What to Expect from an Aromatherapy Session

Health & Wellness
Jun 06, 2011
Health & Wellness

You may have heard about the several benefits of aromatherapy and wanting to have an aromatherapy session yourself, but there is hesitation. You may ask yourself, “What can I expect from an aromatherapy session?” or wonder if it would benefit any specific underlying condition. The aromatherapist will likely be interested to have a discussion on any symptoms of medical conditions you may be exhibiting and may arrange a session around those symptoms, but unlike prescriptive medicine, it is a holistic form of treatment. The aromatherapy session would include aromatic blends and techniques that is designed to enhance the overall sense of well being.

How an Aromatherapy Session Begins

You start you aromatherapy session by having a discussion on your medical history and any personal issues that may be affecting you. It is highly important that you are thorough and specific in disclosing the medical history, which includes illnesses, injuries, and allergies. If the aromatherapist wishes to do any form of bodywork on you, for example, she will need to know about your problem areas. If your main objective in visiting the aromatherapist for stress relief, treatment for depression or other psychological or emotional difficulty, you do not need to “bare your soul” to her, but you should let her know the kind of relief you are asking and whether you are on medications or not.

Your aromatherapist will decide on the best form of treatment you will receive based on your initial conversation or from the form you are asked to fill out. She will then discuss to you what the treatment she feels that is best suited for you. She may also suggest an alternative treatment if she feels that you will need a treatment falling outside of her abilities or having unrealistic expectations. This rarely happens, though, because the design of aromatherapy is to augment various conventional medical treatments and also have its own intrinsic value

The Aromatherapy Session

The needs of each client is different and the aromatherapy sessions is tailored to your particular needs. The following are some of the most common forms of aromatherapy:

  • Massage
  • Inhalations
  • Soaks
  • Compresses
  • Liniments
  • Salves

These forms of aromatherapy may be administered individually or in combination, but commonly you are given a combination of treatments. The type of massage you will receive will depend greatly on the training of the aromatherapist and from the assessment of your needs. The aromatherapist may use essential oils that may include specific oils for various purposes and/or special blends that are designed for specific purposes, such as stress relief or relief from flu-like symptoms.

What to expect from an aromatherapy massage

At the very least, coming away from an aromatherapy session, you can expect to feel more relaxed than you were before the session. The essential oils used in the session do have the "magical" ability to soothe weary muscles, minds and spirits. Aromatherapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of holistic therapy you will most likely thoroughly enjoy.

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