As an aromatherapist I naturally make up blends for my clients before we begin the massage part of the appointment. This is what I consider to be an aromatherapy massage, however, talking to other therapists and my own personal experience of receiving an aromatherapy massage I am aware this isn’t always the case.
Many therapists choose to use a pre-blended massage oil for an aromatherapy massage. Why?
There may be for a couple of reasons for this: they may not be qualified to blend their own oils, they have strict time constraints at the clinic they’re working, or they feel it is too expensive to stock all the oils needed to provide a good toolbox – I know my main clinic aromatherapy box has over £1,000 worth of oils. That’s an expensive business if you’re not using them regularly enough.
As a professional aromatherapist though I use my oils daily and I consider them the tools of my trade. I’m aware that people find themselves confused after their first massage, as they arrive for their second session and are directed to a seat before the massage room. Every aromatherapy massage visit I complete a mini consultation to find out what’s been going on, what the focus is today and to make sure we’re using the right oils for the day. Those oils will be selected, sniffed and chosen, or changed and sniffed until we find the right combination for you. Because it’s where you are on that day and that time that matters.
I’ve had clients hate an oil one week but love it in a different blend at a later date, our bodies are constantly changing and if you want an aromatherapy massage which reflects this, check with the therapist before you book that they’ll be using a bespoke blend.
Louise is a holistic therapist who owns Therapy Centre, Bristol BS14 9HB, a clinic offering a range of holistic and beauty therapies. Louise offers reflexology, aromatherapy, aromatology, holistic massage, Indian head massage, reiki, baby massage and story massage. She is a mum of two boys and when she is not working she enjoys getting outdoors with her family.
For further information about Louise you can visit her website louise-morgan.co.uk. The therapy centre website is kinsaletherapycentre.co.uk, the contact number is 01275 217160