Holistic Therapies are also known as ‘alternative therapies’ or ‘alternative medicine’, and they are based on the belief that the human body can heal itself if given the proper stimulants. For example, it can be a natural therapy like homeopathy, herbs or body work, such as shiatsu, massage or acupuncture. The oriental branches of medicine, e.g. Ayurveda or Chinese medicine, are considered to be holistic therapies. The word ‘holistic’ comes from Latin and means ‘the entire; whole’, and all natural therapies underline the connection between the body, mind, spirit and emotions. Holistic Therapies also stress the importance of disease prevention and make healthy, balanced living a priority. How many times have you come down with the flu or another infection after a stressful period of your life or after experiencing some stress in the workplace? You have probably noticed that avoiding or fighting stress results in better health and when you feel better in your body, you also feel emotionally stronger and can focus more easily. If, on the other hand, something goes wrong and you go through a tough patch, you start accumulating pain, negativity and very often disease. I am sure that you have already noticed this connection by simply observing your body, your thoughts, and your emotions. Oriental medicine is based on a belief that one is responsible for one’s own health, and that the art of learning a stress-free life and taking care of oneself in a fully holistic way should be priorities. Unfortunately, our Western, fast-paced society underlines the importance of goals that are mostly associated with financial success, and very often we get so success-driven that we forget about health. Consequently, over the years we start acquiring some serious stress-related medical conditions.
It is time to slow down and relax with aromatherapy. While aromatherapy oils can’t be seen as a panacea for all the ailments, they offer a wide range of very pleasurable treatments that restore balance that the body and mind need to stimulate the process of healing. Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy as it is not only used for body treatments (e.g. beauty treatments or sore muscles), but it can also help people remain focused, overcome frustration, alleviate insomnia and anxiety, and bring overall peace of mind.
What is Aromatherapy and how does it work?
Aromatherapy is an art and science of blending and applying aromatic oils that are extracted from plants, trees, leaves and flowers. The aromatic oils are called essential oils, but they are not greasy at all. The consistency is similar to water or alcohol and they are filled with many naturally therapeutic active ingredients. Essential oils are very potent, so they can’t be applied directly on to the skin because they may cause an allergic reaction. That is why it is necessary to blend them with a suitable cold-pressed vegetable oil, also called ‘’a carrier oil’’ or ‘’a base oil’’, such as for example avocado, olive-oil, or apricot. There are various ways of employing aromatherapy, and there is even a branch of aromatherapy called ‘phytoaromatherapy’, or ‘scientific aromatherapy’, that advocates the internal use of the oils. The SPA, though, uses aromatherapy treatments mainly in two ways:
Aromatherapy Bath and Inhalation.