What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is an ancient healthcare practice based on the traditional and scientific use of distilled aromatic herbs: essential oils. These highly concentrated aromatic oils are extracted from a huge variety of flowers, plants and trees. They have the ability to support your bodily systems, immune system and emotional/mental state. They support our natural healing energy and are of particular benefit to many chronic ailments, stress-related conditions & emotional difficulties.
They have been recognised since antiquity to possess biological activities, including antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidants, antiparasitic and insecticidal properties and a large numbers of essential oils and their constituents have been investigated for their therapeutic/medicinal properties.
Aromatic oils can be applied through different mediums. Massage enhances the therapeutic benefits of essential oils and is a great way to destress, relax & restore your energy & wellbeing.
Aromatherapy blends and preparations are even more powerful when tailored for specific individual needs. When we are in a state of balance and serenity within us, when our emotions are in a harmonious correspondence with our body and our life is in an harmonious correspondence with our desire then we are mostly likely to be and maintain a good balanced health. Aromatherapy focuses on finding and understanding the causes of dis-harmony, looking at the person holistically.
Stress, what is it?
Stress seems to be the dis-ease of the 20th century, 70% of all illness is now attributed to stress. In our modern society we live under constant pressure and the possibility of becoming harmfully stressed is ever present.
The dictionary defines stress as ‘a constraining or impelling force, effort or demand upon physical or mental energy’. A ‘stressor’ is a person or situation that makes you become stressed.
The important points are: How do we cope with stress and do we allow a person and a situation to cause us stress and why?
Is stress harmful?
Some people handle stress very well while others are more negatively influenced by it. It is the effect of sustained, long-term stress that can be positively harmful for our bodies. As well as increasing the heart rate and the blood pressure, the body also diverts vital resources from the immune system.
When do stress levels become harmful?
It comes down to the fact that it’s not the situation but our reaction to it that creates stress in our lives. Struggle is in our everyday lives but we must not forget that it is through adversity that we learn positive lessons without which we would not grow. It is therefore our attitude to situations or problems that can bring about negative emotion. Problems could be seen as learning opportunities in which finding a positive solution is the challenge for growing. Negative emotions and long term stress may ultimately lead to illness.
When somebody is subjected to stress, input from the five senses travels through the nervous system and trigger the hypothalamus in the brain to send out signals. These signals reach the pituitary gland, which is the master gland of the endocrine system. A hormonal response sent from the pituitary gland triggers the adrenal glands to release adrenaline into the blood stream to prepare the body for ‘fight or flight’.
The normal functioning of the body is disrupted, the adrenaline coursing through the bloodstream causes blood pressure to rise and muscles to tense. Breathing becomes shallow and rapid, sexual desire and hunger are suppressed and digestion stops. The skin becomes poor and sensitive and the blood vessels constrict. The brain becomes hyper-alert.