What is Aromatherapy?
Many people believe that Aromatherapy is simply a soothing massage with some nicely scented essential oils but it is so much more than this. Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of powerful essential oils, extracted from aromatic plants, to enhance and promote health and well being, reducing stress levels and aiding relaxation; it can be defined as "The controlled use of essential oils to maintain good health and revitalise body, mind and spirit."
What is an Essential Oil ?
Essential Oils are integral to an Aromatherapy treatment. Oils are produced in different parts of the plant or tree from bark and twigs to leaves, flowers and even fruits. The oil is then extracted from the plant material using different methods according to the plant in question. It is important as therapists to know which part of the plant the oil is from, as each oil has its own unique properties and uses. Essential oils need to be stored and handled correctly. They also need to be bought from a reputable supplier, ideally one whose stock can be traced back to where it was grown.
What is a carrier oil?
A carrier oil is the oil used as a base in the massage. It is also known as a base oil and is a vegetable oil. As the name suggests vegetable oils are produced from plant products. Vegetable oils are extracted from nuts, seeds and fruits of plants and have a range of therapeutic uses.
Vegetable oils are easily absorbed by the skin, the tiny essential oil molecules dissolve well in vegetable oils making them perfect carrier or base oils. Vegetable oils are used in massage as essential oils can not be applied directly to the skin.
We select base oils according to need and if you have a nut or seed allergy you can rest assured that this will be taken into account when selecting a carrier oil for your massage.
How do I know the oils are safe?
Our aim is to provide the best possible treatment for you. By using top quality products we hope to maximise the holistic process and therapeutic benefits. At Revive we only use top quality organic oils from Materia Aromatica, a highly reputable supplier based in the UK. All oils are stocked from the best suppliers available and the quality is carefully monitored. The origins of the plant material and source of the oils is not only known but carefully researched and substantiated. In using top quality oils you can be safe in the knowledge that you will be receiving the best treatment possible, with little risk of contaminated or artificially produced oils with little therapeutic value being used. It may cost a little more but we believe it's worth it. Quality is guaranteed.
Is there an alternative to massage ?
We believe that there is something for everyone.
We understand that massage may not be suitable for everyone. If you think that this may apply to you then there are alternative options we can offer such as footbaths, compresses and a range of applications using base products such as creams, gels and ointments