Sunday 19 November 2017

Treatment Trial: The aromatherapy associates massage

Library Image. Photo: Getty Images
Library Image. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

Each week we at Independent Woman investigate all that's new and cutting edge in the battle to remain young and beautiful. This week, after clocking up a few too many hours hunched over our computers, we decided to wave goodbye to bad posture and say hello to the Aromatherapy Associates Back Massage.

What is it?

Based on the traditional principles of aromatherapy developed by Marguerite Maury in the 1950s, the treatment combines aromatherapy oils and eastern massage techniques to untangle knots, release tension and balance the senses.

What's the process?

Beginning with a short consultation to determine which essential oils would be right for my own particular ailments, I was led to a massage room where a prescription of aromatherapy oils had been decanted and burned for infusion. The massage focused on the lower and upper back with long, soothing strokes used to induce a sense of complete relaxation. Once the knots had been ironed out and all tension had been released from my back, the massage moved to my shoulders and temples, leaving me without a care in the world.

How does it work?

During the massage, essential oils are inhaled through the mouth and nose as well as being absorbed by the skin. They stimulate the production of serotonin which helps the brain to regulate moods and reduce levels of stress. The oils absorbed by the body also work to enhance lymphatic drainage and stimulate the natural immune system and the massage itself breaks down levels of lactic acid around the arms, the spine and the shoulders.

What are the benefits?

As well as smoothing away the knots, the massage really boosts blood circulation which in turn increases the flow of oxygen to muscle tissue. Depending on your particular prescription, the massage and aromatherapy can be used for everything from exam stress to increasing energy levels for tired limbs.

Who likes it?

Dannii Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Jo Whiley are all said to be fans of Aromatherapy Associates massage products.

How long does it take?

Perfect as a stress busting lunchtime pick-me-up, this treatment takes about 30 minutes depending on how bad those knots are!

And the best bit?

The instant energy boost. Despite almost falling asleep on the treatment bed, as soon as I'd left the zen-like calm of my treatment room I was heading back to work bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Any downsides?

Over in a flash! As someone who gets bored quite easily I did think 30 minutes would be more than enough. Although it is bliss, I defy anyone to take the massage and not feel a tinge of sadness when the time is up!

I'm in ... where to next?

The Aromatherapy Associates Back Massage is priced at €45 and available from Pink Beauty Emporium, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16.

For more information telephone 01 215 7958.

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