Frequently Asked Questions
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of concentrated plant essences (essential oils) to relieve stress, enhance health and well-being, prevent problems and support the healing process.
What is Holistic Massage?
The holistic approach takes into account the person’s whole being, not just the physical symptoms of problems. Massage is a form of tissue manipulation, thus holistic massage treats each person individually to improve their health and to re-establish their equilibrium (homeostasis).
What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are highly fragrant, volatile (quickly evaporating) fluids that occur naturally in aromatic plants grown the world over. They are distilled from flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, fruits and woods, depending on the plant.
Each essential oil has distinct therapeutic properties that can improve the body’s natural functioning and so help in the prevention of disease. Enhancing the health of both mind and body, they have been shown through research to possess stimulant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and relaxant properties, among others.
Is Aromatherapy safe for everyone?
Essential oils are naturally highly concentrated and must be diluted before being applied to the skin. They are very powerful and should always be used with care – preferably under the guidance of a professional trained aromatherapist.
What can I expect from my first treatment?
Your first appointment with a professional aromatherapist will begin with a consultation when you will be asked about your general health, medical history and emotional well-being. This detail is necessary as each treatment is highly individual and designed to your particular needs. All information will be held in the strictest confidence.
What should I wear for my treatment?
Something comfortable and easy to change in and out of if the treatment is a massage. A towelling wrap will be provided and towels will be used to cover you whilst being massaged to protect your modesty at all times.
How often will I need to have a treatment?
The frequency depends on your particular need, but it is advisable to have a treatment at least once a month.
How long does a session take?
The initial treatment will include a confidential consultation, so could take approx 1.5 hours followed by one hourly treatment sessions for most types of treatment.
How will I feel after a treatment?
The treatment should leave you feeling very relaxed and with a sense of well-being. Due to the increase in blood circulation and lymph drainage, you should drink water and may need to visit the toilet a little more frequently.
How do Lava Shells heat?
Lava Shells are heated using LavaGel with no need for external equipment, electricity or batteries. LavaGel is a self-heating blend of natural minerals and ingredients including algae and dried sea kelp that, when blended with salt water, generates its own controlled heat for an hour-long massage.
How are the Lava Shells used?
The therapist holds the shells in their hands while working over the client's arms, palms, neck, shoulders, legs, feet and back.