Reflexology in York


Essential OilsWhat is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a system of healing involving the use of essential oils, usually in the form of a full body massage.

Essential oils are distilled from various parts of plants, flowers, herbs and trees and all have different therapeutic or healing properties. They are blended in a base oil for the purpose of massage.

When you come for a consultation, a detailed case history will be taken, enabling the practitioner to select from the many oils that will specifically help your condition.

Essential oils may heal on the physical, emotional and mental levels and, therefore, aromatherapy is known as a "holistic treatment", as it treats the whole person, not just the symptoms.

How does Aromatherapy work?

Aromatherapy works partly through our sense of smell, but also by absorbtion of the oils through the skin into the body. Once in the body, the oils are transported in the blood to the various organs and body systems, where they have various effects.

Some oils are sedative and relaxing; others are invigorating or anti-bacterial. The oils take from 20 minutes to 3 hours to be fully absorbed into the body.

What can Aromatherapy do for you?

Essential oils have different therapeutic properties, making them effective healing agents for a wide range of chronic and acute problems.

There are a varied range of conditions aromatherapy may help with, from the mental to the physical.

What to expect from a treatment

When you first come for a treatment a detailed case history will be taken to enable the therapist to find the most suitable blend of oils for you. Then you will be asked to get partially undressed and to lie on a massage table while you have a full body massage, which takes one hour.

After the treatment you will be asked to rest for a short time and you may be given a blend of oils for home use.

Massage stimulates the body's lymphatic system, encouraging the elimination of excess fluid and waste from the body. It may also helps the circulation, and aid relaxation and can be important in reducing stress levels.

Can it do harm?

Essential oils are powerful substances and should be used only with the guidance of a qualified practitioner. They should never be used neat on the skin, or taken internally. Aromatherapy is compatible with other complementary treatments such as Shiatsu, dietary therapy or osteopathy. But care should be taken if you are having homeopathic treatment because the essential oils can render homeopathy ineffective. You should seek the advice of your homeopath.

Aromatherapy treatment from Linda Baker

I trained as a therapeutic massage practitioner in 1984 (ITEC), with a further massage diploma in 1987 (College of Holistic Medicine).

I am also a trained reflexologist (1991, Bayly School) and gained my Diploma in Aromatherapy in June 1995 (ITEC). I am registered with the British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA) and also with the Practitioner Register for Holistic Therapies (PRHT).

The initial consultation lasts about an hour and a quarter, and costs £45. Subsequent treatments cost £40 for an hour (30 minutes: £22). Reduced fees can be negotiated. I will also do home visits on request.Home visits are charged at an extra £5. To book an appointment, please click here