The Natural Wellbeing Centre in Stratford upon Avon offers aromatherapy, a complimentary treatment with its roots based in ancient healing practices. The treatments make use of pure essential oils, derived from plants known for their medicinal value. These oils are diluted in a carrier oil and applied through massage to the body or by breathing in through the nostrils.
Aroma can affect two very important areas of the brain. First there is the area in the brain related to primary recall, smells that help us recall the past, e.g. your mother's favourite perfume when you were a child, the smell of coffee and freshly baked bread which sets the mouth watering and the taste buds buzzing.
Secondly there is the area which determines the whole of the body's physical well-being and our personality of the moment which can be affected by the use of oils. Calming, soothing smells which release tensions and stresses within the mind.
There are various methods of application of essential oils, the two most frequently used are via the sense of smell and secondly through touch in the form of massage.
Aromatherapy, a sensual experience releasing stress build up from the mind and physical tensions from the body.