oils used to dilute essential oils before massage are also natural. Both base and essential oils work in harmony with the human body, minimizing any risk of adverse reactions.

In the modern world there are many chemicals and synthetics in common use, to which increasing numbers of people suffer allergic reactions, such as asthma, skin rashes, digestive upsets, and so on. Aromatherapy's natural qualities help to redress the problems caused by excessive use of these unnatural substances.

Preventing Illness with Aromatherapy

The emphasis of aromatherapy can be summed up as "Prevention is better than cure". In practical terms, this means that an aroma therapist will look at a client's lifestyle holistically and suggest simple changes that can prevent illness or disease arising in the first place.

For example, one of the most common problems that clients present with is backache. Aromatherapy massage reduces pain and dispels the stress and tension that are a major cause of back pain. However, there are many other potential causes of backache. The aroma therapist will go through these with the client to see if physical causes such as an uncomfortable work chair, a sagging mattress or an unsupportive car seat might be contributing to the problem. Redressing such causes will alleviate some, if not all, of the problem.

Prevention leads naturally into the arena of self-responsibility. The aroma therapist will encourage clients to look after themselves, to be involved in, and take responsibility for their own health care. In this way clients can actively seek their own health and wellbeing, with assistance from the aroma therapist.

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