Aromatherapy treatments are done with essential or aromatic oils. Essential Oils are natural chemical compounds, distilled from plant matter. Not all plants have these aromatic substances though. Less than 5% of all the plant species, contain these. So far, about 17000 plants have been scientifically tested for these aromatic substances, and of these, about 2000 plants are used today, to provide about 3000 different essential oils. I use the word ‘about’ as these figures are constantly changing as new aromatic plants are tested and new oils are produced.
Aromatic oils are found in different parts of plants, including the seeds, bark, roots, leaves, flowers, wood, balsam and resin. Some plants yield more than one oil, for example: the bitter orange tree produces Orange Oil from the fruit peels, Petitgrain Oil from the leaves and twigs and Neroli Oil from the orange blossoms.
These aromatic plants and oils have been used for thousands of years as incense, perfumes, cosmetics, and for embalming, medicinal purposes and culinary applications.
These natural aromatics were of the earliest trade items of the ancient world and were mostly rare and very expensive, as they still are today. They featured in many different cultures and religions such as that of the Israelites, the Arabs, the Greeks, the Romans, the Chinese, the Indus and the Indians among others. These ancient uses have been documented extensively and these ancient writings are still consulted today.
With the scientific revolution of the early 19th century, the various constituents were identified for the first time and named with terms we still use today, such as Citronellol, Linalool, and Linalyl Acetate to name just three. Ironically, this same revolution paved the way for the modern medicine we have today. Many of our modern medicines are man-made chemical copies of the original aromatic substances. By the middle of the 20th century, essential oils were only used for perfume and no longer for medicinal purposes.
With our modern medicine comes many dangers and side effects, which are not present in the original medicine created by God. Across the world today, people are returning to our original, God-made medicine and the essential oil industry is one of the fastest growing industries of our modern world.
The treatment consists of a combination of inhalation therapy by means of a diffuser, or inhalation directly from cupped hands, and a topical application of the essential oils by means of a massage.
The massage is done with bare hands only, without the use of any other massage tools.
The first 5 minutes of the treatment is reserved for you to undress and get comfortable, and for the therapist to prepare the necessary oils.
The last 10 minutes of the treatment is reserved for you to dress and for the therapist to clean up and prepare for the next client.
- Appointment Duration 45 Minutes – Treatment Duration 30 minutes – Cost R375
- Appointment Duration 60 minutes – Treatment Duration 45 minutes – Cost R500
- Appointment Duration 120 minutes – Treatment Duration 105 minutes – Cost R850